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After 39 years on the job with a single school district, Luverne Elementary School teacher Patsy Amborn will retire to spend more time with family, grandchildren and reading her favorite books.
Among the academic posters in third-grade teacher Patsy Amborn’s classroom are several brightly colored messages she hopes her students have taken to heart. One reads, “Be positive and enjoy life,” and after 39 years teaching at Luverne Elementary School, Amborn plans to live this advice. “I truly...
Imagine a shared elementary and high school kitchen and adjoining commons at a distinctive “front door” on the south side of the Luverne school campus. The south-facing entrance was among several ideas discussed at the Luverne School Board facilities development meeting Tuesday, May 30. Foster,...
More than two weeks before Luverne High School’s 2017 junior-senior prom, elementary students were busy writing 220 personal messages. Marie Atkinson-Smeins, the district’s elementary counselor, first organized the letter-writing task in the late 1990s from an idea shared at a counselors meeting....
Betania Topete (right) helps kindergartner Rene Flores complete a numbers puzzle. Topete, a fourth-year Spanish student at Luverne High School, is using the Spanish language skills she is currently mastering to help English language learner Flores in daily 30-minute lessons for her independent study.
The educational journey for Luverne High School Senior Betania Topete came full circle Monday as she worked one-on-one with kindergartner Rene Flores. Topete is one of four Spanish IV students practicing language skills with elementary and middle school students who are learning English as a second...
Luverne School Board members met in special session Friday morning to accept the resignation of longtime teacher Jane Cote, who submitted her resignation Aug. 31. School began Sept. 6. Cote began as a teacher in Magnolia in 1981 and became part of the Luverne elementary teaching staff when the two...
Spelling bee moderator Keith Erickson (center) gives Kay Franklin (left) a word to spell as Luverne teacher Wendy Bosshart handles the microphone for the event.
Elementary students from Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek schools met senior citizens Thursday, May 12, for a friendly Intergenerational Spelling Bee at the Senior Center. Each was asked to spell words such as guillotine and silhouette until only the top three spellers remained as place winners in...
Luverne fifth-grader Jocelyn Hart (left) holds the first T-shirt featuring her winning design as announced by Parent Partners in Education President Anne Shelton Friday afternoon in the elementary school gym.
Jocelyn Hart was shocked when her name was called during the Flyover assembly Friday at the Luverne Elementary School. All students and staff gathered in the gymnasium for the school’s monthly S.O.A.R.R. program, a celebration of positive student behavior. The assembly also provided the parent...
Awanda Siebenahler empties a pan of green eggs.
Skits were among many special observances of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, including storytime with Superintendent Craig Oftedahl, reading with buddies, wearing “Cat in the Hat” red-and-white striped hats and eating green eggs and ham for lunch.
Zayna Hustoft helps some of the 85 kindergarten through fourth-grade students decorate pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies Saturday morning at the Luverne Elementary School.
Laughter and learning were among the activities Saturday morning during the third-annual Peer Helper Fun Day. Scooter races, face painting and Zoomobile presentations entertained the 85 students in kindergarten through fourth grade as the 24 high school peer helpers organized and operated the event...

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