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This is the picture Jonathan Kurtz snapped from the top of the flagpole.
The well-known flag at Papa’s Place Family Restaurant in Luverne was flying high again in time for Memorial Day weekend, thanks to help from members of the Luverne Fire Department. Firefighter Jonathan Kurtz went up in the LFD’s ladder truck on Thursday afternoon to replace the rope system that was...
In his 16 years as a recruiter, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Oye has helped more than 320 young people answer the question of what they are going to do after high school. Oye is a 1997 Luverne High School graduate who began recruiting for the National Guard in 2000. He's been in Luverne for 13 years.
“The work ethic out here is just different. And I think being from a small community and living in the area really helps.” That is how Sgt. 1st Class Eric Oye explains his success over the years in recruiting young men and women from southwest Minnesota to join the Minnesota National Guard. Oye, a...
A new ordinance involving agricultural businesses is under consideration by the Rock County Commissioners in an upcoming public hearing. Commissioners set Tuesday, June 16, for the hearing and will decide based on public input whether or not to accept the planning and zoning committee’s...
This photograph shows the first section of 24-inch steel pipe being installed.
Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone is making good progress on the Lewis & Clark water pipeline installation to Luverne. Construction started in February on 23 borings for the Hwy. 75, stream and railroad crossings between the Iowa border and Luverne.  The contract includes 5.9 miles of 14-inch...
Eleven athletes from Luverne participated in the Area 8 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet recently in Redwood Falls. Pictured (from left) are Ariana Weidert, Jennifer Moller, Erica Egdorf, Nikole Koffron, David Weis, Aaron Dyk, Tyler Briggs, Alex Hartman, Katie Fick, Derek Deutsch and Evan Ushijima.
Eleven Luverne athletes were among the 103 representatives who participated at the 2015 Area 8 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet May 2 in Redwood Falls. The Luverne Lions Club hosted the event with the help of the Windom Lions Club. “We are in a rotation within the region,” said Lions Club...
A team of volunteers organized by Larry Smith spent May 13 loading and unloading dozens of semi-trailer loads of grain, emptying all the storage bins on the Hup family farm south of Luverne.
In the true spirit of Rock County generosity, more than a dozen area farmers rallied to help out a fellow farm family. The late Steve Hup, who passed away March 30 in a car accident, had dozens of semi loads of grain stored in bins on his farmyard. Realizing this grain would need to be hauled, Hup’...
Operators of the 114th Fighter Wing South Dakota Air National Guard Emergency Management office brought their Mobile Emergency Operations office brought their Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) to Luverne Monday for a demonstration.
Area fire departments and emergency response officials recently learned about a high-tech resource that’s available to them, should disaster strike. Operators of the 114th Fighter Wing South Dakota Air National Guard Emergency Management office brought their Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC...
  Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Meals on Wheels service in Luverne has been awarded a $7,075 grant from the Luverne Area Community Foundation. For many years the Luverne Area Community Foundation has offered philanthropic support to the missions of partnering organizations, including...
  Applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. The program, reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to producers...

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