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Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge (standing right) conducts the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, during the commissioner’s meeting for the department’s newest deputy sheriff Jeff Stratton. Stratton is a 1998 Luverne High School graduate and spent 12 years as a deputy with the Carver...
Workers Jason Lanpher and Brian Vinslauski (right) from Ellis & Eastern clear the railroad tracks east of Luverne Monday morning as the area continues to recover from a severe winter storm that brought arctic cold, high winds and several inches of snow to the area Friday and Saturday.
When skies cleared and the winds died down Sunday morning, the arduous task of snow removal began in earnest across the region by any and all means available, ranging from snow shovels and ATVs with blades to farm machinery and powerful municipal equipment.
Several questions arose during a Jan. 13 public meeting about the proposed Elk Creek Solar Project near Magnolia. Representatives from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Minnesota Commerce Department conducted the meeting at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne. Questions raised by...
The city of Luverne and Gary Golla are swapping land near the former Sharkee’s lot to clean up property lines and make the area more marketable. At their Jan. 14 meeting, council members adopted an ordinance authorizing the conveyance of real estate from the city to Golla, also known as G-Three...
At the Jan. 14 Hills City Council meeting, Hills Fire Department Chief Jared Rozeboom (center) and assistant chief Derek Bundesen (front right) accept the first $15,000 check that will be given annually from the Paul and Bertha Thompson Trust administered through trustees Rod Bonander (front left), and Eric Hoyme (back from left) and Dean Goettsch.
The Hills Volunteer Fire Department received the first of many $15,000 checks from the Paul and Bertha Thompson Trust. Rod Bonander is one of three trustees for the late couple, who were life-long Hills residents. Bonander presented the check to the fire department at the Jan. 14 Hills City Council...
Luverne High School students will compete Saturday in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play competition in Pipestone with their performance of “Spreading the News,” by Lady Gregory. The team includes (front, from left) Melanie Rittenhouse, Parker Carbonneau, Xavier Carbonneau, (second row) Nicole Hoogland, Seno Chanthalangsy, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Stepan Orletskyy, (back) Chance Tunnissen and Josie Golla. Not pictured is Mia Wenzel and Burke Johnson.
Luverne High School One-Act Play students will perform “Spreading the News,” by Lady Gregory, at the Region 3A subsection 10 Minnesota State High School League event at Pipestone High School. The dress rehearsal will take place 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. The public...
Human traffickers continue to victimize young people, and the most vulnerable are often rural teens who have been lured by social media predators. Southwest Crisis Center’s Allan Bakke will return to Luverne this weekend with heartbreaking stories of victims and to urge local awareness and...
The Luverne mayor will now serve four-year terms, rather than two, and elected leaders on the Luverne City Council are now known as “council members” rather than “aldermen.” These were two changes recommended by the Luverne’s Charter Commission following their annual meeting, and City Council...
Magnolia City Council members voted Jan. 13 to proceed with a formal application for a state housing improvement grant with a few changes. Council members supported moving forward after Magnolia’s preliminary application was deemed “moderately satisfactory” by state officials. Teresa Keifer with...
Luverne High School students in David Rysdam’s government class recently wrapped up a segment on tariffs and their effects on local economies. After reading local and regional news stories and surveying community members, students invited Rep. Joe Schomacker to the classroom to discuss the tariffs...

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