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Local emergency crews responded to a corn chopper fire west of Luverne along County Road 8 Wednesday, Oct. 25. The chopper, owned by Ron Christians, was operating in a cornfield owned by Dave DeBoer. Firefighters were able to keep the crop loss to a minimum, but the chopper was destroyed. Wet...
A text message tip led the Rock County Sheriff’s Office to arrest a Luverne man for four counts of fifth-degree drug possession. Ernest Lee Anderson, 43, faces up to five years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both for each count. Sheriff Evan Verbrugge received a text message at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct....
  Temperatures in the upper 30s greeted children and adults to the 5th Annual Trunk N’ Treat event on Luverne Main Street on Oct. 31. For 90-minutes two blocks of the normally busy street thoroughfare was blocked off for the 37 participating businesses who donned customs and handed out candy from...
A water quality expert reaffirmed her findings that the Rock County demolition landfill doesn’t pose a health threat to residents. Melanie Niday, a hydrogeologist with Short, Elliott and Hendrickson Inc. in St. Cloud, addressed commissioners’ public safety concerns at their Oct. 3 meeting. “Is...
School nurse Phil Paquette can’t be two places at once on the Luverne Public Schools campus. He spoke Thursday night, Oct. 12, at the School Board workshop about hiring a school health aide for the school’s two nurse’s offices. “The workload is manageable for one person but with the current...
Rock County Veterans Service Officer Dave Haugom (far right) and Minnesota National Guard Major Robert Walquist hold the site plans for Adjutant General Richard Nash (center) and Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian to discuss in detail. Behind the group is the 15-acre parcel of the proposed new armory.
Luverne will be the site of a new National Guard Armory preparedness center that will serve a consolidated Luverne and Pipestone unit. Adjutant General Richard Nash flew to Luverne from St. Paul Monday morning by Army helicopter for a leaders’ briefing to view the proposed site on the west edge of...
County and city leaders are doing their part to support the construction of the new National Guard Armory on the west edge of Luverne. In a 3-2 vote Oct. 17, Rock County commissioners agreed to support the Armory through a five-year, $187,500 highway maintenance agreement with the city of Luverne....
Roughly 200 employees at the Luverne poultry processing plant will be out of work, according to an announcement Tuesday afternoon. Pilgrim’s Pride, which bought the former Gold’n Plump business in December of 2016, said the plant will close effective Dec. 29. "The Pilgrim's team explored several...
Luverne may soon be home to the world’s largest nutcracker, if Tony Schomacker has his way. At a recent meeting of Luverne’s Nutcracker Committee, he suggested building a nutcracker that could be seen from the interstate. He mentioned Blue Earth’s Jolly Green Giant that’s 55 feet tall, lighted and...
City Administrator John Call points our the Rich Dreckman property on the west edge of town, and also highlights city lots that Dreckman will move his buildings onto. He will move the commercial buildings this fall and his personal residence nect year.
The city of Luverne has found a home on Rich Dreckman’s property for its future $4 million electrical substation. According to the purchase agreement, the city paid $385,000 to Rich Dreckman for 3 acres along Walnut Avenue, just west of the Eastern Farmers gas and diesel pumps. Dreckman’s personal...

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