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A childlike excitement surrounds this year’s Green Earth Players’ annual fall production when the group performs “Miracle on 34th Street.” The curtain goes up on the first of two weekends, Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 16-19, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday performance at 2...
Stephan Harsma, (right) is buying Keith Aanenson's locksmith business.
Stephen Harsma is buying Keith Aanenson’s locksmith business, and a ribbon-cutting Monday afternoon made the deal official. “There’s a lot to know,” said Harsma, who has been training with Aanenson for several weeks. “It’s like putting together a bunch of tiny little puzzle pieces. When you take...
Mark and Annie Opitz stand inside the former Blue Mound Banquet and Meeting Center on West Hatting Street in Luverne. The couple is remodeling the building, including installing a new front door (as seen in the background) at the new location of their current Main Street business, Quality Printing.
A familiar Main Street business will have a new Luverne home in January. Quality Printing owners Mark and Annie Opitz purchased the former Blue Mound Banquet and Meeting Center last month. The facility on West Hatting Street triples their current business space. “It’s a little bittersweet,” Annie...
Many of the furniture pieces from the 1905 Minnesota State Capitol are stamped or etched with the words “State of Minn.” Many of the pieces were designed by the Capitol’s architect Cass Gilbert, and the society that bears his name is looking at inventorying the whereabouts of all the furniture pieces.
A presenter with the Cass Gilbert Society wants Rock County residents to check their homes for furniture pieces belonging to the state of Minnesota. Not for return but for cataloging, according to society project manager Natalie Heneghan. She will be in Luverne Monday, Nov. 20, at the Rock County...
It is once again election time for the FSA County Committee. Elections are held each year to replace a member whose 3-year term will expire. Producers who are eligible to vote in a particular elective area, also called a Local Administrative Area (LAA), and who participate in FSA programs and are...
Two cities and rural residents in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa were without electricity after a helicopter hit a supply line near Inwood, Iowa, Monday afternoon. The cities of Luverne and Rock Rapids plus five rural substations served by Sioux Valley Energy and Lyon REC were affected....
Rock County 4-H kicked off its new programming year with “All About Dogs” Oct. 21, when state 4-H dog show participant Rebecca Austin showed her rat terrier to the four Cloverbud participants. Austin and “Tessa” earned a champion ribbon in the agility jumpers category. The County K-9 4-H Club...
Submitted photo Magnolia school’s original structure was built in 1922.
Class reunions have been a part of Lisa Fischenich’s life even before she graduated from Luverne High School in 1983. Her parents, Dallas and Carol Dohlmann, often gathered with Dallas’ 1960 classmates from Magnolia High School. “I remember growing up going to these,” Fischenich said. Now she also...
Election judge Shirley Harrison monitors 230 voter registration slips during Tuesday’s special school bond referendum vote at the middle-high school. The number represents the number of ballots cast by 11:30 a.m. Polls opened at 10.
Voters in the Luverne School District turned out early to cast ballots for Tuesday’s $23 million bond referendum special election. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 177 absentee ballots were received, according to Rock County Auditor-Treasurer Ashley Kurtz. Last week Kurtz said her staff was busy distributing...
Rock County Veterans Service Officer and manager of the Herreid Military Museum Dave Haugom recently announced that radio talk show host and television commentator Dennis Prager will be the guest speaker at the Veterans Day Banquet Saturday, Nov. 11, in Luverne. His speech will focus on heroism,...

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