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Helmer Haakenson receives assistance holding a cake in honor of his 100th birthday on Feb. 20 by his two youngest children Mike (right) and Mary.
Helmer Haakenson had one thought on his mind in 2007 when surgeons told the then 88-year-old his aortic value replacement would last 15 years. “It will get me to one hundred,” he said last week. His 100th birthday came Wednesday, Feb. 20, and he celebrated with friends and family at his new home at...
At the Feb. 19 Luverne Music Boosters meeting, members of the Ben Franklin Lodge No. 114 presented the organization a check for $662.55. The check matched funds raised during a concession stand fundraiser during the Winterfest event at the elementary school. This matching fundraiser has raised the...
Walking across a tightrope was one of several new experiences Jacinda Hustoft, Luverne, was able to complete at last summer’s Rotary Youth Leadership camp in Nebraska.
Jacinda Hustoft, a senior at Luverne High School, learned leadership styles could apply to characters from the children’s story, “Winnie the Pooh.” The daughter of Brad Hustoft, Luverne, and Shawn Hustoft, Brandon, South Dakota, saw herself in the tail-bouncing Tigger. “I am kind of bouncy and full...
  Council members received their first look at a new rescue/pumper truck that took more than a year to design and manufacture for the Luverne Fire Department. The brand new multi-purpose vehicle arrived in Luverne earlier this month and, as of Monday, became fully operational by the volunteer fire...
A road grader with a V plow attachment makes its way down County Road 7 through the snow-filled boulevards of Hardwick Monday morning.
Street improvements is a frequent topic at Hardwick City Council meetings, but little or no progress has been made toward a solution. Like many small communities, Hardwick struggles to fund large street improvements, opting instead to patch small sections of 25-year-old pavement each year. Last...
Quinn Graber (left) and Jordan Winter (right) are pictured with Luverne High School choir director Seana Graber. Winter and Quinn Graber were selected for the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Choir. The group performed Feb. 16 at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.
Eight Luverne High School students recently participated in singing events in the Twin Cities. American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota selected six Luverne students for its 9-10 honor choirs. Ashton Sandbulte and Josie Golla sang in the mixed choir. Rylee Gee participated in the soprano-...
The Cardinal speech team competed at the Adrian Invitational on Saturday, taking home the first-place team trophy. Thirty-five members of the team competed in three rounds of competition in 12 of the total 13 categories. In the first three competitions for the 2019 season, the students have...
These oversized icicles at 418 North Estey are similar to many that can be seen on homes in and around Luverne since heavy snow has covered rooftops and created ice dams.
Ice dams, both awe-inspiring and terrifying, are showing up on many Minnesota homes this winter thanks to heavy snowfall and extreme cold. The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers tips for how to deal with ice dams now and how to prevent them in the future, which can also save you money on your...
A California man is in custody after he was arrested in Sioux Falls for stealing a car in Luverne Monday night. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the report of a stolen vehicle came in at 11:25 p.m. on Feb. 25. The owner of the 2008 Mitsubishi ECL is Alexander Holman, Sioux Falls. The...
  Area students named to USF Fall 2018 dean’s list The University of Sioux Falls has released its dean’s list for Fall 2018 semester. Students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale to qualify. Named to the dean’s list from Hills were Kendra Paulsen, a senior majoring in music education...

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