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MSU Mankato announces graduates Three area students graduated Saturday, Dec. 10, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, following the Fall 2022 semester. Jesse Kontz received a Bachelor of Science in law enforcement, Joci Oye earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing, and Emilie Staeffler...
Pastor David Nelson
Nelson becomes ordained Lutheran pastor David John Nelson was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament Dec. 10 at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. The ordination was performed by Bishop Dee Pederson of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod. Nelson will serve Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater...
Walter Tofteland was recently honored by the district Rotary International governor as the Luverne club was recently inducted into the Paul Harris Fellow Club. The Paul Harris Fellow recognizes individuals who contribute or who have contributions made in their name of $1,000 to the Rotary...
Continental Western Group repeats as ‘Best Places to Work in Insurance’ Award recognizes outstanding omployers in the insurance industry Continental Western Group has been named in the annual “Best Places to Work in Insurance” program, which recognizes employers for their outstanding performance in...
Thompson honored with FCCLA award   Carmen Thompson, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Luverne Middle-High School, was recently honored with the “Spirit of Advising” award through the FCCLA National Leadership Association. Thompson was one of 26 FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders...
Nath publishes book, ‘This Will Never Happen…’ Matthew Nath, Luverne, recently published a book, “This Will Never Happen…,” which is for sale now. Nath writes a story about Rhys, a young Christian man, living 25 years in the future under totalitarian rule. Despite the danger, Rhys finds small ways...
VandeGriend joins Sanford Luverne   Rachelle VandeGriend recently joined Sanford Luverne Clinic as a certified nurse practitioner. She will be a family medicine provider, caring for patients of all ages. She lives in rural Edgerton with her husband and three children. VandeGriend graduated from...
Bridal boutique adds manager/stylist Denise DeKam is the new manager/stylist for First Comes Love bridal boutique located in the Mall on Main in Luverne. Owner Mary Brown said the additional help will allow her to expand business hours to include Wednesdays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and...
Darla Faber
Faber honored for 28 years with SMOC Darla Faber of rural Luverne was recently honored for her 28 years of service with the Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council. In the July 27 Minnesota Community Action Partnership’s annual conference in Willmar, Faber received a plaque and public...
Schacht named news reporter of year Spencer Schacht, a 2015 Luverne High School graduate, recently earned two awards through the New Mexico Broadcasters Association. He won best breaking news coverage for his report about a group of people stranded overnight on the Sandia Peak tram on New Year’s...

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