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A Hills man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital Wednesday, July 21, after colliding with a passenger car at an intersection in Martin Township. Kelly Demuth, 65, was eastbound on 31st Street as a 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by Richard Teig, 66, of Slayton, was traveling south on 20th...
Superintendent Craig Oftedahl (far right) led a tour of Rock County Commissioners and county staff Tuesday, July 20, as part of the commissioners’ annual road and bridge tour. The group stands on the stage of the new performing arts center on the school campus. The $30 million project enters the...
Sanford Health Systems announced July 22 that it would require all employees, including its Good Samaritan Society locations, to get COVID-19 vaccinations by Nov. 1. Dr. Josh Crabtree, Luverne, said the move was prompted by patient requests and common sense safety considerations. “It’s really...
Activities at the Rock County Fair are well underway Monday with last-minute preparations and pre-fair judging at the fairgrounds in Luverne. The old stone ticket booth on the fairground’s northwest side received a little sprucing up with a new roof and, beginning on Sunday with the Ahrendt...
A bulldozer moves sand to form a base for the Chris Martin Ashby Memorial Trail Friday afternoon in preparation for the final asphalt surface.
More than two years after proposing a bike and walking trail in memory of their son Chris, Gene and Barb Ashby saw construction on the 1.5-mile trail east of Luverne begin last week. Henning Construction of Adrian is moving dirt for the 8-foot-wide bituminous surface path. Workers followed stakes...
Maggie Siebenahler and Pat Saum are working with local families and donors to transform a piece of city-owned property in the northwest part of Luverne into a “Child’s Remembrance Garden.”
Twenty-eight years ago, Pat and Helen Saum’s 15-year-old son, Jesse, died in a drowning accident in the Rock River at the city park. On June 4 last year, Maggie and Nathan Siebenahler’s daughter, Kimber, died when a knot developed in her umbilical cord. It was the day before her scheduled delivery...
Saturday, July 31, is “Marlene Mann Day” in honor of the Luverne Public School business manager’s 55 years with the district. Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian (left) presented Mann with a copy of the proclamation Thursday night, July 22, at her last Luverne School Board meeting.
Luverne School District business manager Marlene Mann attended her last school board meeting Thursday night, July 22, capping a 55-year career. Mann told board members, many of whom were students while she was on the job, that she found her job rewarding. “Even though I wasn’t in the classroom, I...
Grandma Rose’s blueberry dessert finds new life in candle scent created by Vasshaus Candle Company of Luverne. Kaylena Riendeau (center, holding a picture of herself with her grandmother, Rose Marie Stob, entered the candle company’s “Suggest a Scent” contest. Her suggestion was chosen the winner and “Grandma’s Blueberry Dessert” is now generating memories for family members for Riendeau’s mother, Laurie Oppold (left), and aunt, Diane Even.
When Shawna Marshall debuted a public contest this summer for a new candle scent, she got more than she expected from the winning entry. Kaylena Riendeau of Brandon suggested her grandmother’s blueberry dessert for the Vasshaus Candle Company contest. “Her suggestion changed the idea of what this...
Dozens of children and adults gather at Hawkinson Park in Luverne Thursday morning, July 22, for the Rock County Library sponsored program “Zoo Man at the Park” with Brent Mielke (top) holding a corn snake for audience members to see and later touch.
Brent Mielke, the area’s “Zoo Man,” resumed his reptile shows this month, stopping in Luverne July 22 to promote the library’s summer reading program. Mielke said the go-ahead was given to his traveling education show after a 17-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. His zoo for the...
The Rock County Soil and Water Conservation District will be part of a first-ever Manure Demo Day Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. The day will be broken into two sessions, a morning recertification and an afternoon free session for the public with...

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