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In the April 30 poverty simulation at Grand Prairie Events, Luverne High School student Alyssa Nattress was assigned the role of a 9-year-old whose mother was in prison and her father wasn’t in the picture. She and her 7-year-old brother lived with their disabled grandpa and their grandma who...
Vance Walgrave sprays the newly etched Veterans Memorial paver with black paint. Walgrave has sandblasted the names of Rock County veterans on the almost 2,000 pavers at the veterans memorial located on the courthouse square in Luverne.
As each Memorial Day and Veterans Day approaches, local sandblaster Vance Walgrave is busy etching names onto pavers for veteran memorials throughout southwest Minnesota. In Luverne, however, the pavers are engraved on-site at the Rock County Veterans Memorial. Walgrave, owner of Those Blasted...
Based on community feedback throughout the process, the proposed plaza concept has open and flexible spaces, a water feature with both flowing water (as deep as a foot in places) and splash fountains. It has green space with trees, native grasses and local materials.
There’s still no location or funding for a downtown plaza, but a final concept drawing was presented Monday night to about 50 people at Grand Prairie Events. Plaza Committee Chairman Dave Haugom called the meeting a “big reveal” of work done to this point. “This plan takes all the ideas from our...
The new Rock County Ambulance garage is ready to house emergency vehicles, and Sanford hosted an open house Saturday morning, May 18, to show off the new $420,000 facility built entirely with private community donations.
Sanford Luverne’s new ambulance garage is ready for use, and a Saturday morning open house gave community members a glimpse inside their local emergency services. One of the first people there was Luverne’s Gene Cragoe, who last week observed what he calls the fifth anniversary of his second...
Courtney Fey (left), a student at Edgerton High School, is one of 16 high school students participating in the first Southwest Minnesota Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities. In a CEO showcase event Wednesday evening, May 15, in Luverne, Fey displayed her business, ScrunchOXOX, to visitors like Kristi Scholten from Hills.
Fifteen high school students displayed the results of a new yearlong program intended to prepare enterprising young people for careers in the business community. Southwest Minnesota Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities began in the fall of 2018 as a cooperative vocational education option for up...
Participants were encouraged to enjoy The Loop by riding bikes, walking or accepting a special opportunity to ride on chauffeured golf carts. A children’s scavenger hunt encouraged about 120 kids to dismount their bikes and enjoy three of the pocket parks and nature areas located along The Loop.
After months of rain, snow and gray skies, the Luverne Area Chamber organized a “Bike, Walk, Ride” event for Thursday, May 16, on The Loop bike trail with a fundraiser pork loin sandwich meal at The Lake. The event was deemed a success when rain showers stayed away. According to chamber director...
Students in Richard Owen’s Flex Time class on rocketry spent Wednesday afternoon, May 15, launching their creations, including this large rocket that required a Notice to Airmen requirement to the local airport because of the height the rocket could reach.
Luverne High School band instructor Richard Owen gave his jazz band students a little extra lesson May 15. Three days before the district closed for the summer, Owen and his students set up a launch pad on the west side of the school campus. About a dozen rockets of varying sizes were constructed...
In the coming weeks city and township officials will decide whether or not to join the newly formed Rock County Economic Development Authority. A 14-member committee of county commissioners studied the pros and cons of forming a countywide EDA for two months before recommending the new board. Robin...
Todd Mann removes projection equipment in one of the classrooms scheduled for demolition to make room for the new middle-high school commons, media center and performing arts center.
Luverne Public Schools wrapped up the 2018-19 school year Friday, and by Monday teachers, paraprofessionals and custodial staff had removed classroom items from the middle-high school’s west wing, choir and band rooms. The district received permission from the state to begin classes before Labor...
Emergency repairs will take place this spring to reopen the County Road 1 bridge in southeast Rock County to semitrailer traffic. Ice flow damaged the bridge’s wood pilings, causing the bridge deck to sag. On April 9, traffic was restricted to one lane and no more than 20,000 pounds.
Emergency repairs will be made to the bridge along County Road 1 in southeast Rock County. Ice flow this spring damaged the bridge’s wood pilings, allowing a three-inch sag to develop on the bridge deck. Repairs are estimated at $52,500. Since state officials deemed the repairs as an emergency, the...

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