Luverne firemen Jeremy Lehman (left) and Jonathon Kurtz are training to become certified fireworks operators. The July 4 event at The Lake in Luverne will be one of their training sessions toward certification. They're pictured with mortar tubes (up to 6 inches diameter) for this year's show.
Luverne will have a Fourth of July fireworks show this year for the first time in over three decades.
Mary Jo Graphenteen (pictured with dog Miley) announced her retirement at the end of the 2015-16 school year after 36 years as Luverne Public School’s health and physical education teacher.
Almost 70 years of classroom experience won’t be returning to Luverne Public Schools when just two longtime teachers decided to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Marty and Bud Johnson are the parade marshals for Hardwick’s 2016 Jubilee Days. Events are from Friday evening through Sunday noon. The parade is Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Bud and Marty Johnson are no strangers to the Hardwick Jubilee Days parade.
Ryleigh Beers holds one of the 170 Blessing Kits, a project she was able to organize, fundraise and assemble for three organizations.
Luverne’s Ryleigh Beers is experienced in raising money to help others.
Sioux Falls Canaries mascot “Cagey” (left) reacts to the picture from the book “Slugger” as read by his teammate, pitcher Josh Ferrell.
While all eyes were on the 7-foot-tall yellow mascot from the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball team, it was two left-handed pitchers who completed a special reading program Monday afternoon at the Rock County Community Library.
The DNR now stocks the former gravel pit with varieties of sunfish like the one caught by Landen Frey Friday afternoon.
Last week’s 90-degree days pushed many people to find cooler ways to enjoy the outdoors such as going to “The Lake” in southwest Luverne.
Luverne firemen Jeremy Lehman (left) and Jonathon Kurtz are training to become certified fireworks operators. The July 4 event at The Lake in Luverne will be one of their training sessions toward certification. They're pictured with mortar tubes (up to 6 inches diameter) for this year's show.
Mary Jo Graphenteen (pictured with dog Miley) announced her retirement at the end of the 2015-16 school year after 36 years as Luverne Public School’s health and physical education teacher.
Marty and Bud Johnson are the parade marshals for Hardwick’s 2016 Jubilee Days. Events are from Friday evening through Sunday noon. The parade is Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Ryleigh Beers holds one of the 170 Blessing Kits, a project she was able to organize, fundraise and assemble for three organizations.
Sioux Falls Canaries mascot “Cagey” (left) reacts to the picture from the book “Slugger” as read by his teammate, pitcher Josh Ferrell.
The DNR now stocks the former gravel pit with varieties of sunfish like the one caught by Landen Frey Friday afternoon.

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Luverne firemen Jeremy Lehman (left) and Jonathon Kurtz are training to become certified fireworks operators. The July 4 event at The Lake in Luverne will be one of their training sessions toward certification. They're pictured with mortar tubes (up to 6 inches diameter) for this year's show.
Luverne will have a Fourth of July fireworks show this year for the first time in over three decades. And two local firemen, Jeremy Lehman and Jonathon Kurtz, will be in charge of lighting the fuses for the holiday show at The Lake in Luverne. “I just want everyone to know we’re going to do this in...
Mary Jo Graphenteen (pictured with dog Miley) announced her retirement at the end of the 2015-16 school year after 36 years as Luverne Public School’s health and physical education teacher.
Almost 70 years of classroom experience won’t be returning to Luverne Public Schools when just two longtime teachers decided to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Greg Antoine and Mary Jo Graphenteen chose early retirement after spending 32 and 36 years teaching in Luverne respectively....
Marty and Bud Johnson are the parade marshals for Hardwick’s 2016 Jubilee Days. Events are from Friday evening through Sunday noon. The parade is Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Bud and Marty Johnson are no strangers to the Hardwick Jubilee Days parade. For more than a few decades the couple’s tractors, trucks or horseless carriage have traveled the two-block route with one or more Johnson family members on board. At Saturday’s parade the Johnsons themselves will take...
Ryleigh Beers holds one of the 170 Blessing Kits, a project she was able to organize, fundraise and assemble for three organizations.
Luverne’s Ryleigh Beers is experienced in raising money to help others. Two years ago the recent graduate of Luverne High School purchased and delivered art supplies for the Children’s Home Society. The following year she made dozens of blankets to be given away for Project Linus. This year Beers’...
Sioux Falls Canaries mascot “Cagey” (left) reacts to the picture from the book “Slugger” as read by his teammate, pitcher Josh Ferrell.
While all eyes were on the 7-foot-tall yellow mascot from the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball team, it was two left-handed pitchers who completed a special reading program Monday afternoon at the Rock County Community Library. Joining Cagey (the name of the big yellow bird) were left-handed pitchers...
The DNR now stocks the former gravel pit with varieties of sunfish like the one caught by Landen Frey Friday afternoon.
Last week’s 90-degree days pushed many people to find cooler ways to enjoy the outdoors such as going to “The Lake” in southwest Luverne. Last year The Lake was designated as a kids’ fishing pond through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 
Luverne City Council members took action at their June 14 meeting to accept a grant of $37,062 that will help fund a project to prevent drinking water contamination. Storm damage to the Rock River in recent years has created a potential water path toward an abandoned city dump. Doug Bos of the Rock...
Lori Hallstrom made a business announcement Friday about her downtown store, HGS Gallery. "It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that I will be closing HGS Gallery at the end of June," she wrote in an email to Luverne Chamber members. But she also announced a new venture that she'll run...
Three local American Legion representatives were selected to state offices at the recently completed 68th annual Minnesota Legion Boys State. The Arthur Moeller American Legion Post #478 in Hardwick sponsored Knute Oldre of Luverne. He was elected attorney general during the June 12-18 event at...
Betty Mann addresses participants on the trolley tour of historic buildings Thursday night. She combined dates and names with stories gleaned from published articles.
A trolley tour of Luverne business district’s historic buildings drew almost 30 people to the Thursday night event. The Rock County Historical Society sponsored the one-time event to educate the public on the history of Luverne and Rock County. It also coincided with Luverne’s weekly evening...

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