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  • December 28, 2015
    Rep. Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne) hosted a Town Hall last Tuesday, Dec. 22, for concerned deer hunters in southwest Minnesota to express their frustrations regarding the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's (DNR) management of the deer herd. Over 50 deer hunters attended the Town Hall at Beaver Creek Archery Club in Slayton to hear from Rep. Schomacker, who was joined by Rep. Tom…
  • December 28, 2015
    We at the Star Herald take our Year in Review coverage seriously, in part because it’s a way for us to look back at our work and assess how thorough (or not) we’ve been. People often ask our news reporters, “Do you ever run out of things to put in the paper?” And there’s never hesitation in our response: “No. Never.” Rock County is a happening place to be, and there’s never a shortage of news…
  • December 22, 2015
    As we marvel at the new and shiny Christmas gifts we anxiously waited to unwrap, please take a moment and think about what to do with the old stuff. We live in a disposable age where unwanted and broken items are thrown away. In fact, more and more of today’s items are designed with discarding in mind when broken. The price of these items is lower than their fixable predecessors, making the…
  • By By Jane Wildung Lanphere, executive director, Luverne Area Chamber
    December 14, 2015
    So here we are again, one of my favorite times of the year — Christmas. Christmas is that magical time of Santa, toys, children, trees, tinsel, elves, Rudolph, carols and turkey. When I hear the words “It was the night before Christmas” or the melody of “Joy to the World, “ I still get thrills of delight as I think of the children waiting for Santa to come down the chimney and the congregations…
  • By mavis fodness, reporter
    October 26, 2015
      Freshly painted barn brings dreams of very own quilt design Sac County, Iowa, has more barn quilts than any other place in the country ­ or so its website indicates. Visitors can even run a self-guided tour to all 58 sites by printing the simple map off the Internet. For the past couple of years, my self-guided tour of the large, hand-painted designs on the front or sides of barns has consisted…
  • By Evan Verbrugge, Rock County Sheriff
    October 12, 2015
       Recently I was asked about whether a semitrailer can park on the streets in a residential area.  We have been noticing more and more individuals are doing this, and it actually goes against the City of Luverne Ordinance. According to Ordinance SEC. 9.30 TRUCK PARKING. •Subd. 1. It is unlawful to park a detached semitrailer upon any street, City-owned parking lot, or other public property,…
  • By Rick Peterson
    October 12, 2015
      Well, both the Rock County Pheasants Forever banquet and the Minnesota pheasant hunting season opener have come and gone since my last column. To give you an update, the local Pheasants Forever chapter hosted one of its most successful events in recent years. Credit for that success goes to the hard-working committee that plans for months and to the tremendous support the local chapter receives…
  • By mavis fodness, reporter
    September 28, 2015
      The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” was never more poignant in describing my experience at this year’s state 4-H horse show. Unbeknownst to me, a Clay County mother and daughter were dealing with a nightmare the day after the Rock County delegation pulled onto the state fairgrounds Sept. 17. The Brown family’s horse named Brick was having trouble moving. No amount of coaxing from…
  • July 20, 2015
          In several studies over the past decade, behavioral scientists have found that some people look so much like their pets that outside observers can match them based on pictures alone. The accompanying image, for instance, comes from a 2005 study in which test participants identified owner-pet pairs at a success rate far greater than what you'd get with random guessing. So, if this is…
  • By Rick Peterson, Tollefson Publishing General Manager
    July 06, 2015
      While we are in the midst of a summer full of busy weekends, July seems to be the busiest month of all. The weekends are booked with our grandson’s baseball tournaments, a wedding and a couple of class reunions for good measure. I actually have two 40th class reunions myself this month alone. Mary had her 40th reunion last month. Mary’s class of 1975 was the largest graduating class in…
  • July 06, 2015
              By Mavis Fodness A grassroots movement is taking place to develop activities that get us up off the couch in Rock County. We hope more of this catches on. Kayaking down the Rock River, boating and swimming at a former gravel pit were some of the activities demonstrated last week. Not only did they seem fun, the activities burned a lot of calories. The Southwest Health and Human Services…
  • By Jason Berghorst, reporter
    July 06, 2015
      Growing up in Luverne in the 1980s and 1990s, I experienced a very quiet Fourth of July holiday in my hometown. Some years our family would travel to Leota to see fireworks or maybe to Hills to swim at the Rez. Any holiday activities were always in other towns. Luverne was closed for the Fourth. Independence Day is a summer, outdoor holiday. Luverne has no lake. There was no beach and no…
  • June 08, 2015
      A resolution adopted recently by the Luverne School Board is leading student involvement in athletics and activities in a more positive direction. Our young people will be better served by this change. Instead of thinking athletic and activity events as after-school events, the board views student participation in events as part of educating youth. At their May 28 board meeting, members watched…
  • June 01, 2015
      The Star Herald reached out to the local state senator to recap the recently completed 2015 legislative session, highlighting areas our Rock County readers might care most about. By Bill Weber With the regular session of the 2015 Minnesota legislative session behind us and the prospects for a special session in front of us due to the governor’s veto of bipartisan bills, these are just a few…
  • May 18, 2015
    Congratulations to the Class of 2015. It’s a proud time for the news staff at the Star Herald, because we’ve watched (mostly through the lenses of our cameras) these students grow up over the past 18 years. Through various photo opportunities, we’ve come to know them as they’ve risen through the ranks of preschool, elementary and high school, and by now we feel like we know them. We’ve…
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