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Kindergartners led off the 2019 Cardinal Dash Wednesday afternoon, May 1, starting in front of the Luverne Elementary School. Overnight rain prevented the annual fun run from being conducted on the already saturated lawn as in past years. Students in K-5 followed a path from the elementary parking lot, down the Dodge Street sidewalk and looping around the front of the middle-high school before ending on the school track.
Luverne Elementary students gathered in the school gymnasium Wednesday afternoon, May 1, to hear if they would be duct-taping their principal to the wall. They would not, because they fell short of the Parents Partner in Education (PPIE) 2019 goal of $13,000. The K-5 students raised $10,900. “And...
Luverne Area Chamber sponsored a ribbon-cutting event Friday afternoon for Backdraft Manufacturing, which opened earlier this year on West Gabrielson Road. Pictured at the event are Chamber Board members Patti Olson, Faye Bremer and Nancy Scheidt; Backdraft lead manufacturer Brandon LeBrun; Backdraft owner and CEO Tyler Lebrun and his wife, Anna LeBrun; Tyler LeBrun’s parents, Jim and Anne LeBrun; Chamber Board member Annie Opitz; Anna’s father, Dale Meyer; and Chamber Board member Tyler Bush.
Luverne manufacturing engineer Tyler LeBrun comes from a long line of firefighters — his grandfather, his father and two of his brothers all were or are firemen. He said this proud history is what inspired the name of his new business, Backdraft Manufacturing, which opened earlier this year in...
Residents and visitors are encouraged to bike, walk and ride the Luverne Loop Path on Thursday, May 16, to highlight the route and the Roll On Luverne bike loan program. “We want to celebrate the great job the city has done with the Loop and show residents what their tax dollars are being used for...
The city of Hardwick comprises about 1,100 acres of which 997 are classified as agricultural. This Google map of Hardwick shows the city limits encompass more rural properties than urban, and the rural properties are taxed the same as urban properties, despite the fact that many don’t have access to city services.
The Hardwick City Council unanimously agreed to move forward in establishing Rock County’s first Rural Service District. Attorney Don Klosterbuer is working with the council to adopt an ordinance creating dual tax rates — one for urban and one for rural properties — within the city limits of...
Rock County Library director Calla Jarvie (far right) reads questions during Thursday night’s monthly library Trivia Night at the Take 16 Brewing events center. May 2 marked the one-year anniversary for the library’s outreach program.
A year after debuting Trivia Night at Take 16 Brewing in Luverne, Rock County Library director Calla Jarvie isn’t surprised at the event’s success. “But I am so pleased,” she said. “This outreach has done wonders for patronage.” Jarvie took over as director in February 2018 after working with the...
At the DX Amaze dance competition in Minneapolis on March 23 the Spotlight Dance routine "Egyptian" won the Judges Choice Award and Platinum for Acro Dance (acrobatics) and choreography. The trio dancers are Meghan Witte (bottom) Mary Opitz and Vivian Brockberg.
Ten local Spotlight Dance groups attended the Triple S Dance Competition in Sioux Falls on March 10, and some of the same dancers also attended the DX Amaze Competition in Minneapolis on March 23. In Sioux Falls the dancers competed in categories such as jazz, lyrical, ballet, musical theatre, open...
The Luverne School Board will meet in special session Thursday, May 9, to discuss adding an elementary teacher and a middle school-high school administrator. Elementary principal Stacy Gillette and middle-high school principal Ryan Johnson outlined their requests at the April 25 school board...
There is movement afoot to pair Luverne with an international “sister city,” and now organizers are seeking local input to choose a global partner. “We’re reaching out to the community if you have a relationship with a city or an interest in a location,” said Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane...
The public is invited to the first Southwest MN CEO Trade Show May 15 at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne. The event begins with a 5 p.m. social hour followed by the trade show from 6 to 8 p.m. The tradeshow features 16 students from Luverne, Hills-Beaver Creek, Pipestone, Adrian, Southwestern...
Luverne’s Complete Count Committee members have been meeting monthly to support local efforts toward a complete count in the 2020 census. The city of Luverne established a Complete Count Committee (CCC) earlier this year to make sure all of the city’s residents are counted. Mayor Pat Baustian...

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