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Days without electrical power may soon be an event of the past, according to a Sioux Valley Energy representative. Jay Buchholz was recently hired as the cooperative’s key account and community relations executive. Buchholz met with Rock County Commissioners July 24. He informed commissioners that...
Important dates: Aug. 17: Expiring Continuous CRP One-Year Extension application deadline. Sept. 3: FSA Office closed for Labor Day. Sept. 4: 2018 MPP premium payment deadline; 2019 NAP Fall-Seeded Annual Crops sales deadline; 2019 NAP Value Loss Crops sales deadline; 2019 NAP Controlled...
Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company, Luverne, is again named a finalist in the Small Business Category of Minnesota Business Magazine’s “Made in Minnesota Manufacturing Awards.” The award recognizes a small company (up to 50 employees) that demonstrates overall excellence in the state’s...
Luverne’s Esther Frakes captured this photograph of the Veterans Home Pond during her walk Monday night around 8 p.m. as storm clouds gathered in the west. The serene image of the sunset reflecting on the water wasn’t a fair assessment of the weather on its way to Luverne. By midnight, Luverne and...
Community Transit driver Gary Hassebroek receives changes in Monday’s route instantly through a computerized dispatching system, which automatically places the change in the correct time slot. Since July 16, dispatching of the buses in Rock County is completed electronically. Gone is a paper list of riders where drivers would write changes and additions on the list in pen by hand.
Local Community Transit users will see a decrease in fares if they call ahead or live outside of the city of Luverne. Rock County Commissioners approved the new fare structure at their July 24 meeting. The new fares become effective Jan. 1, 2019. Under the new fee structure, costs to ride will be...
At 69 and retired from his Luverne Flowers business, George Bonnema sees himself as the new generation of Senior Citizens, which he joined in May as the group’s president. He and the group are working on plans for a 3,150-square-foot building to replace the nearly defunct Lincoln House, pictured behind him. The Senior Citizens added the kitchen and dining room building (back, left) in 1983, and that space will remain and be incorporated into the new building.
The Luverne Senior Citizens are hosting a barbecue, pie and ice cream social next week to raise money — and community awareness — for their group and for improvements to the Senior Center building on Lincoln Street. From to 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, volunteers will serve up barbecue, baked...
After donating more than 60 bicycles for repurposing rather than recycling, Rob Wenzel starts another collection of bicycles as they arrive at his workplace, the Rock County Transfer Station. Wenzel coordinates the recycling of the bicycles to nonprofit organizations in Sioux Falls.
A little grandmotherly advice rang in Rob Wenzel’s ear recently while on the job at the Rock County Transfer Station. On a daily basis the demolition landfill located east of Luverne on River Road receives a variety of discarded items that are separated and later properly disposed. Over the past...
For each of the past 18 years federal officials have dedicated millions of dollars toward bringing broadband capabilities to rural communities. Despite the government’s efforts, however, many rural areas don’t access or are under-served by current private providers. To answer the question why or...
Kenneth residents and visitors to town have been enjoying a new green space and a new and improved bandstand in the center of the community. With help from a $1,000 Luverne Area Community Foundation Grant, a group of Kenneth volunteers refurbished the town’s iconic bandstand, built in the 1930s by...
As political campaigns get underway for November elections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds campaigners that state law prohibits placement of private signs on highway right of way in Minnesota. In addition, state law says that signs may not be placed on private land without the...

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