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This spring readers in Rock County will have four additional locations to pick up or drop off a book. Each will be a part of the Little Free Library program that allows people to take books and return them once they’re read. The Rock County Early Childhood Initiative is coordinating the project...
Magnolia area residents will now have access to 24-hour library materials in their hometown, thanks to the Southwest Area Multicounty Multitype Interlibrary Exchange (SAMMIE). A Little Free Library has been set up in front of the post office in Magnolia to allow people to take books and return them...
Stephanie Pierce (left) is the 2015 Big Buddy of the Year. She is pictured with her current Little Buddy, Ella Van Wyhe.
Steen’s Marilyn Van Wyhe used three simple words to describe her granddaughter Ella’s feelings toward her Big Buddy Stephanie Pierce. “She loves her.” In addition to the feelings from the Luverne Elementary fourth-grader, those within the Big Buddies of Rock County Program think so too and recently...
Morgan Sommers (center) works for the American Red Cross and returned to Luverne Friday to present The Pillowcase Project to fifth-graders. Sommers graduated from Luverne in 2011 and was assisted by Jonathan Gacke (left) and her brother, Joe, both LHS 2015 graduates.
Morgan Sommers returned to Luverne Friday morning armed with more than 80 white pillowcases. Sommers, an LHS Class of 2011 graduate and local disaster program specialist with the American Red Cross, instructed fifth-graders at Luverne Elementary School about preparing for emergencies. Being ready...
Greg and Patti Aubert hold the therapeutic pillows they received from Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls marking the pair as the 116th kidney transplant under their kidney transplant program. The transplant team and support personnel signed the pillow. Signers include 2006 LHS graduate Kelsey Petersen, whose grandparents are neighbors to the Auberts.
As Greg and Patti Aubert celebrate Christmas, the Luverne couple hopes to meet the individual who gave a special gift to Greg almost seven weeks ago. On Nov. 3 Greg received a kidney from a living donor while on the same day Patti donated one. The transplant, however, wasn’t between the two of them...
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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...

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