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Winterfest weekend is already two weeks in the past, but Christmas is still two weeks in the future, so the Luverne Area Chamber and Rock County Historical Society are teaming up to keep the holiday spirit alive. The History Center will host two free showings of the classic film “Nutcracker Ballet...
Papik Motors in Luverne is buying Vander Lee Motors in Rock Rapids, Iowa, the two family businesses announced this week. Work will begin soon to remodel the Rock Rapids dealership, and it will open in January under the new Papik Motors name. “It’s a great opportunity to expand and grow,” Gary Papik...
Saturdays are busy workdays at Lord Grizzly Gallery in downtown Luverne for the upcoming “Little Hands, Big Ideas” exhibition slated for Dec. 28-29. The idea for the upcoming preschool art show was that of gallery owners Cody and Nicole Henrichs’ 5-year-old daughter, Noel (far right), who helped...
Luverne Middle School and High School choirs performed their Christmas choir concert, “Holiday Tidings,” Friday night in the high school gym, which was filled to capacity with audience members. The evening included performances by the sixth-grade choir, seventh- and eighth-grade choir, ninth- and...
Rock County 4-H’ers can experience livestock ownership under an affordable lease agreement through New Vision Co-op. The Club Beef and Club Swine programs provide students with animals to own, raise, exhibit and sell under the supervision of 4-H and New Vision staff. An introduction to the Rock...
Terri Ebert (standing) passes the tray filled with potatoes, corn, ham slices, peaches and dinner rolls to Paul Huiskes to serve himself and the seven third-graders at his table Friday morning during the Parent Partners in Education-sponsored Respect Lunch, where students dress up and apply manners...
Nine people participated in the “DeFEET Poverty: One Step at a Time” event Nov. 17 at the Luverne City Park. FCCLA adviser Carmen Thompson took a picture of participants and event organizers. Pictured from left are Willy Baker, Mikayla Wiederhoeft, Morgan Bonnett, Kayleen Wiederhoeft, Adriana Gonzalez, Courtney Wendland, Dan Wendland and Jennifer Wendland.
 “DeFEET Poverty: One Step at a Time” drove home an important message on Nov. 17 when unseasonably cold weather shortened the event in Luverne City Park. Dan Wendland was one of nine participants who learned of the conditions some people face daily. “If you are poor, no matter the weather, you’re...
Congratulations to Paul Doherty on winning election to his first three-year term on the Rock FSA County Committee and to Allen Gilmore on winning reelection to his second three-year term on the Pipestone FSA County Committee. Paul and Allen will begin their new terms on Jan. 1, 2019, with Paul...
This will be the first Christmas in over 20 years that we don’t have a real tree in our home. It looks great, but it was clearly never a living, growing, green thing … with a thirsty trunk and sticky sap and loose needles. When the kids were little, we went once or twice to a Christmas tree farm to...
A request from Rock County officials to pay Southwest Health and Human Services $272,727 for their involvement Southern Prairie Community Care recently went unheard at a meeting in Redwood Falls. SPCC is an integrated health partnership comprised of 12 counties under a joint-powers agreement to...

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