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As communities are urged to practice physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sanford Luverne, Edgerton, and Adrian clinics are encouraging patients to take advantage of video visits with their health care provider.      “We’ve had questions about whether or not to come into the clinic, or...
Rock County residents who need to renew vehicle license tabs can now do so under a no-contact process through the local motor vehicle department in Luverne beginning today. The process also includes license plates for farm vehicles and needed title transfers.   License tab renewals In order to...
The Joe and Sandy Buysse family assembled a lawn display with the message of  “In This Together” at the Buysse farm south of Jasper on Highway 23 shortly before Minnesota’s April 3 shelter-in-place order. Using large round bales (spaced the social distancing minimum of 6 feet apart) the Buysses...
Barb Bork consulted with daughter-in-law Annie Bork, who uses masks at Southwestern Mental Health Center, and they've arrived at one that's comfortable and relatively protective.
With increasing numbers of coronavirus cases confirmed in the region, homemade fabric masks are becoming increasingly common in grocery stores and other places of essential business.      Barb Bork of the Sewing Basket in Luverne has been helping to meet demand for fabric and supplies while also...
Rock County Emergency Management Director Kyle Oldre has been coordinating efforts to secure personal protective equipment for local health care workers and others on the front line of coronavirus prevention.      Because items like masks, gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer are in short supply...
Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary preschool teacher Macy Ellingson (top, second from left) snapped a picture of her class April 2 participating via Zoom in a distance learning session from each of their homes. Pictured top row from left are Leland Morris, Teacher Macy Ellingson, Claire Kruger, RaeLynn Poncelet, (second row) Hadley Miller, Rydr Klosterbuer, Aubrey Nuffer, Kale Smith, (third row) Jaelyn Fick, Harper Uittenbogaard, Elliot Engelkes, Harper DeJong, (fourth row) Ryker Mathers, Vivienne Tatge and Mayl
Last week Luverne High School freshman Ashlyn Johnson sang her classroom assignment on her choir teacher’s deck. “She even played the piano for me,” said the daughter of Jim and Heather Johnson of Luverne. Instructors like LHS choir teacher Seana Graber resumed teaching online March 30, after...
The Janiszeski family (from left) Evren, Angie, Peter, Camden, Eden and Owen pose for a picture in honor of Peter’s completion of the 2018 Twin Cities Marathon. His time qualified him for this year’s Boston Marathon.
Avid runner Peter Janiszeski planned to run the 2020 Boston Marathon on April 20. But when the 26.2-mile event was postponed to September due to the coronavirus outbreak, Janiszeski decided to run the marathon at home and dedicate the race to three area families.        Dubbed the “Luverne Marathon...
The Beaver Creek Fire Department spent Sunday afternoon controlling a wildfire that charred a quarter section of ground northwest of Beaver Creek. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the call came in at 1:53 p.m. from Mike Gehrke, who said a controlled burn had gotten out of control....
Gas prices in Luverne continued to drop as the coronavirus pandemic lessened the demand for oil around the world. On Friday the price per gallon at the Sunshine gas station was $1.63. On Monday the price was $1.59, the lowest early April price in a decade. According to GasBuddy.com survey, gas...
Sanford Luverne has tested 68 patients so far for coronavirus and so far none have been confirmed in Rock County. As of late Monday there were 986 cases in Minnesota, most of them in the Twin Cities, and a handful confirmed in neighboring southwest Minnesota counties.  In nearby South Dakota, only...

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