Luverne

Walls of snow like this one on County Road 5 west of Luverne are a common occurrence along highways and roadways across the region after crews broke through 4- to 6-foot drifts. Many roads were closed over the weekend due to significant blowing and drifting after more than a foot of snow accumulated between Wednesday and Sunday.
Rock County residents and a good share of the upper Midwest are still digging out from a winter storm that crippled the region last week. The one-two punch of heavy snow Wednesday followed by more snow and driving winds Saturday combined to shut down major travel corridors and cancel churches,...
Dan Paquin, pictured in the former Pilgrim’s Pride facility, is general manager of Premium Iowa Pork, which will occupy the former poultry processing plant west of Luverne.
Premium Iowa Pork will host a ribbon-cutting and open house Friday, March 1, to celebrate the start of its hog processing operation in the former Gold’n Plump plant on the west edge of Luverne. The Luverne Area Chamber, along with other business representatives and community members, will present...
Helmer Haakenson receives assistance holding a cake in honor of his 100th birthday on Feb. 20 by his two youngest children Mike (right) and Mary.
Helmer Haakenson had one thought on his mind in 2007 when surgeons told the then 88-year-old his aortic value replacement would last 15 years. “It will get me to one hundred,” he said last week. His 100th birthday came Wednesday, Feb. 20, and he celebrated with friends and family at his new home at...
Bruce Dysthe sings for Mary Jane Brown residents, visitors and staff. Afterward everyone was served ice cream cake. The Oaks residents were treated to donuts a la mode.
Residents and staff at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home, The Oaks and Poplar Creek Estates celebrated the merger with Sanford Health Thursday afternoon, Feb. 21. Root beer floats, music and special activities highlighted the two-hour celebration. The Oaks celebrated with donut a la...
Walking across a tightrope was one of several new experiences Jacinda Hustoft, Luverne, was able to complete at last summer’s Rotary Youth Leadership camp in Nebraska.
Jacinda Hustoft, a senior at Luverne High School, learned leadership styles could apply to characters from the children’s story, “Winnie the Pooh.” The daughter of Brad Hustoft, Luverne, and Shawn Hustoft, Brandon, South Dakota, saw herself in the tail-bouncing Tigger. “I am kind of bouncy and full...
Sundogs rise in a dramatic circle over wind turbines on the horizon north of Beaver Creek Monday morning. This scene was repeated with the rising and setting sun throughout the week of subzero temperatures and windswept snow.
An arctic front settled over the region this week, bringing with it sub zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills. By Wednesday, temperatures were forecast to hit minus 25 degrees with wind chills registering at minus 60 degrees. With these conditions expected to last for days at a time, most...
The Chamber Board of Directors honored Mike Engesser as the 2018 Outstanding Chamber Member during an after-hours reception Monday in Sterling’s Café & Grille.  The Chamber annually selects a local individual to honor with the award, which recognizes personal and professional contributions to...
The Rock’s Robotics team will compete Saturday in the First LEGO League state tournament. Members of the 2019 team include (front row from left) Quentin Johnson, Alex Reker, Zoey Berghorst, Zoe Perkins, (back) Garret Cattnach, Shelby McCarthy and Brenna Reker.
For the past six months, the seven-member Rock's Robotics team acted like a team of NASA scientists and engineers. They developed a virtual reality identity named SEBASTIAN, which stands for Space Entertainment Because Astronauts Should Talk In order to Avoid Neurosis. They constructed a robot...
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office was involved in the arrest of a Brainerd woman who is allegedly connected with vehicle thefts in Hills and Adrian. According to information released Friday from Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, his office received a call around noon Thursday, Jan. 10, about a possible stolen...
Ashton Pick places a battery-operated votive candles into white paper sacks.
More than 700 people trekked along candlelit trails in the Blue Mounds State Park Saturday night for the second annual Friends of the Blue Mounds State Park Candlelight Hike. The 2019 event drew more than double last year’s impressive count of 300-plus, and while parking was a challenge, park...

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