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Hundreds of registered voters in Rock County received mail ballots through the U.S. Postal Service over the weekend for Minnesota’s primary for presidential candidates — a first for the state in decades. Only six of Rock County’s 24 precincts host in-person polling places: the four precincts in...
The Luverne High School mock trial team makes its sixth-consecutive state tournament appearance March 5-6 in St. Paul. Team members include (front, left) Kaitlyn Anderson, Solveig Tofteland, Ella Lanoue, Lauren Ver Steeg, Sophia Lanoue, Alexa Chesley, (second) Parker Carbonneau, Ross Bergman, Gunnar Oldre, John Miller, Jordan Winter, (back) Chance Tunnissen, Griffin Jarchow, Seno Chanthalangsy, Xavier Carbonneau and Luke Thorson.
For the sixth straight year, Luverne High School is sending a mock trial team to the state tournament. Luverne students earned the return trip Friday, when the defense team took on the plaintiffs from Lakeview High School at the Murray County Courthouse in Slayton. The 235-224 win takes LHS to the...
Jim Loose works as an equipment operator for Gil Haugen Construction and is currently remodeling of the Luverne Middle-High School, a building he graduated from in 1978. Loose is standing in the former superintendent’s office.
After 12 months of construction and about 18 more months to go, staff and students at Luverne Middle-High School are familiar with hardhat-clad workers roaming the halls. One worker, though, gets more attention than the others. “There is always someone saying, ‘Hi,’” said Jim Loose, an equipment...
Tammy and Chad Rauk built the first home in Beaver Creek under the city's new tax abatement program.
Two more homes in Beaver Creek will be built with the benefits of the city’s tax abatement on new housing construction. At their Feb. 12 meeting, Beaver Creek City Council members conducted a public forum for two building permit requests with subsequent tax abatement requests. One was for Tom and...
Eleven Luverne High School speech students earned medals at their invitational Saturday. Pictured in front, from left, are Hannah Baker, Melanie Rittenhouse, Seno Chanthalangsy, Solveig Tofteland, (back) Chance Tunnissen, Alexa Chesley, Parker Carbonneau, Gunnar Oldre, Xavier Carbonneau, Nicole Hoogland and Luke Thorson.
The Luverne High School speech team hosted their home invitational Saturday amid cordoned-off construction areas. Nineteen schools attended the local event with 244 competitors. Twenty-three LHS students competed but, as hosts, didn’t participate in the team competition. Murray County Central High...
Skyler Hoiland of The Bluestem restaurant, Luverne, donates an $838 check to Dianne Ossenfort and Janine Papik of Luverne Street Music Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Carnegie Cultural Center. Hoiland raised the money through a new “Community Cash” menu option at The Bluestem that automatically donates $1...
Luverne choral director Seana Graber and students (from left) Averill Sehr, Tori Hemme and Ethan Nath attended the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota honor choir event for grades 9-10 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Sehr was in the SSAA choir (soprano 1, soprano 2, alto 1...
Tom Von Bische, senior project manager with NextEra Energy (center) presents a $5,000 check to the newly organized Luverne High School robotics team. Pictured are (front, left) students Lola Peterson, Katarina Horn, Lauren Ver Steeg, Solveig Tofteland, Von Bische, Melanie Rittenhouse, Seno...
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. March 15, 2020, is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year. Although more than 200,000 producers have enrolled to date, FSA anticipates 1.5...
With income tax season now open, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that over 200 sites will be offering free tax assistance for those filing income tax and property tax refund returns. Most sites are open through April 15. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide...

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