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Pictured for the Wildflowers ribbon-cutting are (from left) Shelly Nibbelink, Esther Frakes, Betty Mann, Pat Baustian, Bob and Annette Junak, Mike Engesser, Wildflowers owner Tracy Wieneke, Knute Oldre, Corrine Bonnema, Angela Jonas, Shirley Harrison, LaDonna Van Aartsen, Jennifer Engesser, Jen Rolfs and Becky Walgrave.
On Thursday, Aug. 11, the Luverne Area Chamber and community members celebrated two ribbon-cuttings on East Main Street. One was for the new Wildflowers Coffee Boutique mobile beverage and lunch trailer, which will operate in the community in addition to its downtown restaurant location. The other...
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...
A Christmas lighted train engine will join the 2021 community holiday plans, which kick off with fireworks Nov. 28 in Luverne City Park. Ellis and Eastern Railroad will transport Santa and Mrs. Claus through several communities on Sunday, Nov. 28, ending in Luverne in time for the grand lighting of...
On Golden Pond
The Luverne Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the winners of the first half of the 2021 CVB Photo Contest. “The CVB judge had a very difficult time determining the winners, because there were so many great entries,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “Thanks to...
We try to leave our readers each week with editorial messages to advocate, encourage, enlighten and inform. This week we’re torn between two messages: get out and support local businesses and stay home to protect vulnerable loved ones and health care workers. Our holidays are coinciding with the...
From left are Holly Sammons, Patti Olson, Becky Walgrave, Betty Mann, LaDonna Van Aartsen, store manager Jason Oye, Todd Van Steenberg, Ryan DeBates, Ryan Wynia, Kevin Thelen and Tyler Bush. Sunshine purchased Teal’s Market and its Highway 75 convenience store in August.
Sunshine Foods in Luverne celebrated its official opening Monday morning with a ribbon-cutting that involved members of the Luverne Area Chamber Board of Directors.   
Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year Glen Gust (far right) is pictured with some of his family members at the ceremony Monday night in Sterling’s Cafe and Grille (from left) Anika, Karis, Tim, and Barb Gust.
Glen Gust retired from 40 years in the grocery business nine months ago, but he returned to Luverne Monday night to accept an award from local business leaders who named him Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year. “Thank you all … I’m very humbled,” he said in the crowded Sterling’s Café and Grille...
Plans are underway to develop a bike share program in Luverne that would allow people to “borrow” and return bicycles around town. The Luverne Chamber Office last summer requested state funding to purchase bikes for a loan program, but it didn’t qualify. But last month the Statewide Health...
Pictured for the Outstanding Chamber Member recognition event Monday evening at Sterling’s are (from left) Mark Ommen, Ryan Wynia, Nancy Scheidt, Isaac DeBoer, Greg Burger, Janet Burger, Ryan Burger, Annie Opitz, Sherri Thompson, Laurie Ketterling and Heidi Papik.
Luverne’s Greg Burger was honored Monday night as the 2015 outstanding chamber member. During a reception at Sterling’s Café, Chamber Board President Ryan Wynia presented him with a Sioux quartzite decorative slab with his name and honor engraved in it. Wynia spoke of Burger’s 40-year banking...
Former Luverne resident Derek Boeve's tree atop Blue Mounds State Park was named winning photo for May.
Board members of the Luverne Convention and Visitors Bureau selected the May winners of the Prairie Photo Contest. With over 50 entries submitted, the board selected two photos, which will be made into postcards and sold to support programs at Blue Mounds State Park and Touch the Sky Prairie. The...

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