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Several local volunteer models were recruited to wear the vintage Hinkly family clothing during the Sept. 24 Hinkly House Style and Trunk Show. Pictured on the Hinkly House porch are (in front) Lydia Jarchow, (second row, from left) Elizabeth Wagner, Jan Brandenburg, Christina Wagner, Anja Jarchow, Shirley Harrison, (back) Linda Iverson, Suanne Ohme and Jill Wagner.
Volunteers at the historic Hinkly House in Luverne have been playing dress-up with the wardrobes of the Hinkly family members. On Thursday, Sept. 24, vintage clothing items from the 1800s and 1900s were dusted off and displayed at a “Style and Trunk Show.” It was the second year for the event,...
Chris Weber talks with a group of students at Rock Valley High School Sept. 22 about the accident that killed Steen’s Andrea Boeve in 2014. Weber was distracted while driving by using his cell phone.
Even though he has already completed the required 300 hours of community service and half his jail sentence, Chris Weber continues to tell the public about the consequences of distracted driving because he wants to. Weber, who pled guilty to criminal vehicular homicide earlier this year, spent...
Gevo will increase isobutanol production at the Luverne plant to nearly 1 million gallons in 2016, nearly 10 times the rate of current production. Corporate officials made the announcement last week on the heels of a patent lawsuit settlement with Butamax in August. “The settlement with Butamax...
Nationally known combat photographer Stacy Pearsall will be in Luverne Friday, Oct. 2, to share her story about what combat is like from behind the camera. Pearsall has captured over 500,000 images across 41 different countries, and her work has appeared in Time, USA Today, CNN, BBC and the New...
A new well at the Blue Mounds State Park remains contaminated, even after repeated chlorination, according to state officials. “The drinking water situation at Blue Mounds State Park continues to be a challenge and we are committed to resolving it,” wrote DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr in a Sept. 17...
Original Rock County Red Arrow organizers Barbara Bot and Paul Rud share a laugh as they remember events from the organization’s 50-year history.
In the fall of 1965, Barb Bot was a young mother and wife of local pharmacist Al Bot. Multiple times a year, she would receive knocks at the door from individuals collecting for various local charities. She thought Luverne residents would benefit from only one annual fundraising campaign organized...
Park manager Chris Ingebretsen takes a closer look at the ear tag in this yearling bison up for live auction bids during Blue Mounds State Park’s annual bison sale.
Seventeen bison were sold Friday, Sept. 25, during the Blue Mounds State Park’s annual bison sale. The 16 yearlings and one 2-year-old bull were auctioned to the highest bidders for commercial use or breeding. Prices averaged $1,500 for heifers and $2,200 for bulls. Park manager Chris Ingebretsen...
Luverne Elementary School third-graders and instructors with the Prairie Ecology Bus enjoy their annual trip to Touch the Sky Prairie Wednesday, Sept. 16. The field trip, which educates students about prairie ecology, is sponsored by PPIE and Luverne School District this year. The students are among hundreds of visitors who roam the tall grasses of Touch the Sky Prairie each year. For more information, visit jimbrandenburg.com
Touch the Sky Prairie is 1,000 acres of restored northern tallgrass prairie northwest of Luverne, where more than 120 species of native grasses and forbes have been identified. The pristine land is one mile from where world-renowned nature photographer Jim Brandenburg was born, and two miles from...
Luverne Middle School students in Jerry Benson’s history class, some of them pictured in front of a wall-sized poster of the U.S. Constitution, celebrated Constitution Day Thursday, Sept. 17. They are (from left) Madison Gebauer, Destiny Matthiesen, Ellie Hodgen, Rebecca Austin, Annaliese Braucht, Josephine Golla, Leah Wynia and Benson.
Thursday, Sept. 17, was Constitution Day, and Jerry Benson’s Luverne Middle School history class celebrated in style. Students put up a wall-sized poster of the U.S. Constitution and hung several smaller posters that illustrated each of the articles. In addition, students designed their own posters...
Luverne residents owe the city of Luverne nearly $8,000 in utilities and assessments for miscellaneous services. At their Sept. 8 meeting, City Council members heard a report from Finance Director Barb Berghorst about the unpaid bills. She said unpaid utility bills for 2015 so far total $5,806.03...

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