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Matt Christensen, a 2009 Luverne High School graduate, is spending more than two years in China as a Peace Corps volunteer.
A 2009 Luverne High School graduate is spending 27 months in China serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and immersing himself in traditional Chinese culture. Matt Christensen, 25, is teaching English at Longnan University of Science and Technology in the city of Chengxuan. Chengxuan is located in...
Rock County may rejoin the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force. However, membership costs have more than tripled to join the agency that prevents and deters drug and violent crimes in southwest Minnesota. Information about BRDTF and associated costs was presented at the Rock County Board’s June 21...
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced last week that it will drop health insurance plans for individuals and families starting next year. The insurer said medical claims far exceeded premium revenue for individual plans, resulting in a loss of more than $500,000 over a three-year period...
Workers complete the second to last pass with fine grit sandpaper before the gymnasium floor is ready for the lines to be repainted.
Workers from FLR Sanders of Princeton began sanding decades of sealer layers off the floor of the Luverne Middle/High School gymnasium Monday, June 22, in a $40,000 refinishing project. More than three dozen large plastic garage bags were filled with sawdust from the weeklong project. Sanding was...
Before the city of Hardwick invests a possible $100,000 in street improvements, council members want to know what residents think of the planned project. A public input meeting is scheduled Thursday, July 14, during the council’s regular monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Hardwick...
Standing firm in its practice of not abating tax penalties, the Rock County Commissioners denied a Luverne resident’s request at their June 21 meeting. Patti Overgaard explained at the meeting that she wrote two personal checks and placed two payment stubs in an envelope May 15. No payment was...
Luverne’s Main Street will gain another business in time for Christmas. The popular home décor boutique Dragonfly will gain a sister business once Dragonfly owners Stacy and Dave Riphagen finish remodeling the former Lavish Designs building on East Main Street. The Riphagens opened Dragonfly three...
Tom Janssen with Fischbach Painting, Brandon, South Dakota, rolls a coat of paint on Loopy’s Dollar Store east wall to complement the new storefront Thursday morning, June 30. Curt and Marilyn Bloemendaal, Luverne, own the building and are participating in Luverne’s Historic Façade Improvement...
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and the “American Pickers” team are returning to Minnesota to film episodes throughout the region in August. “American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking” on the History Channel. The hit show follows skilled pickers on their hunt for...
More than half of southwest Minnesota adults consider themselves to be about the right weight, when in reality 70 percent are overweight or obese. That’s according to a 2015 public health survey of 16 counties in southwest Minnesota to measure physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, dental...

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