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Workers prepare to bury an 8-inch water line along County Road 11 near the County Road 5 intersection west of Luverne Wednesday, Sept. 2. The work is part of a $5 million expansion and improvement project to the western and northwestern parts of Rock County Rural Water.
It’s been a busy summer for Rock County Rural Water, which is improving and expanding its system in the western and northwest part of the county and connecting to Lewis and Clark on the south end. Both projects, which happened to come together at the same time, will make the system stronger and...
A Worthington man is facing burglary charges for stealing fuel and other items from the Luverne Municipal Airport this summer. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Rock County District Court, 54-year-old Bradley Daniel John was allegedly recorded on security surveillance...
Sidewalk crews work their way south along the east side of South Highway 75 Friday afternoon. By midmorning Tuesday, they had already come back to the west side of the highway, working their way north to Main Street. Driveway approaches will be poured this week.
Little by little, the orange cones are disappearing on Highway 75 in Luverne as the 2015 construction season comes to a close. Sidewalk crews have been working in earnest to catch up with last week’s surface work. A final step in the project will be to restripe the highway from four lanes to three...
The Rock County Historical Society will conduct its annual meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15. As part of its agenda, it will elect four of the 12 board members with expiring three-year terms. “We all agreed to run,” said Historical Society President Betty Mann, whose term is expiring along with Jane...
Luverne High School’s 2014-15 exchange student Akseli Hatakka is the designer of the 2015 Tri-State Band Festival button on sale now at the Luverne Area Chamber office. The buttons serve as admission to the Saturday, Sept. 26, field competition for the band festival.
Each spring the Tri-State Band Festival Committee partners with the Luverne High School graphic and fine arts departments to develop designs for its annual band festival button. The purchase of the button allows admittance into the festival’s afternoon field competition event on Sept. 26. This year...
Baby Kallista Van Grootheest was born Aug. 5 to Matthew and Katie (Ailts) Van Grootheest. She’s pictured in the arms of her great-great-grandfather Virgil Staeffler. Her great-great grandmother was the late Marjorie Staeffler. Her great-grandparents are Geraldine (Staeffler) and Jim Haraldson, and...
Lewis & Clark Rural Water System hosted members of the House Capital Investment Committee for a construction tour Thursday, Aug. 27. Rep. Joe Schomacker, who is not a member of the committee, joined his colleagues. Bonding bill requests go through this committee and their counterpart committee...
Van Aartsen Construction began work removing the old façade on the Main Street Financial offices on East Main Street in Luverne. Darrel Van Aartsen (left) and his son Mark remove the wood covering the historical buildings on Friday, Aug. 14. Six days earlier, the two removed the brick. The...
The quiet neighborhood at the base of the Blue Mounds State Park was a busy place Monday when the Luverne Fire Department exercised a controlled burn on the house next to the quarry parking lot. The training, which began at 6 p.m. and continued after 10 p.m., allowed seven teams of firefighters to...
At the Tuesday night, Aug. 25, meeting, the Luverne City Council approved the purchase of a 2010 Rosenbauer 101' platform firetruck for $550,000. A new one costs over $1 million.
The Luverne Fire Department has added a key piece of equipment to its firefighting fleet. Fire Chief Dave Van Batavia requested the Luverne City Council approve the purchase of a newer platform truck to replace the 1985 unit currently in use. Van Batavia said the current 30-year-old truck is...

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