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Shane Berning, a Luverne High School senior, earned an eighth-place finish out of 24 participants at the Minnesota State Speech Tournament Friday in Wayzata. He competed in extemporaneous speaking.
The three Minnesota State Speech Tournament qualifiers left Luverne High School at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, ahead of an ice storm that closed roads and left hundreds without electrical power. Coaches Gavin Folkestad and Caroline Thorson and students Seno Chanthalangsy, Shane Berning and Chance...
Emilie Staeffler, a senior, places a candle representing service at the National Honor Society induction ceremony April 8 in the Luverne Middle-High School media center.
Luverne High School honored 21 students in an earlier-than-usual National Honor Society initiation ceremony April 8. Three seniors and five juniors joined the elite group this year that already included 13 returning members, who conducted the evening’s ceremony. Each year the Luverne chapter can...
Luverne Elementary fifth-grader Scarlett Xiong uses her free time to make Circle Art. The newly formed elementary student council proposed creating an “Expressions is Elementary” art program. Fundraising for the program began Friday as part of the annual Cardinal Dash.
Parent Partners in Education (PPIE) kicked off its annual Cardinal Dash fundraising event Friday in an unusual way. The kindergarten through fifth-grade students watched a video featuring classmates talking about the event that matches fitness with $10 pledges. “One hundred percent of the proceeds...
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...

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