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The decision to add up to two full-time deputies to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office was put on hold until next year. At their Dec. 1 meeting, commissioners tabled any increases to the sheriff’s office budget for 2016. The topic will be addressed again during budget talks for 2017. In October...
Teachers picket in front of the Luverne High School in December 1975. Dec. 12 marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the six-day strike.
Forty years ago this week, teachers in Luverne Public Schools went on strike as one of seven Minnesota school districts to do so in 1975. Their action canceled classes from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, giving students and non-union staff a long Christmas break. Classes resumed Jan. 5, 1976. A four-inch...
Green Earth Players actor Shawn Kinsinger reads a Christmas story to children at the Carnegie Cultural Center Saturday afternoon as part of the Carnegie's Festival of Trees and Winterfest Weekend.
Luverne's annual Winterfest celebration unfolded under mild weather and attached ample crowds to the dozens of Winterfest events and activities lined up for Dec. 4-7.
The Magnolia Fire and Rescue Department recently received $3,000 from the AgStar Financial Services Fund for Rural America from local representative Pat Barnett. Pictured are (front, from left) Magnolia Mayor Dennis Madison, Scott Dohlmann, Barnett, Jean DeGroot, (back) Robert Somnis, Stacie Dohlmann, Steve DeGroot and Tom Strassburg.
The AgStar Fund for Rural America recently awarded $3,000 to Magnolia Fire and Rescue to purchase safety vests and EMS gear bags. “There is a great need for emergency response support, especially in rural communities. Budget restraints make it difficult for departments to purchase and update...
Lorraine Stoel, Luverne, was selected to decorate one of 100 Christmas trees on display in the Capitol rotunda in Pierre, South Dakota. She’s pictured with Noah Tainowitz, a third generation nephew.
One hundred finely decorated evergreen trees fill the Capitol rotunda in Pierre, South Dakota, and a Luverne woman can take credit for one of them. Lorraine Stoel, a native of the Okaton, South Dakota, area, was invited to decorate a tree in a theme of her choosing. Stoel’s Christmas tree theme is...
Area residents ages 55 to 62 years of age, a class on Social Security benefits will be conducted Dec. 8. The class will sort through a wide variety of options available as the time for retirement nears. Cost is $5. Please contact Luverne Community Education, 283-4724, for more information or to...
Ben Franklin Lodge, Minnesota Masonic Charities recently presented a check for $2,362.19 to Luverne Music Boosters in support of the Luverne Public Schools music programs. Pictured are (front, from left) Matthew Jelken, Madi Oye, Mitchell Graber, (back) Quinton Siebenahler, Nicole Kneip, Music...
Bill Holling of Luverne is a 59-year member of the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post 478 and is the group’s last remaining World War II veteran.
The last of Hardwick’s World War II veterans received a special visit last week and a personal thank you for his 59 years of continuous membership to the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post 478. Bill Holling, at age 92 years and 8 months, has outlived his fellow soldiers, an accomplishment the...
The Beaver Creek City Council is seeking to fill a vacancy on the council since Mayor Carolyn DeBoer died this fall of cancer. At their regular monthly meeting Nov. 18, councilmen Pat Bender, Al Harnack and Josh Teune moved current councilman Jamie Dysthe from acting mayor to mayor when no one...
The 11 Minwind turbines in southwest Rock County will remain under local ownership after a bankruptcy sale last month. According to the terms of the court agreement that closed Nov. 12, a group of community investors purchased four turbines for $622,000. The buyers are current and former investors...

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