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Heavy earth moving equipment has been on site of the future “Reisch Addition” north of Rock County Opportunities. The city purchased the former Reisch acreage last year for the purpose of future residential housing. The Luverne Fire Department conducted a training burn on the house, and its remains...
Luverne city officials are wrapping up a series of legal transactions to prepare for the new $4 million electrical substation in the industrial park. At the April 24 meeting, City Council members sold a lot on North Spring Street to Rich Dreckman, who sold his property in the industrial park to the...
Luverne-Adrian chapter attends state FFA convention   By Mavis Fodness Twelve members of the Luverne-Adrian FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Convention April 22-23 at the University of Minnesota-St.Paul campus and the state fairgrounds. Attending were Halle Hough, Eric Somnis, Austin Henning,...
A recent conditional use request approved April 16 by the Rock County Commissioners prompted discussion about local land use. “The zoning ordinance regulates how far you can put a new confinement building as it relates to residences,” said County Attorney Don Klosterbuer. No limits exist locally,...
  Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water was recently recognized for its commitment to protecting drinking water with a Source Water Protection Award from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural Water Association. Over the years, LPRW has undertaken many significant projects to protect...
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has teamed up with the National Weather Service to design a tool that helps farmers and commercial applicators determine the best time to apply manure. The Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast tool uses past and predicted National Weather Service weather data...
Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian announced Tuesday that the city has finalized an agreement with Guo Ying Zheng and Mei Qin Lin to buy the China Inn property on South Highway 75. “This is the last piece of the puzzle to clear out that entire section for easements related to the Towne Square development...
Senior Citizens Monday, May 14: Cubed roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, country blend vegetables, dinner roll, peaches, cookie. Program: Honor our Mothers. Tuesday, May 15: Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry garnish, bread, peach shortcake. Program: Half Price Day sponsored...
At 4 feet, 10 inches, Blue Mounds State Park Naturalist Amber Brooks doesn’t hold a commanding presence on the vast open prairie. But behind the wheel of the new bison touring vehicle, she’s in charge of 440 horses under the hood of a souped-up Ford F-250 Super Duty truck. And it was custom-built...
Jeff Andrews of First Children’s Finance addresses a group of Luverne school and city leaders about the child care shortage in Rock County. He said working parents who have limited child care options may not have access to nurturing and stimulating learning environments for their infants and children. And when this happens at critical brain development years — essentially when most infants and children are in child care settings — it can have lasting effects for school and professional futures.
There were 56 licensed child care providers in Rock County in 2016, 48 in 2017 and 34 today, leading to a rapidly growing shortage of child care slots for working families who need child care. And it affects far more people than the working parents and their employers. Among others, it affects...

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