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The Blue Mounds State Park interpretive center is the former home of author Fred Manfred built into the side of Sioux quartzite bedrock. The observation area atop the structure is where Manfred spent most of his time writing, and on a clear day eight counties in the states of Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota can be seen from this point.
The historic Fred Manfred home atop the Blue Mounds State Park has been closed to the public for several years because of hazards due to moisture. The home, which was once the park’s interpretive center, was on the agenda of Thursday night’s Blue Mounds State Park Advisory Group meeting. Support...
Emmanuel Rafael presses the “on” switch to the drill press last week during the sixth-grade Introduction to Woods class under the supervision of community expert Darrel Van Aartsen.
Darrel Van Aartsen has worked in construction for more than 30 years. Last month the owner of Van Aartsen Construction, Luverne, put down his hammer and nails to work with students five mornings a week at Luverne Middle-High School. Van Aartsen was hired as a community expert in the construction...
Kevin Kraetsch (right) was selected recently as the 2016 Big Buddy of the Year. He is pictured with his little buddy Johnny Wickherst. The two have been buddies since 2013.
Large blue eyes peered over Johnny Wickherst’s wire-rimmed glasses as he considered what he likes to do best with his Big Buddy Kevin Kraetsch. “I like going to the County Fair,” he said. The two have spent many hours at the Brandon, South Dakota, arcade. The two talk, play the skee ball machine...
Heidi Schacht’s kindergartners and the rest of Luverne Elementary School K-5 students are completing various activities in celebration of February’s “I Love to Read Month” and the 100th day of school on Thursday, Feb. 9.   Schacht and her students (from left) Benjamin Morales, Mallory Berning,...
Computer Clinic celebrated its store opening in Luverne with a ribbon-cutting Friday morning. Pictured are (front, from left) Luverne Economic Development Authority Director Holly Sammons, Chamber Board member Annie Opitz, store owners Sean, Scott and Tammy Heibult, Chamber Board members Faye Bremer and Nancy Scheidt, (back) store builder Darrin Popkes, Brian Sterling, Ryan Debates, Mike Cox, Kevin Thelen and Don Bryan.
The community celebrated a ribbon-cutting Friday morning for the opening of Computer Clinic on North Highway 75 in Luverne. Scott Heibult and his wife, Tammy, opened the store Jan. 27 as an expansion of their current store in George, Iowa. They have 14 years of experience in computer sales and...
Luverne’s second annual Get Hooked Ice Fishing Derby attracted more than 200 registered anglers, and half of them were children. “That is a great thing,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “There were lots of parents and grandparents with their children and grandchildren.” After a couple...
In 1918 and 1919, the world, the nation, the state and Rock County endured waves of flu that left more than weakness in their wake. When Spanish influenza hit homes 100 years ago, it often developed into pneumonia and killed thousands of people. The young and vigorous were particularly vulnerable....
The Blue Mounds State Park’s signature bison herd is a major draw for park visitors who come in search of the elusive creature. A planned “bison buggy” will make it easier to experience the unique animals, and the aim is to increase traffic between the park and the Luverne community. State parks...
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will start spring truck weight restrictions in the south, southeast and metro frost zones Friday, Feb. 17. Road restriction maps showing the locations of weight-restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed at...

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