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State and local leaders with Minnesota's Clean Water Council took a field trip Monday through the Blue Mounds State Park as part of the council's southwest Minnesota tour of projects funded by the state's Clean Water Legacy Act. Of particular interest was the former Lower Lake of the part that drained in 2014, when flood waters destroyed the dam. The stream restoration has improved habitat and water qualify.
A busload of state and local leaders with Minnesota’s Clean Water Council took a field trip Monday through the Blue Mounds State Park. It was part of the council’s southwest Minnesota tour of projects funded by the state’s Clean Water Legacy Act. Of particular interest was the former Lower Lake of...
About 50 parents and students gather outside Luverne School District office doors Tuesday morning to peacefully protest school administration’s Monday night’s mask mandate decision for implementation on Tuesday morning.
Roughly 50 parents and students gathered outside the Luverne School District office Tuesday morning to peacefully protest the new mask mandate. Parents were notified around 6 p.m. Monday that all pre-K through 12th-grade students and district staff would need to wear facial coverings indoors...
Co-workers and residents at Blue Mound Tower honored their executive director, Tammy Johnson, Monday for her work at the 70-unit apartment complex and for the state association’s honor of Johnson as the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award recipient.
Residents at Blue Mound Tower know their executive director, Tammy Johnson, is someone they can count on for help. Now Johnson’s local positive impact is known statewide. Johnson received the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual conference of the Minnesota Chapter of the National...
Bethany and Cory Tilstra (holding daughter Emma) started Prairie Wind Pet Cremation in August 2020 as a burial alternative for area pet owners. The family poses with their pets outside at the memorial garden, an option for grieving pet owners to spread their pet’s ashes.
For the Casey and Lee Westphal family of rural Hills, their dog named Red was a faithful companion. She was an eager greeter and was dubbed “the best farm hand” by daughter McKenna in a social media post Aug. 21 about the 12-year-old Red Heeler’s death. A rescue dog, Red was 2 years old when she...
Kenadie Fick and Andrew Harris (center) are this year’s Hills-Beaver Creek High School homecoming queen and king. Coronation ceremonies took place Monday night in the school gymnasium. Pictured from left are Emma Deelstra, Taylor Huisman, Grace Anderson, Samantha Moser, Danette Leenderts, Mackenzie Voss, Tara Paulsen, queen Kenadie Fick, King Andrew Harris, Cole Baker, Austin Allen, Oliver Deelstra, Casey Kueter, Blake Leenderts, Cody Moser and Riley Tatge.
Parents, students and community members gathered in the Hills-Beaver Creek High School gymnasium for the 2021 Homecoming coronation. The student body chose seniors Kenadie Fick and Andrew Harris to reign over this week’s festivities. Other queen candidates included Danette Leenderts, Tara Paulsen...
The new commons area features flexible seating options for students. On the mezzanine, the new media center is located and features 5,000 books, down from the 30,000 volumes in the previous location.
The Luverne School Board will host a public open house Sunday to showcase the district’s completed construction. Self-guided tours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. “I am extremely proud of the project,” Superintendent Craig Oftedahl said. “The Board of Education had wonderful vision and did things right....
The Luverne Fire Department is considering a six-seater Polaris Ranger or a UTV like it to add to its fleet of vehicles to improve off-road rescue options on local trails.
Luverne’s Tom Nelson survived a cardiac arrest in the Blue Mounds State Park last month, thanks to CPR from a passerby and ambulance access to the portion of the trail where he collapsed. Had he been on a narrower trail deeper into the park, the outcome may have been different. Nelson’s incident...
Local public health leader Jason Kloss weighed in Tuesday on the Luverne School District’s mask mandate. He said Luverne is not unique — that every school district will eventually be faced with the same choice. “It’s no surprise,” he said. “That’s what COVID does when people get together.” He...
Rock County Commissioners signed a joint powers agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority Sept. 7. Now they can offer Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans through the non-profit governmental agency for up to $1 million. At the same meeting, commissioners approved the PACE loan to GreenSmith...
Luverne High School’s Homecoming Royalty pose for a group picture Monday ahead of the Sept. 20 coronation event. This year’s candidates include (from left) Hunter Ahrendt, Elise Ferrell, Ashton Sandbulte, Trista Baustian, Brooklynn VerSteeg, Casey Sehr, Luke Thorson, Billi Connell, Olivia Wieneke...

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