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Deegan Harnack, 6, Luverne, is surrounded by 170 stuffed animals that he recently donated to charities and organizations in Sioux Falls. Below, he hoists a large plastic bag of plush toys over the counter at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Six-year-old Deegan Stoffels had an early life lesson in sharing this fall when he donated 170 of his stuffed animals to nearby charities and organizations. Deegan enjoys playing arcade claw machines to snag stuffed animals, and through the years he’s acquired a large collection at his house (...
Bill DeBates of Luverne received a congratulatory letter earlier this month when he reached the 20-gallon mark for blood donations through the Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank.
With only 5 percent of the eligible public donating blood on a regular basis, Community Blood Bank organizers appreciate repeat donors like Luverne’s Bill DeBates. The military veteran was recognized Oct. 12 when he made his 160th donation of A-positive blood to the Sioux Falls organization. “We...
Rock County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking an extension to continue repairs on agricultural land damaged in the 2014 flood event. If approved by the state, $986,400 would stay in Rock County for continued flood repairs. SWCD supervisors unanimously supported the one-year extension...
Local fines for not complying with the state’s mandatory buffer law were lowered Tuesday, Oct. 17, after a public hearing at the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne. Earlier this year Rock County agreed to enforce the state law that requires perennial vegetation buffers next to designated rivers and...
A 38-year-old Sioux Falls man is facing felony charges in connection with the July 5 destruction of the County Road 52 bridge over the railroad tracks by Beaver Creek. According to the complaint filed Thursday in Rock County District Court, Elliot John Krueger was charged with “negligent fires —...
Luverne is taking its nutcracker theme to new levels with plans for the world’s largest nutcracker (see related story), a nutcracker holiday theme park, and the second year of the nutcracker scavenger hunt. The plans are an extension of community consultant and tourism expert Roger Brooks’ advice...
Trunk ‘n Treat set for Tuesday Participating Luverne area businesses will be handing out Halloween treats from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. This year Main Street will be closed from the Palace Theatre to the Mall on Main corner.  This will offer a safe way for children to walk down on the road...
Crews from Dave Kuik Construction, Leota, and Luverne’s McClure Electric work on the storefront of what will become the new home to Tyana’s Boutique. Business owners Mark and Amy Van Essen recently purchased the building and are in the process of remodeling it for the clothing store. Austin Kurtz (...
  Steen native Dale Hoogeveen has been named All-American Commander for his work in the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. Hoogeveen, of the VFW Post 1791, Chaska, is a district commander of VFW District 2 in Minnesota and is one of only 64 VFW district commanders worldwide to earn the title of...
  Steen native Carl Schoneman (back, center) shared this five-generation photo taken Oct. 7 in St. James. In the photo his grandmother, Lorraine Munsterman, St. James, is holding her great-great granddaughter, Jayde Schoneman, daughter of Carly Schoneman, Sioux Falls, (left) and great-granddaughter...

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