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Luverne businesses are looking forward to a normal business cycle this summer after pandemic closures squelched profits. However, I-90 road construction could present yet another setback, especially if plans go according to initial announcements. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced...
For 24 years Jasper Sunrise Village provided assisted and independent living options for area senior citizens. On Sept. 15 the 25-unit facility will close. Fifteen current residents at the Village and 17-18 full- and part-time workers were notified July 11 that the facility could no longer...
Steve DeSplinter sanitizes countertops Saturday night in an empty Green Lantern Café and Bar in Hardwick. State officials closed all bars, restaurants and public accommodating venues March 18 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. DeSplinter and his wife, Linda, purchased the Green Lantern a year ago and business is now limited to curbside-pickup meals and off-sale liquor until May 17.
Weekends typically bring crowds and welcome business to the Green Lantern Cafe and Bar in Hardwick. But on Saturday, only a handful of customers entered the business, picked up their take-out orders and went home.  Under state order, small business owners like Steve and Linda DeSplinter have...
In response to dozens of confirmed coronavirus cases among its workforce, JBS on Monday announced the indefinite closure of its Worthington plant. It employs more than 2,000 Nobles County workers and processes 20,000 hogs per day. “We don’t make this decision lightly,” said Bob Krebs, president of...
Workers are taking advantage of no classes at Luverne Middle-High School with about a dozen more plumbers, electricians, dry wall applicators and demolition crews ascending on the school last week. The construction and remodeling project is now into its second year. According to site manager Dave...
Sunday marked the last day for business at Luverne Shopko Hometown on South Highway 75. On Monday all the remaining merchandize was removed and the facility is now empty. Sun Capital Partners, owners of the Shopko Hometown retail stores, announced in March that all of its stores will close after...
Loopy's Dollar Store will close at the end of the year.
A Main Street business in Luverne will close its doors by the end of the year. Loopy’s Dollar Store manager Amy Krueger said Tuesday that owners Gary and Tom Ploeger of Pipestone recently announced the local store’s closure. Sales on existing merchandise have already begun. “It’s been a shock to...
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...
County officials will meet with city and school representatives next month to discuss the Minnesota National Guard’s plan to replace its aging armories. County Administrator Kyle Oldre spoke recently with guard officials about their plans to close the Luverne and Pipestone armories and build one...

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