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There may be a permanent solution to the ongoing drinking water issues at the Blue Mounds State Park. That’s according to a pending agreement between Minnesota DNR and local officials at the Nov. 17 Rock County Board meeting. Under the agreement, a study will be conducted to determine the...
A California man’s search for the history of his restored 1956 Packard Clipper would have ended earlier this month if not for a pen and a mechanical pencil found lodged in the vehicle’s defroster. “I had all but given up finding information on the car,” said Mike Hammerberg of Pinole, California. “...
The Council for Arts and Humanities in Rock County (CAHRC) recently terminated its lease for the Carnegie Cultural Center in Luverne, and a new fine arts group is interested in using the space. Officers of the non-profit Luverne Street Music attended the City Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 16, to...
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is recommending the dam at the Blue Mounds State Park be replaced and the pond restored. According to the construction timeline, however, the Lower Mound Lake won’t be reestablished and open to the public until 2018, more than four years after flooding...
More deputies may be patrolling Rock County in 2016 if commissioners decide to include the additional monies in next year’s final budget. The discussion will take place during the county’s Truth-in-Taxation hearing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. The hearing allows the public to learn where tax dollars...
In a rare split vote, the Luverne School Board decided not to continue starting classes before Labor Day. Three of the seven board members supported reapplying for another three-year Flexible Learning Year calendar format. The format allowed Luverne to begin classes before the state-mandated start...
Eric Lammert (left) and Butch Hatting with the city of Luverne help hospice volunteer George Bonnema (behind tree) erect an evergreen tree in the flag park at the corner of Highway 75 and Main Street Friday morning as snow begins falling in the area.
Christmas is a joyful time of year, but for those grieving the loss of a loved one, it can also be a difficult and painful holiday. For 20 years Sanford Luverne Hospice has hosted a holiday tree-lighting ceremony to honor and remember loved ones — both living and dead. While hospice sponsors the...
Six remaining members of the Last Man’s Club gather for a toast Wednesday night, Nov. 11, during the Veterans Day program at the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne. Warren Herreid II is pictured at the end of the table with Last Man’s Club members (from left) Warren Herreid Sr., LeRoy Luitjens, Helmer Haakenson, Earl Glaser, Bob Anderson and Ray Anderson. There were 24 original members in the Last Man’s Club that formed out of the group of local World War II veterans who regularly met for coffee at Glen’s
Nine members of the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post 478 were recognized for 50 or more years of continuous membership during their annual Veterans Day Program Wednesday night, Nov. 11, in Hardwick. Lowell Ahrendt (58 years), Donald Etrheim (58), Harold Etrheim (58), Harold Graphenteen (60),...
Hardwick’s Board of Zoning and Adjustments recommended granting a variance for a resident to move in and expand a storage shed on his residential property. Hardwick City Council members supported that recommendation at their Nov. 12 meeting but didn’t formally grant the variance. The group, minus...
Luverne City Councilman Kevin Aaker, Lewis and Clark’s Red Arndt and Luverne City Administrator John Call are pictured in front of the last section of 24-inch pipe for the line between the Iowa border and Luverne.
The last section of 24-inch pipe was laid Wednesday, Nov. 4, for the long-awaited Lewis and Clark Regional Water System connection to Luverne.  Carstensen Contracting out of Pipestone is the contractor for this portion of the project, which includes 18 miles of 24-inch pipe from the Minnesota-Iowa...

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