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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...
Potter Chad Dykstra (left) is pictured with HGS Gallery owner Lori Hallstrom and artist Cody Bouwman, a Luverne oil painter who will display his work at HGS Gallery during this weekend’s Buffalo Days celebration.
Luverne businesses, shoppers and downtown visitors kicked off a summer of “Throwback Thursdays” last week on May 26. They enjoyed live music, food, shops open late and hanging out with Thunder and Rumble, Luverne’s new bison mascots. “This is your chance to visit with friends, family and get ready...
Clem Hatting (pictured) and Rich DeSchepper spent several days this week refreshing the paint on Luverne’s city streets. It’s among dozens of spring spruce-up projects underway in Luverne’s Public Works Department. For example, mowing has been a full-time job, and 100 new trees in boulevards have...
Rock County agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA funding. Farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program need to apply by Aug. 19 for funding in fiscal year 2017. “EQIP is just one...
The Rock County Land Management Office in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service will convene a local work group meeting to provide guidance and discuss local resource conservation concerns and NRCS programs in the county. The next meeting will be 8 a.m. Monday, June 20, at the...
Open Houses Henry and Ann Petersen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at their farm. Greetings may be sent to them at 2332 140th Ave., Hardwick, MN 56134.   Card Showers Elmer and Eunice Bartels will celebrate their 65th wedding...
Robert Drake
Robert Louis Drake, 48, Luverne, died Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A private family celebration of Bob’s life will be at a later date. Robert Drake was born Oct. 25, 1967, to Robert and Gladys (LoCollo) Drake in Plainfield, New Jersey. He...

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