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Senior Hans Bakken delivers the prosecution’s closing arguments Monday evening at the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne. The Luverne High School Mock Trial team students presented this year’s case for friends and family for Parents Night. The team closed the 2018 season with a 4-1 record and will represent the region at the state mock trial tournament next week.
Among a packed audience of friends and family Monday night in the Rock County courtroom, the Luverne High School 2018 Mock Trial team demonstrated why they’re the Region 4 champions. The Parents Night gathering was the first time students had an audience during one of their meets. Last week the...
Signs like the one held by Rotary Club member Curt Bloemendaal will be erected this spring and will finish the final phase of the club’s community park project on South Highway 75 in Luverne. The Rotary Dog Park is the only one of its kind in the city.
Luverne Rotary Club members will put the final touches on a seven-year service project when signs go up at Rotary Park this spring on South Highway 75. The park consists of a walk-in, bike-in rest and picnic area along with the city’s only dog park. Fencing was installed last fall around the dog...
Calla Jarvie began as the new director at the Rock County Community Library Feb. 12.
Rock County Community Library’s new director, Calla Jarvie, has been an avid reader since she was a child. Her early interests were fiction, and Jarvie often related to characters like the main character in the children’s series “Ramona.” Next came an interest in visiting different worlds, and she...
Keith and Caroline Van Westen clear their driveway and sidewalk on Dodge Street Tuesday morning after another February storm system dumped several more inches of snow on Rock County. The couple said the Dodge Street improvement project widened the street but narrowed the boulevard, causing plowed...
Massage therapist Martha Nowatzki places a glass cup on her forearm in a vacuum therapy technique that alleviates muscle pain by lifting the skin to promote more blood flow and ultimately more nutrients to the sore area.
Activities of daily living have put a strain on Jean Staeffler’s back. Less than a year ago, the retired Luverne office worker had surgery to repair her injured vertebrae. The surgery was successful but her shoulders and back continued to hurt. “My doctor recommended massage therapy,” she said. “...
Luverne elementary students enjoy blue skies and sunshine during their noon recess Wednesday, Feb. 14, on the south playground. Recent snow and continued winter temperatures have allowed for long-term construction of tunnels and forts in the snow pile that grows each time it snows and the parking...
Cardinal Speech team members placing at the Redwood Valley Invitational Saturday, Feb. 17, included (front row, from left) Xavier Carbonneau, Lindsey Roemeling, Seno Chanthalangsy, Sage Ver Steeg, Alexa Chesley, Melanie Rittenhouse, Lauren Ver Steeg, (back) Briana Jonas, Jacinda Hustoft, Jonah Louwagie, Gunnar Oldre, Chance Tunnissen, Shane Berning and Roz Oye
Luverne students were among the 300 speakers from 22 schools that competed in the Redwood Valley Speech Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 17. The Cardinal team captured the third-place large team trophy. Individual honors went to students placing first- through sixth-place in the final round. Blue...
Eleven schools combined to bring 135 seventh- through ninth-grade students to the first Luverne Junior High Speech Meet Thursday, Feb. 15 in Luverne. Individual honors earned by Luverne students included: Hope Thorson, third, creative expression; Ella Lanoue second, discussion; Solveig Tofteland...
Luverne City Council is repealing the 10-year-old city ordinance that allows ATVs and golf carts to be permitted in city limits. By repealing the 2007 ordinance, the city declines to regulate ATVs and golf carts in city limits and defers to existing state law to govern their operation. The fact...
Farmland rental rates have remained high even though grain prices have gone down significantly. As grain prices rose, farmland rental rates were slow to increase. When grain prices started to fall in 2013, farmland rental rates started to decline, but at a much slower pace than grain prices. The...

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