Luverne

Carol Nelson enjoys laughs and remembrances Tuesday afternoon, May 22, about the one and only employer she has had in her life. She was offered a job at the Exchange Bank in Hills as she graduated from H-BC in 1973. She has worked at the Luverne branch since 2011.
Carol Nelson’s colleagues honored her 45 years at Exchange State Bank, Luverne, on Tuesday, May 22, with a party and open house. “I never had a job interview,” Nelson said, looking back on her career. As a high school senior at Hills-Beaver Creek, then local bank owner Dennis Roning dropped by the...
Luverne High School senior Katie Fick credits her involvement with a wheelchair basketball team in Sioux Falls in helping her develop strength and agility while teammates showed her it’s possible to live an independent and fulfilling life.
  When Luverne High School senior Katie Fick rolls across the stage to receive her high school diploma Sunday afternoon, June 3, the paper document represents an end to childhood and the beginning of adult independence.  Much of Fick’s determination was fostered five years ago when she joined a...
Area residents gathered at the Rock County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn Sunday night on the eve of Memorial Day.
Area residents gathered at the Rock County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn Sunday night on the eve of Memorial Day for a candlelight vigil honoring those who served their country. Rock County Veterans Services Officer Dave Haugom led the event, which featured live music by Ron and Jane...
City electric utility workers move equipment on Walnut Avenue earlier this month.
  Luverne City Council members took action on another step in the process of building the new $4 million electrical substation in the industrial park. After a May 17 bid letting, the council at its May 22 meeting awarded the general contractor work to Highmark Erectors from Black Hawk, South Dakota...
  The next show at Lord Grizzly Gallery in Luverne will feature the work of 22 high school artists from southwest Minnesota and South Dakota. The June show is entitled “Foot in the Door,” because the intent is to support new artists, according to gallery owners and curators Cody and Nicole Henrichs...
Record-breaking heat descended on the area for Memorial Day weekend prompting this Angus cow south of Hardwick to seek a way to stay cool. Temperatures reached the 90s across the region with reports of areas reaching 100. According to the National Weather Service, Luverne’s Quentin Aanenson Field...
Katie Walgrave is an honorary Relay for Life chairperson and her husband, Russell Forrest, is this year’s honorary caregiver. Both will speak at the June 7 event.
  A new location, a new day and new honorary chairpersons will greet those who attend this year’s Rock County Relay for Life event in Luverne next week. Scheduled for Thursday, June 7, the event begins with the 5:30 p.m. supper and the 7 p.m. opening ceremonies in the Luverne Elementary School....
Rock County Auditor-Treasurer Ashley Kurtz (standing, front) explains the terms and conditions during the tax forfeiture sale Wednesday morning, May 23. Four properties were sold to the highest bidder.
  Four Rock County tax-forfeited properties were sold at an informal auction Wednesday morning, May 23, and all four properties found new owners. A dozen people gathered in the commissioners’ room of the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne with auditor-treasurer Ashley Kurtz, who conducted the...
Luverne electrical utilities worker Brian Remme attaches a banner to a Main Street lightpole Friday morning ahead of the Memorial Day weekend and this coming weekend’s Buffalo Days celebration. After a brutal winter and cold, wet spring, blue skies and warm sunshine are a welcome seasonal change. Temperatures late last week soared into the upper 80s and low 90s, giving local crops the perfect boost they needed to catch up after a late planting period.
  The 34th Annual Buffalo Days celebration is set for this weekend in Luverne where a full slate of events and activities are set to unfold Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5. “It’s a good start to the summer,” said Luverne Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. She said a big draw to the...
Shawn Kinsinger is lead vocalist for many of the songs, but he also plays percussion with Dean Luethje (right).
The Locals are returning to the Palace stage next weekend with another round of pop song tributes — this time focusing on “One Hit Wonders.” The show, which benefits the Luverne Optimists Club, will feature songs by artists who have made only “one trip up the pop charts,” according to organizer...

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