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The Hardwick City Council is considering street improvements on roughly 13 city blocks, and a cost analysis will provide options for how much work can be done for the best price. Meeting in special session Wednesday night, Aug. 10, council members charged Gary Kurth of DGR Engineering, Rock Rapids...
Luverne School District will pay off its elementary school construction debt in December of 2017, prompting long-range planning for other facility projects. In a Thursday evening workshop school board members listened to experts in school finance and educational facility planning as they decide the...
Violators of Hardwick’s new nuisance ordinance will pay a per-day fine plus assessment costs under an enforcement program adopted last week. Council members, minus Crystal Swenson who was absent, unanimously supported the enforcement program at their Aug. 10 meeting. Under the newly adopted program...
For the first time in a number of years, passports are now being issued in Luverne. According to Luverne postmaster Alisha Vander Wal, the local post office has been offering the service since June. “We were getting multiple requests a week for passports,” she said. “We knew there was a demand.”...
Conflicting news was given to the Rock County Soil and Water Board of Supervisors Monday morning regarding flood-damaged agricultural properties. Doug Bos, assistant director with the Land Management Office, explained the county would receive an additional $550,000 in flood relief monies to repair...
"Tall Grass Prairie Texture" by Kelly Doyle
The Luverne Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the winners of the July 2016 Prairie Photo Contest Friday. “The selection process is getting more difficult each month for the panel of judges,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. The winners for July are Bradley Herreid from Luverne...
Three local races with three or more candidates were narrowed to two candidates each during Tuesday’s primary election.   Luverne City Council The first race decided Tuesday night was the three-way contest for the Luverne City Council Ward 1 seat currently held by Esther Frakes, who is not seeking...
Dave Smeins helps his son Kade from the cab of the Rock County Highway Department’s truck Tuesday night as son Jase stands by.
A three-hour public open house took place Aug. 2 at the Rock County Law Enforcement Center. The second annual National Night Out garnered more than 150 visitors and featured several local service and emergency response vehicles on the lawn, allowing the public a close look. Inside the Law...
Two more downtown businesses have been approved for Luverne’s Historic Façade Improvement Program. The program offers free technical assistance for architectural design services as well as financial assistance in the form of loans and grants. On Monday the Luverne Economic Development Authority...
Luverne City Council members took action Tuesday night toward redeveloping two lots on Highway 75 currently occupied by Culligan and a condemned house next door. The City is in the process of purchasing the properties in the block north of the stoplights and will ultimately demolish both buildings...

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