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Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums has awarded Geraldine Pedersen with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for her 40 years of service to the Jasper Historical Society. She was honored at an April 25 reception at Treasure Island Resort and Casino near Red Wing where the organization...
Luverne Elementary kindergarten students presented six songs for the “Music and Me” program Thursday afternoon in the school gymnasium. Director Shirlee Gilmore told audience members that the program gives “a little peek into what we have learned this year.” The 86 students demonstrated group...
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Coffey Contemporary Arts in Luverne is partnering with Habilitative Services Inc. to bring its first-ever “Art Ability Showcase” to the Main Street gallery. A grand opening and artists’ reception will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, for the special one weekend only show. HSI has more than 200 clients...
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Any given month at least a dozen Parkinson’s disease patients and caregivers gather for support, share experiences and bust myths about the disease. The Luverne Parkinson’s disease support group will celebrate its third year in existence this fall.  At their April 18 meeting last week, the group...
Six Rock County 4-H senior members were selected as recipients for the 2019 4-H scholarships. Recipients, 4-H club, sponsor scholarship, and parents are as follows: •Michael Kinsinger; Magnolia Juniors; Teal’s Market and Reisch scholarships; son of Shawn and Teresa Kinsinger, Luverne. •Hannah Kruse...
Rock County and a good share of the region was crippled last week by a mammoth spring storm that brought rain, sleet, ice and snow — along with thunder and lightning. Ice began accumulating on trees, power lines and property Wednesday afternoon, April 10, and strong winds gusting to 50 mph later...
Mrs. Buzzard Butler (far left), who is busy trying to open the library one Friday morning when she is interrupted by various patrons including the Three Little Pigs named Lenny, Louie and Lumpy.
Rock County Library celebrated last week’s National Library Week, culminating in a locally written puppet show Friday morning. Assistant librarians Barb Verhey and Glenda Bremer wrote the show, “A Day at the Library,” featuring librarian Mrs. Buzzard Butler (far left), who is busy trying to open...
Shane Berning, a Luverne High School senior, earned an eighth-place finish out of 24 participants at the Minnesota State Speech Tournament Friday in Wayzata. He competed in extemporaneous speaking.
The three Minnesota State Speech Tournament qualifiers left Luverne High School at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, ahead of an ice storm that closed roads and left hundreds without electrical power. Coaches Gavin Folkestad and Caroline Thorson and students Seno Chanthalangsy, Shane Berning and Chance...
Emilie Staeffler, a senior, places a candle representing service at the National Honor Society induction ceremony April 8 in the Luverne Middle-High School media center.
Luverne High School honored 21 students in an earlier-than-usual National Honor Society initiation ceremony April 8. Three seniors and five juniors joined the elite group this year that already included 13 returning members, who conducted the evening’s ceremony. Each year the Luverne chapter can...
Luverne Elementary fifth-grader Scarlett Xiong uses her free time to make Circle Art. The newly formed elementary student council proposed creating an “Expressions is Elementary” art program. Fundraising for the program began Friday as part of the annual Cardinal Dash.
Parent Partners in Education (PPIE) kicked off its annual Cardinal Dash fundraising event Friday in an unusual way. The kindergarten through fifth-grade students watched a video featuring classmates talking about the event that matches fitness with $10 pledges. “One hundred percent of the proceeds...

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