Luverne

Sunshine store manager Jason Oye stocks shelves in Luverne on March 26.
While most local businesses are losing revenue due to coronavirus measures, Sunshine Foods and Blue Mound Liquor are struggling to keep up with demand. “It’s been busier than ever,” said liquor store cashier Christi Wilson. “I haven’t seen a madness like this since the holidays. People are just...
Gevo Inc., which operates Agri-Energy in Luverne, announced Friday it will cease operations at the biofuel production plant.      The close was effective Friday and terminates the employment of 27 workers.      “We will resume production once the economy is up and running again,” said Gevo...
Patrons entering the Luverne Ace Hardware store often inquire about the business’ newest “worker,” a year-old black-and-white cat named Ace.      In the month since Ace joined the 14 employees at the store, manager Kevin Mick has noticed customers — men, women and all the kids — ask a variation of...
Second-grade classmates Ayla Nelson (in vehicle) and Isley Smith talk briefly in honor of Isley’s eighth birthday on March 25.
Luverne Elementary second-grader Isley Smith celebrated her eighth birthday with an unusual party Wednesday, March 25, by receiving birthday wishes curbside at her home on West Dodge Street. Parents Andrea and Michael Smith originally planned to take Isley and her friends to a bowling alley for a...
Luverne’s seven school board members gathered via videoconference for their regular March 26 meeting using the Zoom application.      Superintendent Craig Oftedahl and board chairperson Jody Bosch originated the meeting at the district office with the other six board members at remote locations...
Monday marked the first day of distance learning for area school district students who are sheltering at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.      Students last attended classes in Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek school districts on March 16. All Minnesota schools were closed by March 18, and...
Rock County had 5 deputies along with 1 state patrol officer involved.  Rock County Ambulance was also on scene.
Local law enforcement was involved in a standoff with a Luverne resident for several hours Monday night before the ordeal ended without incident. The Rock County Sheriff's Office was called to 123 North Estey at about 5:20 for a welfare check on Douglas Randall Schmidt. Law Enforcement was advised...
Ronald Niessink
Ronald Allen Niessink, 77, Luverne, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in his Green Valley, Arizona, home following nine months of illness. Ron was a longtime member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne where a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.  Ronald Niessink was born on...
Gregg Nath
Gregg Mark Nath, 61, Luverne, died Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.        A memorial Mass will take place at St. Catherine Church in Luverne at a later date.        Gregg Nath was born on Nov. 16, 1958, to Orlen and Corinne (Ruddy) Nath in Luverne. He was the...
Marvin Kindt
Marvin Henry Kindt, 91, Jasper, died Friday, March 27, 2020, at the Pipestone County Medical Center in Pipestone.        A public service will not take place at this time.        Marvin Kindt was born on Nov. 27, 1928, to Henry and Viola (Lorenzen) Kindt in Luverne. He attended school in Luverne,...

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