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Students sing “Change of Heart.”
Luverne Elementary School first- and third-graders performed “Lemonade: A Musical for Young Singers” Friday in the school gymnasium. The musical written by John Jacobson and John Higgins featured numerous nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters describing their woes to the audience and ending with...
The nephew of a rural Hardwick couple was found safe after spending five days lost in the California mountains. Eric DeSplinter, 33, and Gabrielle Wallace, 31, were last seen Saturday morning, April 6, hiking toward Cucamonga Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, about 45 miles west of Los Angeles,...
Change is on the horizon for the former interpretive center atop the Blue Mounds State Park north of Luverne. Local park staff learned in March that funding is available for a landscape architect to develop a plan for the iconic structure built by the late Luverne author, Fred Manfred. “I’m really...
Jeff and Sarah Hartquist’s sons spent the day off from school Thursday, April 11, thinking about summer. Postponing their jobs of clearing snow from the sidewalks, Henry (back, left), Graham (in front), and Ben constructed a snowman at the corner of Kniss Avenue and Barck Street. The trio then...
Blue Mounds State Park is offering several events for the public to enjoy at the park this spring. For special accommodations or questions, call the park at 507-283-6051. •Build a Bison: Hooves to Horns from 1–2 p.m. Friday, April 19. Help a naturalist "build" a bison by transforming an audience...
New FFA officers named at the March 25 FFA banquet are (front, from left) Shelby Kracht, reporter; Destiny Matthiesen, vice president; Gretchen Jacobsma, secretary; Cassie Flanagan, president; (back) Eric Somnis, officer at large; Justin Dohlmann, historian; Camron Kopp, treasurer; and Chase Overgaard, parliamentarian. Not pictured is sentinel Hunter Ahrendt.
The Luverne-Adrian FFA Chapter members were honored March 25 during the group’s 2018-19 awards banquet in the  Luverne Elementary School commons.   Seniors recognized Twenty-two seniors and their parents were honored. They include: •Greta Ahrendt, daughter of Brad and Angela Ahrendt. •Brooke Brust...
Rock County approved a new permit for Duininck Inc., Prinsburg, to open a new gravel pit in Section 29 of Battle Plain Township. It will be the fourth active gravel mining operation permitted in a one-mile radius of Bryan and Mavis Fodness, who live on the township road (170th Avenue) used for a good share of the hauling. This new 77-acre pit will be a mile southwest of an already permitted Duininck pit, and it’s within a mile of two other permitted operations.
The Rock County Board of Commissioners took action on a series of gravel mining permits at their April 2 meeting following recommendations by the county Planning and Zoning Board. One of the proposed mining operations drew public comment at the March 25 public hearing. Duininck Inc., Prinsburg,...
Members of the Luverne Fire Department practiced dispatch and staging for housefires in three different parts of town Monday night as part of their regular training program. They’re pictured here rolling up fire hoses after “responding” to a “fire” in a one-story home on West Bishop Street. From...
The Wild Things Zoo made its first appearance at the Rock County Fair in 2018 and is scheduled to return in 2019. Ag Society members kicked off a sponsorship campaign last month to defray the zoo’s $5,000 cost and keep the event free for all fair-goers.
Organizers of the long-running Rock County Fair are seeking financial support in a direct mail campaign launched last month. The Rock County Agricultural Society kicked off its first bulk mail fundraising campaign seeking support for entertainment offerings at the annual four-day event. This year’s...

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