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Luverne is officially a Purple Heart City, thanks to a proclamation by Mayor Pat Baustian at the June 28 City Council meeting. Vietnam veteran Buck Underwood, a Purple Heart recipient, had approached city officials about proclaiming Luverne a Purple Heart City. “Thank you for taking the time to recognize our Purple Heart veterans,” Underwood said at the meeting. “It’s for all the veterans, past and present, who have earned a Purple Heart.” The words of the proclamation are as follows. Be It Proclaimed: Wher
Luverne is officially a Purple Heart City, thanks to a proclamation by Mayor Pat Baustian at the June 28 City Council meeting. Vietnam veteran Buck Underwood, a Purple Heart recipient, had approached city officials about proclaiming Luverne a Purple Heart City. “Thank you for taking the time to...
Derek Valnes (left) and Curt Valnes with Design Craft of Luverne remove flashing from the former Luverne Style Shop’s awning at the corner of Main and Cedar Friday afternoon. The awning will be replaced for the new home of Schomacker Flooring and Appliance opening this fall.
Schomacker Cleaning and Flooring is expanding to the former Luverne Style Shop building in downtown Luverne. The local company plans to open a retail store on the corner of Main and Cedar and will add the sales and service of major household appliances to its offerings. Schomacker Flooring and...
The McKenzie Street house was purchased from Mike Rogers for $35,000 on June 9. It will be demolished later this year.
Luverne City Council members took action at their June 21 meeting to remove two more blighted properties in town. They approved a $51,000 amendment to the 2016 budget to cover the purchase of a house on South McKenzie Street and an abandoned house on North Spring Street. The city bought the...
Pictured in Dresden, Germany, are (from left) Matthew Schmuck, Ashton Krueger, Ryleigh Beers, Lexi Henrichs and Dalton Schoeneman.
Five Luverne High School German students experienced the trip of a lifetime June 20-29. The group, along with LHS German teacher Angie Swenson, traveled to six countries and used three different currencies while in central Europe. “We stepped out of our comfort zone to use our German language...
Luverne’s 54th annual Hot Dog Night celebration is set for Thursday night, July 14, with roughly 15,000 free hot dogs to be served by Luverne Area Chamber members. “This is a great small town event that just keeps getting better every year,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. Hot dogs...
An extra $10 will be charged to Rock County vehicle owners during their annual license renewals beginning in 2017. Rock County Commissioners voted unanimously July 5 to implement the wheelage tax as an annual funding source to maintain the county’s roads and bridges. The tax is a local revenue...
Luverne Public School’s special education program underwent a financial and programming review during the 2015-16 school year. Recently the school received the results from the compliance check: No corrective actions. “Clean. Compliant. Everything was rock solid and we were real happy about that,”...
One of the things Blue Mounds State Park is known for is the “Stone Fence”, a mysterious rock formation aligned perfectly in an east-west line.  Each year on the first day of spring and fall, the sun sets directly in line with the rocks. No one knows the origin of the rock formation for sure and...
A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota was recently awarded a $250 grant from the Shopko Foundation to help fund the organization’s 2016 volunteer appreciation meal. Pictured above is Jeanne Vande Hoef from the Luverne Shopko store presenting the check to Norma Brands, Rock County Coordinator for A.C.E.
Danette Leenderts received a grand champion ribbon in food review with a “Candy Land” table setting and meal.
Rock County 4-H conducted their annual Presentation Night on Thursday, July 7, with members participating in performing arts, demonstrations, foods review and club banner judging.   This year performances included piano, clarinet solos, a clarinet and guitar duet and a drum solo piece. Participants...

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