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Luverne’s 3,000-piece nutcracker collection is the third largest in the world (after Germany and Leavenworth, Washington) and visitors increasingly stop off I-90 and venture into town to see it. City leaders are looking to capitalize on this traffic and invited local artists to create 10- to 18-...
“Farming is an occupation that requires a tremendous amount of faith,” Rev. Billy Skaggs told about 60 people at Thursday night’s Farming in Faith event in Luverne. Skaggs is pastor of Living Rock Church, which hosted the gathering in Grand Prairie Events in response to increasing stresses on the...
A proposed campground east of Luverne can move forward under an amended ordinance passed by county commissioners May 21. Mike Davis and Billy Cowell, both of Luverne, proposed creating a campground along 111st Street southeast of the Luverne City Park in Luverne Township. However, campgrounds weren...
For the first time in decades, a bridge project will be postponed in Rock County because no bids to complete the work were received. “Everyone is booked through October,” County Engineer Mark Sehr told commissioners May 21. The notice to construct a new bridge on County Road 52 over the Burlington...
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from the Minnesota State line (rest area) east to Exit 1 (Highway 23) in Minnesota until mid-July. Westbound I-90 traffic will be diverted to...
Malfunction within a trailer’s brake system was the possible cause of a fire inside a toy hauler RV Thursday afternoon, May 30, on South Highway 75 in Luverne. The Luverne Fire Department was called to the scene near the intersection of Koehn Avenue and Highway 75. The call came shortly before 5 p....
Russell Lofthus (far right), Adrian Elementary principal for the past 21 years, said goodbye to students, colleagues and friends Wednesday afternoon, May 29, in a public open house at the school. “It was time,” he said to well-wishers. The McVille, North Dakota, native began his career in education...
Four members of the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post 478 died in the past year. Bill DeBates, Don Etrheim, Mark Coney and Wallace Schmuck were recognized during Monday’s Memorial Day program in the community hall in Hardwick by post commander Kyle Oldre (left) and Don Bryan.
Monday’s rain showers forced Hardwick’s annual Memorial Day program indoors to the town’s community hall. About 90 people gathered for Hardwick’s annual event to remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Commander of the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post 478 Kyle Oldre...
An events center could open this summer in the former Beaver Lodge Banquet Hall, less than a year after a Sioux Falls real estate developer purchased the property. Rick Gourley renamed the facility SpringBrooke Events after the brook that runs through the 89-acre former Beaver Creek Golf Course. “I...
Ron Schouwenburg got his start in the John Deere company in Hills, where he worked for this father and uncle at the Hills John Deere Implement. He's retiring after 51 years with the local company.
When Ron Schouwenburg was a student in Hills High School, he worked in the Hills John Deere Implement dealership for his dad and uncle, Don and Marinus Schouwenburg. That was when John Deere tractors, like the 720 and 630, ran on two cylinders and less than 50 horsepower, and planters like the 494...

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