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The Hills Christian School hosted Fine Arts Night Monday, Oct. 28, for a program that included audience and students singing, student poetry and more. Students in grades 3-5 who read poems included Anne Van Dyken (pictured reading “Messy Room”), Jordan Hartz, Gunnar Bork, Suzie Feucht and Jessa...
Eleven students from Hills-Beaver Creek High School will participate in the Augustana University Band Festival grand finale concert Saturday in Sioux Falls. Participants include (front, left) Abby Knobloch, Shayla Rainford, Lauren Tatge, Mackenzie Voss, (middle) Tess Van Maanen, Larissa Kruid, Josie Bartels, (back) Jo-Hannah Ladd, Michaela Abels, Kailey Rozeboom and Allison LaRock.
Fourteen area band students will perform Saturday in Sioux Falls as part of the Augustana University Band Festival. Now in its 62nd year, the band festival brings in high school students from a five-state area to participate in two full days of ensemble and clinic work before the Saturday night...
Luverne Middle School students (from left) Dominic Barnett, Hunter Cope, Isaac DeBates, Tucker Banck and teacher Gavin Folkestad walk the west ditch of South Highway 75 Friday afternoon.
Luverne Middle School students completed their annual highway cleanup Friday under clear, sunny skies. For the past two decades eighth-graders have walked the 10 miles of ditches along South Highway 75 picking up garbage each fall and spring. About half the class walks in the fall, and the other...
Luverne High School students will perform “Footloose the Musical” Nov. 7-9 at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. Pictured from left are Nicole Hoogland, Kaitlyn McDowell, Parker Carbonneau, Chance Tunnissen, Myles Trimble, Ashlyn Johnson, Anita Cole-Kraty, McKenzie Van Grootheest, Josie Golla, Sophie Holmberg, Seno Chanthalangsy, Hannah Ehlers, Luke Thorson, Rylee Gee, Jordan Winter, Alexa Chesley, Meagan Hansen, Xavier Carbonneau, Mia Wenzel, Pierce Cunningham, Ainslie Robinson, Sadie Reisdorfer, Stepan Orlets
Second-year play director Shawn Kinsinger noticed something special about students at Luverne High School and for the future of performing arts in Luverne. “I knew they were capable of handling a larger production,” he said. “This, along with the generosity of voters in approving a new performing...
Forty-three oceangoing vessels are headed from the Netherlands to the East Coast with specialized equipment for Luverne’s former IBP plant. Premium Iowa Pork is investing $30 million to retrofit the 50-year-old facility for pork processing, and the company has developed a preference for certain...
A not-so-scary Rock County librarian Calla Jarvie shows off a haunted graveyard that’s part of an elaborate spooky setup at the Verhey Pumpkin Patch for Thursday night’s “Scary Stories” on East River Road. Monday’s daylight masked the frightful effect of darkness, sound effects and fake blood that will create an appropriate Halloween atmosphere for the 8:30 p.m. readings.
The Rock County Library will host Halloween Scary Stories on Oct. 31 at the Verhey Pumpkin Patch on East River Road. From 7:30 to 8 p.m. children’s librarian Bronwyn Wenzel will read Halloween-themed picture books to little ones, ages 2 to third grade, in the pumpkin patch at sunset. Then, as the...
Community members peruse the collection of hardcover books of former Luverne Middle-High School teacher Jerry Benson Thursday afternoon, Oct. 24, in the garage of Keith and Joan Erickson on North Cedar Avenue. A majority of the collection has been sold to the public or given away to schools. The sale continues through Sunday.
For more than four decades in education, Luverne social studies teacher Jerry Benson collected books and keepsakes of historic figures. Benson retired in 2017 due to cancer, and more than 6,000 books in his collection are now finding new homes, thanks to former LHS history teacher Keith Erickson....
H-BC teachers, staff and school board members gather around district business manager Glenda Kuehl in the high school library Friday to celebrate her retirement, which starts Oct. 31. Kuehl has been using a wheelchair for the past few weeks after suffering a fractured kneecap in a fall.
Hills-Beaver Creek teachers, staff and school board members gathered around Glenda Kuehl in the high school library Friday afternoon to celebrate her retirement. Kuehl has been with the district for 25 years, first in the elementary library and since 2001 as business manager. She said it’s been...
The second in a series of monthly sessions on Brain Health will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Luverne Community Education. The series started Oct. 7 as an effort by local advocates with #Luv1LuvAll to end stigma and encourage conversations about mental health — like physical health — toward...

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