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Eight Rock County horses competing at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show in St. Paul Sept. 18-21 are under quarantine as recommended by show officials. The horses may have been exposed to a potentially deadly virus while attending the annual event along with more than 600 other horses. On Friday,...
A more affordable public transportation option for families is now available through the Rock County Heartland Express. County Commissioners approved the additional rate option called Unlimited Monthly Family School Pass at their Sept. 8 meeting. Instead of purchasing a pass for each child to ride...
The Family Dollar building on South Estey Street in Luverne has been vacant for the past five years. Jensen Management confirmed this week that a sale is pending on the property that once housed Jubilee Foods and Luverne True Value.
After five years of sitting empty, the former Family Dollar building on South Estey Street may be getting a new owner. Bill Weber with Jensen Management Services, Luverne, confirmed the sale of the 11,500-square-foot facility is pending but was unable to provide specifics on transaction. Family...
Herman Motor Co. will host a grand opening from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, to celebrate its expansion and relocation on South Highway 75 in Luverne. A ribbon-cutting is set for 4 p.m. at the new dealership location.
Herman Motor Company moved to its new dealership location on South Highway 75 in June, and a grand opening celebration is planned for Friday, Sept. 25. A ribbon-cutting is set for 4 p.m., and an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. will include food, inflatables, raffle prizes, Dairy Barn ice cream and a...
Workers pour colored concrete at the base of what will become a flag park at the southeast corner of Main Street and Highway 75 Friday morning. The flag park is one piece of the four corners improvements at the intersection, which will see added green space and landscaping.
Just in time for Highway 75 construction to wrap up in Luverne, community leaders are making plans for a “four corners” facelift at the stoplights on Main and Highway 75. The plan calls for small trees and shrubs, grassy green spaces, colored concrete, Sioux quartzite boulders, lighted signage and...
The custodians at Luverne Public Schools are this year’s parade marshals for Saturday’s 65th annual Tri-State Band Festival. Pictured in front from left are David Eberlein, Todd Mann, Randy DeSplinter, Dwight Smedsrud, Ron Stuckenbroker, (back row) Rod Rosin, Wes Jansen, Jason Brecher, Scott Edwards, Brian Pick and Randy Walgrave.
Luverne Public School’s custodial staff will be honored Saturday as the parade marshals for the 65th annual Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne. Some of the 11 honorees won’t be able to participate because they will be working the event. “Throughout the day of the competition, they are on call to...
Health code violations, primarily the basement sewage backup, led to Sharkee's shutdown in April 2014. Fire sprinklers were disconnected April 29, 2014, for nonpayment, and on May 26, 2014, arsons set fire to the building.
Luverne city officials are taking action to acquire the blighted Sharkee’s property through the process of eminent domain. Documented code violations on the building include a leaky roof, structural damage, inoperable fire alarm and sprinkler systems, sanitary sewer backups, HVAC and electrical...
Documentary film producer Ken Burns addresses the audience in the Palace Theatre for the 2007 world premiere of his epic series, “The War,” which featured Luverne as one of four U.S. communities and their people affected by World War II.
The historic Palace Theatre, one of Luverne’s iconic symbols, is celebrating a milestone birthday this week. Built in 1915, the Palace was heralded as one of the most splendid opera houses in the state. “In the matter of the size and equipment of the stage, as well as in arrangement size and...
The Cardinal Creed is the basis for Luverne Elementary’s positive behavior program called SOARR.
Last year’s mid-year implementation of a positive behavior program at Luverne Elementary School yielded 27 reward instances per student. This year the school’s behavior committee wants to surpass the 15,000 Cardinal Cards given away last year. Cardinal Cards (business card sized pieces of cardstock...
A drunk driver who crashed her vehicle into a Luverne house has been sentenced in Rock County District Court. Reports show that Maren Jane Overgaard, 45, had a blood alcohol content of .363 when she crashed a 2006 GMC Envoy into Bill and Pauline Martin’s home on Luverne Street Wednesday, June 10....

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