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The numerous sidewalks circling around through the Courthouse Square made the Arts in the Park event more accessible to wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and others who appreciate solid footing.
Luverne’s 35th annual Buffalo Days weekend unfolded under near-perfect weather conditions, which made the celebration especially enjoyable, according to Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “We have to give credit to the weather gods,” she said. The sunshine was especially welcome after an...
Luverne’s Ben Vander Kooi (at podium) emceed groundbreaking ceremonies in 1991. Pictured with golden shovels are (from left) Rep. Vin Weber, the late Sen. Gary DeCramer, Sen. Jim Vickerman, Sen. Joe Bertram, Rep. Andy Steensma and Rep. Norm DeBlieck.
On Jan. 24, 1994, the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne, welcomed its first two residents. That day marked the culmination of a three-year lobbying effort to locate the state facility in Luverne and two years of construction after Luverne was selected in 1991. It also marked the start of an...
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith stopped at Take 16 Brewing Thursday evening for a meet and greet following her “rural economy” tour of southwest Minnesota. She discusses agriculture challenges with (from left) crop insurance agent Josh Teune, Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian, County Commissioner and Magnolia farmer Gary Overgaard, and Rock County Farm Bureau president and Beaver Creek farmer Peter Bakken.
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith spent time in southwest Minnesota Thursday, May 30, on a “rural economy tour” of outstate communities. She boarded the Luverne Trolley that afternoon and visited Midwest Dry Cast, Premium Iowa Pork and Dragonfly. “It’s good to be here today,” she said. “To see what’s happening...
U.S. Senator Tina Smith (left) talks about the tomato plants John Schoep is growing in the raised garden at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. Smith stopped at the facility Wednesday afternoon, May 29, to view the facility that will celebrate its 25th anniversary June 7.
U.S. Senator Tina Smith toured the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne for the first time May 30 as part of a “Rural Economy Tour” of southwest Minnesota. Smith briefly addressed the crowd at the veterans home as a Memorial Day Service was wrapping up. She has served as senator since 2018, after...
Trinity Lutheran Church is 125 years old and its parish members are celebrating the anniversary this weekend, with food, fellowship and a look back on the church’s history in the community of Jasper. The German Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church was organized in the early 1890s around the same...
The Service Over Self event kicked off its second year with more than 90 participants scheduled to complete more than 75 identified projects including one at Mead Court, where a sandbox, bench and paving stones were installed for the neighborhood to enjoy. Even before the project was finished,...
Luverne’s 3,000-piece nutcracker collection is the third largest in the world (after Germany and Leavenworth, Washington) and visitors increasingly stop off I-90 and venture into town to see it. City leaders are looking to capitalize on this traffic and invited local artists to create 10- to 18-...
“Farming is an occupation that requires a tremendous amount of faith,” Rev. Billy Skaggs told about 60 people at Thursday night’s Farming in Faith event in Luverne. Skaggs is pastor of Living Rock Church, which hosted the gathering in Grand Prairie Events in response to increasing stresses on the...
A proposed campground east of Luverne can move forward under an amended ordinance passed by county commissioners May 21. Mike Davis and Billy Cowell, both of Luverne, proposed creating a campground along 111st Street southeast of the Luverne City Park in Luverne Township. However, campgrounds weren...
For the first time in decades, a bridge project will be postponed in Rock County because no bids to complete the work were received. “Everyone is booked through October,” County Engineer Mark Sehr told commissioners May 21. The notice to construct a new bridge on County Road 52 over the Burlington...

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