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Skies become twilight-like at 1 p.m. Monday during the time the total solar eclipse was expected to be viewed locally as a thunderstorm moved through the area. In Luverne streetlights reacted to the sudden midday darkness by turning on.
A joint venture inviting the public to view the total solar eclipse in Rock County went soggy Monday when thunderstorms rolled into the area and obscured any view of the rare occurrence. Luverne Area Chamber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation organized the solar...
Tom Fick is hosting the Sept. 5 Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day at his farm west of Luverne. The event will address the advantages of cover crops as they relate to soil health and clean water
To prevent erosion and boost soil health, many Rock County corn and soybean farmers are planting cover crops between growing seasons. The added bonus is higher yields and lower input costs, according to Luverne farmer Tom Fick. “It’s something anybody can do,” he said. “You just need to figure out...
Hoops represent hopes and dreams, said Cammas Johnston before performing her hoop dance for about 50 audience members Saturday night at the Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center.
When Luverne’s founding father Philo Hawes decided to relocate his family home to the banks of the Rock River more than 150 years ago, he was following a well-worn path created by the area’s Native Americans. Francis “Bud” Johnston and his wife, Rona, of Flandreau, South Dakota, brought a little of...
Jessie Wenzel poses on the front porch of her rural Denver Township home near Hardwick, the only home she has lived in since her birth 86 years ago. Last week Wenzel moved to Luverne.
Hardwick’s Jessie Wenzel is not your typical senior citizen. The soon-to-be 87-year-old lives on her own, sews four-square quilts despite suffering from central vision loss and, until earlier this week, lived on the same Denver Township farm for all but six months of her life. Born in Luverne,...
Initial ALICE training for Luverne Public School employees took place Monday and Tuesday in the American Reformed Church. ALICE training teaches participants proactive strategies that increase chances of survival during an active shooter event.
Luverne elementary and middle/high school staff was tested Monday and Tuesday in a series of mock intruder trainings at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. More than 200 school employees participated in ALICE training, a set of proactive strategies that increase chances of survival during an...
Harold Tilstra demonstrated “Sounds of Strings” at the Hinkly House Thursday night, Aug. 17, playing several different stringed instruments and offering detailed information and history behind each one. Pictured here, Shirley Harrison and Tilstra play a duet, “Amazing Grace,” on the dulcimer. “To...
Thorstad Companies of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, submitted the low bid of $747,569 for Phase II of the Luverne Loop bike trail work that will begin later this summer. Thorstad was selected Friday during a bid letting in the Rock County Highway Department, which is overseeing the project. They were...
Luverne City Council members approved $282,000 in budget amendments for several unplanned 2017 expenses. The amendments were prompted by the acquisition of land for development and by an increased contribution to the Chamber for additional costs associated with 150th Celebration activities. The...
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is updating its rules for nitrogen application, and nearly half of Rock County’s farmers could be affected. A draft rule has been released, and the public comment period closes Aug. 25. The rule, designed to reduce nitrates in groundwater, has two parts. Part...
Interstate 90 from Luverne to Magnolia will be open to four lanes midweek next week (around Aug. 23) and the westbound ramp at Magnolia will open as the concrete repair and shoulder paving is completed. Motorists need to continue to be aware of workers in the area as the project also includes...

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