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The custodians at Luverne Public Schools are this year’s parade marshals for Saturday’s 65th annual Tri-State Band Festival. Pictured in front from left are David Eberlein, Todd Mann, Randy DeSplinter, Dwight Smedsrud, Ron Stuckenbroker, (back row) Rod Rosin, Wes Jansen, Jason Brecher, Scott Edwards, Brian Pick and Randy Walgrave.
Luverne Public School’s custodial staff will be honored Saturday as the parade marshals for the 65th annual Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne. Some of the 11 honorees won’t be able to participate because they will be working the event. “Throughout the day of the competition, they are on call to...
Health code violations, primarily the basement sewage backup, led to Sharkee's shutdown in April 2014. Fire sprinklers were disconnected April 29, 2014, for nonpayment, and on May 26, 2014, arsons set fire to the building.
Luverne city officials are taking action to acquire the blighted Sharkee’s property through the process of eminent domain. Documented code violations on the building include a leaky roof, structural damage, inoperable fire alarm and sprinkler systems, sanitary sewer backups, HVAC and electrical...
Documentary film producer Ken Burns addresses the audience in the Palace Theatre for the 2007 world premiere of his epic series, “The War,” which featured Luverne as one of four U.S. communities and their people affected by World War II.
The historic Palace Theatre, one of Luverne’s iconic symbols, is celebrating a milestone birthday this week. Built in 1915, the Palace was heralded as one of the most splendid opera houses in the state. “In the matter of the size and equipment of the stage, as well as in arrangement size and...
The Cardinal Creed is the basis for Luverne Elementary’s positive behavior program called SOARR.
Last year’s mid-year implementation of a positive behavior program at Luverne Elementary School yielded 27 reward instances per student. This year the school’s behavior committee wants to surpass the 15,000 Cardinal Cards given away last year. Cardinal Cards (business card sized pieces of cardstock...
A drunk driver who crashed her vehicle into a Luverne house has been sentenced in Rock County District Court. Reports show that Maren Jane Overgaard, 45, had a blood alcohol content of .363 when she crashed a 2006 GMC Envoy into Bill and Pauline Martin’s home on Luverne Street Wednesday, June 10....
The 65th Annual Tri-State Band Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 26, with 23 bands participating. Parade competition begins at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Luverne. Nineteen marching bands will perform on the parade route.  Parade marshals for the 65th Annual Tri-State Band Festival are...
A 16-year-old boy on rollerblades suffered minor injuries when he struck a pickup truck at the intersection of Donaldson and West Main streets at 10:12 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Trae Davis of Luverne was participating in a physical education class and was rollerblading south on Donaldson Street,...
Dennis and Benji Kellenberger will double the size of their swine operation within a mile of Steen city limits, thanks to Rock County Board approval on Sept. 8. The father and son operation will increase their existing feedlot from 720 animal units to 1,440 just south of Steen in Section 32 of...
Luverne’s levy is set to increase by 5.04 percent for taxes payable in 2016. That’s according to Luverne City Council action at the Sept. 8 meeting when the preliminary levy was set at $1,633,623, which is $78,433 more than the current levy. This includes $1,275,000 for the General Fund, and $358,...
Stockmanship expert Curt Pate, Montana, tells ag professionals at Bakken Farms Tuesday morning that cattle prefer not to be herded from behind; instead, stay in their peripheral vision.
A “Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar” in Rock County Tuesday morning showed area livestock producers new techniques for moving animals. Sponsored by the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program, stockmanship expert Curt Pate was at BlacX Farms in Beaver Creek Township to demonstrate better ways to...

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