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Anyone interested in developing a campground on agriculturally zoned land in Rock County will need a conditional use permit before proceeding, according to an ordinance update proposed by the county’s planning and zoning board. A public hearing to finalize the committee’s definition of a campground...
Luverne School Board members unanimously approved adding two key positions in the district during a special meeting May 9. A middle school principal and an elementary “behavior intervention support” teacher will be among the new hires for the 2019-20 school year. After a 25-minute discussion, the...
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility for some programs. Producers should report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were prevented from planting. Prevented...
After two years of organization, the 14-member Missouri River Watershed Partnership is almost ready to accept funding to address soil and water conservation in Rock County. However, Rock County Commissioners won’t sign a joint powers agreement unless the proposed agreement is changed. “The...
For the third year in a row, spring fieldwork has been slow to begin in most areas of the Upper Midwest in 2019. Frequent rainfall events during the last ten days of April and the first week of May across large areas of the region have resulted in field conditions that are too wet for corn planting...
Cindy Arends (left) accepts a check on behalf of the Backpack Program from Lucas Peters (center) and Eric Benson from the Rock County Corn and Soybean Growers board.
The Rock County Corn and Soybean Growers Association presented a check of $4,400 to the Backpack program to support their summer program efforts.  The money was raised during the Farm to Pint event at Take 16 Brewing in Luverne on April 12. A freewill offering for a meal of hamburgers donated and...
FFA’ers qualify for state competition at regionals April 5 Members of the Luverne-Adrian FFA Chapter competed at the Region 6 general livestock, dairy evaluation and dairy handling contests April 5 at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Hannah Kruse and Tanner Henrichs placed third and...
Kindergartners led off the 2019 Cardinal Dash Wednesday afternoon, May 1, starting in front of the Luverne Elementary School. Overnight rain prevented the annual fun run from being conducted on the already saturated lawn as in past years. Students in K-5 followed a path from the elementary parking lot, down the Dodge Street sidewalk and looping around the front of the middle-high school before ending on the school track.
Luverne Elementary students gathered in the school gymnasium Wednesday afternoon, May 1, to hear if they would be duct-taping their principal to the wall. They would not, because they fell short of the Parents Partner in Education (PPIE) 2019 goal of $13,000. The K-5 students raised $10,900. “And...
Luverne Area Chamber sponsored a ribbon-cutting event Friday afternoon for Backdraft Manufacturing, which opened earlier this year on West Gabrielson Road. Pictured at the event are Chamber Board members Patti Olson, Faye Bremer and Nancy Scheidt; Backdraft lead manufacturer Brandon LeBrun; Backdraft owner and CEO Tyler Lebrun and his wife, Anna LeBrun; Tyler LeBrun’s parents, Jim and Anne LeBrun; Chamber Board member Annie Opitz; Anna’s father, Dale Meyer; and Chamber Board member Tyler Bush.
Luverne manufacturing engineer Tyler LeBrun comes from a long line of firefighters — his grandfather, his father and two of his brothers all were or are firemen. He said this proud history is what inspired the name of his new business, Backdraft Manufacturing, which opened earlier this year in...
Residents and visitors are encouraged to bike, walk and ride the Luverne Loop Path on Thursday, May 16, to highlight the route and the Roll On Luverne bike loan program. “We want to celebrate the great job the city has done with the Loop and show residents what their tax dollars are being used for...

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