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  Luverne’s GrandStay Hotel earned industry accolades at the GrandStay Hospitality, LLC, 2015 Brand Conference at the La Grand Conference Center in Apple Valley on April 29. At the conference the GrandStay Hotel in Luverne received two prestigious awards. The 2014 Every Guest ~ Every Time Customer...
  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is gathering information and assessing the future of the Lower Dam at Blue Mounds State Park in the southwestern corner of Minnesota. Significant damage occurred at the park last June after heavy rains. Floodwaters from Mound Creek caused a breach of...
  As anyone with farm ground knows, the extreme rainfall events in June of 2014 caused severe erosion on farm ground in Rock County.  Gullies were cut through crop fields and ditches filled with sediment. Fields that had conservation practices in place such as terraces, waterways and sediment...
Submitted photo During the “Click it or Ticket” campaign from May 18-31, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office has committed 40 additional hours to seatbelt enforcement.
  The Minnesota State Patrol and southwest Minnesota law enforcement agencies are teaming up this week and next week for extra seatbelt patrols. During the “Click it or Ticket” campaign from May 18-31, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office has committed 40 additional hours to seatbelt enforcement. These...
  Troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota join forces Friday for a 21-hour joint operation designed to promote highway safety. The Minnesota State Patrol and South Dakota Highway Patrol will have an increased law enforcement presence on Interstate 90 from 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, to 3 a.m. Saturday...
Brothers Bud (left) and Don Rust show the sign Don made in his wood shop for the Kenneth Community Center.
Kenneth, Minnesota, is a small rural town with an official population of 67. To outsiders, the dot on the map doesn’t mean much, but to those who live there and make their regular acquaintances at the Kenneth Community Center, it’s the best place on earth. Just ask the Rust brothers; they’ll attest...
Winners of the Luverne Rotary Club 4-Way Test Essay are (from left) Ellie Hodgen, Ainslie Robinson and Elise Jarchow.
Local sixth-graders recently learned about truth, fairness, good will and team benefits through the Luverne Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test.  The Four-Way Test is the ethical code that Rotarians live by, challenging them to ask four simple questions: •Is it the truth? •Is it fair to all concerned? •...
Pictured are (on the ground, from left) Mike Schacht, Carol Morgan, Allison Zollner, Glenn Oeltjenbruns, Keith Aanenson, Jim Erickson, Daniel Tofteland. Toby Sengvongxay, Nathan Nekali, Dale Reverts, Codie Zeutenhorst, Travis Pierce, (in pickup bed) Sam Berghorst (left) and Dan Steensma.
Members of the Luverne Optimist Club gathered volunteers and three truckloads of sand Monday night, May 4, to fill orders for area backyard sandboxes.  By the end of the night, they had filled 20 sandboxes with donated sand from W&N Construction, with proceeds from the orders benefiting...
A former Luverne man appeared for sentencing in Rock County District Court Monday for his role in a felony case of corporate theft. After a three-year investigation covering more than four years of alleged embezzlement, Jeff Wilsey, 52, now of Brandon, was charged Sept. 8, 2014, with theft for...
  While the old adage, “April showers bring May flowers,” is true of most years that cannot be said of this year.  I was mulling over some new adages that might have been more appropriate like “April drought brings May burnout” or “April dry causes May flowers to go bye-bye,” but nothing seemed...

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