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City crews pull snow and slush from the alley off Cedar Street Monday. They put in extra hours to clear storm gutters and streets to make room for heavy rain — and possible flooding — forecast for later this week.
Local public works officials took advantage of Monday’s thawing temperatures to catch up with snow removal and prepare for possible flooding. “We spent all day clearing storm gutters to get ready for the two inches of rain we’re supposed to get,” Luverne public works employee Matt McClure said...
An ag shop building collapsed Saturday afternoon at Ahrendt Bros. feedlot after several inches of snow on the roof became too heavy for the structure to support. Jeff and Troy Ahrendt had just finished feeding cattle that afternoon around 3:30 when the roof fell in on top of the equipment stored...
The water tower in Magnolia is owned by Rock County Rural Water System and is scheduled for repairs in 2020 as part of the system’s five-year plan to upgrade equipment originally installed in 1979.
Extensive repairs and equipment upgrades will be completed within the Rock County Rural Water System over the next five years. System manager Ryan Holtz outlined the 2019-2023 capital outlay plan to county commissioners who gave him the green light to apply for a low-interest loan to speed up the...
When Luverne School District residents approved a $23 million bond sale for building improvements, it passed on the first try with an overwhelming majority. While it came as welcome news at the time, it turns out Luverne was an anomaly during 2017 when only 25 percent of bond issues passed in...
Haidyn Oye smiles at her 10-month-old Australian shepherd named Dakota. Oye brought Dakota to show and tell recently, sharing her new dog with her fellow third-graders.
An age-old activity is a much sought-after student reward at Luverne Elementary School. Show and tell is an activity where children bring items to school and describe them to their classmates. For third-grade teacher Dana Wolf, the students know show and tell is conducted the last Friday of the...
Hills deer farmer Greg Leenderts (left) met with Leenderts met with Rep. Joe Schomacher earlier this month about proposed legislation that would severely restrict deer facilities such as his from operating in Minnesota.
By Lori Sorenson Hills deer farm operator Greg Leenderts recently traveled to St. Paul to visit with lawmakers about how proposed legislation would affect his business. “Chronic wasting disease has become a hot topic the last year and legislators are looking for someone to blame,” Leenderts said. “...
Gabi Ferrell demonstrated her arts talent Feb. 21 when she sang the national anthem a cappella to open the Luverne boys’ basketball game against Pipestone.
Before her recognition as the Sub-Region 10 Triple ‘A’ winner, Luverne High School senior Gabi Ferrell opened the Pipestone versus Luverne boys’ basketball game Feb. 21 by singing the national anthem. Then she graciously smiled for the crowd, posed for pictures and silently disappeared into the...
It’s common for workers to set their withholding when they start a job and never revisit it. For many, this may have worked year over year if their income and life changed very little, leading to a usual, expected outcome when filing. But then tax reform happened. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)...
A Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow clears the southbound shoulder on Highway 75 south of Hardwick Tuesday morning.
Friday, March 1, was the first day of meteorological spring, but the mercury in the thermometer and the ever-growing snow piles on the ground tell another story. While the long winter has created hardships on many fronts, some obvious complications are surfacing on city streets. Piled high...
Luverne High School students and staff assemble for a pep fest Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 26, in honor of the school’s Mock Trial team’s fifth consecutive berth in the state Mock Trial Tournament Feb. 28-March 1. Coach Jason Berghorst explains the uniqueness of the extracurricular activity in which team scores are not disclosed during the contest, only at the end of the trial.
Luverne wrapped up the 2019 Mock Trial season with its fifth-consecutive trip to the state tournament. Team results have not been released, but two individuals were recognized for their performance at the Duluth tournament on Feb. 28-March 1. Senior Jessica Anderson was named All-State Attorney and...

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