retirement

Russell Lofthus (far right), Adrian Elementary principal for the past 21 years, said goodbye to students, colleagues and friends Wednesday afternoon, May 29, in a public open house at the school. “It was time,” he said to well-wishers. The McVille, North Dakota, native began his career in education...
Volunteers (from left) Dick Smook, Laurin Carroll, Denny Strassburg and Keith Erickson made their final deliveries last week for the Luverne BackPack Program, which began 10 years ago.
The Luverne BackPack Program is in its 10th year of providing at-risk children with nutritious, pre-packaged foods for weekends until school and access to meal programs resume. This program is funded by local donations, staffed by volunteers and serves more than 200 children ages preschool to 12th...
Chief Fire Control Technician Carl Schoneman cn add retired to his military resume. The U.S. Navy veteran and 1996 graduate of Hills-Beaver Creek High School was honored at a special ceremony recently in Washington, D.C.
Chief Fire Control Technician Carl Schoneman will retire from the Navy on Aug. 31 after 20 years and six deployments at sea. His message to young adults back home? “Rock County may seem like the center of the universe, but it’s a big world out there,” he said. “Keep an open mind. You never know...
Friday marks the last day of work at the Rock County Law Enforcement Center in Luverne for Terri Ebert, who retires after 33 years of working in communications.
After 33 years with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, dispatcher Terri Ebert is a walking encyclopedia of sorts in terms of whom and what she knows. In her career she has answered hundreds of emergency calls, typed thousands of pages for reports, processed dozens of prisoners, and worked with a...
Glen Gust announced his retirement Friday, when he signed the purchase agreements for his grocery and convenience stores to Teal Family, who operate 11 area grocery stores under the names Teals Market and Fiesta Foods.
Glen’s Food Center and Glen’s Food and Gas have been sold to Teal’s Market, based out of Cold Spring, and Glen Gust has announced he’ll retire. “He’s the hardest working person I know, so this is well-deserved,” Glen’s General Manager Sherri Thompson said Wednesday. “It will be an exciting...
Rock County Commissioners have opted to begin their bi-monthly meetings by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The practice began Oct. 4 as a suggestion from chairman Jody Reisch. “In light of what is going on in our nation, I sometimes think it’s a forgotten piece of our day,” he said. None of the...
Luverne School Board members met in special session Friday morning to accept the resignation of longtime teacher Jane Cote, who submitted her resignation Aug. 31. School began Sept. 6. Cote began as a teacher in Magnolia in 1981 and became part of the Luverne elementary teaching staff when the two...
Mike Engesser
First Farmers and Merchants Bank President and CEO Mike Engesser has announced he will retire Dec. 31 after 35 years at the bank. Engesser, who also serves as Senior Vice President of 215 Holding Co., started in 1981 for First Bank Luverne, which became First Farmers and Merchants Bank in 1987...
With the retirement of longtime Heartland Express employee Elaine Birkestrand set for Sunday, May 1, county officials have been discussing different options to fill her position. Heartland Express provides public transportation to families, older adults and people with disabilities. The countywide...
Posing with her retirement gift and celebratory cake, Brigitte Wieneke is honored for 18 years of working at The Cottage in Luverne.
Sanford Luverne’s Hospice Cottage on North Oakley Street provides a homelike setting for terminally ill persons who need round-the-clock care. Central to the care at the four-bedroom cottage are the hospice workers who involve the family members in patients’ care. One hospice worker — Brigitte...

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