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Rock County Commissioners on June 2 unanimously declined to forgive penalties and late fees assessed to the Econo Lodge and Super 8 by Wyndham hotels in Luverne. In an email to auditor-treasurer Ashley Kurtz, Ash Patel, an agent with SARP, LLC in Sioux Falls, asked for the $8,866 to be forgiven....
On June 2 the Rock County sheriff’s office became the first in Minnesota to have its own phone app to communicate with the public. “Rock County Sheriff’s Office MN” is free through app stores. At their June 2 meeting, Rock County Commissioners approved an annual support fee of $2,995 with OCV, LLC...
Luverne Public Works employees Robin Stratton and Cory Schmuck attach reflective plates to concrete dividers in the parking spaces near Sterling's restaurant.
Luverne City Council members on Tuesday took action to streamline permitting processes for businesses to begin offering outdoor services on June 1. On May 20, Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-56 that allows for bars and restaurants to open on June 1 for outdoor service, as long as social...
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For decades Luverne has kicked off the official start of summer with its community Buffalo Days celebration, with a Friday Night Cruise-In, Buffalo Days Parade and Arts in the Park with its signature vendor booths, carnival food and live entertainment. And it always involves crowds of people...
Megan Boyenga and her children are frequent visitors to The Lake in Luverne where they donated a bench on the beach in memory of their late husband and father, Anthony Boyenga, who died last summer in a drowning accident in Iowa. Pictured are (from left) Levicy, Hazyl, Bronly, Megan, Rayden, and Coyer.
Elmer Bartels spent a good share of his final days gazing out the dining room window at Tonto Park across the street from his home in the northwest part of Luverne. Homebound for 18 months, he found joy in watching families and children play on the equipment and enjoy the outdoors, Eunice said...
Lisa Nath is the new director and only the third person to hold the position at Luverne Community Education since its inception in 1978. Previously Nath worked as a parent educator with Community Education’s Early Childhood Family Education program.
A love of learning propelled Lisa Nath to the helm of Luverne Community Education, which views education as a lifelong activity. Nath is the third director to head the program that began in 1978 with Gregg Gropel, who laid the groundwork for the then new program. Karen Willers filled the position...
Blue Mounds State Park manager Chris Ingebretsen removes barricades Monday morning from the main campground entrance. Camping has been prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cart-in campgrounds opened May 22. The tipi campground remains closed.
Overnight camping resumed Monday north of Luverne at Blue Mounds State Park, with officials following coronavirus guidelines outlined by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “All of our (72 main campground spots) met space requirements … so we were able to open them all up,” said park...
Megan Klumper displays a message for her students during a teacher parade conducted through the Hills-Beaver Creek School District communities in April. Klumper was selected as the 2020 H-BC Teacher of the Year.
H-BC staff repeatedly used the words “above and beyond” to describe the 2020 Hills-Beaver Creek School District Teacher of the Year and Friend of Education. Teacher Megan Klumper and paraprofessional Lexi Moore were recently honored during Teacher Appreciation Day last month. They were recognized...
Pastor Gary Klatt delivers his last sermon before retirement at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne on Sunday. Area churches are gradually reopening to in-person services under various health guidelines including limiting the number of congregational members at each service and non-family members sitting at least six-feet away from each other.
Area churches opened the doors to in-person services Sunday, with one church, St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, saying goodbye to its pastor. Pastor Gary Klatt delivered his last sermon May 31 to a socially spaced congregation of 75 people, about a quarter of normal church capacity. Klatt...
Anticipating lower revenues this fall, the Luverne School Board encouraged staff to curb spending as the district prepares for the 2020-21 school year. Board members encouraged administrators at the Thursday night, May 28, meeting to look at absorbing a recent teacher opening instead of immediately...

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