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City crews demolished another blighted property in Luverne Monday, this one at 107 S. Estey Street. The city purchased the property south of NAPA earlier this year for $32,500. The lot will be razed and cleaned up for future public parking, housing or other economic development needs. The small...
A mobile classroom emerged from Precision Planting LLC’s custom semitrailer Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 6, in the Grand Prairie Events parking lot. More than 50 area producers interacted inside the trailer equipped with tiered-chair seating and video screen at the Thursday morning training about the technologically advanced equipment designed to improve the planting process.
Precision Planting LLC rolled its mobile classroom into Luverne Dec. 7 and offered about 50 producers an inside look at planting corn more effectively. Planted too deep or too shallow, seeds may not germinate. Seeds planted too close together compete for nutrients and lose yield potential. No seed...
Grace Lutheran Church youth group and families hosted their annual live nativity event Sunday, Dec. 17, with all live actors, both people and animals. The event was blessed by mild weather, which in turn drew large crowds. Pictured above are (from left) Ben Wagner, Hans Bakken, Jason Phelps, Reece...
Rock County Commissioners set the preliminary 2018 levy increase at 4.75 percent in September. However, after conducting their annual Truth In Taxation hearing Dec. 12 to receive public comments about next year’s proposed budget, commissioners will lower that percentage at their rescheduled meeting...
Rock County Commissioners held to historical practices of not abating penalties due to late payment of property taxes. The decision, however, was not unanimous after their Dec. 12 discussion. In a 4-1 vote, commissioners denied rural Luverne resident Tamara Hoff’s request to wave the penalty of $...
The city of Luverne received word last week that it will receive a $1.9 million grant to fund infrastructure improvements to the industrial park. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) informed Mayor Pat Baustian Dec. 15 that a grant through the Business Development...
Rock County Rural Water Manager Brent Hoffmann has resigned from his position, effective Dec. 29. He’s leaving to accept a position as general manager of the Grant-Roberts Rural Water System near Milbank, South Dakota. “It was a joy,” Hoffmann said about his work in Rock County. “I enjoyed my time...
Luverne City Council members approved the preliminary development plan for the Towne Square project to be a Planned Unit Development as Proposed by William J. Ludwig and Associates. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the action following a public hearing Nov. 27 and council approved it...
The Blue Mounds State Park will be a busy place next year with two major projects slated for 2018. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials announced last week that the bidding process will soon begin for restoration work on Mound Creek. The same day, they announced that drinking water...

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