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The Blue Mound Figure Skaters will host the Ice Crystal Classic 2019 Jan. 18-20 at the Blue Mound Ice Arena in Luverne. This is the local club’s largest competition to date with 105 skaters attending from nine different rinks (which includes local skaters) and 19 different coaches. Skating will...
Ashton Pick places a battery-operated votive candles into white paper sacks.
More than 700 people trekked along candlelit trails in the Blue Mounds State Park Saturday night for the second annual Friends of the Blue Mounds State Park Candlelight Hike. The 2019 event drew more than double last year’s impressive count of 300-plus, and while parking was a challenge, park...
A two-vehicle crash occurred Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 23, just south of County Road 7 in Rock County. A Ruthton man died at the scene.
A Ruthton man died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that closed down State Highway 23 south of Jasper for several hours. According to information from the Minnesota State Patrol, Earl Dean Gruis, 67, was driving a 2014 Cadillac SRX southbound on Highway 23 just south of County Road 7 in Rock...
Jeff Haubrich (right) is sworn in as the county attorney Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, in the Rock County Courthouse. District Court Judge Terry Vajgrt administered the oath.
For the past three decades, Rock County residents elected Don Klosterbuer as county attorney. For more than half of those years, Jeff Haubrich served as an assistant county attorney. On Monday, Jan. 7, the roles were reversed when District Judge Terry Vajgrt swore in Haubrich as the county’s first...
District Court Judge Terry Vajgrt (center) administered the oaths of office to the six elected county officials Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, in the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne. From left, Jeff Haubrich (sworn in as county attorney), Sherri Thompson (county commissioner), Jim Veldkamp (soil and...
Rock County commissioners began the new year by electing a new chairman and reaffirming plans to finish a road project in Luverne that they supported in 2018. Commissioner Greg Burger took the helm Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, from fellow commissioner Sherri Thompson. Gary Overgaard was elected vice...
There is movement afoot to pair Luverne with an international “sister city,” according to discussion at a community meeting last week. About 15 people gathered Jan. 7 in the elementary school commons to consider whether or not Luverne should become a sister city and if it could benefit from — and...
City leaders have shared mixed responses to tru Shrimp’s Jan. 2 announcement that it will no longer build its planned $300 million production facility in Luverne. Members of the Luverne Economic Development Authority gathered Monday morning at their first monthly board meeting of the year. It was...
Teal’s Food and Gas Station attendant Ed Fonkert (left) fills the tank of Marcia Moeller’s vehicle Friday for $1.96 per gallon, the day before gas prices jumped back to over the $2 mark. Fonkert said drivers’ smiles were slightly bigger for the past several weeks. Moeller was among the happy gas...

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