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Color guard instructor Gavin Folkestad (left) and band director Richard Owen watch students practice Friday morning in the Luverne High School gymnasium.
The 82 members of the Luverne High School Marching Band packed into the gymnasium Friday morning, the third out of four mornings in the past week that rain has forced the group to practice indoors. “It’s frustrating,” said director Richard Owen of the morning rain showers. “We’ve learned some...
Commissioners from nine state agencies met with businesses and community leaders in 11 southern and western Minnesota towns during a three-day bus tour Sept. 7-9. 
 Their mission was to hear firsthand how state policies are affecting outstate Minnesota — particularly with regard to water, energy...
Friends and family of the bride and groom decorate the Grand Prairie Events Center Friday afternoon in the ballroom.
Saturday’s wedding reception for Lexi Burmeister and Ben Aukes was the first one on the books for Mike and Wanda Jarchow’s Grand Prairie Events Center. Construction on the former Family Dollar building piqued public interest through the summer, so by Friday afternoon, wedding decorators discovered...
Luverne School Board members met in special session Friday morning to accept the resignation of longtime teacher Jane Cote, who submitted her resignation Aug. 31. School began Sept. 6. Cote began as a teacher in Magnolia in 1981 and became part of the Luverne elementary teaching staff when the two...
Rock County Opportunities Director Beth Bartels is asking for community support to lobby against a proposed rate change by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Bartels brought the issue to Rock County Commissioners Sept. 6 after state officials were not able to assist in lobbying to stop the...
Another downtown business has 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...
Brenda Winter
I’ve begun attending a cancer support group.  For a pre-group warm-up, the kind and soft-spoken instructor tells the room full of cancer survivors and their caregivers to “shrug our shoulders” and “reach to the left” and “reach to the right.” We all have permission slips from our oncologists...
Andrew Raak, Guernsey champion merit, Dairy Showcase.
Minnesota 4-H’ers from 86 counties arrived with more than 2,800 animals for the 2016 Minnesota State Fair 4-H livestock encampment Aug. 25-28 in St. Paul. Rock County had 39 livestock exhibitors who could show one animal at the State Fair and could earn ribbons in individual classes as well as...
Corey Nelson holds the tractor and silage wagon steady as Jeff Ahrendt operates the chopper filling the wagon Friday morning north of Magnolia. At an average of 23 tons per acre, the yield is considered about average for the area.
With rain predicted in the weekend forecast, Magnolia farmer Chad Nelson was busy hauling silage to the concrete bunker on his farmyard. “This (today) seems like a pretty ideal time for us,” Nelson said. Nelson hopes by late Saturday night that he, his brother Corey, dad Jim and chopper operator...

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