Buck Underwood (left) receives the Third District gavel from the state VFFA senior vice president Chad Solheid.Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian (center) received the Community Leader award. Joining Baustian is his family (from left) Jack, Claire, wife Katie, and Peter.

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Community leader award

Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian received the Community Leader award from Missouri River Energy Services Wednesday night in Sioux Falls. He was honored during the MRES annual conference where he received a plaque “in recognition of his years of service to the Luverne municipal utilities and the city of Luverne.” Baustian has been Luverne’s mayor since 2011 and, prior to that, he was an alderman from 2003 through 2010. He was joined at the conference by his wife, Katie, and their children (from left) Jack, Claire and Peter.

Third District VFW re-elects Luverne’s Underwood

Buck Underwood of VFW Post 2757, Luverne, was re-elected commander for 2019 to 2021at this year’s Third District Veterans of Foreign Wars District Convention in Canby.

VFW Third District is comprised of 18 posts and about 1,500 members in southwest Minnesota.

Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsor more than a dozen community and youth events throughout the year in support of veterans, their families, school children and cities and towns.

Underwood has been an active member of Post 2757 for 14 years and has served as its quartermaster for the past 12 years.

During his past two years as district commander, the Third District has endorsed the VFW Minnesota Teacher of the Year and has had outstanding submissions in the VFW’s Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy programs.

Underwood served in the Army from 1964 to his honorable discharge as a sergeant in 1967. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal for injuries sustained in combat in Vietnam. Underwood was also awarded the Vietnam Service and Campaign medal, Unit Valorous Citation medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm device.

Also elected as senior vice commander for Third District from this area was Bill Brockberg, a VFW member from Worthington Post 3958. Brockberg is the Nobles County veterans service officer in Worthington.

Luverne student attends media camp

Luverne High School student Xavier Carbonneau is one of nine students from the region selected to attend a media camp June 10-14 in Sioux Falls.

KSFY Television and the Washington Pavilion host the free camp to introduce concepts in TV news production, including reporting, writing, video production and advertising.

Students were selected based on course work in school, an audition and their interest in a future career in television. A demo tape showing their on-camera skills was part of the application.

Students will produce a five-minute newscast that will air at the end of KSFY News at 5 and 6 p.m. on June 14.


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