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Theresa Latten, organizer of Bars and Banana Seats is pictured with her bike, “Big Blue,” Friday in her Luverne backyard. The bike is a Huffy Beach Cruiser that she accessorized with a custom color wicker basket and a vintage pedal-powered teardrop headlamp from the 1980s. Latten is also a member of Bottoms Up Pink Ladies, and proceeds from the Aug. 8 ride will benefit the group, which supports people with cancer and their families.
What do darts, bananas, bicycles and pink flamingos all have in common? Luverne’s Theresa Latten is at the center of them all, coordinating next week’s Bars and Banana Seats bike ride, which benefits Bottoms Up Pink Ladies. Bars and Banana Seats is a local bike ride organized just for fun. This...
Three bids were received for Rock County’s $1.2 million general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bond purchase will fund the county’s portion of the fiber optic infrastructure project as well as improvements approved in its 2015 capital improvement plan (CIP). Commissioners approved selling the...
The message from Rock County landowners has been heard loud and clear: We want to fix our lands. Action taken by the Rock County Commissioners at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 21, allows the county’s Land Management Office (LMO) to hire a full-time technician and shift its focus to...
Luverne School District is in line to receive gifts of $3,500 for technical training and possibly $20,000 in sponsorships. The offers surfaced during the community input session prior to the July 23 meeting of Luverne School Board members —  who were left speechless. The silence was broken by a...
Jamie Rotert (left), Salem, South Dakota, finishes tuck-pointing with David Niessink last week. The duo placed stone caps on the brickwork before replacing the cast iron bell on top. The bell was originally refurbished and painted as a project by Luverne High School’s Class of 1972.
More than 40 years after it was placed in front of Luverne High School, the cast iron bell pedestal received a needed facelift last week. Since 1972 the pedestal has battled various weather elements while on display near the school’s flagpole. Time had worn away some of the mortar, and the wooden...
City Council members approved the purchase of 6.59 acres for Julia and Burdell Kruse on the west edge of Luverne for $80,000. The area is shown roughly in the white rectangle on this Google map.
A recent city land acquisition will put Luverne’s new biking-hiking path in a good position for it’s southern loop around town. According to action at the July meeting in City Hall, City Council members approved the purchase of 6.59 acres from Julia and Burdell Kruse on the west edge of Luverne....
Teachers and students at Luverne Public Schools will have another tool available for learning when school resumes next month. The well-known search engine for the Internet, Google Inc., has developed user-friendly applications for use in education. After piloting the network this spring, local...
The former hospital is now home to Luverne City Offices and Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
Ten years ago on July 29, 2005, Sioux Valley Luverne Hospital opened its doors for its first official day of business in its new location on the north edge of Luverne. “Not only is it a beautiful building, but it’s a neat thing that the community would put their trust in us to build it,” Jerry Carl...
Medical student Kat Dahl examines patient Lorraine DeGroot, Edgerton, as part of a two-week summer internship under the mentorship of her mother, Dr. Diane Kennedy.
Luverne High School graduate Kat Dahl is experiencing first-hand the benefits of family practice medicine in a small rural community. The first-year medical school student at the University of Minnesota Duluth is in her second week of a two-week internship with her mother, Dr. Diane Kennedy,...

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