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10 years ago (2008) •The lowhead dam on the Rock River near the Luverne City Park is unsafe for humans and for fish. Those two factors have put it high on the state’s priority list to fund its replacement through the safety and ecology funds. At the Luverne City Council’s Committee of the Whole...
10 years ago (2008) •Thirteen companies submitted bids for Phase I of Luverne’s airport runway expansion project, resulting in a low bid of half the engineer’s estimate. “We had tremendous interest in the job,” said Luverne City Administrator John Call. Companies from the Twin Cities to Des Moines...
10 years ago (2008) •The Luverne School Board last week approved a one-year leave of absence for choir instructor Kyle Eastman to further his education. He will complete his master’s of music in music education with an emphasis in choral conducting at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz...
10 years ago (2008) •Wounded Iraq soldier Andrew Hanson will return to Luverne on March 27, and the public is encouraged to welcome him on Main Street that afternoon. He’ll be escorted by members of the Patriot Guard as he comes through downtown, and law enforcement will announce his arrival by...
10 years ago (2008) •For the past three weeks, public works and utilities employees have been working in the former Luverne hospital building to make room for a 4,000-square-foot expansion in the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Learning Center. On March 3 Minnesota West...
10 years ago (2008) •Hohn Implement will have a new owner starting April 8. Denny Hohn has worked in the business for 33 years and has owned the Luverne John Deere dealership since 1994, when it was previously known as Olhausen Farm Power. Hohn said, “I don’t think there’ll be any significant...
10 years ago (2008) •A city employee has been terminated for theft of public funds, according to documents filed at Luverne City Hall. Jesse Frey, a five-year employee of the water and wastewater department, was terminated Thursday, Feb. 28. In a letter to Frey, dated Feb. 28, City Administrator...
10 years ago (2008) •The Rock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a rash of vandalisms involving paint gun splatters. According to the complaint log at the Sheriff’s Department, there were more than 30 paint ball vandalism reports on Feb. 16, most of them in the town of Hardwick. Orange...
10 years ago (2008) •In a decade-long trend of rising land values in Rock County, news of $5,000 or $6,000 per acre land sales hasn’t been unusual. Bit a land auction last weekend brought prices that top any so far - $7,800 per acre. “We went from $3,000 to $7,000 in less than three minutes,” said...
10 years ago (2008) •The new tennis courts planned at Luverne schools will double the space for tennis play and education. The Luverne School Foundation is now trying to help the project along and has launched the Campaign for Courts, hoping to raise $75,000 for the project. Mix Cox is president of...

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