December

A Luverne couple lost their lives in a two-vehicle crash in northern Rock County Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27. According to information from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 2 and County Road 10, the Leota blacktop. Driver...
In many ways, 2016 was a sequel for the top stories that made the news in 2015. Headlines this year included Lewis and Clark Regional Water, fiber-to-the-home Internet access, recreational development for trails and water, and continued improvements to Highway 75 in Luverne. Other continuing themes...
Rick Peterson’s mannequin pose involved the appearance of popcorn stopped in midair.
A Luverne company joined the social media video trend called the Mannequin Challenge. The challenge asks people to remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving video camera films them. The only sound on the finished video is the song “Black Beatles,” by Rae Sremmurd. For Midwest Fire’s...
Luverne School Board members honored outgoing board member Dave Riphagen at the final meeting of the year Dec. 15. He served eight years on the board after being appointed to the position in March 2008.
The Luverne School District’s levy will decrease by 2.69 percent for taxes payable in 2017 according to action following the Dec. 15 Truth in Taxation hearing. The levy was set at $2.48 million, which is $68,505 less than the current levy. District business manager Marlene Mann presented...
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...
Six winners emerged from the 138 contestants who submitted correct entry forms in Luverne’s first-ever nutcracker scavenger hunt, and an extended contest will give more people a chance to win. More than 100 businesses and residences participated with life-sized nutcrackers all over Luverne, and the...
Rock County cattle producers will be among more than 40,000 operations nationwide that will be asked to provide up-to-date information on U.S. cattle inventories next month. During the first two weeks in January, the U.S. Department of Agricultural Statistics Service will survey producers on their...
Meetings Caregivers Support Group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the conference room at Mary Jane Brown Home. Anyone dealing with caregiving or having questions regarding caregiving and available resources is encouraged to attend. (Note: this is a change from the originally...
Darrel W. Pieper, 74, Valley Springs, South Dakota, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial will follow at Beaver Creek Cemetery in Beaver Creek....

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