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  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 20, 2023
    Sanford Luverne hosted a party Thursday afternoon for Carol Wieneke, who retired from a 60-year career as a nurse. As Sanford’s longest-running employee on record, Wieneke has been celebrated at milestone parties marking 40 years, 50 years and even 55. Dr. Diane Kennedy, has worked alongside Wieneke during her own tenure in Luverne. “She is respected by everyone here and is extremely…
  • December 20, 2023
    Luverne Rotary Club member Gregg Gropel was recently selected as the Rotary District 5610 “Rotarian of Distinction” for his outstanding service above self for the local club and Luverne community. The district consists of 39 clubs. Local club members nominated Gropel for the district award, pointing out that he: •resurrected the club’s newsletter, “The Rotary Spoke,” during the pandemic to…
  • December 20, 2023
    Winter recreation options are abundant in Minnesota state parks, recreation areas and trails   Many Minnesotans visit state parks and hit the trails in summer, but winter outdoor activities are just as fun. To help people plan winter visits to state parks, recreation areas and trails, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shares its top tips to have fun this winter, along with some…
  • By Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst
    December 20, 2023
    At the end of every year, various publications, websites, etc. have their Top 10 or Top 5 list for that year. In this issue I am highlighting my “Top 5 Ag Topics” for 2023, based on issues that were discussed in the columns throughout the year.   Lower grain prices and tighter profit margins in 2023 Grain marketing decisions will have a big impact on profit levels for farmers in 2023. The “…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 13, 2023
    The Minnesota National Guard’s newest readiness center officially opened its doors Saturday morning for a public ribbon-cutting and community tours. Local, state and federal dignitaries gathered in the assembly hall of the 49,293 square-foot facility, touting its significance as the new home of the Alpha Battery 1-125 Field Artillery. “It’s hard to believe that we broke ground only two years…
  • December 13, 2023
    Prior to the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, Mr. Twister (Bob Anderson from Sioux Falls) warms up the children and adults who attended Santa Claus Day in Hardwick on Saturday. Mr. Twister made balloon hats and animals for everyone. The afternoon activities also included cookie decorating, ornament making and holiday coloring. The events concluded with the appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus (Dave…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 13, 2023
    Rarely is County Administrator Kyle Oldre at a loss for words, but at the Nov. 21 commissioners meeting, he was speechless. Sheriff Evan Verbrugge attended the meeting to discuss a grant, but in his address to the board, he announced Oldre would receive the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Outstanding Service Award. “This award is presented to individuals who have exhibited exceptional…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 13, 2023
    Luverne’s newest downtown business, Functional Nutrition, opened Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting celebration and open house. Tyler de Cesare describes his business as a one-stop shop for sports nutrition products, vitamins, supplements, soft serve FroYo protein shakes, smoothie bowls and more. The store also offers fresh and frozen and fully cooked, prepackaged meals and snacks. A microwave is…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 13, 2023
    Construction workers are in the process of replacing the roof on the future child care center, which will be established in the renovated former Total Card Inc. building. City leaders decided to re-roof the building before the actual renovation project starts next year, due to the poor condition of the roof and to prevent delays in the renovation project. The city, which owns the building, has…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 13, 2023
    Minnesota West Community and Technical College hosted a retirement party Monday afternoon in Luverne for Lisa Smith, director of the school’s Medical Assistant Program. In her 28 years with Minnesota West, she’s been the MA program director for the past 20 years and has been on the Luverne campus since it opened in 2007. “I have a passion for helping students learn and I’ve learned so much from…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 13, 2023
    A portion of the underground tunnel between the Rock County Courthouse and Veterans Memorial Building lay exposed last week as workers from McGill Restoration continue the $890,000 corrective project that began last month. Workers discovered that puncture holes from the railing installation more than a decade ago allowed water to seep under the membrane surrounding the tunnel. Water then seeped…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 13, 2023
    Students in Katie Kopp’s high school general business class will host a Christmas Market from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Luverne High School commons. There are 25 students in the class, and they created items for sale that fall into the categories of products, food or games. Kopp said general business students typically learn how to set up and follow through with…
  • December 13, 2023
    The semi-retired veterinarian mulched leaves and “took a little off the top” as he mowed his lawn Thursday, Dec. 7, during lunch time. He mowed around the lighted nativity scene, careful not to cut the extension cord, and passed the three snowblowers (in background) that he has for sale. Temperatures reached into the upper 40s on Dec. 8 along with strong winds, which brought more winterlike…
  • December 06, 2023
    St. John Lutheran Church hosted its Festival of Nativities for Luverne’s Winterfest weekend, welcoming roughly 200 visitors Friday night and Saturday to view more than 300 nativity sets brought in by church and community members for the event. This is the third year for St. John’s Festival of Nativities, which invites people to share their personal and unique nativity sets for display during…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 06, 2023
    Members of the public will have a rare opportunity Saturday to tour the state’s newest Minnesota National Guard Readiness Center in Luverne. A ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with military, federal, state and local dignitaries participating. The tour will last just an hour, from 11 a.m. to noon, in order for the Alpha Battery 125th Field Artillery to complete its first weekend drill…
  • December 06, 2023
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