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Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines has selected Luverne Initiatives For Tomorrow as one of seven finalists vying for a $15,000 Strong Communities Award. Exchange State Bank, a Federal Home Loan Bank member financial institution, has partnered with LIFT to help engage local partners and move...
Senior Citizens Monday, Sept. 18: Chicken casserole, broccoli, lettuce with dressing, bread, tropical fruit. Tuesday, Sept. 19:  Lemon pepper fish, baked potato with sour cream, creamed peas, bread, slice of pie. Two-buck Tuesday sponsored by Rock County Red Arrow. Wednesday, Sept. 20: Sweet and...
The Luverne High School Marching Band performed for a home football game audience at halftime Friday night in what was their first official performance of the competitive season. The theme this year is “Totally 80s” and includes “Any Way You Want It,” by Journey, “Take on Me,” by Aha, “Careless...
Kim Rockman
Luverne’s Kim Rockman is planning to grow a Food Forest near her family’s home on North Blue Mound Avenue. A Food Forest is a public site that provides “free, nutrient-dense food for citizens.” The concept isn’t new, but it’s new to Luverne, and Rockman has been working to get plans in place for a...
Firemen from Magnolia, Kenneth, Ellsworth, Adrian and Luverne work to contain a fire at the Gary Frodermann farm south of Magnolia Friday night. More than 350 calves perished in the blaze, which also destroyed the barn.
More than 350 dairy calves perished in a barn fire Friday night at the Gary Frodermann farm south of Magnolia. Neighbor Chad Nelson called in the fire shortly before 8 p.m. Firefighters from Magnolia, Kenneth, Ellsworth, Adrian and Luverne were on the scene from 8 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday...
There were farm tires and smokestacks as far as the eye could see Friday when nearly 70 tractors paraded around Rock County for the Second Annual Tractor Ride. This photograph was taken at Blac-X Farms where Peter and Jay Bakken hosted the group for lunch that was sponsored by Rock County Farm Bureau.
There were farm tires and smokestacks as far as the eye could see Friday when nearly 70 tractors left Luverne City Park and tooled around Rock County. Many of the riders and drivers were returnees from last year’s popular event, which immediately prompted plans for a 2017 encore. “It was a good...
Black Rock Alternative High School Principal Vonda Viland addresses Luverne Public School’s staff on Thursday, Aug. 31, about listening to adolescents. The Luverne High School Class of 1984 graduate said teachers are often the first adults to whom students confide that issues at home are overwhelming.
In her 30 years of working in education, Vonda Viland has taken an important lessen to heart. “I’ve never met a student who wants to be a failure,” she said. Viland spoke at Luverne Public School’s final teacher in-service day on Thursday, Aug. 31. Students returned to classes on Tuesday. Viland’s...
Former Adrian Public Schools teacher Cate Koehne is the district’s new middle-high school principal. In her first year as an administrator, Koehne intends to continue building a positive learning environment, a goal set by her predecessor, the late Tim Christensen.
For two decades Adrian educator Cate Koehne immersed herself as a classroom teacher in helping her special education students achieve their individual learning goals. On Tuesday, Sept. 5, when Adrian’s 350 seventh-through twelfth-grade students return to school, Koehne steps into the official role...
Volunteers with Luverne’s Backpack Program Carol McDonald (left), Shirley Klosterbuer, Lona Klosterbuer and Rhonna Jarchow (not pictured) sort through food boxes last week at the program’s downtown storage room for food items that are distributed at the middle/high school.
Entering its 10th year, the Luverne Backpack Program is experiencing growing pains and needs renewed financial support from the community. The program gives preschool through 12th-grade students foods they prepare and serve themselves each weekend during the school year. The volunteer-led...
A new option for senior housing is now available in Luverne with the recent opening of the Oasis Care Home at 514 Britz Drive in the Evergreen Addition. An open house for public viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The 3,500-square-foot house offers six bedrooms and three bathrooms...

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