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Students at Luverne Middle-High School joined millions of other teenagers for the worldwide annual “See You at the Pole” Wednesday, Sept. 28. More than 50 local students circled the flagpole in front of the school and joined hands. Many students shared personal prayers of solace in response to...
More than two dozen people — preschool children and their parents — toured the Drost farm near Kanaranzi to hunt for pumpkins Monday night. The Luverne Community Education outing included a hayride on the farm and browsing through a pumpkin patch for pumpkins and gourds to take home. Tim and...
Luverne Chamber Board members and well-wishers participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, for Culligan’s new location on West Main Street. Pictured are (front, from left) Annie Opitz, Lois Petersen, Lorraine Johnson, Pam Kopp, Lorna Vander Linden, Shar Berg, Rolf Berg, Faye Bremer, Missy Merrill, Patty Olson, Kevin Aaker, (back) Dave Anderson, Ryan Wynia, Mike Engesser, Gordon Mulder, Lynn Petersen, Nicie Bosch, Robert Corn, Ryan DeBates, Marilyn Bloemendaal, Sandy Bird and Es
Culligan’s ribbon-cutting and open house was a celebration of its new location in the former Palace Video building, but the Sept. 29 event also honored Culligan’s rich 70-year history in Luverne. Former Luverne resident Rolf Berg has been in the local Culligan business since 1970 and has seen the...
The Rock County Historical Society is returning museum space in the Masonic Lodge to the local Masons, and representatives from both groups met at the Lodge Friday morning for the $1 transaction and key return. Pictured are (from left) Historical Society volunteer Tim Gust, Masons Richard Bruns, Adrian; Roger Hansen, Sioux Falls; Bryce Stoltenberg, Luverne; Historical Society President Betty Mann; and Historical Society volunteers Al Stoakes, Linda Bakken and Jan Brandenburg.
After decades of operation in the Masonic Temple, the Rock County Historical Society has officially moved out of the North Freeman building and into its new space in the History Center on East Main Street, Luverne. The society purchased the building from the Masons in 1996 for $1, with the...
Ruth Ashby celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 12.
While many women in the 1930s were raising families and running households, Magnolia’s Ruth Ashby was doing farm work and playing ball. “I was the tomboy in my family,” said Ruth, who grew up with four sisters and one brother. “I helped my dad and my brother on the farm while my sisters worked...
Jeanne Bowron (left) and Nancy Skattum join forces with United Methodist and St. Catherine churches Sept. 29 during Day 1 of the Kids Against Hunger event in the Luverne Middle-High School gymnasium.
In less than one year Rock County children and adults have packaged 284,568 meals for school children in Haiti. Friday morning adult volunteers with Rock Area Kids Against Hunger were a little over halfway to the 2016 goal of 150,000. On Day 1 of the two-day event, volunteers finished 86,000 meals...
Saturday will be a big day for local music lovers and for fans of the Carnegie Cultural Center on North Freeman Avenue. Luverne Street Music organizers signed a lease with the city in February for the building, which has been under construction for remodeling since then. Saturday will be a day to...
The average per acre rental cost of Rock County’s non-irrigated cropland dropped $10 in the past two years, according to information released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report released Sept. 9 shows Rock County’s average cash rent price declined from $247 in 2014 to...
Sheriff Evan Verbrugge
National “Coffee with a Cop Day” is Friday, Oct. 7, and Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge is inviting area residents to join him that morning. The national movement aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, and Verbrugge said he hopes to have plenty of...
Workers from Roof System Inc. of Brandon, South Dakota, spent two days last week repairing the roof of the United Methodist Church in downtown Luverne. On Sept. 25 the workers created an artificial rainbow as they used a garden hose to search for caulked seams in need of replacing.

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