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School officials are taking a short break before tackling plans for the 2020-21 school year amid uncertain pandemic precautions. “We are taking about two weeks to just breathe and close out this school year,” Luverne Schools Superintendent Craig Oftedahl told board members at their June 25 meeting...
The community is invited to observe a water rescue training Tuesday evening at The Lake in Luverne. Sanford Luverne Ambulance (Rock County Ambulance) and the Luverne Fire Department will drill for water rescue training starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. “Kayaking is popular on the river and there’...
Early absentee voting began Friday for the Aug. 11 primary election in Minnesota, and by law any eligible Minnesotan can vote early by mail or in person, but mail ballots are encouraged to minimize contact during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, more...
Cathy Mulder retired from Luverne Public Schools with 35 years in the lunchroom. In May when Mulder hung up her apron for the last time, co-workers hosted a little celebration in her honor in an empty cafeteria due to the coronavirus pandemic prompting students to learn from home.
An unexpected career change in the mid-1980s led Cathy Mulder to work 35 years in Luverne Public School lunchrooms. In May Mulder quietly exited the elementary school kitchen, where she had spent the majority of her time preparing and serving breakfasts and lunches. She hung her apron a final time...
The Luverne School Board approved a new three-year contract with Superintendent Craig Oftedahl that includes a 2.5 percent pay increase following a favorable yearly review. For the 2020-21 school year Oftedahl will receive $141,282, followed by $144,674 in 2021-22, and $148,435 for the 2022-23...
Two rural streetlights will be installed at the intersection of Highway 75 and County Road 12 in northern Rock County. The lights will improve visibility for the intersection at the Rock-Pipestone county line.
Two streetlights will illuminate the intersection of Highway 75 and County Road 12 at the Rock and Pipestone county line, according to action at the Rock County Board meeting June 16. The rural intersection lights will improve visibility during inclement weather and nighttime conditions. In January...
Jubilee Day-ish featured casual gatherings of friends, neighbors and visitors in Hardwick. Pictured here are (from left) Richard Moerke, Phil Vos, Mike Vos, Nancy Patton, Cindy Moerke, Loren Vos, Carol McClure, Doug McClure, Keith Swenson, McKenzie Kruse and Jonathan Swenson.
The Green Lantern Bar and Grill hosted a modified version of Hardwick’s Jubilee Day Saturday with several events related to the annual celebration. The day included a cruise-in “parade and park,” a straw bale toss, a corn hole tournament and a DJ on the back patio. Jubilee Day normally includes a...
Mallory Thorson paints between the ladder rungs.
Unbeknownst to incoming Luverne High School senior Rylee Gee and Southwest MN CEO student, the fourth grade valentine box she made from metal led to the creation of a business seven years later. Gee’s business called “OG Metal Design” was one of 13 showcased Wednesday night, June 17, ending the...
A bulldozer appeared this week on the former Sharkee’s lot signaling work is about to begin on the long-awaited Towne Square Addition. Luverne developer Don Jahnke announced Monday that financing is in place and construction can start this summer on the three-story apartment building. He also...
David Owens joined the Klosterbuer & Haubrich Law Firm in Luverne in early March, just as the coronavirus pandemic was declared. Three months later he is ready to reassume the duties as the assistant county attorney as the court system begins rescheduling hearings postponed since late March.
Quality of life and community involvement influenced the newest Rock County assistant attorney to step away from a prestigious law firm to join the two-attorney firm of Klosterbuer and Haubrich in Luverne. Rock County commissioners recently approved David Owens to assist County Attorney Jeff...

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