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Luverne City Council members toured the city's wastewater treatment plant recently. The plant will undergo a $14 million expansion beginning this summer with completion in the fall of 2020.
Up until the mid 1950s Luverne’s raw sewage was pumped directly into the Rock River. Construction of a municipal wastewater treatment plant in 1956 marked a major shift in sewage and wastewater management, and processes have since been refined in response to environmental protection and improved...
Josie Scholten completes facial exercises during the first day of her Royal Playhouse Children’s Theatre rehearsal in April at Coffey Contemporary Arts in Luverne. Scholten plans to attend Columbia University in New York City to study theater.
By Mavis Fodness Last year Columbia University received more than 40,000 applications, including one from 2019 Hills-Beaver Creek High School graduate Josie Scholten. The elite school accepts only 6 percent of its applicants — this year 2,200 students — including Scholten, who received a “...
Rick Wenzel of Garretson, South Dakota, kicks off Saturday night’s Hardwick Jubilee Days parade with a flyover in his aerial application plane.
Heat and humidity combined for a steamy Jubilee Days in Hardwick over the weekend. Twenty-five parade entries rolled down Main Street Saturday evening as temperatures slowly dropped into the 80s from highs in the 90s earlier in the day. Among the entries was the 2019 parade marshal Bill Holling,...
The state will compensate Rock County more than $36,000 for costs incurred by the failed upgrade of Minnesota’s Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS). “This is a great deal,” said county auditor-treasurer Ashley Kurtz. “Thirty-six thousand exceeds what we hoped for.” Legislators appropriated $...
For the fifth year in a row, The Lake in southwest Luverne will be the place to be on the Fourth of July. And each year the event, hosted by the Luverne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, continues to grow. “We have more sponsors this year,” said Luverne Chamber Executive Director Jane Wildung-...
Mayor pro-tem Caroline Thorson presents Barb Berghorst with Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Tuesday, June 25.
By Lori Sorenson For the 25th consecutive year, the city of Luverne has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. At their June 25 meeting, Luverne City Council members formally recognized city finance director Barb Berghorst for her efforts in qualifying the...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Minnesota producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture. Producers in many counties now have until July 15, 2019, to report acres they intended to plant this...
Emergency responders assisted at the scene of this two-vehicle crash south of Luverne on Highway 75 near the airport Monday morning, July 1.  The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash, which reportedly resulted in minor injuries. A Nissan Rouge, driven by 76-year-old Diane Marilee...
The Prairie Rose Community Fund Board of Directors recently allocated $39,450 in grants and scholarships for 2019. Grants totaling $33,200 were given to the city of Hardwick, Hardwick Fire Department and Hardwick Community Club. City projects include upgrades and maintenance of the city’s lagoon...
Antoon Smits of the Netherlands shows the tour schedule.
Mike Jarchow and Bluestem Catering hosted 260 dairy farmers from 21 different countries at Grand Prairie Events Wednesday at noon when several chartered buses wheeled into Luverne on their way from Worthington to Baltic. Alta Genetics hosted the group as part of a twice-yearly tour of progressive...

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