Memorial Day

Two power poles and electrical lines lean over County Road 2 south of Kenneth Monday morning after an early morning thunderstorm and strong winds came through Rock County. Other power poles were snapped along County Road 3 south of Kanaranzi and along 111th Street in Beaver Creek Township. As of Monday morning, 56 customers were without power in Rock County, according to the Sioux Valley Energy website.
Neighbors have been helping neighbors in rural Rock County this week after tornado-like weather ripped through southwest Minnesota around 2:30 a.m. Monday. There have so far been no reports of injuries, but property damage has been extensive, with reports of trees falling on houses and vehicles,...
Hinkly family descendent Jim Kaiser holds a family tree illustration of people interred (or to be interred) in the Hinkly Mausoleum.
A restoration crew from Rochester has been working on the 120-year-old Hinkly family mausoleum at Maplewood Cemetery, and it’s been completed in time for Memorial Day visitors Monday. The structure, made of Sioux quartzite, was falling into disrepair, and Vance Walgrave, Luverne, worked with Hinkly...
Memorial Day will be celebrated Monday, May 30, 2022. It is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May and commemorates the men and women who died while in military service. Memorial Day began after the Civil War with both formal and informal ceremonies at graves and ceremonies for the...
Don Bryan (at podium) reads the names of nine Arthur Moeller American Legion Post 478 members who have died since the post’s last Memorial Day service in May 2019. Fellow Legion member LeRoy Schomacker (right) salutes the nine small American flags placed at the podium in the “Roll Call of Honored Dead” ceremony Monday morning at the Hardwick Veterans Memorial.
A year after Memorial Day services were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, local American Legion and VFW posts hosted programs Monday. In Hardwick the Arthur Moeller Post 478 remembered the 1.3 million U.S. men and women who died in military service as well as paying tribute to the nine...
Featured speaker Michael Welch, a retired U.S. Naval officer who grew up in Luverne, shared the microphone with 15-year-old Sahira Abraham, who moved to the United States seven years ago. Her father was Michael Welch’s interpreter in Afghanistan.
Maplewood Cemetery once again hosted Luverne’s annual Memorial Day ceremony with the American Legion and VFW, accompanied by the Luverne High School band. LHS 1980 graduate Michael Welch was the featured speaker and spoke about his 21 years in the U.S. Navy and his experiences aboard a U.S. Naval...
From 3 to 8, members of the public are invited to come to the veterans memorial to pick up red solo cups that will become luminaries for participating in the evening observance.
By 9:30 Monday night, the Rock County Veterans Memorial at the courthouse will be aglow with hundreds of red solo cups with small American flags and battery-operated candle votives. According to Luverne Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere, a Monday evening service at the Courthouse Square will...
To the Editor: We are approaching a significant national holiday – Memorial Day. It will be like none other that any of us living have ever seen. PoppyDay has been postponed. Most gravesite ceremonies for our fallenveterans and the laying of wreaths or flag presentations are canceled,including...
Rick Peterson
Back in 2006 I was asked to be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day program at Maplewood Cemetery here in Luverne. It was an honor, but I don’t fully understand why it was bestowed upon me. I can tell you, however, that for me it was one of the greatest honors of my life and for that, I’ll be...
Four members of the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post 478 died in the past year. Bill DeBates, Don Etrheim, Mark Coney and Wallace Schmuck were recognized during Monday’s Memorial Day program in the community hall in Hardwick by post commander Kyle Oldre (left) and Don Bryan.
Monday’s rain showers forced Hardwick’s annual Memorial Day program indoors to the town’s community hall. About 90 people gathered for Hardwick’s annual event to remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Commander of the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post 478 Kyle Oldre...
More than a dozen people gathered early Monday morning to assemble the 110 flags needed for the Avenue of Flags and Memorial Day ceremony at Maplewood Cemetery near Luverne. Thirty-five flags were displayed at St. Catherine Cemetery in preparation for the Monday afternoon service.
  In under an hour, more than a dozen volunteers unpacked, fastened and placed 145 American flags at sunrise Monday in honor of Memorial Day. The early morning hour didn’t bother those who showed up, including the four Sasker siblings as they quickly snapped the flags onto the metal poles and...

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