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According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four people with prescription opioids struggles with addiction. To curb this epidemic of opioid addition, the CDC released new guidelines for the prescription of opioids for chronic pain, urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids...
Important dates: •May 1: 2017 NAP ornamental nursery sales deadline. •May 15: Final RMA small grain planting date; CRP primary nesting and brood rearing season begins. •May 29: FSA office closed for Memorial Day. •May 31: 2016 corn and soybean loan and LDP request deadline; 2017 ornamental nursery...
Friday marks the last day of work at the Rock County Law Enforcement Center in Luverne for Terri Ebert, who retires after 33 years of working in communications.
After 33 years with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, dispatcher Terri Ebert is a walking encyclopedia of sorts in terms of whom and what she knows. In her career she has answered hundreds of emergency calls, typed thousands of pages for reports, processed dozens of prisoners, and worked with a...
Lori Sorenson photo/1201 tow plow Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow driver Mark Holtz, Magnolia, has been training to use the new doublesided “tow plow” on I-90. A tow plow is a 26-foot plow mounted on a trailer pulled by a tandem axle snowplow truck, the combination of which clears two lanes at a time.
Snowplow driver Mark Holtz, Magnolia, won’t say he’s excited for the next winter storm, but he is looking forward to trying the new “tow plow” that he’s been training to operate. “I’m excited to see how it works,” Holtz said Monday afternoon under dark clouds and spittering precipitation. A tow...
By Lori Sorenson A highlight of this weekend’s Winterfest Celebration will be Luverne’s first-ever nutcracker scavenger hunt. There are over 100 participating locations with life-sized nutcrackers all over Luverne, and the challenge for scavenger hunters will be to visit each one to learn their...
Darwin and Marge Jauert, rural Luverne, say curb cutouts like this one  — especially if snow is cleared — make their lives easier.
When snow piles up on sidewalks and curbs, it’s difficult for able-bodied people to get around, let alone for those in a wheelchair. For Darwin and Marge Jauert, rural Luverne, this was the case Saturday night, Nov. 19, when they came to town for the play at the Palace Theatre. They parked in one...
Mavis Fodness Photo/1201Rafiki Bracelets Luverne Middle School students Brodi Oakley (left) and Mia Wenzel hold Rafiki bracelets, a fundraising project currently underway by the Middle School Student Council.
By Mavis Fodness Luverne seventh-grader Mia Wenzel knows the $10 beaded bracelet she purchased two months ago had a positive impact on an African family. She and 24 other student council members and two adults attended the WE Day conference in late September. WE Day in the Twin Cities Excel Center...
Mild weather conditions greeted visitors Friday at Blue Mounds State Park where 70 vehicles took advantage of the free admission as an alternative to spending the entire day shopping the Black Friday sales. Enjoying the mild temperatures were (from left) Alex Ketchpaw, Nancy Cameron, Julie Leibold and Jim Leibold.
Looking for bison instead of shopping for gifts was the preferred activity for the Leibold and Ketchpaw families during Black Friday. Entrance fees to all 76 Minnesota state parks were waived the day after Thanksgiving to encourage people to spend more time outdoors and with family. The day after...
City workers clear old appliances, furniture and debris out of the former Culligan building on North Highway 75 near Main Street Wednesday, Nov. 23, to prepare it for demolition. The city purchased the building from Randy Sasker earlier this year for the purpose of clearing blight and encouraging...
Minnesota State University alumni Janine Brady (left) and Dave Wentzel (right) are pictured with Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz (center) at the Honors Day 2016 for the Department of Social Work on Nov. 18 in Mankato.
Luverne native Dave Wentzel is the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Social Work Outstanding New Social Worker for 2016. He was honored Nov. 18 for his use of social work skills to meet the needs of veterans in Minnesota, according to David Beimers, associate professor and chairman...

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