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Saturday night, when Luverne High School conducts its annual prom, one student’s flowing gown will represent the accomplishment of a personal goal and the guarantee of a one-of-a-kind dress. Lilli Donohue spent the past several months practicing before designing and sewing her own prom dress. “I...
George Bonnema updated Luverne City Council members at their April 16 meeting about plans for a new building for Generations (formerly Rock County Senior Citizens). The group originally planned to preserve the newer portion of the senior building (the kitchen and dining room) and replace the south...
A bike trail in memory of Chris Ashby received support last week from Rock County Commissioners. Gene and Barb Ashby of rural Luverne outlined their proposal April 16 during the commissioners’ regular meeting. Commissioners voted 4-0 to allow staff to engineer and research possible funding sources...
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Doreen Rollag has been a musician her entire life. She’s been singing with the Sweet Adelines for 46 years, and she’s been the organist for 60 years at Palisade Lutheran Church in western Rock County. When she began losing vision in her left eye two years ago, she feared her music contributions...
Rock County is rich in aggregate materials, and county officials want to know where these resources are located and how to best manage the finite resource. Commissioners adopted a resolution April 16 to work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to map the sand and gravel potential...
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Luverne native Bill Keitel introduced his Silent Oak Society at the Chamber After Hours event in the Brandenburg Gallery Monday on Earth Day. “My grandfather didn’t want people to bring flowers to his funeral; instead, he asked them to plant a tree,” Keitel said. “And so began my obsession with...
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Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums has awarded Geraldine Pedersen with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for her 40 years of service to the Jasper Historical Society. She was honored at an April 25 reception at Treasure Island Resort and Casino near Red Wing where the organization...
Luverne Elementary kindergarten students presented six songs for the “Music and Me” program Thursday afternoon in the school gymnasium. Director Shirlee Gilmore told audience members that the program gives “a little peek into what we have learned this year.” The 86 students demonstrated group...
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Coffey Contemporary Arts in Luverne is partnering with Habilitative Services Inc. to bring its first-ever “Art Ability Showcase” to the Main Street gallery. A grand opening and artists’ reception will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, for the special one weekend only show. HSI has more than 200 clients...
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Any given month at least a dozen Parkinson’s disease patients and caregivers gather for support, share experiences and bust myths about the disease. The Luverne Parkinson’s disease support group will celebrate its third year in existence this fall.  At their April 18 meeting last week, the group...

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