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Posing with her retirement gift and celebratory cake, Brigitte Wieneke is honored for 18 years of working at The Cottage in Luverne.
Sanford Luverne’s Hospice Cottage on North Oakley Street provides a homelike setting for terminally ill persons who need round-the-clock care. Central to the care at the four-bedroom cottage are the hospice workers who involve the family members in patients’ care. One hospice worker — Brigitte...
On Monday workers from River City Electric Inc. of Mankato began assembling the poles necessary for a rapid rectangular flashing beacon (RRFB) pedestrian crossing across the highway at the corner of Dodge Street and U.S. Highway 75. The workers also placed a RRFB crossing at the corner of Barck...
It was a deadly week on southwest Minnesota roadways with two fatal crashes involving Rock County residents. Luverne’s Chad H. Carlson, 39, died in a motorcycle crash north of Luverne Sunday afternoon, April 3, and 34-year-old Aaron Conklin of Magnolia was killed in a Nobles County crash Thursday,...
"Be the Biscuit" was one of several inspirational saying Miller wrote in the hull of the rowboat in black magic marker.
Six years after graduating from Luverne High School, Caitlin Miller returned last week to inspire current middle and high school students. Principal Ryan Johnson introduced Miller at the morning session with students in grades 6 through 8 and the afternoon session to ninth- through 12th-grade...
Seven members comprise Reclaim Community, a not-for-profit group organized to purchase and restore the former Jasper High School for community use. Pictured from left are (front) Elicia Kortus, (second row) Terry Skyberg, Kristie Weinkauf, (back) Randy Larson, Jason Madtson and Ryan Reker. Missing is Jon Hoyme.
Seven people spearheaded the successful fundraising efforts to purchase the former Jasper High School, and last week they signed papers for their group called Reclaim Community to become a limited liability organization. Elicia Kortus, Ryan Reker, Terry Skyberg, Jason Madtson, Randy Larson, Kristie...
Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian, left, presents Gov. Mark Dayton with a key to the city of Luverne as a token of appreciation for the governor’s support of Lewis and Clark’s pipeline connection to Luverne.
As part of his Water Quality Forum in Edgerton March 30, Gov. Mark Dayton stopped in Luverne later that day to congratulate local officials on the Lewis Clark Regional Water System. “I’m very, very proud of that,” said Dayton, who put $41 million state bonding support toward Lewis and Clark. “It’s...
Concerns over replacing teachers within Luverne Public School District were relieved when more than 25 applied for three open positions after only a few weeks of advertising. Superintendent Craig Oftedahl updated School Board members on the positive responses at their rescheduled meeting Tuesday,...
Robyn Hemme
A Luverne woman was arrested last week on felony charges after she was found in her neighbor’s house allegedly going through personal items. According to the criminal complaint filed Friday in Rock County District Court, Robyn Denise Hemme, 53, faces first-degree burglary charges. The complaint...
RCO clients (from back to front) Kristi Brandt, Casey Van Engelenhoven and Doug Dysthe assemble boxes at Take 16 brewery in Luverne Friday morning.
As demand increases for Luverne’s Take 16 craft beer, so have job opportunities for local adults with disabilities. Woodbury distributor Hohenstein’s Inc. recently picked up Take 16 beer for its Minnesota distribution – officially launching in Mankato with tap takeovers on April 14. That means the...
Buffer legislation enacted last year will go into effect Nov. 1, 2017, and farmers are taking steps now to put those provisions in place. Arlyn Gehrke spelled out the details of the legislation at the Rock County Corn and Soybean Growers meeting March 31 in Luverne. In his opening remarks, he...

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