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Original Rock County Red Arrow organizers Barbara Bot and Paul Rud share a laugh as they remember events from the organization’s 50-year history.
In the fall of 1965, Barb Bot was a young mother and wife of local pharmacist Al Bot. Multiple times a year, she would receive knocks at the door from individuals collecting for various local charities. She thought Luverne residents would benefit from only one annual fundraising campaign organized...
Park manager Chris Ingebretsen takes a closer look at the ear tag in this yearling bison up for live auction bids during Blue Mounds State Park’s annual bison sale.
Seventeen bison were sold Friday, Sept. 25, during the Blue Mounds State Park’s annual bison sale. The 16 yearlings and one 2-year-old bull were auctioned to the highest bidders for commercial use or breeding. Prices averaged $1,500 for heifers and $2,200 for bulls. Park manager Chris Ingebretsen...
Luverne Elementary School third-graders and instructors with the Prairie Ecology Bus enjoy their annual trip to Touch the Sky Prairie Wednesday, Sept. 16. The field trip, which educates students about prairie ecology, is sponsored by PPIE and Luverne School District this year. The students are among hundreds of visitors who roam the tall grasses of Touch the Sky Prairie each year. For more information, visit jimbrandenburg.com
Touch the Sky Prairie is 1,000 acres of restored northern tallgrass prairie northwest of Luverne, where more than 120 species of native grasses and forbes have been identified. The pristine land is one mile from where world-renowned nature photographer Jim Brandenburg was born, and two miles from...
Luverne Middle School students in Jerry Benson’s history class, some of them pictured in front of a wall-sized poster of the U.S. Constitution, celebrated Constitution Day Thursday, Sept. 17. They are (from left) Madison Gebauer, Destiny Matthiesen, Ellie Hodgen, Rebecca Austin, Annaliese Braucht, Josephine Golla, Leah Wynia and Benson.
Thursday, Sept. 17, was Constitution Day, and Jerry Benson’s Luverne Middle School history class celebrated in style. Students put up a wall-sized poster of the U.S. Constitution and hung several smaller posters that illustrated each of the articles. In addition, students designed their own posters...
Luverne residents owe the city of Luverne nearly $8,000 in utilities and assessments for miscellaneous services. At their Sept. 8 meeting, City Council members heard a report from Finance Director Barb Berghorst about the unpaid bills. She said unpaid utility bills for 2015 so far total $5,806.03...
Eight Rock County horses competing at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show in St. Paul Sept. 18-21 are under quarantine as recommended by show officials. The horses may have been exposed to a potentially deadly virus while attending the annual event along with more than 600 other horses. On Friday,...
A more affordable public transportation option for families is now available through the Rock County Heartland Express. County Commissioners approved the additional rate option called Unlimited Monthly Family School Pass at their Sept. 8 meeting. Instead of purchasing a pass for each child to ride...
The Family Dollar building on South Estey Street in Luverne has been vacant for the past five years. Jensen Management confirmed this week that a sale is pending on the property that once housed Jubilee Foods and Luverne True Value.
After five years of sitting empty, the former Family Dollar building on South Estey Street may be getting a new owner. Bill Weber with Jensen Management Services, Luverne, confirmed the sale of the 11,500-square-foot facility is pending but was unable to provide specifics on transaction. Family...
Herman Motor Co. will host a grand opening from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, to celebrate its expansion and relocation on South Highway 75 in Luverne. A ribbon-cutting is set for 4 p.m. at the new dealership location.
Herman Motor Company moved to its new dealership location on South Highway 75 in June, and a grand opening celebration is planned for Friday, Sept. 25. A ribbon-cutting is set for 4 p.m., and an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. will include food, inflatables, raffle prizes, Dairy Barn ice cream and a...
Workers pour colored concrete at the base of what will become a flag park at the southeast corner of Main Street and Highway 75 Friday morning. The flag park is one piece of the four corners improvements at the intersection, which will see added green space and landscaping.
Just in time for Highway 75 construction to wrap up in Luverne, community leaders are making plans for a “four corners” facelift at the stoplights on Main and Highway 75. The plan calls for small trees and shrubs, grassy green spaces, colored concrete, Sioux quartzite boulders, lighted signage and...

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