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Luverne City Council members took action at their Sept. 22 meeting to go ahead with the planned expansion and remodel of the pool and fitness center. The $4.8 million project, which includes an outdoor splash pad on the south side of the pool, could be completed in May of 2022 if all goes as...
Rock County Commissioners are proposing a 2.15-percent levy increase for taxes payable in 2021. The proposed 2021 increase garners an additional $127,000 for a total levy of $6.3 million, or about half the county’s annual budget. Included in the 2021 budget is $79,000 earmarked for reserves. The...
It was one for the history books. Luverne's iconic Tri-State Band Festival this year played out in the form of a marching band clinic to a small audience of family members in the bleachers at Cardinal Field Saturday afternoon. The Luverne band — the only one to play — performed its “Moving On”...
Justin Rust
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Kenneth native Justin Rust the NATO Meritorious Service Medal for Spring 2020. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Meritorious Service Medal, approved by the North Atlantic Council, is awarded to military and civilian personnel who have been commended for providing...
Vander Pol Excavating out of Orange City, Iowa, has been laying concrete over the past several days on the Luverne Loop Trail near the city park. Phase 3 of the trail crosses East Main Street on the west side of the Rock River Bridge and follows the Redbird Field driveway and through green space...
For the first time in school history, Hills-Beaver Creek Public Schools will operate an English Language Learner (ELL) program. Board members approved the estimated $35,000 expenditure from the general fund at their Sept. 14 meeting. “We haven’t had any students up until this year,” said...
Story updated to correct the spelling of Terry and Holly Metzler's last name.   The Rock County Commissioners approved a couple’s request to repurchase their tax-forfeited property in the city of Hills. Terry and Holly Metzler submitted a written request to Ashley Kurtz at the auditor-treasurer...
Ten seniors are members of the Luverne High School Homecoming Royalty for the 2020-21 school year. Homecoming will be Oct. 19-23 with coronation live-streamed Oct. 19. Candidates include (from left) Rylee Gee, LaShad Smith, Ainslie Robinson, Cade Wenninger, Roz Oye, Zach Ahrendt, Lauren Ver Steeg and Bailey Cowell.
Members of the Luverne High School Student Council were busy planning a pandemic-style Homecoming celebration when the Minnesota State High School League announced that school can conduct a modified football and volleyball season. Last week the council organized the selection of Homecoming royalty...
Luverne High School football players practice near the field on Thursday, Sept. 17. They join athletes across the state who will now participate in a fall sports season, according to a state high school league decision.
There was a splash of good news for high school athletes on the fall prep sports scene in Minnesota this week. On Monday, Sept. 21, the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors approved a motion to return football and volleyball to fall activities this season. With all the states...
Luverne High School marching band members practice their 2020 field routine last week on the high school football field. The group will be the only band participating in this year’s Tri-State Band Festival, which was canceled in August due to the coronavirus.
Much of the Luverne High School Marching Band performance schedule is canceled, including this weekend’s Tri-State Band Festival. However, festival organizers have developed a special educational clinic for the 52 local students who will take the field at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Due to the coronavirus...

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