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Lois Nelson played Taps on her husband, Ray's, Japanese bugle that he found during his World War II service in the Philippines.
A battered brass bugle has joined the collection of World War II artifacts at the Herreid Military Museum in Luverne. While it’s still a functional instrument, it’s now retired, as is its previous bugler, Lois Nelson, who played it for “Taps” at hundreds of local funerals for veterans. And for the...
Students from around the region and in Rock County celebrated high school graduations over the weekend. Above, seniors toss their caps in the air at the conclusion of the Luverne ceremony in the Cardinal Gym Sunday.  Hills-Beaver Creek and Ellsworth seniors will graduate Friday, May 27, both...
Father Francis Sampson
In the cemeteries of Rock County, there's a story for every flag and veteran's marker. Some have been told before and others are known only to a few. Father Francis Sampson, who is buried in St. Catherine Cemetery, is relatively unknown to local residents, but his story of service in World War II...
Craig Nelson is retiring from Luverne Public Schools as guidance councilor and track coach.
Each year, in his role as Luverne High School counselor, Craig Nelson gives LHS freshmen a list of careers. The list includes college professor, Mars exploration scientist, director of scouting for an NFL team, retractable stadium engineer, professional dancer and Big Ten Coach, among others. ...
Remodeling work on the historic Carnegie Cultural Center continues into spring, and Luverne City Council members toured the building last week to check progress. Luverne Building Inspector Chad McClure has been overseeing the project and answered questions during the May 17 tour. He said he’s...
Crossing guards near the Luverne Public School campus were honored at a thank you brunch Friday, May 20, at the American Reformed Church. Church staff there came up with the idea of hosting the luncheon to thank the crossing guards for their service and to present them with handmade thank-you cards...
This year is the 100th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and the 125th anniversary of America’s national parks. To celebrate, a summer of special events and activities has been planned at the Blue Mounds State Park and Touch the Sky Prairie. The first of those events is set for this weekend when...
Tuesday marks the filing deadline for many local, state and federal offices. Anyone interested in being elected to political office has until 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, to file. As of 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, the following people have filed. Current Luverne Mayor Patrick Baustian is seeking re-...
Farmers are educating the community about safe and humane food production and charitable groups are seeking new ways to raise money for good causes. The two efforts will join forces next month for a “Farm to Table” event to accomplish education and fundraising goals. The Luverne Area Community...
The latest addition of public art at the Flag Park corner in Luverne features local veterans who participated in the Veterans Portrait Project last fall. With permission from the veterans and from photographer Stacy Pearsall, the black and white photographs are displayed on three sides of the...

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