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Darlene and Marlene are set to take the Palace Theater stage Dec. 22 in a fundraising event for Generations.
The comedy duo of Marlene and Darlene (Green Earth Players starlette DJ Luethje and I) will take the stage at the Palace Theater at 2 and 7 p.m. Sun, Dec. 22, and we’d like you to come. Every penny raised from the freewill admission goes toward the Generations, formerly the Luverne Senior Citizens...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star on November 6, 1931.   Capone Men Visit Luverne?   Smooth Strangers Pass $10 Counterfeit Bill on Local Café; Almost Make It $20   Federal Investigators Raid Gangers’ Den In Chicago and Find Set-Up For making Spurious Currency — Being Distributed in...
Rick Peterson
I am writing my annual Thanksgiving column the week before Thanksgiving, and it’s all about Christmas. Last year the CEO class came up with the idea of “Light the Park” for Christmas. It was a huge success with hundreds of cars passing through the Luverne City Park enjoying the lighted Christmas...
Lori Sorenson
I was an honored guest for Luverne’s ninth-grade Career Day on Nov. 13 when invited local professionals shared insights into their jobs. In the days leading up to Career Day, I pondered the message I’d share with these young minds. What could I tell 14-year-olds about what I do that would matter to...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star on November 6, 1931.   Luverne Cuts Employees’ Salaries $2000   Ten Per Cent Reduction To Lower Tax Levy One-Fifth; Every Office Is Affected   George DeLate, Superin-tendent of Light Plant, Takes Biggest Loss — Town Police to Receive $90 Per Month  ...
I visited with the local conservation officer, Andrew Dirks, a few times over the past few weeks about the new rules and regulations and things hunters and fishermen need to be up to date on. Many COs have retired in the past five years and more retirements are on the horizon. When one retires, the...
For some unknown reason, I didn’t let history repeat itself Sunday afternoon. As a member of a gathering that included friends and family, I did not jump off the ship when the Minnesota Vikings found themselves in trouble during their game against the Denver Broncos. That wasn’t the case as...
My niece Olivia and nephew Chase examine a headstone in the Norwegian Cemetery in the northwest part of Luverne. A chance to play in the nearby park became an impromptu history lesson.
It has become a tradition for my niece and nephew to come to Luverne and stay at their grandparents’ house over MEA break each October. It works really well for this teacher uncle, who also has those days off. This year, MEA break was blessed with some of the most beautiful weather of the year....
Troy Christianson
In the past five years, officers reported snowy or icy road conditions in more than 79,569 crashes (2014-2018). These crashes resulted in 214 traffic deaths and 20,761 injuries. During the winter, it’s important to drive at safe speeds according to road conditions, and give yourself plenty of...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in The Rock County Star on October 30, 1931.   Bankers of Rock County Organize          Organization of a Rock County Bankers’ Association was perfected at a meeting and banquet held at the Manitou hotel in Luverne Friday night. Until this organization was perfected, Rock...

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