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Nate Golla commissioned Lismore freelance artist McKenzie Wieneke to paint a wall in the Luverne Farm Store’s remodeled conference room. She recently finished the mural, which reflects features of rural farm scapes.
A business remodeling project resulted in a wall-size rural landscape painting and space for a Golla family heirloom at the Luverne Farm Store this summer. After Nate Golla restructured the store’s display area to make space for a conference room, he contemplated what to do with the resulting bare...
Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian took a front-row seat to the community’s coronavirus experience last week after he came down with the illness. “It’s definitely respiratory,” he said Wednesday after testing positive. He described symptoms of fever, body aches and shortness of breath. “My chest was really...
The Kinsinger family has been exhibiting at the Rock County Fair for generations. This week Michael (from left), Brianna and Nathan will show their projects virtually as well as in-person at the 4-H Showcase at the fairgrounds in Luverne. The shows are closed to the public but can be watched via Rock County, MN, 4-H Facebook site.
The Kinsinger and Nath families are no strangers to the Rock County Fair and 4-H. In 2020 the (un)fair became a 4-H Showcase when the coronavirus pandemic caused the traditional summer event to be canceled. Mom Teresa (Nath) Kinsinger was a first-generation 4-H’er decades ago, and the tradition of...
MnDOT officials outlined a 10-year road improvement plan that postpones reconstruction of Highway 75 from Luverne to Trosky until 2028. The project originally was planned for 2025. The addition of three years is due to funding and other state highways receiving a higher priority in the 13-county...
Chef Skyler Hoiland announced last week that The Bluestem restaurant is closing. He opened the restaurant in 2012 in the former Magnolia Steakhouse location, and it closed March 21 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hoiland will instead focus on his Bluestem Catering Co. located on East Main Street in Luverne.
When The Bluestem restaurant closed its doors March 21 amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chef Skyler Hoiland discovered a slower — more livable — pace from the previous 20-hour workdays. On Thursday, July 23, Hoiland announced he would not reopen the South Highway 75 restaurant he started in 2012. “I...
Luverne School Board members put hiring on hold last fall due to budget concerns, but Elementary Principal Stacy Gillette is requesting the addition of a first-grade teacher. She said enrollment in kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms is averaging 20 to 22 students, and first-grade numbers...
Workers with Sports Graphics Inc. of Clarion, Iowa, installed a vinyl graphic over the plate glass windows of the Hills-Beaver Creek Secondary School entrance and commons area at a cost of $3,950. The graphics allow people to see out the windows, but visibility is limited looking into the building...
Limited in-person client activities resumed for the first time July 22 at Rock County Opportunities since the closing of the facility on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nancy Lewis works behind a partition as she stuffs envelopes with the Luverne Alumni News.
A small handful of RCO clients returned to work last week, four months after the organization was forced to shut down March 18 under pandemic stay-at-home orders. The effect of shutdown on staff, clients, employers and others has been devastating, according to RCO director Elizabeth Schear. “It’s...
Parents with school-aged children in the Luverne district want in-person classes to resume this fall — as long as the environment is safe. Results from an online survey by Luverne school administrators showed 75 percent of parents supported in-person instruction with common sense measures for...
City of Luverne workers searching for a water leak under Hatting Street last week found the buried railway, the former Bonnie Doon Railroad. In order to make the repairs to a broken waterline near the former Sharkee’s parking lot, crews dug under the intact steel rails and railroad ties that were...

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