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Specialist Matt Niessink with the Luverne-Pipestone Army National Guard unit will represent the 125th Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Red Bulls Division at the Soldier of the Year competition in April.
Minnesota Army National Guard Specialist Matt Niessink recently cleared two of four hurdles toward his goal of becoming the Best Warrior in the Army National Guard. The 2011 Luverne High School graduate was named Soldier of the Year by the Luverne-Pipestone unit and the 125th Field Artillery. In...
Motivational speaker Nick Scott crosses the stage Friday morning at Luverne High School in a wheelchair rigged with LED lights and wheel spinners. He explained to students that living is a mindset and it’s up to them to decide what that mindset will be.
Dressed in his favorite color, black, and a tie bedazzled with Swarovski crystals, motivational speaker Nick Scott took stage in the Luverne Middle-High School auditorium amid the students’ loud cheers and applause. “Never give up on yourself,” his voice echoed over the student body. “Don’t focus...
Temperatures hovered around zero degrees Saturday night at the Blue Mounds State Park, but an estimated 300 park visitors bundled up and set out under a starry sky to hike along candlelit trails. Families and people of all ages participated in the hike, which started and ended at the warming house...
Dave and Teresa Hup survived carbon monoxide poisoning over the holidays, and they’re sharing their story to alert others to the potential risk. “We both feel so much better now,” Teresa said last week. “I just would feel bad if it happened to someone else.” Around Christmas the couple started...
“Poverty: What’s YOUR Baggage,” a free dinner theater performance, was presented Monday night at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne to 120 audience members. Between dinner courses, audience members discussed ways to end poverty in Rock County as they watched the various character portrayals. The event...
Smart phones are putting children in danger, according to Alison Feigh with the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. The organization is providing a training session, “Forensic Aspects of Online and Social Media Usage,” Thursday, Jan. 25, at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne. “Technology is not a bad...
Sherri Thompson became chairwoman of the board Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Rock County Commissioners’ first meeting of 2018. Thompson served as the board’s vice chairwoman in 2017 before assuming the top position from outgoing chairman Stan Williamson. Greg Burger was elected vice chairman. His...
The Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) along with the West Central Research & Outreach Center (WCROC) and University of Minnesota Extension will offer Winter Crops & Soils Day programs Feb. 7-9 in Lamberton, Luverne, and Morris, respectively. Winter Crops & Soils Day is a...
Blustery winds sweep snow over frozen fields in western Rock County Monday morning, prompting sundogs, an atmospheric phenomenon of bright spots on either side on the sun. They occur in very cold weather when drifting ice crystals in the air act as prisms to refract the light. Sub-zero temperatures...
Ninety-six figure skaters from six different clubs will compete in the 2018 Ice Crystal Classic Friday through Sunday, Jan. 19-21, at the Blue Mound Ice Arena in Luverne. The local ice skating club, the Blue Mound Figure Skaters, is hosting the event. Skaters compete for medals and trophies in both...

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