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Top: The Tuff Memorial Home nursing staff of the late 1970s included (front, left) Lois Hoyme, Isabell Biever, Jean Hellerud, Alice Severtson, Betty Walters, (middle) Florence Stoltenberg, Joyce Griffin, Bernice Tilstra, Nellie VanderWolde, Grace Slieter, Clara Bosch, Catherine Fikse, Fern Strecker, Lola Deragisch, (back) Dawn Beyenhof, Carol Gehrke, Joan Fransman, Diane Van Goor, Twyla Bajema, Pat Smedsrud, Dena Umland and Grace Wassenaar.
At 19, Glenda McGaffee remembers not liking her new job at the Tuff Home in Hills. "I hated it," she said. "I hated all the old people." McGaffee said it didn't take long to like her job and love the people — her co-workers and the residents and their families. This week McGaffee will observe her...
Jan. 18: FSA Office closed for Martin Luther King Day •Jan. 29: 2015 LIP sign-up deadline; CRP “Early Out” request deadline •Feb. 1: 2015 Wool Loan and LDP request deadline; 2014 and 2015 ARC-CO Payment recalculation request deadline; 2016 NAP Maple Sap sales deadline •Feb. 15: FSA Office closed...
Six television sets were given to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne Jan. 6 by representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 3, which encompasses 18 VFW chapters in southwest Minnesota. Pictured from left are Terrie Gulden, VFW Post 2757, Luverne; Chuck Drown VFW Post 5334,...
The Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) and University of Minnesota Extension will host Winter Crops and Soils Day Feb. 1-4 in Montevideo, Luverne, Lamberton and Fairmont, respectively. Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research...
Mother Nature blessed the area with another showing of artistic hoarfrost Monday, after heavy overnight fog left trees, branches, grasses and other stationary objects coated with ice crystals.
Winter is the best time to prune trees to keep them healthy and protect them from disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

 “Pruning trees when they are dormant is a way to protect them from diseases such as oak wilt or Dutch elm disease that are active during the...
Rock County Law Enforcement and emergency medical personnel will challenge the Luverne Fire Department in a friendly competition to see which department can recruit the most donors for the community’s blood supply for the Ninth Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” next week. Donations will be accepted...
Melissa Radley and Josh VanVeldhuizen, both of Luverne, are parents of the first baby of the New Year. Azalea Grace was born Jan. 1 at Sanford Luverne Hospital.
The first baby of the New Year born at Sanford Luverne Hospital is Azalea Grace VanVeldhuizen, born Jan. 1, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 20 inches long. She’s pictured with her parents, Melissa Radley and Josh VanVeldhuizen, both of Luverne, and she joins a 2-year-old sibling, Rome. Azalea’s...
The Luverne Fire Department spent several hours on New Year’s Eve at the scene of a fire on Edgehill Street in Luverne. Smoke was billowing out of the building, owned by Freda Fransman, when firefighters arrived, and Fire Chief David Van Batavia said crews were cautious about possible flammables...
The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s board of directors awarded a $5,257,710 contract to Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone for the 6½-mile segment of 24-inch steel pipe between Luverne and Magnolia. Magnolia is a connection point for both Rock County Rural Water District (RCRWD) and...

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