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Christmas officially arrived Sunday with Santa, festive train engines, fireworks and dazzling lighted displays. “It was awesome,” said Luverne Chamber assistant Amber Lais. “I thought it was an outstanding turnout. It was a perfect day. The weather was perfect. I don’t think it could have gone any...
In this preliminary drawing, Luverne resident Dean Tofteland proposes creating a rural house subdivision on 60 acres he owns east of Luverne. He received a variance to have three cul-de-sacs in which assess to the gravel road exceeds 500 feet.
The Rock County Board of Adjustment granted a variance Monday night for the proposed construction of three cul-de-sacs in Luverne Township. Dean Tofteland of Luverne is proposing construction of a rural residential subdivision for 20 lots of an acre or more in size. He owns the 60 acres for the...
Beth Schear
Elizabeth Schear was the director at Rock County Opportunities for over 15 years, building clientele and community jobs and improving program offerings. “I’m handing over my baby … 15 years of hard work,” she said in August, just before leaving for a career change. “I’ve worked really hard here,...
The new leadership team at Rock County Opportunities includes co-directors Danielle Landberg and Adria Benson (center, from left) and designated coordinator David Vis (left) and staff supervisor Kristy Goembel. The team leaders still do their original jobs but share the duties of executive director, which became open when Elizabeth Schear left in August after more than 15 years.
Rock County Opportunities is operating under a new leadership team since former director Elizabeth Schear left for a position in Marshall this summer. Co-directors Adria Benson and Danielle Landberg joined forces with longtime staff members David Vis and Kristy Goembel to take the helm. In...
Local emergency responders were dispatched Tuesday morning, Nov. 23, to a crash near Hills where a semi-tanker hauling manure tipped over into the ditch. No one was injured, but the driver, Derek Fick, was trapped in the cab until fire department personnel could help him out. The truck was hauling...
Hills Mayor Keith Elbers (standing center near the tree) leads the countdown to the tree lighting ceremony after Pastor Nita Parker (left) finished a holiday message with the question, “What do we love about Christmas?” Answer: “Seeing those we love.”
The traditional free community meal, pictures with Santa and lighting of the community Christmas tree returned to the Hills community Monday night after a yearlong pandemic hiatus. At the Hills Building Communities Stronger community club-sponsored event, a soup and sandwich dinner was served at...
Luverne’s annual Winterfest celebration returns this weekend, live and in person following last year’s pandemic restricted events. “We haven’t done it for a year, and people have kind of forgotten what to do,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “But we’ve had a lot of people step up, and...
Property near Luverne’s industrial park will soon have a 235,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse for food products requiring temperatures ranging from -20 to 45 degrees. Lineage Logistics is proposing to purchase two tracts of land owned by the Luverne Economic Development Authority along the...
Luverne School Board members have received another student request for basketball cheerleading after a 16-year hiatus. Senior Syndal Pick made the request, both written and in person, for the activity’s return. “I am asking for basketball cheerleading — because with only one season of football...
Luverne School Board members gave Superintendent Craig Oftedahl a final grade of “accomplished” for his performance in the 2020-21 school year. Each of the seven board members scored Oftedahl on a four-point scale in six areas. Four dealt with district goals and two were about personal goals. A 4...

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