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Shaun Swenson is using the lot next to the former Exhaust Pros building on South Highway 75 to collect scrap metal for his business in Luverne.
Shaun Swenson is a handyman working a dozen or so odd jobs that add up to one demanding and growing business. To encourage the business, Swenson Scrapping, Mowing, Painting & More, the Luverne Economic Development Authority is loaning him $5,000. “He’s really filling a niche in the community,”...
Adam Ask of Luverne began “AJ’s Pooper Scoopers” in June, cleaning up after pets in their own yards. Ask holds his family’s pet, Luna, who taught him to look twice when cleaning yards.
Adam Ask’s new business is for the dogs — or for picking up the dogs’ business. “AJ’s Pooper Scoopers” charges dog owners weekly for cleaning up after canines in their yards. Working from a family member’s suggestion earlier this year, Ask jumped at the chance to start his own business. “It’s just...
An indoor mask-wearing mandate will end by July 1, and restrictions on businesses and social gatherings will end May 28 under a plan that Gov. Tim Walz announced last week. As of Friday there are no longer caps on capacity of gatherings for outdoor entertainment venues. “We know that outdoor...
NextEra Energy Resources is planning construction of 40 wind turbines over 49 square miles (31,000 acres) in the townships of Beaver Creek, Luverne, Martin and Springwater. If the Walleye Wind Farm, as it’s called, clears final approval with the Public Utilities Commission, more than 200 workers...
Skyler Hoiland describes the new Bluestem Grab & Go option as “convenience with style.” It officially opened Monday at the East Main Street, Luverne, catering facility. In addition to hot and cold breakfast, lunch and supper options, the Bluestem Grab & Go also features the popular Take & Bake option, fresh bread and beverages.
Bluestem owner Skyler Hoiland continues to create ways to offer his food selection to customers looking to bring tastes from the popular eatery home. On Monday Hoiland and his staff of 14 officially opened Bluestem Grab & Go in the East Main Street catering facility he opened several years ago...
The Rock County Star Herald was recognized by its peers for excellence in journalism during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention, which was held virtually Jan. 28-29. Star Herald editor Lori Sorenson earned a first-place award in business writing for an April 16 story she wrote...
One thing sets the Southwest Minnesota CEO program apart from others across the country — community support. As the 2020-21 CEO class opens their group business venture, “Souper” Supper, this weekend, the students will have already reached half of their fundraising goal of $15,000 through business...
For the fourth time in six years Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company (Midwest Fire) was named one of 50 winners in Prairie Business Magazine’s (Prairie Business) “50 Best Places to Work 2020” contest. This is the second time the company has received the award in back-to-back years. “It’s a...
Thirteen students showcased their created businesses to the public Wednesday night, June 17, at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne. The students from Luverne, Hills-Beaver Creek, Southwest Minnesota Christian, Edgerton and Adrian spent the past school year learning real-life entrepreneur lessons from area business leaders as part of the Southwest MN CEO organization.
Unbeknownst to incoming Luverne High School senior Rylee Gee and Southwest MN CEO student, the fourth grade valentine box she made from metal led to the creation of a business seven years later. Gee’s business called “OG Metal Design” was one of 13 showcased Wednesday night, June 17, ending the...
The city of Luverne recently completed a $125,000 overhaul of the former Casey’s building on East Main Street. It includes handicap-accessible public restrooms that are now open for use.
The former Casey’s convenience store on East Main Street in Luverne is the new trailhead building for the Blue Mound Trail and Rock River water recreation. Luverne contractor Tom Nergaard recently completed the $125,000 project, which also includes handicap-accessible public restrooms that are now...

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