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Jennica’s Journey Pumpkin Patch event Saturday drew about 125 people to Bert Verhey’s produce garden along River Road near the city park. Family and friends supporting the effort Saturday included (front, from left) Ian Iveland, Jocelyn Iveland, Nora Iveland, Jase Arp, (back) Luke Iveland, Jennica Arp, Jolie Arp, Carley Domino, Jaelyn Arp and Jennica’s parents, Jerad and Jill Arp.
Dozens of children and families hunted for pumpkins and gourds near Luverne City Park Saturday for a Pumpkin Patch event hosted by Jennica Arp’s family. As an infant Jennica was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, and her parents, Jill and Jerad Arp, have organized annual community events under the...
With the closed Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center obscured by smoke Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, Park Manager Chris Ingebretsen (left) and Erza Breyfogle monitor the progress of the prescribed burn.
Blue Mounds State Park employees spent Thursday, Sept. 28, eliminating woody growth and dead vegetation with a prescribed burn. According to assistant park manager Tom Sawtelle, burns take place each year when weather conditions permit and when personnel are available. He said the park is behind on...
3-year-old Keegan Hector (kneeling), his mom, Kayla Hector, and his friend 2-year-old Mia Jones read the story.
Luverne Community Education and the Rock County Community Library partnered to organize the Story Walk Thursday night, Sept. 28, outside at the Luverne Community Education Building.   Fifteen families with children up to 5 years old strolled along the lawn reading the 25 placards featuring pages...
Exchange State Bank presented a check for $15,000 to Luverne Initiatives For Tomorrow during a reception Monday evening in Sterling’s restaurant in Luverne. Participating in the event were (front, from left) Mayor Pat Baustian, Exchange State Bank President Tim Plimpton, LIFT members Betty Mann and Judy Fenske, Exchange State Bank loan officer Tyler Bush, LIFT member Mark Optiz, Luverne EDA Director Holly Sammons, (second row) Exchange State Bank Vice President Ryan DeBates, LIFT member Stacy Gangestad, (th
An extra $15,000 is available for community enhancement in Luverne, thanks to an online voting effort in the community. Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) gave Luverne its Strong Communities Award in the rural category of a recent contest that drew 12,000 votes among four...
A small group of South Donaldson Street residents attended a Sept. 28 public hearing about a request to rezone a piece of land in their southwest Luverne neighborhood. Mike and Traci Davis have requested their property on the northeast corner of The Lake be changed from R-1 Single Family...
The planned $8 million in health and safety improvements at Luverne Public Schools means the levy may increase by 5.92 percent for next year. Earlier this year, school board members used their levy authority to pay for necessary upgrades and improvements to the middle/high school facility, which...
Tourism expert Roger Brooks was “blown away” by Betty Mann’s 2,800-piece nutcracker collection at The History Center. “This is flat out amazing,” he said during his June 9 assessment of Luverne. “This is worth getting off the interstate for.” He showed an artist’s rendering of a possible billboard...
Through persistent work by county officials and a hired hydrogeologist, Rock County received its renewed landfill permit after almost nine years of waiting. However, days after receiving notice of the permit approval earlier this month, the permit’s new testing perimeters placed the demolition...
Income for Rock County Opportunities Inc. community-based services has declined more than $60,000 in the year after the state implemented a $20 million reduction in funding. RCO Executive Director Elizabeth Schear reported the loss to county commissioners at their Sept. 5 meeting. The reduced...
Rebecca Austin poses with her dog, Tessa, and the award of excellence the two received at the Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show Sept. 23-24. The lone Rock County entrant in the State Fair also received the Grades 3-8 champion ribbon in Jumpers 1 Agility.
Rock County’s lone entrant in the Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show took the champion agility ribbon at the Sept. 23-24 event. Rebecca Austin of Luverne and her dog, Tessa, competed in the Grades 3-8 Jumpers 1 Agility event, coming away with top honors. Austin received blue ribbons in three other events...

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