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10 years ago (2007) •Prices will soon go up for lots in the industrial park owned by Luverne Economic Development Authority. The LEDA owns a lot and a half lot in the industrial park along the curve of Commerce Drive with a current asking price of $5,000 per acre. LEDA Director Jill Wolf said she’s...
10 years ago (2007) •After three days of hearing testimony for the 2001 Carrie Nelson murder case, a grand jury on Friday indicted Randy Lee Royal Swaney for seven counts of murder. Rock County grand jurors found probable cause to indict 36-year-old Swaney on murder in the first degree involving...
10 years ago (2007) •Most businesses have responded positively to the smoking ban that takes effect across Minnesota Monday. Public Health Educator Paula Anderson said, “We believe the majority of people are going to embrace the new law, because it’s what Minnesotans wanted, it’s what local folks...
10 years ago (2007) •Four lots in Luverne’s Evergreen II Addition will be taken off the market due to water issues. The Luverne Economic Development Authority approved this action at their Tuesday, Sept. 11, meeting on the recommendation of city engineer Gary Kurth. Kurth, of Rock Rapids firm DGR,...
10 years ago (2007) •Busse’s Plumbing and Heating is outgrowing its current workspace and will expand south of Luverne. Jim Remme, company president, approached the Luverne Planning Commission Monday night about building across from the Verne Drive –In Theatre along south Highway 75. The property,...
10 years ago (2007) •All-terrain vehicle owners will be legally driving on city streets, even without the slow-moving vehicle emblems on their ATVs, as the ordinance first dictated. Those proved difficult to attach to most ATVs, so the Luverne City Council Tuesday amended the city ordinance,...
10 years ago (2007) •Although Rock County has some structurally deficient bridges and functionally obsolete bridges, a tragic collapse isn’t imminent. County Engineer Mark Sehr shared bridge information with the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. He said he has a lot of questions since the...
10 years ago (2007) •Even though prior businesses have done so, Clyde’s Wash and Detail and U-Haul business may not park on the boulevard because of a 2003 city ordinance forbidding it. Chris Johnson represented the business Tuesday at the Luverne City Council and asked for a variance to that city...
10 years ago (2007) •The latest Census figures show a population downslide in most of Southwest Minnesota, including Rock County. From 2000 to 2006 Rock County’s population dropped from 9,713 to 9,535. That is a 1.9-percent loss. It’s a small change, but the starting number is already one of the...
10 years ago (2006) •The Luverne City Council formally received word that the Minnesota Historical Society awarded a state grant of $100,000 for restoration work in the Palace Theatre. … Most of the money will go toward new seating. BMAT President Ben Vander Kooi said at the Tuesday council meeting...

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