2021

Hills Mayor Keith Elbers (standing center near the tree) leads the countdown to the tree lighting ceremony after Pastor Nita Parker (left) finished a holiday message with the question, “What do we love about Christmas?” Answer: “Seeing those we love.”
The traditional free community meal, pictures with Santa and lighting of the community Christmas tree returned to the Hills community Monday night after a yearlong pandemic hiatus. At the Hills Building Communities Stronger community club-sponsored event, a soup and sandwich dinner was served at...
Luverne’s annual Winterfest celebration returns this weekend, live and in person following last year’s pandemic restricted events. “We haven’t done it for a year, and people have kind of forgotten what to do,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “But we’ve had a lot of people step up, and...
Meetings Rock County Association of Townships annual meeting is at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Rock County Library. Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Poplar Creek in Luverne.  Masks are required.  Call Diane Karlstad at 507-530-3307 with questions. Springwater...
Luverne School Board members have received another student request for basketball cheerleading after a 16-year hiatus. Senior Syndal Pick made the request, both written and in person, for the activity’s return. “I am asking for basketball cheerleading — because with only one season of football...
LSS meals at Generations Monday, Dec. 6: Homemade chicken vegetable soup, meat sandwich, pineapple, cookie. Tuesday, Dec. 7: Tater tot casserole, French cut green beans, warm peaches, dinner roll. Wednesday, Dec. 8: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, carrots, bread, dessert  Thursday, Dec. 9:...
The Red Rock Conference recently recognized nine Hills-Beaver Creek High School athletes for their performances during the Fall 2021 sports season. The following students were recognized by sport: •Volleyball: all-conference, sophomore Lanae Elbers; honorable mention, senior Kenadie Fick. •Football...
More than 40 runners participated in the 19th annual De-Light-Ful 5K and 1-mile races Saturday, Nov. 27, in Luverne. Participants started and finished at the National Guard Armory and traveled a race course on residential streets within Luverne. Once finished, they were eligible for awards and...
A Christmas lighted train engine will join the 2021 community holiday plans, which kick off with fireworks Nov. 28 in Luverne City Park. Under a “Polar Express” children’s story theme, individuals, businesses and organizations have been decorating lighted displays in the park. Ellis and Eastern...
Farm profitability in 2021 depends on location and severity of drought. The other big factor in farm profitability in 2021 was where farmers were positioned in the volatile grain markets during the year.   2021 crop yields Mother Nature was not kind to many producers in North and South Dakota, as...
Dispatch report Nov. 12 •Complainant on S. Kniss Avenue reported a suspicious vehicle. •Complainant on Oak Drive reported a lost wallet. •Complainant on E. Luverne Street reported suspicious activity. •Complainant on E. Lincoln Street reported a suspicious truck in parking lot. •Deputy was...

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