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Luverne firefighters work to extinguish a dryer fire at Gevo Monday night.
The Luverne Fire Department and Rock County ambulance responded to a report of a dryer fire around 11:30 p.m. Monday at the Gevo plant on the west side of Luverne. According to Fire Chief David Van Batavia, when firefighters arrived at the scene flames were coming from a dryer, but the blaze was...
City leaders will use 'The Lake' when referring to the former creamery pond for marketing events like the recent ice fishing derby.
The gravel pit pond in Luverne has become known as the Creamery Pond, due to its proximity to the former Land ‘O Lakes creamery. There’s no longer a creamery in Luverne, and Land ‘O Lakes is now Great Plains Processing, but the little body of water has retained the Creamery Pond identity for lack...
Workers from Jerke Construction Crane Service, Sioux Falls, and Alliance Communications, Garretson, maneuver the largest of five reinforced concrete huts into place last week. This repurposed equipment hut, being lifted into place in Hardwick, is the largest and the heaviest at 56,000 pounds.
Five repurposed equipment huts were lifted into place last week as crews gear up for the $14 million broadband Internet service project in Rock County. The huts located in or near Jasper, Hardwick, Magnolia (2) and Beaver Creek arrived from various locations on semitrailers, and a crane was used to...
New Vision Co-op is seeking to merge its two current Hills locations into one under a $9.2 million planned expansion and relocation plan. A joint Rock County and Martin Township tax abatement public hearing will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the commissioners’ room at the Rock County Courthouse...
Luverne Area Chamber President Kullen Schroht (far left) and past president Mike Smith (far right) hold the ribbon for the Rock County Community Library’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on St. Patrick’s Day March 17. Pictured from left is Faye Bremer, Schroht, Annie Opitz, Heidi Sehr, Joyce Oldre, Lauri Ketterling, Tina Petronek, Patti Olson, Gloria Rust, Commissioner Ken Hoime, Bruce Olson, Bronwyn Wenzel, Camilla Graff, Linda Gulden, Ryan Wynia, Serena Gutnik, Dolly Remme, Barb Verhey, Meredith Vaselaar, (little
Luverne’s Allie Parkhurst took advantage of the Rock County Community Library’s grand reopening last Thursday, checking out 11 easy-read books. Three days after the facility reopened to regular hours, patrons got a look at the improvements and were able to check out materials again. The facility...
Annabelle Frakes holds the official charter for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 2757 issued to the Luverne group in 1933. The group voted last week to surrender its charter and disband due to the lack of active members.
A lack of participation has forced a local service group to disband and surrender its charter to the state organization. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 2757 officially folded Tuesday, March 8, during a vote involving a fraction of its members. Eight members attended the last...
Lewis and Clark Board Chairman Red Arndt and Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian pose for a ceremonious turn of the valve in the Luverne meter house Monday during a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark water in Luverne. Pictured with them are (clockwise from left) Luverne City Councilman Kevin Aaker, Sen. Bill Weber, Luverne Water and Wastewater Supervisor Al Lais, Luverne City Administrator John Call, Lewis and Clark Director Troy Larson, Worthington Public Utilities Director Scott Hain
Good things come to those who wait, and Luverne is expecting some really great things from the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System. A ribbon-cutting event Monday celebrated the arrival of Missouri River water in Luverne, and it was a chance to look back on the 26-year process that brought it here...
Investigators inspect what was left of the 41-by-246-foot barn after a May 11, 2015, fire that took the lives of two workers. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal closed its investigation last week citing the fire’s cause as “undetermined.”
The State Fire Marshal last week wrapped up the investigation of a May 2015 swine building fire that took the lives of two local women. The report, however, offers few specific answers. “I have listed this fire as undetermined due to the extent of damage to artifacts located within the structure...
Erika Egdorf delivers one of her signature impulsive hugs to Blue Mound Figure Skating Club Coach Cathy Shearer during a vitis to Egdorf's home on Thursday. March 10.
After 24 years of skating, Luverne's princess of the ice rink is retiring her skates. A hobby turned competitive passion has filled a room with trophies and medals and provided a source of self-esteem for a woman born with Down syndrome. "I just really love it," said Erika Egdorf when asked why she...

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