Trisha Speed Shaskan (left) and Stephen Shaskan from Minneapolis talk to Luverne Elementary second-graders Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7, about the necessary steps used to develop the characters and storylines for their children’s books.
After last week’s annual author visit, many Luverne Elementary students are immersed in drawing, writing and/or telling their own stories in class and at home.
Darrell Schmidt (left) and Deb Ward are the 2019 Friend of Education and Teacher of the Year respectively, as announced Monday afternoon during the annual program for American Education Week. Luverne Education Association sponsors the award selections each year.
Luverne Public School’s most-senior teacher received the 2019 Teacher of Year selection Monday afternoon in a special ceremony hosted by her peers in the Luverne Education Association.
Organizers of Luverne’s Winterfest celebration are encouraging area residents to get their tickets early for the Holiday USO Show at the Palace Theatre Dec. 1 and 2.
A card draw Monday night determined the winning candidate in Magnolia’s tie vote for city council. Magnolia residents could vote for two candidates among the four on the ballot for Magnolia City Council.
The city of Hardwick comprises about 1,100 acres of which 997 are classified as agricultural. This Google map of Hardwick shows the city limits encompass more rural properties than urban, and the rural properties are taxed the same as urban properties, despite the fact that many don’t have access to city services.
Hardwick city residents could see an increase in property taxes beginning in 2020 if the council adopts an ordinance to develop rural service districts.
Luverne High School hosted a Veterans Day program in the gymnasium to thank area veterans and recogize them for their service.
Trisha Speed Shaskan (left) and Stephen Shaskan from Minneapolis talk to Luverne Elementary second-graders Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7, about the necessary steps used to develop the characters and storylines for their children’s books.
Darrell Schmidt (left) and Deb Ward are the 2019 Friend of Education and Teacher of the Year respectively, as announced Monday afternoon during the annual program for American Education Week. Luverne Education Association sponsors the award selections each year.
The city of Hardwick comprises about 1,100 acres of which 997 are classified as agricultural. This Google map of Hardwick shows the city limits encompass more rural properties than urban, and the rural properties are taxed the same as urban properties, despite the fact that many don’t have access to city services.

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The city of Hardwick comprises about 1,100 acres of which 997 are classified as agricultural. This Google map of Hardwick shows the city limits encompass more rural properties than urban, and the rural properties are taxed the same as urban properties, despite the fact that many don’t have access to city services.
Hardwick city residents could see an increase in property taxes beginning in 2020 if the council adopts an ordinance to develop rural service districts. The ordinance creates dual tax rates (one for urban and one for rural) within the Hardwick city limits. The result could lower tax rates for...
Luverne High School hosted a Veterans Day program in the gymnasium to thank area veterans and recogize them for their service. Above, the Luverne High School concert band, directed by Richard Owen, plays “Freedom’s Light,” James Swearingen, as a prelude for students and community members as they...
Luverne Elementary second- and fourth-graders perform “Mighty Minds,” a musical by John Jacobson and Cristi Cary Miller, Friday in the gymnasium. The half-hour performance focused on the panic created by the upcoming school-wide standardized tests and the students are feeling stressed that they won...
A surgical and dental business is looking to expand services in Luverne, and it’s eyeing a city-owned lot on South Highway 75. A public hearing is set for 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, ahead of the regular LEDA meeting to consider a proposal by Luverne Surgical and Dental LLC. The company is a subsidiary...
Luverne High School senior Jadyn Anderson earned first place in the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest (grades 9-12) for her entry written under the 2018 theme, “Why My Vote Matters.”
The Rock County VFW Post 2757 honored two local students this week for their writing skills through the patriotic essay competitions, Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen. Luverne High School senior Jadyn Anderson and Hills-Beaver Creek seventh-grader Grace Anderson wrote winning essays for the VFW...
Prolonged electricity outages are events of the past under a plan outlined by Sioux Valley Energy representatives. Jay Buchholz and Reggie Gassman spoke with Rock County Commissioners at their Nov. 6 meeting. The cooperative targets replacing 125 miles of its aging power lines each year. Some lines...
Twelve students from Luverne performed in the 350-member Big South Conference choral festival Nov. 5 at St. James High School with Dr. Axel Theimer directing.
Luverne High School concert choir attended the Big South Choral Festival Nov. 5 at St. James High School. The event featured five choirs from the Big South Conference. In addition to Luverne, choirs from Blue Earth Area, Jackson County Central, St. James and Worthington rehearsed with Dr. Axel...
Trisha Speed Shaskan (left) and Stephen Shaskan from Minneapolis talk to Luverne Elementary second-graders Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7, about the necessary steps used to develop the characters and storylines for their children’s books.
After last week’s annual author visit, many Luverne Elementary students are immersed in drawing, writing and/or telling their own stories in class and at home. On Nov. 7 and 8, Minnesota authors Stephen Shaskan and Trisha Speed Shaskan talked with each grade level at the K-5 school. The couple...
Darrell Schmidt (left) and Deb Ward are the 2019 Friend of Education and Teacher of the Year respectively, as announced Monday afternoon during the annual program for American Education Week. Luverne Education Association sponsors the award selections each year.
Luverne Public School’s most-senior teacher received the 2019 Teacher of Year selection Monday afternoon in a special ceremony hosted by her peers in the Luverne Education Association. Theresa Graff, the 2016 Teacher of the Year, announced this year’s award recipient. “She hardly ever misses work...
Organizers of Luverne’s Winterfest celebration are encouraging area residents to get their tickets early for the Holiday USO Show at the Palace Theatre Dec. 1 and 2. The shows are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and feature the best of classic entertainment that was made...

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