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The Luverne High School Class of 2020 wrapped up the school year with a virtual commencement and spectacular community parade Sunday afternoon. After a long spring of missed events and landmark senior moments, the parade — with fire truck escorts and enthusiastic community support — was a welcome...
Codie Deutsch learned Wednesday, May 20, that her restaurant could serve patrons for outdoor dining. She and her employees have been filling orders for drive up and take-out breakfast and lunch, but she said they’ve done very few breakfast meals, and lunch is only a fraction of their usual business.
Codie Deutsch of 75 Diner and Felicia Hanson of Sincerely Yours listened intently to Gov. Tim Walz’s online press conference on May 20. As they hoped, he announced another round of loosening restrictions on restaurants, salons and other businesses that were closed on March 18 to slow the...
Retiring Luverne Community Education Director Karen Willers leads the procession through the Luverne Public Schools parking lots. She retires after spending 41 years in the district.
For an hour on Thursday, May 21, students and parents created a bumper-to-bumper procession through the Luverne Public School parking lots. They waved, greeted, smiled and celebrated “We Did It!” with pre-K through senior high teachers and staff who stood on the sidelines waiting. The event was a...
The Luverne City Council met at the wastewater treatment plant Tuesday, May 19, to tour construction on the $14 million improvement project. The general contractor, Gridor Construction, Buffalo, has taken advantage of cooperative weather to make progress on Luverne’s wastewater treatment facility...
Hills-Beaver Creek High School conducted the first parking lot commencement in the school’s 55-year history Friday night. The 17 Class of 2020 seniors and their families formed a semi-circle of vehicles in front of the high school in Hills and later drove past for each student to receive a diploma.
In 55 years as a combined school district, Hills-Beaver Creek High School conducted its first parking lot commencement Friday. The 17 seniors received their diplomas as they social distanced inside their vehicles and listened to commencement speakers. Each vehicle drove by the front of the school...
Local county fair organizers will decide in a special meeting next week whether or not the 2020 Rock County Fair will take place. On Friday the Minnesota State Fair Board canceled this summer’s 2020 event instead of modifying the annual 12-day format for coronavirus distancing. Now local fair...
The building that used to be home to the Luverne Laundromat and Dry Cleaners in downtown Luverne was reduced to rubble Wednesday morning, May 20. Lynn Petersen with Chad VerSteeg Excavating used an excavator to grab, push, crush and load the block building into city of Luverne trucks for disposal...
Luverne drone operator Ryan Gee shared this aerial view of the fire that destroyed a shop near the home of Mark and Amy Overgaard in the Rowe Drive neighborhood where Luverne Fire Chief David Van Batavia also lives. In the short amount of time it took for crews to arrive, the nearby garage had heated to the point that the inside blinds started melting, and the exterior panes of the garage and house windows began to shatter from the heat. “If those inside panes had popped, it would have been hard to save the
An alert neighbor and quick emergency response saved the home of Mark and Amy Overgaard Friday when their shop was destroyed by fire. Luverne Fire Chief David Van Batavia lives in the same neighborhood as the Overgaards on Rowe Drive east of Luverne. He said he was on the back porch when he heard...
The comprehensive advocacy training course Parents in Policymaking is now taking applications from Minnesotans with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Applications are due July 10. There is no cost for this program. Starting in September, the nationally...
The Verne Drive-In Theater enjoyed positive response to its season opening night Friday night, May 22, in Luverne. New owners, the Kevin Rozeboom family, reported a nearly full house Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with lower attendance on Monday, when it rained. Theater operator Doug Rozeboom, and...

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