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Eighty acres of land near Steen sold for $19,000 per acre Thursday morning, topping Rock County’s previous land sale record of $16,200 in November 2012. “It just blew me out of the water,” said Tom Houselog of the Rock County Land Records Office. “The bidding started at $12,000 and went to $19,000...
Heavy dirt-moving equipment builds six basins on 40 to 50 acres of Jason Fick's land west of Luverne along County Road 5 to hold back floodwater and release it slowly during heavy rain events. This photograph was taken Nov. 2.
Jason Fick considers himself a conscientious farmer who takes care of his land. That’s why he was so disappointed when last year’s flooding washed topsoil from his fields into the ditch. Fick said he knew some of his land was vulnerable to erosion, so he’d done some tiling and left some of the...
The city of Luverne conducted its annual truth in taxation hearing Dec. 8 prior to the City Council meeting in Luverne City Hall. At the hearing, which no one from the public attended, City Administrator John Call presented information on the city’s $5.4 million budget. “I will tell you it's a...
Main Street Financial Services has become an example of what Luverne’s Historic Façade Improvement program can do for businesses and the overall look of the community. “We have a vision to restore the historical charm of buildings and structures on Main Street,” said Holly Sammons, Luverne Economic...
Tenlee Pick (left) and Mallorie Edstrom read a story about the gingerbread man during Discovery Time’s Wednesday afternoon class. The class, now offered two days a week, will expand to three days per week after a $37,500 state grant is fully implemented.
Approval of a recent Early Learning Scholarship will expand and improve early childhood learning opportunities in the Luverne School District. The $37,500 scholarship through the Minnesota Department of Education expands the School Readiness and Discovery Time programs. Some of the new services...
Local fans of the late Luverne author Fred Manfred may want to take note of Hollywood’s Jan. 8 release of “The Revenant.” The film depicts the tale of legendary fur trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who survived being mauled by a bear in 1823 in South Dakota. His...
Local emergency personnel responded to a one-vehicle crash on County Road 4 Monday morning 1 1/2 miles west of Luverne. According to the report from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Bradley Sowles, Luverne, suffered non-life threatening injuries when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy...
The Luverne High School choir sings, "Baby Born in Bethlehem," by Victor C. Johnson.
Luverne Middle and High School students presented their combined Winter Concert Friday night in the Luverne High School gym. Seana Graber is the choral director for the students in grades 6-12, and the concert was accompanied by Dolly Taubert, Janine Papik and Emma Verbrugge. The final number of...
Mary Jane Brown Home resident Dorothy Williamson (left) shares a laugh with Jenna Schelhaas during one of Schelhaas’ Sunday night Senior Book Club sessions in Luverne.
A trip to Washington, D.C., for last summer’s national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America conference inspired Jenna Schelhaas, a current senior at Luverne High School, to start a project that would make a positive impact on someone’s life. What the 18-year-old didn’t know was how...

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