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Monday, April 1, marks one year until the U.S. 2020 Census, and a group of volunteers are working to make sure every person living in Luverne is counted for the record. The 2010 census counted 4,745 residents in Luverne after 89 percent of residents self responded to the survey. Local leaders are...
The “super worm equinox moon” descends early Thursday morning, March 21, as Luverne Farm Store employees Nick Nekali and Ardell Van Wettering fill a semitrailer with feed. Since March 14, farm store employees have been working two to four hours earlier than the normal 8 a.m. delivery start time in order to avoid gravel roads as the frost leaves the roadways during the day.
Rock County engineer Mark Sehr is familiar with the deep ruts created by heavy equipment sinking into the thawing gravel roadways. “Every spring you get where the top six inches to a foot thaws and we still have frost underneath — there is nowhere for the water to go and it turns into soup,” he...
At their Tuesday night meeting, Luverne City Council members approved plans and specifications to prepare the Uithoven Addition subdivision for future twin home development. The city will seek bids from contractors to install 1,200 linear feet of sanitary sewer line, 2,000 feet of water main, 2,200...
A group of nearly 40 community members gathered Monday night for a second round of discussion about what a downtown plaza in Luverne might look like. They looked at three architect drawings of possible plaza scenarios, each with different combinations of green spaces, water features, outdoor...
The new name for Rock County Senior Citizens is “Generations,” and a temporary sign on the Senior Citizens Building now bears the new name. The group is launching a fundraising campaign with a dessert auction Monday, April 1, for its new $2 million building. Pictured with the new sign Friday are Generations Building Committee members (from left) Judy Fenske, Ken Vos, Corrine Bonnema, George Bonnema and Neva Claussen. Not pictured are committee members Marlin Buus and Renae Reu.
Rock County Senior Citizens are now known as “Generations,” as indicated on the new sign on their building at East Lincoln Street. “It’s a new name and a new image,” said George Bonnema, president of Generations (formerly Senior Citizens). He uses the new name in as many references as possible in...
The Luverne High School Cardinal speech team finished first Saturday at the Pipestone Speech Invitational. Earning recognition at the meet were (front row, left) Roselynn Hartshorn, Emma Lusty, Melanie Rittenhouse, (second row) Mia Wenzel, Seno Chanthalangsy, Courtney Wendland, Chance Tunnissen, Xavier Carbonneau, Luke Thorson, Alexa Chesley, Meagan Hansen, Adriana Gonzalez, (third row) Destiny Matthiesen, Nicole Hoogland, Gretchen Jacobsma, Isabelle Hoiland, Gunnar Oldre, Jonah Louwagie, Jordan Winter, Sha
The Luverne Cardinal speech team finished its regular season with its third first-place large team finish for the 2019 season in Pipestone March 23. There were 205 competitors from 12 different schools. The Cardinal team had 38 students compete Saturday. Twenty-one speakers broke into finals and...
The Green Earth Players cast of “Drinking Habits” includes (front, from left) DJ Luethje, Terri Ebert, (back) Manda Steensma, David Vis, Elaine Hansen, Casey McKenzie, Gordie Hansen and Colette Hansen. Their first round of performances are next weekend in the Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. The following weekend, April 12-14, follows the same schedule.
The Green Earth Players community theater group will open their spring production, “Drinking Habits,” next weekend in the Historic Palace Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7. The following week follows the same schedule, with 7:30...
Luverne’s third annual Love the Ladies Expo is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in Grand Prairie Events. Now in its third year, Love the Ladies Expo features a variety of vendors and seminars designed to educate, entertain and pamper participants. “Love the Ladies Expo is the equivalent...
Murray County Commissioners joined Rock County in opposing the distribution of $3 million in Southern Prairie Community Care (SPCC) assets to a private health care insurance provider. Both counties are members of SPCC, an integrated health partnership that sought for seven years to improve health...

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