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  • By Lori Sorenson, editor
    October 04, 2023
    Hiking the Grand Canyon has long been on my bucket list. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the canyon is a spectacular feat of nature. It’s not the steepest or the longest canyon in the world, but it’s recognized as a natural wonder because of its collective scale and size combined with breathtaking color variations in its walls. It is 217 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    October 04, 2023
    If you follow the H-BC football team, you know they are pretty darn good and have been for some time. From what Mary and I observed recently, they are a polite group of young men, with a little help from the coach. The week before last we were coming home from Redwood Falls where we had watched our grandson’s football game. (By the way, the Redwood Valley Cardinals beat the Pipestone Arrows so I…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 04, 2023
    What is 66 years old and gets passed back and forth between two towns? The Battle Axe. The traveling trophy is awarded to the winning football team between rivals Luverne and Pipestone. This year’s game marks the 66th annual Battle Axe game between the Cardinals and Arrows, and Luverne is not looking to give it up without a fight. If you bleed red or green, you know how much each team wants…
  • By Scott Rall, Outdoors columnist
    October 04, 2023
    I find it interesting that no matter where you live or what kinds of outside activities you enjoy, there is always a desire to see and experience new things. I never get tired of a good wildlife ride exploring the prairie landscapes in my state. Even with this deep appreciation for this kind of ecosystem, I still find a need to explore further from home. I make these explorations to different…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    September 27, 2023
    A teal-colored envelope arrived in our mailbox last week, days after our farm dog, Lucy, was struck by a car. The card inside read, “There will forever be a place in your heart for such a good and faithful friend.” Its message brought tears, and they spilled over to sobs when four squares of paper slipped out of the card. Inked on each square was a single paw print – for each of Lucy’s four…
  • By Scott Rall
    September 27, 2023
    This is the final installment of a public land acquisition process. We have covered a lot in the last three columns, and this will get us to the end zone. Last week we left off at the appraisal review process.  I have never had an appraisal review that ended up changing the value of a parcel, although the purchase agreement signed earlier does openly state that the PA is subject to an appraisal…
  • By Scott Rall
    September 20, 2023
    In the first two columns about public land acquisition, we covered how a parcel is selected and how these sales originate. Appraisals are then completed and surveys finished and then reviewed by a second party. After these are finalized, you can actually get close to having the seller and buyer sign a purchase agreement. But there are still a few more steps until that takes place. Once the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    September 20, 2023
    The 2023-24 school year is in full swing, and fall sports are almost halfway through the regular season schedule. The school sports cycle continues, and at the end of the fall season it will mark my one-year anniversary as the Rock County Star Herald sports editor. Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek school districts have strong athletic programs, and it is a pleasure covering all the events for…
  • By Rick Peterson, general manager
    September 20, 2023
    A recent column of mine was about how I enjoy looking for things other people have lost. A couple of Saturdays ago, while Mary and I, along with Gilbert, the dog, were on a Ranger ride, I got a phone call. The call was from a frazzled mother from Redwood Falls. She explained that her son had been in Luverne most of that day for a cross country meet and had left his iPhone somewhere on the…
  • By Brenda Winter, columnist
    September 20, 2023
    With just a short distance to go, Blondie, pushing her bike up the last hill, looked accusingly at me and said, “I can’t even believe you are making us do this.” Stirring together a bowl of flower petals and dill seed she collected from the garden, my 6-year-old niece beamed at me and announced, “You’re the best auntie ever!” Every family has one, and this one is the one in our family. With…
  • By Lori Sorenson, editor
    September 13, 2023
    There are dozens of mournful songs about September, and until this year it hadn’t occurred to me that the month has such a melancholy reputation. Reduced sunlight can prompt Seasonal Affective Disorder, aptly known as SAD.  Transitioning from laid-back summer days to hectic fall schedules can be stressful. For some (like me) the end of summer can signal regret for not accomplishing goals set…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol
    September 13, 2023
    Question: I know it’s discouraged, but is it actually illegal for students to be standing on a school bus while it is moving? Answer: Minnesota state law says no person shall stand in a school bus when the bus is in motion. In addition, the aisle and emergency exit of a school bus shall be kept unobstructed at all times when children are being transported. Stop for school buses: It's the law…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    September 06, 2023
    The weather this past Labor Day weekend met (and even exceeded) the predicted hot and humid forecast. To beat the heat, I spent a portion of Sunday at a water park with my oldest grandchildren. We happily joined other adults and children who chose to don swimsuits and jump into the cooling water. As I looked at the faces of the other adults, I noticed not many were old enough to be…
  • By RIck Peterson, general manager
    September 06, 2023
    I don’t know if you believe in coincidences, but here is proof they do happen from time to time. Last week Mary and I happened to be at the horse races in Des Moines, Iowa. So the Monday morning office conversation centered around horse racing. During the conversation I asked if anyone knew the distance of a furlong. Not sure why, but at the time nobody googled it, so the furlong question went…
  • By Brenda Winter, columnist
    September 01, 2023
    “How about zip lining?!” I said with the confidence of a person who did not know what she was talking about. My three besties and I all turned 60 this year. To celebrate, we took our second “significant decade birthday trip.” This time we went to Montana – land of big skies, grizzly bears and zip lines. I didn’t actually want to go zip lining. I just wanted to be the kind of person that other…
  • By Sgt. Troy Christianson
    September 01, 2023
    Question: We are well into summer, but can you please talk about some basic vehicle checks? I stopped to help someone who had broken down alongside the road the other day, and they had no clue to what I thought was common sense stuff: coolant, fluids, battery maintenance and lights. Thanks for keeping people informed. Answer: As a state trooper, we see a lot out on the highways, and I am always…
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