People in the News

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...
LHS grads get St. Cloud State University degrees Luverne High School 2014 graduates Blake Richters and Jonathan Ehde graduated in May from St. Cloud State University with bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice. Richters and Ehde previously graduated from the law enforcement training program at...
  Huisman graduates from St. Mary’s Alexa Huisman, Adrian, graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is the daughter of  Greg and Dawn Huisman.   St. Mary’s releases dean’s list Alexa Huisman, Adrian, and Kynzie Smedsrud, Luverne,...
Area students named to U of South Dakota dean’s list Several area students have been named to the dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. To qualify, students must earn at least 12 graded credits with a 3.5 GPA or higher. The following students were...

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