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Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian encouraged the Hardwick City Council to move forward after the recent loss of its mayor. Janyce Baustian died Sept. 19 in the first year of a two-year term. Councilman Scott Edwards will assume mayoral duties and his seat will be filled at a later date. Other councilmen...
The Luverne City Council agreed to compensate the Luverne Area Chamber up to $35,000 to support this year’s events and activities for the town’s 150th anniversary celebration. The celebration schedule from May to December includes more than 900 events and observances with the majority of them...
Luverne City Council members approved salary increases for city elected officials at their Oct. 11 meeting. They approved an ordinance to set the mayor’s annual salary at $8,450 per year. This is an increase of $2,550 over the current $5,900 per year. The ordinance also increases the aldermen’s...
In April of 2014 Sharkee’s closed due to health code violations, mainly basement sewage backup, and on May 26, 2014, the building suffered damage from a fire reportedly set by arsonists. The arson remains under investigation but is essentially a cold case.
Dave Halverson and his attorney, Nick Maxwell, asked Luverne City Council members at their Sept. 13 meeting to delay action on the condemned Sharkee’s property. The city is in the process of acquiring the lot on South Highway 75 through eminent domain, and Tuesday’s agenda included another step...
Public Works Supervisor John Stoffel holds one of the new reflective larger street signs that will be put up next year.
The Luverne City Council is considering more than $3.1 million in capital purchases next year, according to estimates from city department heads. In 2015 the budget was $2.5 million and in 2018 it’s anticipated city capital expenses will be $4.7 million. The council met with city department heads...
The filing period closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, for candidates interested in running for upcoming school board, small cities and some township elections. Rock County Auditor Treasurer Ashley Kurtz has received final information from those offices, and is finalizing candidates for the Nov. 8...
The McKenzie Street house was purchased from Mike Rogers for $35,000 on June 9. It will be demolished later this year.
Luverne City Council members took action at their June 21 meeting to remove two more blighted properties in town. They approved a $51,000 amendment to the 2016 budget to cover the purchase of a house on South McKenzie Street and an abandoned house on North Spring Street. The city bought the...
The student council at Luverne Middle School challenged their peers to recycle more paper at school and this fall organized the purchase and distribution of 68 blue plastic recycling containers for classroom use. The group also organized and funded 17 education supply kits for students in Haiti. Pictured with the recycling bins are (front, leaning or kneeling from left) Lauren Ver Steeg, Regan Feit, Mia Wenzel, Gryphon Noerenberg, Jordan Winter, (middle standing) Sophia Lanoue, Elise Jarchow, Ainslie Robins
Luverne Middle School students have spent the school year being challenged by their peers to make a difference. The effort stems from the student council’s attendance at the WE Day Minnesota conference in early November. Becky Rahm, the middle school student council adviser, said the daylong event...
Efforts to spruce up the city of Hardwick took a step forward Thursday, March 11, when council members voted to adopt a nuisance ordinance. “If we are going to do some cleaning up and if we are going to do it right,” Mayor Jan Baustian said, “I think we’d better have everything we need first.”...
Luverne Middle School teacher Jerry Benson will receive the Minnesota Council for Social Studies Lifetime Achievement Award March 6. He is pictured in this 2015 file photo with Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Luverne teacher Jerry Benson is among four teachers to be honored by the Minnesota Council for Social Studies. Benson will receive the MCSS’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award during a March 6 banquet in St. Cloud. Benson has taught geography, psychology, world history, civics and American history in...

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