Filings open for school board

Filings for school boards opened in Minnesota on Aug. 29 and will remain open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.

In Luverne the positions held by Bob Kaczrowski, Don Bryan and Steve Tofteland are up for election.

As of press time no candidates have filed for the openings.

The Hills/Beaver Creek school district will not have an election this year.

SWMF makes loan to former Luverne Land O' Lakes plant

The Southwest Minnesota Foundation has awarded a loan to Fielder Enterprises Inc. for the purpose of purchasing the Land O' Lakes plant in Luverne.

The plant currently processes dry dairy products and animal by-products for companies such as Ducoa, Hormel, American Protein Inc., Farmland Industries and others.

The president of Great Plains Processing is Steven Fielder.

Fielder had been the manager of the Luverne plant since 1997.

When Land O' Lakes decided to sell the plant, Fielder was given the opportunity to purchase it.

Along with other financing, the loan will allow Fielder to purchase the processing facility and equipment and retain the 10 full-time employees working at the plant, according to the foundation.

GEP open house

The Green Earth Players will have an open house in its new practice and storage facility this Saturday.

The recently-acquired facility is the former Smith Furniture warehouse, one-half block east of Glen's Food Center.

Hosts will provide tours of their set, rehearsal and full-basement costume areas. Old photos will be on display, and plenty of hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the annual meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Reservations are not necessary; just stop down anytime during the evening.

Luverne's lottery sales up 4.6 percent in fiscal year 2000

In the Luverne area, lottery sales totaled $381,908, a 4.6-percent increase over sales in fiscal year 1999.

Scratch-off games totaled $285,178, and online game sales totaled $96,730.

In the state of Minnesota, 2000 was the best year ever, totaling a record $397.2 million, a 1.8%-increase over 1999.

Sales of scratch games reached $282.4 million, an increase of 6.3%. The scratch games accounted for 71 % of total sales.

The state of Minnesota received more than $86 million from lottery sales in fiscal year 2000. The Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, which receives 40% of the net proceeds, received $23.5 million for environmental projects.

The general fund, which supports state-run services like corrections, K-12 education and social services, received 60% of net proceeds, or about $62.8 million.

The state Department of Human Services received $1.7 million for state compulsive gambling programs.

Six retailers in Luverne earned $27,088 in commissions and incentives for selling lottery products. Players redeemed tickets worth approximately $189,488 at the local stores, with winners of more than $500 having to be paid at lottery offices.

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