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Tammy Makram (right) began searching for her birth parents through social media and DNA testing sites in January 2015. The DNA reveals the 54-year-old has two full sisters, Abbie, 66, (left) and Liz, 50, both of whom were also given up for adoption. Makram was also able to meet her birth parents.
More than 20 years ago, Luverne’s Tammy Makram set out to find her birth family, turning to social media and genetic testing as ways to expand her search. Within the last four months, she’s found her parents, eight siblings and more cousins than she dreamed possible. Her renewed search began on Jan...
Paul Tweet, Kenneth, is pictured with the 400-pound black bear he shot in Roseau County on Sept. 11, 2015. It measured 6 feet long from nose to tail, and it’s girth measured 59 inches around.
Paul Tweet, Kenneth, shot a 300-pound female black bear eight years ago in Canada, so what should he do with a 400-pound male he recently shot in northern Minnesota? “I’m still trying to decide,” Tweet said. “I could have a three-quarter mount (head and front legs) of him coming out of a wall, but...
King and queen royalty for Luverne High School’s first-ever Snow Week are (front, from left) Ryleigh Beers, Katie Roberts, Susan Thompson, Hannah Hoogland, (back) Erik Wohnoutka, Cole Bosch, Adam Fodness and Derek Krueger. Students are selected by teachers based on grades and leadership qualities.
Luverne High School will celebrate its first-ever Snow Week next week, complete with royalty, special dress-up days and a dance. “It’s something different to break up the long winter,” said Mark Lundgren, student council adviser. He said student leaders in grades 9-12 have taken the lead on ideas...
Renovations inside the Rock County Historical Society’s new History Center have picked up pace after the holiday break and as temperatures rose into the 30s. James Arentson, the project’s architect, said improvements on the building’s 100-year-old roof were completed in November, and after breaking...
David Hup and Billy Cowell have opened a RE/MAX Land and Home office in downtown Luverne at 117 E. Main Street. The business partners have experience in the community renovating local properties and buying, selling and renting area homes, and the RE/MAX office is their official foray into the real...
Kenneth native Ralph Sunde shows off the medal he received Wednesday, Jan. 13, in a special ceremony for Korean War veterans. Sunde turned 90 on Jan. 11 and currently lives in Luverne. He served in a U.S. Army infantry unit from February to December 1951.
In response to a Dec. 28 request from the South Korean Minister for Patriots and Veterans Affairs, the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center hosted a Korean War Veteran recognition event on Jan. 13. During the ceremony, the Honorable Sungchoon Park presented Ambassador Peace Medals and small token gifts of...
Land-applying livestock manure in winter requires much greater attention to locations and weather. The main concern comes from insufficient incorporation into the soil and runoff from frozen and snow-covered soil. For large livestock farms with state or federal operating permits (NPDES or SDS...
Southwest Crisis Center’s Luverne office now includes a full-time youth advocate, Sara Zix (front, right). Staffing the West Main Street office on a revolving basis are (front, left) director Sara Wahl and Zix; (back) Chris Hebert, Jennifer Lindsey and Kari Voss-Drost.
Last year the Southwest Crisis Center helped more than 780 people cope with abusive relationships or situations. The Rock County office offered help in 73 cases representing at least one person, sometimes two, who reached out for assistance on a weekly basis. The numbers, however, represent only...
Rock County Ambulance personnel include (front, from left) Sheila Meyer, Ranae Johnson, Jill Johnson, Katie Eeten, Elissa Brooks, (back) Troy Thone, Miles Brown, Dakota Steensma, Stan Steensma, Billy Joe Heap, Jeff Thacker and Harlan Vandekieft. Not pictured are Jeff Cook and Ethan Thaut.
Sanford Luverne Medical Center recently upgraded its ambulances and computer equipment to improve patient care and emergency communication. The upgrades include two ambulances new to Sanford Luverne. The vehicles are both Chevy G4500s; one is a 2010 model and the other a 2016. They were purchased...
Farmers can renew their Private Pesticide Applicator certification by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension.   These workshops review regulations and safety issues related to pesticide application and provide the latest university...

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