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Arthur Moeller Legion Auxiliary President Lorna Bryan places a remembrance wreath Monday morning at the American Legion Memorial Day program in Hardwick.
Don Reker’s speech Monday morning in Hardwick wasn’t from the perspective of a soldier. Instead, the rural Jasper farmer spoke from the point of view of a family member who lost a loved one during the Vietnam War. “I have no message of patriotism on this Memorial Day except I know Bob was willing...
John Oksness (right) blesses the new plaque dedicated Monday afternoon for Mgsr. Francis Sampson at St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne as Father Tom Jennings (center) and the St. Catherine Knights of Columbus watch. Oksness led a citizens group to raise money, design and erect the monument to...
Luverne Elementary fourth-graders Gavin DeBeer (left) and Uriel Hernandez hold two of the hundreds of pairs of shoes students at Luverne Elementary School donated last month to children in Belize.
In the final weeks of the 2015-16 school calendar, Luverne Elementary’s fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Engesser asked students for their shoes. “I figured we are coming to the end of the school year and many have outgrown their shoes,” she said. Engesser’s request yielded various styles of footwear...
Five Luverne High School juniors will represent the Hardwick and Luverne American Legion and Auxiliary units this month at the upcoming Boys and Girls State events. Pictured (from left) are Emma Mumme, Griffin Ahrendt, Tianna Doppenberg, Dylan Thorson and Knute Oldre.
Five Luverne High School juniors will learn more about how the U.S. government works in an experience reserved for a few select students. Minnesota American Legion and Auxiliary-sponsored Boys and Girls State is open only to high school juniors and is financed by local Legion and Auxiliary groups....
Seniors (from left) Malik Herman, Tara Kremin, Maggie Kruse, Megan Popkes, Hanna Hieronimus and Trei Hinrichs sing for a final time with the Ellsworth choir.
Hills-Beaver Creek School District officials were reluctant to tout that the H-BC Class of 2016 comprised of nine seniors was the smallest in the school’s 51-year history, but its top students embraced the significance in their student address at Friday night’s commencement. Valedictorian Thea...
Luverne will kick off summer this weekend with its 32nd annual Buffalo Days celebration. “This year we have more great things to do on Buffalo Days Weekend than ever,” said Luverne Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “Thanks to local businesses and organizations, the weekend is filled with fun...
Jeff Hartquist (left) was installed as president by his father, Randy Hartquist, on May 24.
Luverne’s Jeff Hartquist was named president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association at the group’s recent annual convention Hartquist said he was “proud and humbled” to be selected for the role. “Our funeral home has been a member of the association even before our family purchased the...
New owners of Up The Dam Creek Bar in Beaver Creek are (from left) Earl Vanden Bussche, Marci Lee and Wade Hofer.
The Dam Creek Bar in Beaver Creek has been open since April 14, and the new owners are pleased with business so far. “It’s been wonderful,” said one of the owners, Earl Vanden Bussche, Beaver Creek. “Our customers, our friends, the community — they’ve all be great.” Vanden Bussche is a newcomer to...
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the...
Rock County Library Director Serena Gutnik likened the upcoming visits by three authors this month in Luverne to attending a music concert. “Going to a concert is a totally different way to experience the artist,” she said. To those who love books, meeting their favorite authors is like meeting a...

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