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Lorraine Stoel poses with her winning entry in the Carnegie Cultural Center’s Festival of Trees contest. Stoel used more than 70 handmade cards she designed featuring the iris folding technique to decorate her tree.
More than 70 handmade cards decorated this year’s winner of the Carnegie Cultural Center Festival of Trees contest. Winner Lorraine Stoel earned the first-place award of $50 for her tree design called “Got Mail.” Her tree displayed her handmade paper cards using iris folding, a paper folding...
Since Greta VanDerBrink took the reins as Rock County RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) coordinator 13 years ago, the program has grown to be the largest and most successful in the seven-county area.
"As one person, I cannot change the world, but I can change the world for one person.” Greta VanDerBrink said this quote by Paul Shane Spear captures the essence of her work matching volunteers with people who need help. “This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made,” said VanDerBrink...
Light ’Em Up! first-place contest winner in Beaver Creek is Sterling Shaffer.
The first-place winner of the Light ’Em Up contest sponsored by the Hills Lions Club in Beaver Creek is Sterling Shaffer who lives at 402 East 1st Ave.   Shaffer, 76, describes himself as one of the elite seniors in the town of Beaver Creek. He has a passion for Christmas and decorates both the...
SWMH Center’s Board of Directors President Marlene Tregaser (holding scissors) cut the ceremonial ribbon. Pictured (from left) are Chamber Board President Derek Boeve, SWMH board director Les Nath, general contractor Curt Valnes, Tregaser, SWMH board director Ron Boyenga, SWMH executive director Scott Johnson, SWMH business manager Dennis Gyberg, and Chamber board members Ryan Wynia, Faye Bremer, Laurie Ketterling, Sherri Thompson, Heidi Sehr and Mark Ommen.
Luverne Area Chamber and the community celebrated Southwestern Mental Health Center’s ribbon-cutting and open house Friday afternoon.  In late October, SWMH staff moved into the 9,700-square-foot facility just off East Main Street in Luverne on South Spring Street. The $1.2 million renovation of...
This spring readers in Rock County will have four additional locations to pick up or drop off a book. Each will be a part of the Little Free Library program that allows people to take books and return them once they’re read. The Rock County Early Childhood Initiative is coordinating the project...
Magnolia area residents will now have access to 24-hour library materials in their hometown, thanks to the Southwest Area Multicounty Multitype Interlibrary Exchange (SAMMIE). A Little Free Library has been set up in front of the post office in Magnolia to allow people to take books and return them...
Stephanie Pierce (left) is the 2015 Big Buddy of the Year. She is pictured with her current Little Buddy, Ella Van Wyhe.
Steen’s Marilyn Van Wyhe used three simple words to describe her granddaughter Ella’s feelings toward her Big Buddy Stephanie Pierce. “She loves her.” In addition to the feelings from the Luverne Elementary fourth-grader, those within the Big Buddies of Rock County Program think so too and recently...
Morgan Sommers (center) works for the American Red Cross and returned to Luverne Friday to present The Pillowcase Project to fifth-graders. Sommers graduated from Luverne in 2011 and was assisted by Jonathan Gacke (left) and her brother, Joe, both LHS 2015 graduates.
Morgan Sommers returned to Luverne Friday morning armed with more than 80 white pillowcases. Sommers, an LHS Class of 2011 graduate and local disaster program specialist with the American Red Cross, instructed fifth-graders at Luverne Elementary School about preparing for emergencies. Being ready...
Greg and Patti Aubert hold the therapeutic pillows they received from Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls marking the pair as the 116th kidney transplant under their kidney transplant program. The transplant team and support personnel signed the pillow. Signers include 2006 LHS graduate Kelsey Petersen, whose grandparents are neighbors to the Auberts.
As Greg and Patti Aubert celebrate Christmas, the Luverne couple hopes to meet the individual who gave a special gift to Greg almost seven weeks ago. On Nov. 3 Greg received a kidney from a living donor while on the same day Patti donated one. The transplant, however, wasn’t between the two of them...

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