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Mary Brown (in front with scissors) cuts the ceremonial ribbon with Luverne Area Chamber members Friday morning, Jan. 7, to open her new business, First Comes Love Bridal Boutique. Pictured (from left) are Becky Walgrave, Amber Lais, Brenna (Brown) Richters (holding Sawyer), Gary Papik, Zach Brown, Janine Papik, Mary Brown, Miles Brown, Liam Brown, Marilyn Bloemendaal, Stacie Smidt, Curt Bloemendaal, Darcy Hoff, Becky Feikema, Shelly Nibbelink, Cris Oeltjenbruns, Annie Opitz and Tony Schomacker.
Inspired by winter home shows, Project Food Forest is organizing a “Love to Grow” expo Jan. 22 at Take 16 in Luverne. Kim Rockman is executive director of Project Food Forest, whose mission is to help empower people to feed themselves through agroforestry, edible landscape design and education. She...
Dallas Bowron (right) enjoyed horses throughout his lifetime. He's pictured with his son, John, during a Rock County Wranglers annual ride in 2021.
Dallas Bowron left lasting impressions with people he met during his 107 years in Rock County, most of them positive. Bowron, Rock County’s oldest resident, died Saturday at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage. “Dad was a positive guy who liked engaging with people,” said son John Bowron of Luverne...
City electric supervisor Brian Remme is overseeing upgrades at the historic power plant on East Main Street. Pictured behind him is the 1960s generator that will be joined by two new ones.
On the heels of a nearly complete $14 million wastewater treatment plant upgrade, the city of Luverne is investing more than $11 million into the historic power plant on East Main Street at the Rock River. The project, which includes two new 3,100 kW generators at $3 million each, will ensure...
Luverne School Board members decided on a split vote to hire a full-time licensed practical nurse for the district. The additional health support fills a request from administrators who sought more flexibility in meeting individual student needs. The aide would provide one-0n-one student support...
A good way to measure growth over time is to track the number of building permits issued for construction. Luverne building official Chad McClure compiled numbers for 2021 when he issued 128 permits valued at $15,077,990. Of those, seven were for single-family home construction valued at $1,128,742...
Junior Gannon Ahrendt drives to the basket for Luverne Friday night against the visiting Windom Eagles. The Eagles pulled out the win 62-50.
The Luverne boys’ basketball team slipped to 1-6 on the season after losing two Big South Conference games last week.  The Cardinals lost to Marshall by six (50-44) in Marshall on Jan. 4 before falling to Windom by 12 points (62-50) in Luverne Friday night, Jan. 7.  Luverne was scheduled to travel...
Luverne's Patrick Kroski maneuvers the puck in front of the goal against Fairmont Jan. 4 in an 8-3 home win over the visiting Cardinals.
The Luverne boys’ hockey team had a big third period Tuesday night, Jan. 4, at the Blue Mound Ice Arena in Luverne to pick up an 8-3 win over Fairmont. Luverne and Fairmont put up 18 shots between the teams, and only one goal came of it in the first period. Brock Behrend took advantage of a forced...
Senior Madeline Schmuck puts the ball up under the hoop.
The Luverne girls’ basketball team went 2-1 in their first three games of 2022. The Cardinals lost to Marshall 41-33 on Jan. 4 before defeating Windom 88-39 Friday and Canby 60-33 Monday. Luverne, now 10-2 on the season, was scheduled to play in Tracy Tuesday, Jan. 11, and will play in Jackson...
Three Luverne High School gymnasts placed in the all-around competition Thursday night, Jan. 6, in Luverne after the team had a three-week break. The Cardinals won the meet over Redwood Valley primarily due to the performances of Luverne’s all-around competitors (from left) Sarah DeCesare, Amira Cowell, Redwood’s Avery Wilson and Ella Reisdorfer, who won the all-around competition.
The Luverne gymnastics team took its 3-1 record on the road Saturday to the Martin County Area Invitational in Fairmont. The Cardinals took third place with a score of 131.025 in a five-team competition, where Luverne finished 2.275 out of first place. Luverne went into the weekend competition...
Luverne's Braydon Ripka (top) scrambles to take down his opponent at Saturday's tournament in Garretson. Ripka led the Cardinals by achieving second place.
After three weeks of rest, recuperation and practice, the Luverne wrestling team returned to action in Garretson, South Dakota, Jan. 8. Two Cardinals secured medals and the team earned over 10 wins. Braydon Ripka led the Cardinals again by achieving his best tournament result yet, going 2-1 to earn...

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