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Eastern neighborhoods of Luverne, south of County Road 4 (East Main Street), were underwater on June 16, 2014, when heavy rains caused the Rock River to overflow its banks. Mike and Karen Mensen’s two-story home is pictured surrounded by water.
Last year Father’s Day weekend celebrations were put on hold in Rock County as residents dealt with the aftereffects of severe flooding. The persistent weather front helped the area recover from a yearlong drought, but it turned into too much of a good thing June 14-16, 2014, when more than 13...
Honorary Chairwoman Merecie Domagala (far right) leads the survivors lap during Saturday night’s Relay for Life event at the Luverne City Park. In the golf cart is Domagala’s father-in-law, Del, also a cancer survivor, with his daughter Faye Bremer driving.
Relay for Life of Rock County surpassed this year’s goal of $35,000. The 2015 event culminated Friday, June 12, with the local Relay for Life event and marked the 15th year the event has been conducted in Rock County. With donations still coming in, the committee raised just over $36,000 in...
Nate Golla (left) holds the squealing pig for Exchange State Bank Branch Manager and Vice President Ryan DeBates to kiss during Friday night's Relay for Life of Rock County. After the exchange of affection, the pig quieted, prompting aonther peck from DeBates as Ryan Wynia with First Farmers and...
A home on West Luverne Street was damaged Wednesday night when it was struck by a vehicle driven by Maren Jane Overgaard, 45, of Luverne.
A Luverne woman is in jail after the vehicle she was driving struck a house. Maren Jane Overgaard, 45, was driving a 2006 GMC Envoy, owned by Tollefson Publishing of Luverne, when she left the roadway and struck a porch at 504 W. Luverne St. at 9:54 p.m., Wednesday, June 10. Homeowners Bill and...
Elzora Ott colors, cuts out and poses with the Flat Jesus she created Friday night, June 5, at the United Methodist Church’s Pie and Ice Cream Social during the Buffalo Days Celebration. “If Flat Stanley can go anywhere, you can take Jesus everywhere,” Ott said.
Luverne’s United Methodist Church is using crayons and paper to convey an important message. “We’re committed to bringing more life to the love of Jesus in the community,” said Pastor Dorie Hall. Called “Flat Jesus,” the message Hall conveyed to audience members at Sunday’s ecumenical church...
Workers bore under the railroad crossing for the new waterline along Highway 75 last week.
Rain has played a factor in delaying the first phase of the Highway 75 reconstruction project. Since the week of May 11, three workdays have been lost when more than 2 inches of rain fell on the project area. However, with the majority of the project complete a month later, the center lanes of the...
Rock County Relay for Life honorary co-chairs make their way through the Buffalo Days Parade Saturday morning on Luverne's Main Street. They are (from left) Rita Sterrett, Merecie Domagala and Del Domagala.
Merecie Domagala agreed to be the Rock County Relay for Life 2015 Honorary Chairwoman only if her mother, Rita Sterrett, and father-in-law, Del Domagala, could be honored with her. “Mom and I kind of did this battle together,” Merecie said about Rita. “I have taken her to most of her appointments...
The town of Hills will likely grow to two or three times its normal population this weekend when the community celebrates its 125th anniversary. The celebration is timed with the community’s annual Friendship Days weekend, so there will be the usual parades, games, food vendors and festivities. A...
Arts in the Park was a popular spot in Luverne Saturday afternoon for Buffalo Days weekend.
Summer officially began in Luverne over the weekend with the 31st annual Buffalo Days Celebration June 5-7. Despite a dismal weekend forecast, fair weather prevailed for most of the Buffalo Days activities. More than 250 cars, trucks, motorcycles and other automobiles and hundreds of auto...

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