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The Hills-Beaver Creek School Board voted not to participate in another three-year Flexible Learning Year Initiative. The action, which will go into effect with the 2016-17 school year, was taken at the H-BC board meeting Tuesday, May 26. Discussion at the meeting focused on the driving force...
A new kind of live outdoor music will be offered at this year’s Buffalo Days celebration in Luverne. “Rock on the River” will showcase the Everett Smithson Band under a tent at Redbird Field from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 6. The band is known throughout the Midwest for playing Zydeco, or...
Martha Bakken grew up on a farm several miles southwest of Luverne and attended a one-room school in District 13 in Rock County. She attended high school in Luverne, staying “in town” during the week and going home on weekends. She is pictured here for her high school graduation photograph in 1929.
  Martha Ingeborg Lunde Bakken, the oldest known resident in Rock County, died Thursday, May 28, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 104 years and 16 days. Martha was born to Nels and Emma (Rossum) Lunde in Luverne Township May 12,1911, and was a lifelong resident of Rock County.  ...
MPCA Assistant Commissioner Rebecca Flood is pictured with Alan Lais of the city of Luverne’s water and wastewater department.
  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Alan Lais from the city of Luverne for maintaining a perfect compliance record with the city’s wastewater treatment permit during 2014. This year the city of Luverne wastewater treatment facility was among 116 wastewater facilities...
Several Thrivent "Action Teams" placed Christian crosses on 29 graves of deceased ordained clergy in Rock County cemeteries for Memorial Day. One team was Carlene and (pictured) Larry Boll and Anika and Gavyn Boll. Others placing flags include Doug Boeve, Carol Broesder and Pastor Gary and Sharyn...
Summer officially begins in Luverne next weekend with the 31st annual Buffalo Days Celebration June 5-7. Mark your calendars with weekend activities for the family.   Friday, June 5 •6 to 10 p.m. Buffalo Days Cruise-In on Main Street downtown Luverne. Registration is free. All vehicles welcome with...
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...

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