December

By Lori Sorenson Glen’s Food Center and Glen’s Food and Gas have been sold to Teals Market, based out of Cold Spring, and Glen Gust has announced he’ll retire. “He’s the hardest-working person I know, so this is well-deserved,” Glen’s general manager Sherri Thompson said Wednesday. “It will be an...
Lori Sorenson photo/1201 tow plow Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow driver Mark Holtz, Magnolia, has been training to use the new doublesided “tow plow” on I-90. A tow plow is a 26-foot plow mounted on a trailer pulled by a tandem axle snowplow truck, the combination of which clears two lanes at a time.
Snowplow driver Mark Holtz, Magnolia, won’t say he’s excited for the next winter storm, but he is looking forward to trying the new “tow plow” that he’s been training to operate. “I’m excited to see how it works,” Holtz said Monday afternoon under dark clouds and spittering precipitation. A tow...
By Lori Sorenson A highlight of this weekend’s Winterfest Celebration will be Luverne’s first-ever nutcracker scavenger hunt. There are over 100 participating locations with life-sized nutcrackers all over Luverne, and the challenge for scavenger hunters will be to visit each one to learn their...
Darwin and Marge Jauert, rural Luverne, say curb cutouts like this one  — especially if snow is cleared — make their lives easier.
When snow piles up on sidewalks and curbs, it’s difficult for able-bodied people to get around, let alone for those in a wheelchair. For Darwin and Marge Jauert, rural Luverne, this was the case Saturday night, Nov. 19, when they came to town for the play at the Palace Theatre. They parked in one...
Mavis Fodness Photo/1201Rafiki Bracelets Luverne Middle School students Brodi Oakley (left) and Mia Wenzel hold Rafiki bracelets, a fundraising project currently underway by the Middle School Student Council.
By Mavis Fodness Luverne seventh-grader Mia Wenzel knows the $10 beaded bracelet she purchased two months ago had a positive impact on an African family. She and 24 other student council members and two adults attended the WE Day conference in late September. WE Day in the Twin Cities Excel Center...
Mild weather conditions greeted visitors Friday at Blue Mounds State Park where 70 vehicles took advantage of the free admission as an alternative to spending the entire day shopping the Black Friday sales. Enjoying the mild temperatures were (from left) Alex Ketchpaw, Nancy Cameron, Julie Leibold and Jim Leibold.
Looking for bison instead of shopping for gifts was the preferred activity for the Leibold and Ketchpaw families during Black Friday. Entrance fees to all 76 Minnesota state parks were waived the day after Thanksgiving to encourage people to spend more time outdoors and with family. The day after...
Grant recipients for 2016 from the Luverne Area Community Foundation attended a year-end ceremony Monday night in Sterling’s, where LACF donors and supporters were also recognized. Grant recipients are front row, from left: Tyler Decesare (Boy Scouts Troop #0032), Betty Mann (Rock County Historical Society), Marie Atkinson-Smeins (Luverne Public Schools), Heidi Sehr (Blue Mound Area Theatre), second row: Debbie Mitchell (Discovery Time Pre-school), Janine Papik (Luverne Street Music), Tammy Johnson (City of
The Luverne Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce its Fall 2016 grant awards in the amount of $31,362.  Health Care Grants •Good Samaritan Mary Jane Brown Home, Parkinson’s Support Group, $2,500 •Sanford Luverne, support for new ambulance garage structure, $20,000. Community General Fund...
City workers clear old appliances, furniture and debris out of the former Culligan building on North Highway 75 near Main Street Wednesday, Nov. 23, to prepare it for demolition. The city purchased the building from Randy Sasker earlier this year for the purpose of clearing blight and encouraging...
Fans of author J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter character gathered recently at the Rock County Community Library for an evening of everything Hogwarts. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is one of the main locales for Rowling’s seven books and eight subsequent movies. The library transformed...

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