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Eight new teachers join the Luverne Elementary School staff. Pictured (front row, from left) are Jodi Nelson, Liza Winkler, (second row) Morgan Smith, Molly Carbonneau, Challie Jones, (back) Joel Evans, Monica Edstrom and Chelsie Wermager.
A dozen new teachers will greet students Monday when Luverne Public Schools opens its doors for the 2019-20 school year. Canaan Petersen returns to Luverne Middle-High School as the new seventh-grade American history and 11th- and 12th-grade geography instructor. He is also the eighth-grade...
Jason Phelps begins the 2019-20 school year as the new middle school principal, a position the school board voted this spring to add back to the administrative team at Luverne Public Schools.
For more than a decade, one person filled the middle- and high-school principal position at Luverne Public Schools. When the district opens the doors Monday for the 2019-20 school year, the middle and high schools will each have a principal. Jason Phelps, a former teacher in the district, returned...
Mike Cox was honored Monday night as the Luverne Area Chamber’s Outstanding Chamber  Member during a reception at Sterling’s. Pictured with Cox (from left) Tony Schomacher, Cheryl Cox and Kevin Thelen.
The Luverne Area Chamber Board of Directors honored Mike Cox as the 2018 Outstanding Chamber Member during an after-hours reception Monday in Sterling’s Café & Grille. The Chamber annually selects a local individual to honor with the award, which recognizes personal and professional...
Deb Harris (center) talks about her late sister, Linda Dummer, and the monetary gift she set aside for the Green Earth Players of Luverne while looking at her husband, Terry, and daughter Emily for affirmation. “You were her family,” Harris said as she announced the gift of $5,064 to GEP vice president Shawn Kinsinger (right).
Linda Dummer was an avid supporter of the local arts, and one organization received a boost last week from the late Luverne resident. Dummer’s sister, Deb Harris, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, presented the Green Earth Players a check for $5,064 at the organization’s annual meeting Sept. 3. Harris...
Thirty-eight-year veteran kindergarten teacher Darlene Dreessen listens to Brecken Van Belle read from the activity sheet he completed.
Darlene Dreessen said goodbye to 38 years of teaching last month, having never graduated past the kindergarten classroom. Her years in the classroom began to take shape long before she accepted her first job with Magnolia Public Schools. “I have always known I wanted to be a teacher,” Dreessen said...
Luverne City Council members are anticipating a 9.41-percent levy increase for taxes payable in 2019, according to action taken at their Tuesday night meeting. The $2.1 million levy is about $180,300 more than the current levy and includes $32,334 in debt financing for the $14 million wastewater...
Rock County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve conditional use permits for the construction of two wind towers west of Luverne over the objections of neighboring property owners. John and Cathy Jarchow live northwest from the proposed wind towers in Luverne Township. They were...
RCO clients Tyler Briggs (left) and Nancy Lewis enjoy working with the RCO laundry service.
For those without the time or desire to do laundry, Rock County Opportunities (RCO) can help. The RCO Laundry Service is a partnership with the Laundry Room, where owner Mike Jarchow has a large sign referring potential customers to the RCO drop-off and pick-up service. The laundry work began about...
A bridge replacement in Martin Township will get underway this fall, two years after the wooden structure was destroyed by fire. Four bids were received Aug. 19, and county commissioners chose the low bid of $1.292 million submitted by Prahm Construction Inc. from Slayton. “He wants to get the dirt...

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