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(2008) •The city of Luverne’s lowhead dam is still a safety concern, and the city and county are still working to remove it. In order to study how the dam’s removal will affect wells, the city of Luverne has removed some wood planks to drain part of the dam. That has simulated how the river would...
10 years ago (2008) •Tammy Makram of the Coffey Haus restaurant will take over the business licenses of the former Wine and Stein bar, which closed this summer. Luverne City Council members approved the transfer of the licenses from Barb Kuper, former owner of Wine and Stein, to Makram during their...
10 years ago (2008) •Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge said he estimates that convicted murderer Randy Swaney cost the Sheriff’s Department $77,260. … Other costs to the Sheriff’s Department included: •Transporting Swaney — $1,018 •Benefits for deputies during trial — $2,487 •Salaries for bailiffs...
10 years ago (2008) •Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will explore the human dimensions of World War II when he is the featured speaker for the 2008 Peter Waitt Lecture Oct. 15 at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Burns’ talk, titled “No Ordinary Lives,” is free and open to the public. His most...
10 years ago (2008) •Luverne’s Rich Dreckman has offered to purchase the former Midwest Fire building from the Luverne Economic Development Authority. Dreckman’s bid of $26,000 was the best offer considered Tuesday morning during a special LEDA meeting when bids were reviewed. “It will be good to...
10 years ago (2008) •On Monday Luverne Coop employees began wearing their new Eastern Farmers Coop shirts. Previously known as SWMN Farmers Coop and Farmers Union Coop Oil, the two local entities are now under the umbrella of Eastern Farmers Cooperative, headquartered in Brandon. The agreement has...
10 years ago (2008) •M-M Farm and Home Discount Store has reached an agreement with Bomgaars Supply to purchase three M-M stores in Pipestone, Slayton and Luverne. M-M will close Sept. 30 and reopen under the new name, Bomgaars Supply, on Oct. 2. Signage and various infrastructure will change over...
10 years ago (2008) •Rock County Commissioners Tuesday approved the preliminary tax levy for next year, with only Commissioner Ron Boyenga voting against the 3.9 percent increase. Boyenga said he realizes the levy may be lowered before it is finalized, and that he hopes commissioners “seriously...
10 years ago (2008) •It was about 12 a.m. on Friday when Rock County Court Administrator Sandy Vrtacnik began reading the verdict in the courtroom. “In the case of the state of Minnesota vs. Randy Lee Royal Swaney, we find the defendant guilty …” Vrtacnik began, and she proceeded to read the jury’s...
10 years ago (2008) •Minnesota soldiers returning from service outside the Unites States in the past two years are eligible for free hunting and fishing licenses from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Returning soldiers, including those who served in the National Guard, may fish...

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