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Luverne City Council members approved a 5.5-percent levy increase for taxes payable in 2019, according to action at their Dec. 11 meeting. The $1.9 million levy amount is about $100,000 more than the current levy. Local leaders have been reviewing income and expenses at recent meetings to plan...
Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, pictured with his wife, Missy, was sworn in as president of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Dec. 11.
Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge was sworn in as president of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association during the organization’s 133rd Annual Winter Conference at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria. Retired Rock County Court Administrator Sandra Hensley had the honor of swearing...
Mayor Pat Baustian recognizes city finance director Barb Berghost Dec. 11 for her contributions to Luverne’s excellence in financial reporting.
For the 24th year, the city of Luverne has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. At their Dec. 11 meeting, Luverne City Council members formally recognized city finance director Barb Berghorst for her efforts in qualifying the city for the award. “Thanks for...
Luverne High School senior Jadyn Anderson was awarded first place in the District 3 “Voice of Democracy” essay contest through the VFW. Her paper, written under the 2018 theme, “Why My Vote Matters,” was first place in the local contest, and now as winner at the district level, it advances to the...
About 280 members and guests attended the 20th annual New Vision Co-op annual meeting and reception Dec. 10 in the Worthington Event Center. According to the audit report, New Vision Co-op’s total sales for the year ending Aug. 31, 2018, were $417,193,139 and annual net income was $3,264,300. The...
Ann Rigney, director of food service for Luverne Schools, stirs spaghetti Thursday afternoon, Dec. 13, in preparation for a public supper at the elementary school. Proceeds from the spaghetti fundraiser were placed in the District’s Angel Fund to assist families with overdue lunch accounts.
A concern over negative student lunch account balances led Luverne Schools to proactively seek a solution through a fundraising supper. Thursday night, Dec. 13, 114 plates of spaghetti and meat sauce were served during the two-hour event in the elementary school commons. The number fell short of...
For nearly 20 years, Cozy Rest Motel owners R.G. and Judy Hensley have been lighting their little corner of the world with Christmas cheer. With hundreds of feet of string lights and thousands of bulbs, each year they transform their motel property on Highway 75 in Luverne into a dazzling holiday...
Luverne City Council members took action at their Dec. 11 meeting to rezone the future truShrimp property from industrial to agricultural use. The company is building its first bay harbor, hatchery, water treatment facilities and other affiliated structures on 70 acres of land located north of I-90...
Underground utilities are in place and a street nearly finished for Luverne’s next residential neighborhood, the Reisch Addition. The city has a tentative agreement with a local developer to build three twin homes in the new neighborhood north of Mary Jane Brown and Rock County Opportunities....
Rural Luverne welder Dean Wenzel lays out the 20 strings of lights for Hardwick’s new 21-foot-tall Christmas tree before pulling the cable lines taught and staking them into the ground. Once the strings are pulled into place, the 2,000 multi-colored lights radiate around the pole topped with a five-point star.
The Hardwick community received a special holiday present on Nov. 29 when an “elf” erected a 21-foot metal Christmas tree in the middle of town. In weeks leading up to that day, Dean Wenzel of rural Luverne designed and constructed the elements necessary for the metal tree at his welding and repair...

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