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SHARE volunteers Destiny Ripka and James Chanthalangsy sort through hundreds of donated coats Friday afternoon in the Rock County Atlas office in the Cragoe building in downtown Luverne ahead of Saturday’s distribution. Another distribution is planned for Thursday evening.
Surrounded by mounds of coats, some in bags and some on racks, Destiny Ripka marvels at the generosity of strangers in Rock County. She volunteers for SHARE — Sharing Hearts Are Reaching Everyone — the local organization that helps families stretch their resources through the holidays. Part of that...
Salon 75 stylists shared images of his hair before and after locks on Saturday during the haircut.
When Kyler Hartz was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he spent time at the Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls and noticed kids without hair due to cancer treatments. “He asked us about them and later decided he would grow his own hair and donate it,” said Kyler’s dad, Paul Hartz, rural Luverne. That...
Anne Van Dyken
The Hills Christian School hosted Fine Arts Night Monday, Oct. 28, for a program that included audience and students singing, student poetry and more. Students in grades 3-5 who read poems included Anne Van Dyken (pictured reading “Messy Room”), Jordan Hartz, Gunnar Bork, Suzie Feucht and Jessa...
Eleven students from Hills-Beaver Creek High School will participate in the Augustana University Band Festival grand finale concert Saturday in Sioux Falls. Participants include (front, left) Abby Knobloch, Shayla Rainford, Lauren Tatge, Mackenzie Voss, (middle) Tess Van Maanen, Larissa Kruid, Josie Bartels, (back) Jo-Hannah Ladd, Michaela Abels, Kailey Rozeboom and Allison LaRock.
Fourteen area band students will perform Saturday in Sioux Falls as part of the Augustana University Band Festival. Now in its 62nd year, the band festival brings in high school students from a five-state area to participate in two full days of ensemble and clinic work before the Saturday night...
Luverne Middle School students (from left) Dominic Barnett, Hunter Cope, Isaac DeBates, Tucker Banck and teacher Gavin Folkestad walk the west ditch of South Highway 75 Friday afternoon.
Luverne Middle School students completed their annual highway cleanup Friday under clear, sunny skies. For the past two decades eighth-graders have walked the 10 miles of ditches along South Highway 75 picking up garbage each fall and spring. About half the class walks in the fall, and the other...
Luverne High School students will perform “Footloose the Musical” Nov. 7-9 at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. Pictured from left are Nicole Hoogland, Kaitlyn McDowell, Parker Carbonneau, Chance Tunnissen, Myles Trimble, Ashlyn Johnson, Anita Cole-Kraty, McKenzie Van Grootheest, Josie Golla, Sophie Holmberg, Seno Chanthalangsy, Hannah Ehlers, Luke Thorson, Rylee Gee, Jordan Winter, Alexa Chesley, Meagan Hansen, Xavier Carbonneau, Mia Wenzel, Pierce Cunningham, Ainslie Robinson, Sadie Reisdorfer, Stepan Orlets
Second-year play director Shawn Kinsinger noticed something special about students at Luverne High School and for the future of performing arts in Luverne. “I knew they were capable of handling a larger production,” he said. “This, along with the generosity of voters in approving a new performing...
Forty-three oceangoing vessels are headed from the Netherlands to the East Coast with specialized equipment for Luverne’s former IBP plant. Premium Iowa Pork is investing $30 million to retrofit the 50-year-old facility for pork processing, and the company has developed a preference for certain...
A not-so-scary Rock County librarian Calla Jarvie shows off a haunted graveyard that’s part of an elaborate spooky setup at the Verhey Pumpkin Patch for Thursday night’s “Scary Stories” on East River Road. Monday’s daylight masked the frightful effect of darkness, sound effects and fake blood that will create an appropriate Halloween atmosphere for the 8:30 p.m. readings.
The Rock County Library will host Halloween Scary Stories on Oct. 31 at the Verhey Pumpkin Patch on East River Road. From 7:30 to 8 p.m. children’s librarian Bronwyn Wenzel will read Halloween-themed picture books to little ones, ages 2 to third grade, in the pumpkin patch at sunset. Then, as the...

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