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  • October 29, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •Heartland Express drivers, administration and buses moved into their new building near the Highway Department Monday. The 5,300-square-foot building includes about 1,700 square feet of office space, and the remainder is garage space. Heartland Express has four buses, but the new building has room for eight. This would accommodate growth and plans for an indoor wash bay, if…
  • October 22, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •Eastern Farmers Cooperative is moving dirt and pouring cement for a new 10,000-ton dry fertilizer storage facility west of Magnolia. Eastern Farmers purchased 15 acres of land from John Bowron and his sister, Judy Bowron, for the purpose of consolidating its agronomy operations on the site. Plans are to centralize crop nutrient, crop protection products and seed business that…
  • October 15, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •There was a lot more than frost on the pumpkins over the weekend and into Monday. With winter weather Friday night into Saturday, and Sunday night into Monday, several inches of snow had accumulated on lawns, trees, shrubs, patio decks and, yes, on the pumpkins. After an unseasonably warm September, area residents wondered if they’d slept right through fall after Friday night…
  • October 08, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •The Rock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a trio of break-ins that occurred last week in Luverne churches. According to Sheriff Even Verbrugge, break-ins were reported on Thursday, Oct. 1, by the American Reformed Church and Grace Lutheran Church. … On Friday, Oct. 2, First Baptist Church on Jackson Street in Luverne reported a similar break-in. At Grace Lutheran…
  • October 01, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •The Rock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a string of mailbox vandalisms in the Kenneth, Luverne and Magnolia areas. Damage reports came in from Wednesday, Sept. 16, to Friday, Sept. 18, and during those three days, 16 mailboxes were vandalized. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, seven mailboxes were vandalized: four in Luverne, two in Magnolia and one in Kenneth. Thursday,…
  • September 24, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •First- and second-graders at Luverne Elementary have unearthed a stone in the playground that has even the grownups scratching their heads. Elementary boys were playing with trucks and tractors in the dirt along the fence line where the playground slopes downhill to the west. At first, the top of the stone surfaced, and the students noticed it was carved like a book with a…
  • September 10, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •The weekly Star Herald now has a daily online presence, thanks to its improved Web site launched this week. With a smoother format for uploading stories and photographs, Star Herald news and sports reporters are posting information to the Web site as they cover events. … With the old Star Herald Web site, news was uploaded weekly, and there were fewer options for photos or…
  • September 03, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •Dozens of firefighters from five area departments responded to a barn fire Saturday morning near Hardwick. According to Hardwick Fire Chief Dan Kindt, a tin pole barn at the Barry Kracht farm was fully engulfed in flames when he and his crew arrived. ... Kindt said the pole barn was completely destroyed, along with two sick calves being treated and housed in the structure.…
  • August 20, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •Lieutenant Com-mander James Bond has a life story that’s interesting on many levels. Not only does his name match the famous Holly-wood character, he himself is an intelligence officer for a U.S. Navy Carrier Air Wing. What separates him from the big screen character, though, is that Bond completes real-life Naval missions. … Most recently, he served nine months in…
  • August 13, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •A remarkable $4.5 million was disbursed among 12 local nonprofit  groups this week, thanks to the generosity of the late Harvey Allison Ordung. Several beneficiaries gathered in the commons of Luverne Public Schools Wednesday for a gifting ceremony. By the time it was over, more than $4,566,000 was awarded to 12 different charities, fulfilling Ordung’s final wish. Ordung, a…
  • August 06, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •The Luverne Community and the Blue Mounds State Park will be promoted in Minnesota during the upcoming airing of the new Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks, America’s Next Idea.” The six-part series, which starts in airing on public television nation-wide in September, will highlight the politics and construction of the national parks system in America.   25 years ago…
  • July 30, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •An estimated 500 people attended the Rock County Talent Show Thursday night in the grandstand of the fairgrounds. The following are the top finishers in each division from the Rock County Fair Talent Show. … Pre-teen division–1st place: Madilyn Oye (“See You Again”); 2nd place: Spotlight Dance (Let’s Get Crazy); 3rd place: Spotlight Dance (Bad Case of Loving You). Teen…
  • July 23, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •Luverne School District celebrated the new completion of its tennis courts with an open house and ribbon-cutting on Highway 75 Thursday morning, July 23. Luverne School Foundation chairman Mike Cox performed the official ribbon-cutting, and Luverne High School tennis coach Greg Antoine addressed the crowd. “Thank you to all who made this possible,” Antoine said. “It is a…
  • July 16, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •A highlight of the reunion weekend was Saturday morning’s dedication ceremony of the old jail at the Rock County Courthouse Square. After 18 months and $4 million worth of construction, the former Rock County Jail was dedicated Saturday and officially named the “Rock County Veterans Memorial Building.” Former Luverne Mayor Bill Weber emceed the dedication ceremony, attended…
  • July 09, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •It’s no secret that students can’t learn on empty stomachs, yet hungry children arrive in classrooms every day ­– even in Luverne. Public schools provide free or reduced meals for these children through the National School Lunch Pro-gram, and this keeps them fed during the school day. But what happens when they go home on the weekends? Educators are increasingly seeing the…
  • July 01, 2019
    10 years ago (2009) •Detour signs went up Monday, and the bridge was closed Wednesday, diverting Luverne’s East Main Street traffic to other routes over the Rock River. Contractors began at 5 a.m. Wednesday pouring concrete for the bridge deck in the eastbound lane. A two-inch bridge deck surface will overlay the concrete. According to the Rock County Highway Department, East Main Street will be…
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