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The Bartels siblings and their mother emigrated from Germany in 1914 aboard the ship George Washington, which brought them to the United States. In addition to some unidentified passengers, Otto Bartels, father of Luverne’s Elmer Bartels, is pictured on the left in the back. Elmer’s grandmother, Metta, is standing on the right, with Lena and Meta next to her. Greta and Bertha are in the front, center, and Willie is on the right in the front. They disembarked on Ellis Island and traveled by train first to Fu
Family reunions are a universal summer pastime, and for Rock County native Becky Bartels, her Aug. 21 event was similar to many family gatherings. There were elders, long lost cousins (some from overseas) and children (many who vaguely resembled their grandparents) all gathered at the home of Becky...
A passion for cars and airplanes could be satisfied at one event coming to Luverne on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Fly-In or Drive-In Pancake Breakfast revitalizes and improves the event of 2009, according to organizers. Pancakes will be served from 7 a.m. to noon at Quentin Aanenson Field south of...
Preliminary enrollment figures at Luverne Public Schools show an increase in the student body. The district’s enrollment could grow by at least 50 students, according to information presented to Luverne School Board members during their regular monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 25. Those numbers could...
The 15-year anniversary of the 9-11 terror attack that killed nearly 3,000 people will be remembered locally on Sept. 11. Diane Sherwood, president of the Remember Rally group, said an event is planned to thank and honor local first responders. “This year Remember Rally is going to donate a...
Schomacker Flooring and Appliance owners and staff celebrated a ribbon-cutting and open house Monday night in their newly remodeled store at Cedar and Main streets. Pictured are Chamber Board members Mark Ommen, Stan Knobloch, Patti Olson, Annie Opitz, store representatives Joe Schomacker, Sharon...
Local law enforcement and South Dakota officials responded to what was reported as a car jacking Sunday in rural Rock County. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to the residence of 64-year-old Wayne Hartz around 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, regarding an assault and...
Seven Luverne youth attended the BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture camp in July. Among the students participating were (from left) Emilie Bartels, Susan Thompson and Emily Wendland.
Luverne High School graduates Susan Thompson, Emily Wendland, Tatiana Gust and Zoe Brown along with current students James Erickson, Christopher Jelken and Emilie Bartels recently attended a summer business camp through sponsorships provided by the KAHR Foundation. In total, more than 100 companies...
The hydro hammer attached to an excavator makes quick work of jackhammering through a rocky area on 140th Avenue west of the Blue Mounds State Park north of Luverne.
Halfway is where the Rock County Broadband Alliance Project stands this week as crews race to bury underground fiber before the ground freezes. “The project is going well,” said Andy Hulcher with Alliance Communications of Garretson, South Dakota. “Michels Construction and the subcontractors have...
Ashley Kurtz (left) Megan Scholten (back) and Megan Nelson recount ballots Aug. 17 in the courthouse. Ron Boyenga (back) and Darrel Van Aartsen and LaDonna Van Aartsen observe.
Last week’s recount in the tied county commissioner primary election revealed the same number of votes for each candidate — 67 for Ron Boyenga and 67 for Darrel Van Aartsen. Greg Burger captured the most votes in the Aug. 9 primary in the District 3 commissioner race to advance to the general...
This Google Maps image shows an ariel view of the city park, Rock River Road, and the former Boys Scouts campground that Mike Davis and Billy Cowell, both of Luverne, recently purchased from the Luverne Country Club for a possible campground site.
The wooded property near the Luverne City Park has been purchased by private investors for a possible campground site. The Luverne Country Club owned the former Boy Scouts land and sold it earlier this month for roughly $36,000 to Billy Cowell and Mike Davis, with possible financial support by...

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