December

Instructor Michelle DeKam demonstrates the proper arm movements for freestyle swimming as her second-grade pupils try to follow her actions.
Shortage of funds could end free swimming lessons   By Mavis Fodness As outdoor temperatures dipped below freezing last week, Luverne’s second-graders began lessons to enjoy a summertime activity. The two-week swimming curriculum has been a staple for elementary children in Luverne for more than...
Burke Johnson tests one part of the tabletop mission with the Rock County 4-H LEGO robot at a recent practice session.
The Rock County 4-H Robotics team will compete in the state Qualifier B LEGO robotics competition Saturday at Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls. The contest will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spectators are welcome to attend. Team members include Brandon Berghorst, Zoey Berghorst, Evan Bumgardner,...
By Mavis Fodness Luverne Public School’s LEGO League team used professionalism to advance to the Minnesota FIRST LEGO League competition. Calling themselves “Squid’s Revenge,” the six middle schoolers drew positive comments from the judges at the Dec. 3 regional event in Sioux Falls. Adult advisers...
Paul and Jan Ruud and their granddaughter Kristin Ruud (left) and friend Elise Ferrell are pictured with a stack of Operation Christmas Child boxes that were donated to Samaritan’s Purse for children in need around the world. In Rock County this fall, a total of 654 boxes were collected in addition to financial donations that combined to provide gifts for 11,000 children around the world.
Volunteers in Luverne and surrounding cities have collected enough shoeboxes and financial donations to reach more than 11,000 children in need through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child. “Thank you to all who gave a box or donated money toward shipping,” said local volunteer...
Meetings Battle Plain Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the home of Greg Talsma. Luverne Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Blue Mound Banquet Center, Luverne. Visitors are welcome. Vienna Township meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the...
Book your winter getaway The annual winter reading program sponsored by the Plum Creek Library System and its member libraries will begin Jan. 1, and run through March 31. The program, open to ages 16 and beyond, is offered every year during the winter months and rewards readers for doing what they...
Members of the Luverne Economic Development Authority reviewed lot sales during their meeting Monday morning, Dec. 12. Luverne’s Rich Dreckman, operating as RSD Development LLC, purchased a lot on Christensen Drive near the hospital for moderately priced townhomes. A recent housing survey showed a...
By Mavis Fodness Mike Engesser strived to achieve balance while he was president and CEO of First Farmers & Merchants National Bank, but that balance will shift for the 61-year-old when he retires Dec. 30. Since announcing his retirement plans 11 months ago, Engesser has been busy preparing...
Support something smart for our community, something that really matters Anonymous donor match for History Center expires at yearend Nearly 5 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and...
Small town living brings out ‘good stuff’ this time of year Sometimes it's important to really notice and appreciate the world around you. We all know that, but how often do we intentionally slow down or quiet down in order to really “take in” the good stuff? I found myself doing that more this...

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