Christmas

Luverne students dismissed at 1:30 Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, for their Christmas break amid cloudy, wet weather, but some of the bus drivers did what they could to brighten the day. Luverne bus driver Jim Ouverson said he's getting some mileage out of his bright holiday outfit, which he's worn to...
Strong winds following the Christmas Day thunderstorms damaged property in the area including lifting the roof off the chute barn at Luverne Livestock Auction. Wind gusts were recorded at over 50 mph at the Luverne airport.
Heavy rain, lightning and thunder are not unusual for Rock County, but experiencing them on Christmas Day is a first for some. “Overall it’s comparable to a late winter/early spring storm,” said Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. “We have not had thunder and lightning...
Discovery Time Teacher Debbie Mitchell lifts a new wooden chair out of the box as her students eagerly help move the chairs into their classroom.
Christmas came a little early for Debbie Mitchell’s Discovery Time Preschool class. For weeks an excited Mitchell prepped her 3- to 5-year old students on the expected arrival of 24 brand new oak chairs. “They are so beautiful,” Mitchell said. “They will outlast me.” With a life expectancy of 35 to...
I’m kind of a Christmas tree snob.  You know — the sort of person who has to have every decoration in exactly the right place.   The small ornaments go at the top. The larger ones at the bottom. Each year requires a color theme. Mismatched bulbs are not allowed. The key to a really beautiful tree...
With Christmas shopping in full swing, I am quickly being made aware of how out of touch I am with what grandsons ages 13, 10 and 7 want for Christmas. One would think buying the boys clothes would be the easy path to take. It didn’t take long to discover this wasn’t going to be easy. What size...
George Bonnema
Just a reminder that if you have had indoor plants “vacationing” outdoors for the summer, it is time to start acclimating them to coming back inside. A day or two inside followed by a day or two outside will give them a chance to adjust to lower light and the warmer temperature without shocking the...
Luverne’s Main Street will gain another business in time for Christmas. The popular home décor boutique Dragonfly will gain a sister business once Dragonfly owners Stacy and Dave Riphagen finish remodeling the former Lavish Designs building on East Main Street. The Riphagens opened Dragonfly three...
The concept of "Luverne Nutcracker Village" in Luverne for the holidays is under consideration following Betty Mann's donation of more than 2,400 nutcrackers to the Rock County Historical Society. The pieces, some of them rare collectibles from Germany, will be on display at the new History Center in downtown Luverne.
Christmas is over, but a group of local volunteers is already planning next year’s holiday season in Luverne. The concept of “Luverne Nutcracker Village” is under consideration following Betty Mann’s donation of more than 2,400 nutcrackers to the Rock County Historical Society. “These are all sizes...
Rural county roads were passable but snow-covered Tuesday morning. This photograph was taken west of Luverne on County Road 5.
A white Christmas arrived in Rock County Friday evening, Dec. 25, blanketing the area with roughly 7 inches of fresh snow. Just to be thorough, Mother Nature followed up with another 6.5 inches Monday night into Tuesday morning, prompting a whole new round of cleanup. The combined 13.5 inches in...
Light ’Em Up! first-place contest winner in Beaver Creek is Sterling Shaffer.
The first-place winner of the Light ’Em Up contest sponsored by the Hills Lions Club in Beaver Creek is Sterling Shaffer who lives at 402 East 1st Ave.   Shaffer, 76, describes himself as one of the elite seniors in the town of Beaver Creek. He has a passion for Christmas and decorates both the...

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