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The architect’s drawing of the new school performing arts center was revealed at Friday night’s LIFT Gala. Last week 518 theater seats were removed and other preparations completed to transform the former Luverne Middle-High School auditorium, more commonly known as the Little Theater, into the new band and choir suites. Work begins in earnest Tuesday on the planned $30 million building project that includes an $8 million performing arts center. The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2020.
The Friday night LIFT Gala drew 175 people to Grand Prairie Events in Luverne where business leaders and organizations updated the community on the latest developments in town. The night’s agenda featured 13 local projects and undertakings that were highlighted during the two-hour program. “All...
A small group of farmers gather in Pizza Ranch Feb. 28 to share cover crop ideas.
Cover crops improve soil health and boost farm profits; so why isn’t everyone doing it? Grant Breitkreutz taps the side of his head when he answers. “It’s a change in mindset,” he said. “We’ve been farming a certain way for four, five generations and we’ve been taught to do things a certain way.”...
Victoria Smook (left, standing) tells of her interview experience Thursday afternoon, Feb. 27, with Doug Ohman (right) at a public preview of the documentary “Landmarks of Minnesota: Keeping History Alive” shown at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. The one-hour documentary airs Saturday, March 9, on Pioneer Public Television. Smook is one of several local residents interviewed about Blue Mound Lutheran Church, a featured landmark.
Luverne was one of two cities that hosted a preview event for “Landmarks of Minnesota: Keeping History Alive,” a potential new program for Pioneer Public Television. PBS officials, the program’s host, and the producer attended the Feb. 27 preview event at the Palace Theatre. Madison, Minnesota,...
The beginning of January was the last time area schools were able to conduct a full week of classes. Luverne, Hills-Beaver Creek, Adrian and Ellsworth last had a full week of classes from Jan. 7-11. Each week since then, school days began late, dismissed early or were canceled. This week began the...
Luverne Senior Citizens President George Bonnema revealed architect drawings of the new building exterior at Friday night's LIFT Gala and announced an April 1 event to keep off a fundraising campaign to pay for the $2 million facility.
Luverne Senior Citizens President George Bonnema embraced his leader position Feb. 5 when he spoke to county commissioners about changing the image of retired residents. Bonnema, the former flower shop owner, and Senior Citizens Vice President Renee Reu outlined the history and future plans to...
Rock County residents can include clean paper cups and paper food containers with their other household recyclable materials.
Paper beverage cups and paper take-out containers no longer need to hit the trashcan, according to the county’s recycler, Millennium Recycling of Sioux Falls. Millennium president Shannon Dwire said paper cups were once thought to be non-recyclable due to their plastic lining. The lining is added...
The lot sits empty under the Ellsworth water tower after a Jan. 15 fire destroyed the town’s 115-year-old city hall. A public meeting is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the school gymnasium in order for council members to gather residents’ input into replacing the building.
The future of the Ellsworth City Hall will be discussed at a public meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the school gymnasium. On Jan. 15 a fire destroyed the former city hall, a 115-year-old two-story brick building. Cause of the fire is undetermined, according to the fire marshal’s preliminary...
Twenty-four Luverne High School students earned individual honors Saturday at their own individual speech tournament. As a tradition, the host team does not vie for team honors. Individuals earning honors included (front row, from left) Chance Tunnissen, Shane Berning, (second row, kneeling) Meagan Hansen, Seno Chanthalangsy, Julia Ferguson, Alexa Chesley, Solveig Tofteland, Gretchen Jacobsma, Josie Golla, Melanie Rittenhouse, (third row) Adriana Gonzalez, Courtney Wendland, Xavier Carbonneau, Sage Ver Stee
As gracious hosts, Luverne students refrained from competing for the team championship trophy at their invitational tournament Saturday, opting instead to only accept individual honors. Luverne was among the 16 schools and 266 competitors at the daylong event. “Our students play double duty on this...
Walls of snow like this one on County Road 5 west of Luverne are a common occurrence along highways and roadways across the region after crews broke through 4- to 6-foot drifts. Many roads were closed over the weekend due to significant blowing and drifting after more than a foot of snow accumulated between Wednesday and Sunday.
Rock County residents and a good share of the upper Midwest are still digging out from a winter storm that crippled the region last week. The one-two punch of heavy snow Wednesday followed by more snow and driving winds Saturday combined to shut down major travel corridors and cancel churches,...

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