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Luther College Courtney Wendland, a senior at Luverne High School, has been accepted for admission for the 2019-2020 academic year at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and has also been awarded the Martin Luther Award.
  A.R. Wood Scholarship recipients announced Eight Luverne High School 2018 graduates have been named recipients of scholarships awarded by the A.R. Wood Scholarship Trust. They are Anita Gust, Aric Meinerts, Samantha Pierce, Michael Rahm, Mark Robinson, Sierra Schmuck, Emma Verbrugge and Benjamin...
Main Street Financial Services is a finalist for the 2018 Invest in Others award. Pictured above are (from left) Edna Buys, Marilyn Van Santen, Nancy Van De Berg, Lynette Ossefoort, Alexis Klarenbeek, Theresa Hup, Christina Koedam and David Riphagen.
Main Street Financial Services, owned by Nancy Van De Berg, has been selected by the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation as one of three finalists for the Corporate Philanthropy Award. The award recognizes philanthropic achievements of financial advisers and financial services companies in...
Missy Merrill of Luverne was recently promoted as guest services manager at the Luverne Pizza Ranch. As guest services manager, Merrill is responsible for greeting customers when they enter the restaurant and making sure the experience meets the franchise’s standards. “We want to give legendary...
Al Willers of Luverne was recently honored for his 15 years of service with the Foster Grandparent Program. Willers volunteered at the Luverne Elementary School, donating a minimum of 15 hours per week, as required for the Lutheran Social Services program. “Al has been an amazing volunteer,” said...
Consultant, writer and investment adviser Tom Brakke was recently elected to the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) Board of Directors. Brakke was raised in Luverne and remains dedicated to the vitality of his hometown and the region. “We are formed by our experiences, and the parameters of our...
Rock County farmer Mark Gath was interviewed for an article in Forbes magazine about a startup company working with agriculture producers to “save America’s small farms.” The story, titled “Data Farming,” features Farmers Business Network, a Silicon Valley company that helps farmers network with...
Vajgrt named to St. Olaf College dean’s list Jonathon Vajgrt, Luverne, was named to the Spring 2018 dean’s list at St. Olaf College, Northfield. Vajgrt, the son of Terry and Michelle Vajgrt, Luverne, completed a degree in chemistry at St. Olaf this spring.   U of Sioux Falls releases dean’s list...
Luverne student graduates from St. Olaf College Jonathon Vajgrt, son of Terry and Michelle Vajgrt, Luverne, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry from St. Olaf College, Northfield, at the Spring 2018 commencement ceremony.   Thier earns degree from Clarke Austyn Thier, Adrian,...
Gregg Fuerstenberg
A 2003 Luverne High School graduate was featured in a recent Finance and Commerce story under their regular column, “Rising Young Professionals.” Gregg Fuerstenberg, son of Barb Gust and Marv Fuerstenberg, is vice president of business and economic incentives at the Minneapolis office of JLL, a...

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