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Camden Janiszeski (left) and Andy Halverson wheel a young flowering crab apple tree to the front of St. Catherine Church sanctuary to be blessed.
  Father Tom Jennings and the Wednesday afternoon students at St. Catherine Church, Luverne, celebrated Earth Day April 22 with trees, flowers and other living things. The city of Luverne is planting 70 new trees on city boulevards for Arbor Day, and Jennings and the children blessed one of them...
  Highway 75 (Kniss Street) in Luverne will be under construction from May 11 to early September with a short in-town detour at the start of the project. To prepare business owners and residents along that route, the city of Luverne hosted a preconstruction meeting Tuesday night, April 21, in...
Luverne’s Parents Partners in Education (PPIE) completed a unique fundraiser Friday, April 24, in a fun run around the Luverne Public School’s ball fields. This was the first year the group organized the event that had kindergarten through fifth-grade students request pledges from community members...
Andrea Severtson holds the DeKalb award, given to an FFA’er who exemplifies scholarship, committee work and work ethic, and the 2015 Chapter Star Farmer Award. The Chapter Star Farmer was also presented to her dad, Sterling, (above, right) almost 30 years ago.
Completing an outstanding supervised agricultural experience or SAE is only one requirement for the Luverne-Adrian FFA Chapter’s Star Farmer Award, one of the chapter’s top awards. For this year’s  recipient Andrea Severtson, a Luverne High School senior, it was a matter of more than one experience...
The Luverne Middle School Jazz Band poses after their spring concert performance Tuesday, April 21, at the American Reformed Church. Jazz band members are (front, left) Elise Jarchow, Ainslie Robinson; (second row) Nathan Lindsley (being held), John Miller; (third row) Destiny Matthiesen, director Richard Owen, Jonah Louwagie, Cade Wenninger; (back) Hunter Sandbulte and Isabel Smeins. Missing is Peter Baustian.
The Luverne Public Schools Instrumental Music Department conducted its 2015 Spring Jazz Concert Tuesday, April 21, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. According to director Richard Owen, the groups first performed at the church last year and returned because of the facility’s excellent...
Costs of assisted reproduction vary greatly from state to state, depending on the procedure and the type of agreement. According to surrogate law expert Steven Snyder, the Midwest is the most economical location for a surrogacy agreement, with total costs ranging from $80,000 to $120,000, if...
Area school districts lost a testing day when the Minnesota Department of Education temporarily suspended use of the state’s online testing website. On Tuesday, April 21, Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced in a press release that the testing site would be shut down until technical problems...
Four Rock County residences received more than $5,000 in tax credits and another property is under consideration after Rock County Commissioners approved recommendations from Tom Houselog, county land records director. Houselog has been conducting local board of appeal and equalization meetings,...
Caitlin and Aaron Altman and their three children, (from left) Joselyn, Ashton and Braylynn, pose with the twins shortly after their birth.
Thanks to a local woman, a New York dad is able to raise twin sons as his own, a life event he didn’t even think was possible until only a few years ago. Michael Melcher compares life before his children’s births to that of the main character in “The Wizard of Oz” movie. “Dorothy said the first...
  It was a record-breaking night for volunteers and fundraising coordinators at Sanford Luverne Hospice Saturday, April 11. The Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne accommodated a packed house of 400 people for the Annual Hospice Charity Dinner and Auction fundraiser, which featured a New Orleans...

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