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Sears in Luverne is closing Aug. 29, according to a statement released this week by storeowners Jeff and Amy Cook. “This was a tough decision … and we appreciate all the support over the last couple of years,” the release stated. The announcement marks the end of another short chapter of local...
The Luverne City Council is considering nearly $2.5 million in capital purchases next year, according to a July 21 budget discussion in City Hall. That compares similarly to capital spending in 2014 and 2015 and an anticipated $4.5 million in 2017. The council met with city department heads to...
Nichole Evans (right) applies sunscreen to son Shamus Tuesday morning in Beaver Creek before dad Shawn continues the family’s Power to Push run across America.
When father and son duo Shaun and Shamus Evans traveled through Rock County Tuesday morning, the event meant they were halfway to completing their 3,205-mile run from Seattle, Washington, to New York City. The Evans’ journey is to generate awareness for Ainsley’s Angels, which promotes inclusion...
Young riders buckle their seatbelts on the dragon roller coaster ride at the fair Thursday night.
Pleasant summer weather and a variety of events and activities attracted solid crowds to the Rock County Fairgrounds for the first few days of public attendance. 4-H judging started on Monday, July 27, and shows opened Wednesday, July 30, with the fair continuing through Saturday night. In what’s...
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Performers in the Annual Rock County Talent Show took to the Palace Theatre stage in Luverne Wednesday night to sing, dance and entertain for judges and audience members. With a full program with more than 30 entries, the Palace auditorium was full and local talent showcased at its best. “It was a...
Luverne School Board approved $181,058 in coaches’ and advisers’ compensation for the 2015-16 school year. The 79 assignment amounts are based on the current teacher contract and may possibly increase once negotiations finish. Additional coaches and advisers could be added to the payment list as a...
Pat and Lowell Ahrendt (front row center), Rock County’s 2015 Farm Family of the Year, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their six children earlier this year. Pictured in front from left are Melissa, Pat, Lowell, Lisa DeBoer, (back) Jeff, Michelle, Troy and Brad.
Luverne’s Lowell and Pat Ahrendt will be honored the next two weeks as Rock County’s 2015 Farm Family of the Year. They'll first be recognized at the Rock County Fair and later by the University of Minnesota. The Ahrendts are among 80 farm families throughout the state chosen by local Extension...
An Albert Lea semi-trailer business owner, Darv Habben, recently purchased the 3-acre parcel south of I-90 on the east side of Highway 75 from Greg Gabrielson, who used to operate turkey barns there. The city will provide up to $50,000 for demolition and site preparation to develop the property,...
Atlas of Rock County Director Vicki Altena (left) and Redeemed Remnants thrift store manager Jeane Leslie man the oversized scissors at Thursday morning's ribbon cutting in their new store on East Main Street. ATLAS purchased the former Computer Tutors building and accepts donations of gently used...
Subcontractors working with Design Craft, Luverne, work to remodel the former Lewis Family Drug building off of Each Main Street for the Southwestern Mental Health Center, which purchased the building in 2013. Staff will move in in October.
Remodel work continues this summer on the former Lewis Drug building on East Main Street in Luverne. Southwestern Mental Health Center purchased the building in September 2013 for the purpose of expanding its operations from the current location on Luverne Street south of the courthouse. According...

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