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  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 21, 2024
    Soldiers aren’t the only ones training at the Luverne National Guard Readiness Center that opened in December. Five mornings a week, dozens of pickleball players gather in the facility’s assembly hall, which is divided into three separate courts to accommodate simultaneous games. Greg Antoine is president of the Luverne Area Pickleball Association that organized in December, and he has 56…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 21, 2024
    At their Tuesday meeting, Rock County commissioners gave their support for a proposed $25 million transload facility near Magnolia. The Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority (BRRRA) will apply for a federal RAISE grant to pay for the project. RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) provides funding for capital investments in surface transportation that will…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 21, 2024
    The 19 volunteers on the Hills Area Fire Department responded to 61 calls in 2023, four fewer than in the previous year and 18 fewer than the highest number in the past decade (79 in 2021). Hills Area Fire Chief Jared Rozeboom presented the fire department’s 2023 report to the Hills City Council on Feb. 13. Representatives from Martin Township, who operate the fire department with the city, were…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 21, 2024
    When sled dog racers gather next week for the 2024 Iditarod mushers banquet, a Luverne student’s poem will be front and center. Sixth-grader Inge Gangestad’s words will be used as encouragement for the 40 mushers participating in this year’s 975-mile race from Willow, Alaska, to Nome, Alaska. “I was so touched by the writing you sent for the Trail Mail project,” said Jane Holmes, Iditarod…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 21, 2024
    A new position will be created in the Luverne Public Works Department to be in charge of city-owned buildings and facilities, according to action at the Feb. 13 City Council meeting. The primary focus of the new “General Maintenance Assistant” job is “performing, fixing, monitoring and planning for public facility maintenance and improvement projects,” according to the job description. This…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 21, 2024
    Luverne City Council members adopted a County State Aid Highway Maintenance Agreement at their Feb. 13 meeting to reflect Luverne’s new status as a city of over 5,000 people. As such, the city is eligible for municipal state aid and can be reimbursed directly from the state for maintaining county highways within city limits. The city maintains all streets in city limits, including county roads…
  • February 21, 2024
    Luverne A Honor Roll Seniors: Morgan Ahrendt, Tyler Arends, Alexsis Berg, Zoey Berghorst, Hailey Boll, Kai Buss, Cassandra Chesley, Conner Connell, Jenna DeBates, Elliot Domagala, Kenedee Franken, Elle Halverson, Henry Hartquist, Roselynn Hartshorn, Kyliauna Hendricksen, Uriel Hernandez, Julia Hoogland, Kira John, Maya Limones Gonzalez, Emma Lusty, Jacob Madison, Evan McCrary, Makena Nelson,…
  • February 21, 2024
    Quarter 2 H-BC A Honor Roll Seniors: Grace Anderson, Lanae Elbers, Sylvia Fick, Alexis Gardner Swenson, Cooper Gehrke, Taylor Gehrke, Kyler Hartz, Aiden Kerkhove-Brandt, Ty Leuthold, Joshua Lohr, Brynn Rauk, Justin Roelfs, Larissa Steinhoff, Avril Susie, Olivia Susie, Riley Tatge, Joylynn Taubert. Juniors: Beau Bakken, Gracie Fagerness, Jackson Gacke, Lukas Hubbard, Jack Moser, Harli Rozeboom…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 21, 2024
    Shirley Harrison is on a mission to show the world that human beings, no matter how different, all have the same basic needs and desires. Her recently published children’s book, “We All Need,” sets out to tell this basic story in the most basic language that even children understand. “Kids are so accepting. They don’t notice color. They don’t notice religion,” Harrison said, “They don’t notice…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 21, 2024
    Jessika Tunnissen, a junior at Luverne High School, earned an invitation to the national championship, thanks to her first-place performance in Marshall Saturday, Four LHS students placed at the Marshall Mini-Spectacular. “The meet was our largest yet this year – 18 schools and 246 students,” said coach Gavin Folkestad. Tunnissen placed first in informative speaking. Other placings for…
  • February 21, 2024
    Three members of the Luverne High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) attended the annual FCCLA Day at the Minnesota State Capital Feb. 13. Juniors Nora Louwagie (left), Audrie DeBates and Janica Oechsle advocated for the FCCLA organization, family consumer science education and career and technical options. The students received a capitol building tour and met with…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 14, 2024
    More than a dozen people leaped into the frigid waters of The Lake on Saturday to raise money for the Luverne Area Community Foundation. The Reezin’ for Freezin’ campaign raised nearly $6,600 for LACF, and was the second year of a challenge started by Sheriff Evan Verbrugge inspired by “Polar Plunge” law enforcement fundraisers. Working with the LACF, he and organizers encouraged community…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 14, 2024
    Rock County Commissioners on Feb. 6 unanimously adopted three changes to the 10-year-old, countywide tobacco sales and use ordinance. The changes allow the newly-opened Kwik Trip convenience and gas station to sell tobacco products on South Highway 75 beginning March 1. Kwik Trip joins six other businesses in Rock County licensed to sell tobacco products. Three people spoke to commissioners at…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 14, 2024
    Drum beats were crisper Friday night as the Hills-Beaver Creek Drumline students debuted the new snares, quint tenors and bass drums that arrived earlier this month. Band director Amy Comp was awarded a $14,000 grant from the Frank Boon Trust in December, and the district covered the rest of the equipment costs ($4,100). Dozens of boxes containing the new equipment lined the hallway outside the…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 14, 2024
    It was standing room only at Up the Dam Creek Bar Saturday afternoon in Beaver Creek where the Sportsmen's Club members hosted their 32nd Annual Wild Game Feed. An estimated 250 people supported the event, which featured rabbit, elk, frog legs, venison, pheasant, gizzards and other wild game in addition to an ample supply of fish and French fries (plus octopus and squid). “Some of the stuff we…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 14, 2024
    Attendees at Thursday’s basketball games in Luverne High School enjoyed fry bread tacos served by the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC). The parent advisory group shared a small part of their culture while serving nearly 200 people at the fundraiser. “It’s important to share this food with others because it’s part of our culture,” said Andrea Smith, who is co-president along…
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