2016

Kevin Kraetsch (right) was selected recently as the 2016 Big Buddy of the Year. He is pictured with his little buddy Johnny Wickherst. The two have been buddies since 2013.
Large blue eyes peered over Johnny Wickherst’s wire-rimmed glasses as he considered what he likes to do best with his Big Buddy Kevin Kraetsch. “I like going to the County Fair,” he said. The two have spent many hours at the Brandon, South Dakota, arcade. The two talk, play the skee ball machine...
In many ways, 2016 was a sequel for the top stories that made the news in 2015. Headlines this year included Lewis and Clark Regional Water, fiber-to-the-home Internet access, recreational development for trails and water, and continued improvements to Highway 75 in Luverne. Other continuing themes...
10 years ago (2006) •The Luverne City Council formally received word that the Minnesota Historical Society awarded a state grant of $100,000 for restoration work in the Palace Theatre. … Most of the money will go toward new seating. BMAT President Ben Vander Kooi said at the Tuesday council meeting...
St. Catherine Catholic Church 203 E. Brown St., Luverne St. Catherine Ph.: 283-8502 St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellsworth Thursday, Nov. 10: 1-4 p.m. Fun Day. 2:30 p.m. Mass at Tuff Home. Saturday, Nov. 12: 4 p.m. Mass at St. Catherine. 5:30 p.m. Fall Fest. Sunday, Nov. 13: 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary...
Green Earth Players cast of “The Fantasticks” are (front, from left) J. (Murph) Murphy, Erik Friestad, Greg Olsen, (back) Shawn Kinsinger, Jim Harsma, Nancy Henrichsen and Nathan Sparks. Not pictured is Gabrielle Ferrell. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in the Palace Theatre and continues for two weekends.
The Green Earth Players fall production is a Broadway classic musical, according to director Lary B. Etten, Sioux Falls. “‘The Fantasticks’ is the longest-running show in New York and Broadway history,” said Etten, founder and former artistic director of the Sioux Empire Community Theater. “It...
Fifteen students from Southwest Youth Services in Magnolia spent Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Luverne for their third annual Community Service Day. According to teacher Paula Lammert, the school received names of residents who could use help raking and moving leaves to the curb for pickup by city of...
Dispatch report Oct. 28 •Complainant reported she got a fix-it ticket in Brandon for a headlight being out. She got it fixed and needs a deputy to sign off on it. •Complainant requested to get some personal items out of a vehicle in the impound. •Complainant reported neglect and truancy. •Reserved...
10 years ago (2006) •Evan Verbrugge won by a nose in Tuesday’s election for Rock County Sheriff. When all the precinct votes were tallied, Verbrugge had 54.54 percent of the votes and incumbent Mike Winkels had 45.17 percent in the final 2,253-1,866 tally. •The Rock County Sheriff’s Office has a...
Births A boy, Lincoln Alan, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and 20 1/2 inches long, was born Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Eric and Whitney Harnack, Hills.  He joins a brother, Deegan. Grandparents are John and Lori Stoffel, Luverne, and Al and Zoe Harnack...

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