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Gary and Janine Papik are involved in many of the ventures SWIF has supported, including Luverne Initiatives For Tomorrow, Luverne Street Music, Southwest Minnesota Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities and others.
Gary and Janine Papik are featured in the current Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation magazine, “Looking Forward, Giving Back.” In addition to grant giving in Southwest Minnesota, SWIF partners with banks, economic development organizations, nonprofit lenders and private investors to offer...
Sage Ver Steeg, a junior at Luverne High School, shows a few of the special gifts included in care kits for “The Visibility Project 1125” she developed last year. Ver Steeg’s FCCLA project received a boost when it was selected for a $500 grant through Disney’s Youth Service America program.
Former high school cheerleader Sage Ver Steeg looks like her classmates on the outside, but inside she doesn’t have the energy to keep up with her 17-year-old peers. Last year Ver Steeg, a junior on Luverne’s FFCLA team, delivered a simple speech about invisible illnesses. This year she went a step...
Luverne city crews work to remove snow at the corner of Main Street and Highway 75 Tuesday morning, Jan. 23, after several inches blanketed the area during Monday’s blizzard. While it was plenty to shovel, Luverne and Rock County dodged the worst of the storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow as...
Farm Service Agency policy reminders The following reminders include important information that will assist producers in maintaining Federal Farm Program eligibility. Any questions should be directed to the Pipestone County FSA Office at 507-825-5478, or the Rock County FSA Office at 507-283-2369....
Rock County has more than its share of arts and culture, but research shows there’s more value in these offerings than mere audience enrichment. In fact the economic impact of the arts in Rock County is $2 million, according to a study by Creative Minnesota 2017. If that sounds impressive, it is,...
Luverne High School one-act play cast members will perform “The Most Likely Pages,” by Bradley Hayward at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the high school auditorium. No admission will be charged, but freewill donations will be accepted for play director Sharon Boltjes, who was recently diagnosed with...
Luverne City Council members tackled a weighty agenda on their first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Among the issues was a resolution to subdivide the former Sharkee’s area to become the Towne Square Addition. City leaders have been working to redevelop the south portion of the block along...
Specialist Matt Niessink with the Luverne-Pipestone Army National Guard unit will represent the 125th Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Red Bulls Division at the Soldier of the Year competition in April.
Minnesota Army National Guard Specialist Matt Niessink recently cleared two of four hurdles toward his goal of becoming the Best Warrior in the Army National Guard. The 2011 Luverne High School graduate was named Soldier of the Year by the Luverne-Pipestone unit and the 125th Field Artillery. In...
Motivational speaker Nick Scott crosses the stage Friday morning at Luverne High School in a wheelchair rigged with LED lights and wheel spinners. He explained to students that living is a mindset and it’s up to them to decide what that mindset will be.
Dressed in his favorite color, black, and a tie bedazzled with Swarovski crystals, motivational speaker Nick Scott took stage in the Luverne Middle-High School auditorium amid the students’ loud cheers and applause. “Never give up on yourself,” his voice echoed over the student body. “Don’t focus...
Temperatures hovered around zero degrees Saturday night at the Blue Mounds State Park, but an estimated 300 park visitors bundled up and set out under a starry sky to hike along candlelit trails. Families and people of all ages participated in the hike, which started and ended at the warming house...

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