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Workers with Utility Service Co. from Perry, Georgia, prepare the water tower along Highway 75 for repairs and paint. When painting begins, a shroud will protect the neighborhood from overspray.
Work is underway on the 300,000-gallon water tower in the center of Luverne. It’s due for a cleaning, safety check, interior and exterior painting, exterior balcony replacement, new lighting and an updated (and illuminated) city of Luverne logo for a total cost of $434,000. Neighbors within 300...
The city of Luverne hosted a press conference Monday morning in Grand Prairie Events to formally welcome trū Shrimp Systems to the community. “Our city is extremely excited about getting this facility in operation,” said Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian. “We look forward to many years of economic...
David Rysdam said one of his students, senior Kristen Ziegler, turned in an exceptional analysis. "She did an outstanding job," he said about her A work.
Trū Shrimp Systems announced last week that Luverne will be home to its first harbor in what will soon be a global shrimp production industry. The economic impact of this business in Luverne — construction of the 9-acre facility, 124 direct and indirect jobs, and several spin-off industries — will...
At the age of 31, author Jason Freeman thought he knew who he was. The Augustana College graduate grew up on a tree farm near Brandon, South Dakota. He was born with cerebral palsy that affects his speech and places a slight limp in his walk. “I didn’t talk much because of the speech impediment,”...
Father Tom Jennings carries the paschal candle and leads a candlelight procession of about 500 people Sunday night around the Rock County Courthouse.
More than 500 community members gathered at St. Catherine Catholic Church Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Daniella Gacke. They were searching for comfort and understanding after the seemingly happy 13-year-old girl suddenly took her life on Thursday, June 15. Her father,...
The logo for Hardwick’s 125th anniversary celebration recognizes agriculture and the railroad for the founding of the town in 1892.
“There’s no place like home” is the repeated phrase Dorothy mutters in the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” as she wishes herself safely home to her Kansas farmhouse. For many who grew up in Hardwick, the phrase summarizes this weekend’s Jubilee Days and the town’s 125th Anniversary celebration and all-...
The Blue Mounds State Park is on its fourth camping season without drinking water — or water that’s safe to shower in, for that matter. But help is on the way, according to Phil Leversedge, deputy director of Minnesota’s Division of Parks and Trails. “The results of the recent legislative session...
Rock County Commissioners unanimously supported the expansion request from Blue Mound Dairy northwest of Luverne at their regular meeting June 6. The County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the approval after a May 22 public hearing. Dairy owner Rick Van Santen requested expanding the...
In July 2015 city leaders and citizens ventured out on a Rock River exploration to determine possible public entry points for water recreation. This photograph by Mavis Fodness was taken east of Luverne.
One of the many special events planned this summer for Luverne’s 150th celebration is a Rock River canoe and kayak trip Saturday, June 24. According to Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere 150 paddlers will travel the river in canoes and kayaks in groups of 30 people at a time. In her promotional...
Luverne was among several communities in the tri-state region vying to be the first production harbor for trū Shrimp Systems. In addition to having a clean, safe, reliable water source, Luverne is giving trū Shrimp 30 acres and a seven-year sliding tax abatement for the harbor, which will be taxed...

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