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The Rock County Board of Adjustment granted two property line setback easements to Gevo Inc. of Luverne for its wind fuel project after a July 1 public hearing. The project involves construction of two 2.4-megawatt wind turbines about 2 1/2 miles west of the Luverne renewable energy production...
The McCrary family joined Rock County Community Library Director Calla Jarvie (in chair) at the library’s first “Peaceful Park Summer Book Club” event July 3 at the Luverne City Park. Pictured on the blanket from left are Ella, Shannon, Joyce and Evan McCrary.
Rock County Library officials are promoting reading outdoors in a series of events called “Peaceful Park Summer Book Club.” The one-hour events take place at 10 a.m. each Wednesday through the month of July at five different Luverne parks. The first of five Peaceful Park events was at the Luverne...
Firefly is located in what was once Treats Drug Store in 1910.
Another downtown Luverne business will be updated through the Historic Facade Improvement Program, according to action at a recent Luverne Economic Development Authority meeting. The LEDA board approved a façade improvement application by David and Stacy Riphagen for their Firefly business at 210 E...
Manda Steensma (back, left) and Vicki Altena (back, right) sold their WildFlowers Coffee Boutique to Tracy Wieneke, Adrian, (front, left) and Teri Jeeninga, Rock Rapids. The Jeeninga sisters, who grew up near Little Rock, Iowa, said they plan to continue WildFlowers’ mission in the community.
WildFlowers owners Vicki Altena and Manda Steensma have been prayerfully seeking new owners for their downtown Luverne coffee boutique. When they announced in March the business was for sale, they said they’d be patient in finding someone to continue their mission. “I call this community ministry...
Several members of Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick empty the moving truck for the Rev. Jesse Baker, who will be officially installed as the church pastor in a special 2 p.m. ceremony Sunday.
Sunday service at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick will be a little later than normal to accommodate the installation of a new pastor. The special service begins at 2 p.m. The Rev. Jesse Baker fills a two-year vacancy, created when the Rev. Mark Mumme accepted a pastor position in Riverton, Wyoming...
The rough driving lanes on North Highway 75 in Luverne will get emergency repairs by the end of July, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation officials who met with local leaders July 2. They’re being called emergency repairs because they’ll carry the road surface over until it’s...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and local administration of federal farm programs. Committees are comprised of locally elected agricultural producers...
Amber Shaw
A Hardwick woman is accused of stealing nearly $13,000 from her former employer, Southwest Youth Services in Magnolia, where she worked as business manager. Felony theft charges were filed against 28-year-old Amber Christine Shaw in Rock County District Court Friday, July 5, after bookkeeping...
Missoula Children’s Theatre directors Shayla Rogers (standing, far left) and Casey Papas lead theater camp participants in a song Monday that will be sung Friday night and Saturday morning during the public productions of “Snow Queen” at the Palace Theatre in Luverne.
Fifty-five children ages 5 to 18 are taking part in a weeklong theater camp at the Palace Theater in Luverne. Missoula Children’s Theatre conducts the five days of auditions and rehearsals, which culminate in two public performances Friday night and Saturday morning. This year’s performance is “...
A search warrant executed in a Hardwick home Sunday night yielded meth and drug paraphernalia and the arrest of a 37-year-old Hardwick woman. According to the complaint filed Monday in Rock County District Court, Deputy Dallas Hamm had applied for a search warrant based on information that Lucas...

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