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Rock County Librarian Serena Gutnik has signed a separation agreement with Rock County and the Library Board. Gutnik, Sioux Falls, has been at the library helm since June 2015 and was earning $61,116. County human resources officials decline to comment on her departure, but the separation agreement...
  Sanford Luverne Medical Center is partnering with the Southwest Health and Human Services to conduct a community health needs assessment survey.  The survey aims to identify unmet health needs in the community, with results used to develop plans for addressing gaps in service. “We are committed...
Congratulations to Mark Vander Pol on winning election to his first three-year term on the Rock FSA County Committee. Mark will begin his new term on Jan. 1, 2018, and will represent farmers from the townships of Battle Plain, Denver, Rose Dell and Vienna. Sterling Severtson, who was also on the...
Hills-Beaver Creek High School student Josie Scholten recently learned that her Voice of Democracy essay was chosen as the first-place winner in the VFW District 3 level competition. Scholten’s essay was chosen as the local winner in November and it was read aloud at the Veterans Day program in...
Area residents were caught off guard Monday evening when a winter storm arrived suddenly at sundown dumping several inches of snow. Reports varied from 2 to 5 inches locally from the system that stretched across most of the state. The real story, however, was the rapid snowfall combined with high...
Luverne students Jacinda Hustoft (left) and Ashlee Boltjes asked school board members at their Nov. 21 meeting to reinstate cheerleading as a winter sport.
Shouts of “Go Big Red” may fill gymnasiums this winter if a request by two Luverne High School students is granted. Senior Ashlee Boltjes and junior Jacinda Hustoft asked board members to revitalize cheerleading as a winter sport during the board’s Nov. 21 regular monthly meeting. “There has been a...
Pete and Kristie Jessen are opening Top Notch Car Wash as soon as February, depending on construction weather. The location is south of the Bluestem and northeast of Shopko.
“Top Notch Carwash,” will open next year south of I-90 in Luverne. Pete and Kristie Jessen are launching the new business that may be in operation as soon as February, depending on construction weather. The building footprint includes a 30-by-33-foot structure for two self-serve bays and a 45-by-45...
Participating in the ribbon-cutting Friday morning at the History Center are (seated, from left) Greg Burger, Linda Bakken, Dolly Remme, Betty Mann, Naidine Aanenson, Dave Smith, (standing) Annie Opitz, Ryan Wynia, Dan Nath, Patti Olson, Darrel Van Aartsen, Al Stoakes, Paul Rud, Keith Elbers, Kyle...
Conspicuously absent at the History Center’s ribbon-cutting Friday was LeRoy Luitjens, one of the Historical Society’s most dedicated volunteers and supporters. Luitjens died Nov. 26 and his friends and family broke away from the grand opening festivities to attend his funeral Friday morning. “He...
Luverne’s 21st Annual Winterfest weekend was greeted with unseasonably mild weather for the first three days in December. Temperatures in the 50s made it pleasant for both indoor and outdoor activities. “It was sort of unbelievable,” said Luverne Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “All in all...

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