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Two new façade improvements are in progress on Luverne’s Main Street. Cody and Nicole (Aaker) Henrichs are renovating the brick “Coffey” building at 113 E. Main Street, and David and Julie Haugom are improving the storefront of their Print Express business at 207 E. Main Street. The Luverne...
Luverne Chamber Board members and well-wishers participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, for Culligan’s new location on West Main Street. Pictured are (front, from left) Annie Opitz, Lois Petersen, Lorraine Johnson, Pam Kopp, Lorna Vander Linden, Shar Berg, Rolf Berg, Faye Bremer, Missy Merrill, Patty Olson, Kevin Aaker, (back) Dave Anderson, Ryan Wynia, Mike Engesser, Gordon Mulder, Lynn Petersen, Nicie Bosch, Robert Corn, Ryan DeBates, Marilyn Bloemendaal, Sandy Bird and Es
Culligan’s ribbon-cutting and open house was a celebration of its new location in the former Palace Video building, but the Sept. 29 event also honored Culligan’s rich 70-year history in Luverne. Former Luverne resident Rolf Berg has been in the local Culligan business since 1970 and has seen the...
Seven Luverne youth attended the BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture camp in July. Among the students participating were (from left) Emilie Bartels, Susan Thompson and Emily Wendland.
Luverne High School graduates Susan Thompson, Emily Wendland, Tatiana Gust and Zoe Brown along with current students James Erickson, Christopher Jelken and Emilie Bartels recently attended a summer business camp through sponsorships provided by the KAHR Foundation. In total, more than 100 companies...
Derek Valnes (left) and Curt Valnes with Design Craft of Luverne remove flashing from the former Luverne Style Shop’s awning at the corner of Main and Cedar Friday afternoon. The awning will be replaced for the new home of Schomacker Flooring and Appliance opening this fall.
Schomacker Cleaning and Flooring is expanding to the former Luverne Style Shop building in downtown Luverne. The local company plans to open a retail store on the corner of Main and Cedar and will add the sales and service of major household appliances to its offerings. Schomacker Flooring and...
Kozlowski Insurance Agency & Financial Services in Luverne and Pipestone was recently named a $2 million producer by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. Pictured (in front) are Kellie Taylor, Tracy Musch, Sara VanNieuwenhuizen, Shirley Top, Wendy Huisken, Cindy Cernohous, Shelly Kozlowski, (back) Jon Kozlowski, Angie Houselog, Randy Claussen, Kelly Beyers, Mari Wagner and Jerry Brockberg. Not pictured are Robin Taylor and Ashley Connell.
Kozlowski Insurance Agency & Financial Services was recently named a $2 million producer by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. “In comparison, the average agency writes approximately $200,000 with Grinnell Mutual each year,” said Shawn McKay, assistant vice president of marketing. “Becoming a...
Developing recreational opportunities, such as a canoe and kayak route on the Rock River, was a recurring theme in 2015.
A glance at the Star Herald headlines in 2015 shows Rock County residents enjoyed a relatively stable year in terms of breaking news. There were highlights of a bumper harvest, new school superintendent and the Palace turning 100, but the story of 2015 unfolded in recurring themes. Headlines...
For the second time this year, a local business has missed a tax payment resulting in a penalty involving thousands of dollars. Gevo Inc. of Luverne submitted its second half property tax payment to the Rock County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office a day after the Oct. 15 deadline. The $209,740 payment...
People interested in making improvements to residential or commercial properties are urged to apply for funding through the Small Cities Development Program. The city of Luverne was approved for a state grant of $941,760 for housing and commercial building rehabilitation in certain targeted areas...
Luverne businesses benefit from thousands of motorcyclists that stop and shop on their way to and from Sturgis, South Dakota, each year. The Holiday station in Luverne sees up to 500 motorcycles stop per day on the weekends before and after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  A group of four riders from Iowa are pictured at the Holiday station in Luverne. They are (from left) Denis Kramer, Dubuque, Iowa; Ray Nicks, Dubuque; Keith Kramer, Guttenberg, Iowa; and Deb Nicks, Dubuque.
Summer is a busy time of year for businesses in Luverne that cater to travelers. With the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills, local gas stations, restaurants, and other businesses have seen a steady stream of motorcyclists headed west on Interstate 90 during the...
Jaime Vincent
Jaime Vincent, Sioux Falls, is opening a new weight loss business in Luverne, The Ideal Weigh, which will offer the Ideal Protein health protocol. “I have been with The Ideal Weigh, Inc in Sioux Falls since we opened in 2008,” Vincent said. “The Ideal Weigh in Sioux Falls was the first Ideal...

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