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  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 06, 2023
    Construction of a yet to be named street in the city of Hardwick began Friday. The street will provide vehicle access to the city’s newest 9-acre addition. Chad VerSteeg Excavating of Luverne began clearing the trees and overgrown vegetation Friday afternoon. By Monday afternoon, removal of the former grove was complete. The Hardwick City Council purchased the nine acres in June from the Scott…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 06, 2023
    Luverne residents and businesses will see an increase in their electric rates of roughly 6 percent over the next three years. That’s according to the results of a recent rate study conducted by Missouri River Energy Services, which provides supplemental electricity for the city of Luverne. The rate increases will vary by customer, but residents will generally see increases of $4 to $10 per…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 06, 2023
    Rock County townships are joining an increasing number of other townships statewide questioning how $830,000 disappeared from the Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust (MATIT). At the library in Luverne Friday, local township officials asked questions at their annual Rock County Association of Townships meeting. Gary Burdorf, president of the Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT…
  • December 06, 2023
    Luverne’s historic Hinkly House hosted visitors for refreshments and tours over the holiday weekend after volunteers decorated the Victorian home with an assortment of Christmas village miniature pieces. According to Hinkly House volunteer manager Diane Jauert, about 30 separate Christmas village pieces were displayed in various rooms of the historic home.
  • By By Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst, MinnStar Bank
    December 06, 2023
    Ask a farmer what their profit levels from crop farming were in 2023, and the answers can range from “much better than anticipated” to “pretty good” to “acceptable” to “right down terrible.” Any of those answers could be correct, depending on where the farmer is located and how the 2023 drought affected crop production in the area. The other big factor in farm profitability in 2023 was where…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 06, 2023
    Work continues on the $1.3 million bridge replacement project on County Road 1 in Kanaranzi Township. Completion is expected to take 12 to 14 weeks, with a finish in early 2024 expected. Prahm Construction of Slayton began work in November and finished removing the 1961 wood pile bridge. Workers are now preparing the banks of Kanaranzi Creek for the new concrete bridge. County Road 1 remains…
  • December 06, 2023
    Rock County 4-H recently was granted a $5,000 donation through the 2023 America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Sponsored by the philanthropic arm of the Bayer Corporation, eligible farmers can apply and direct funds to a local nonprofit organization. Former Rock County 4-H’er and current adult 4-H volunteer Matthew Raak (above) of Jasper applied to the program and selected Rock County 4-H as…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 06, 2023
    The Rock County History Center and Luverne Area Chamber hosted a “Wine and Pages” event Monday night, Nov. 27, as part of a series of holiday outreach events to draw visitors into the museum. Using old, yellowed, discarded books, participants sipped on wine and nibbled holiday desserts while folding book pages to create self-standing “Antique Book Holiday Trees” propped by book covers.  …
  • December 06, 2023
  • By By Lori Sorenson
    November 29, 2023
    Nearly 600 people visited Santa and Mrs. Claus at the train depot in Luverne Sunday, and roughly 300 cars drove through the lighted park following the 7 p.m. fireworks. The festivities were all part of the Luverne Area Chamber’s annual kick-off for the holiday season in the community. “I can’t say enough about what great partners in the community we have,” said Chamber Director Jane Lanphere…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    November 29, 2023
    Rock County Commissioners approved a one-time allocation of $20,000 for the Rock County Agricultural Society to complete three projects in time for the 2024 Rock County Fair. The county annually appropriates $20,000 for the four-day event in late July. Ag Society president Lee Sells and board member Al Aanenson asked for the additional $20,000 at the commissioners’ Nov. 21 meeting. Sells said…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    November 29, 2023
    Andrew Prekker said fate played a part in how his design remains in the running for the new Minnesota State Flag. Last week Prekker’s design was one of six chosen by the State Emblems Redesign Commission as finalists. One will become the new state flag. “To say I’m surprised is an understatement,” Prekker said. “I’m still pinching myself.” His flag design journey began a few months ago when…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    November 29, 2023
    The Luverne Area Community Foundation hosted its annual Friends of the Foundation Celebration of Philanthropy Monday night at Take 16 Brewing Company in Luverne. The event recognizes and celebrates businesses, nonprofits and individuals who benefit from and support the foundation’s mission of strengthening the community. In 2023 LACF provided grants to 21 local causes totaling roughly $70,000…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    November 29, 2023
    This weekend is Luverne’s annual Winterfest Celebration, and the 2023 weekend will include new activities and events for residents, families and visitors to the community. “Winterfest is truly a community-wide event,” said Chamber Director Jane Lanphere. “We have hundreds of partners and supporters who go the extra mile to encourage and promote people to come to Luverne to enjoy weekend…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    November 29, 2023
    Workers broke ground Monday morning on the site of a future 73-foot-tall nutcracker that will be “the world’s tallest nutcracker” on South Highway 75 in Luverne. It will be funded by Just For Nuts Inc., a Luverne private nonprofit that has drawn more than $200,000 in local donations and $50,000 from the Blandin Foundation. Structurally, the 65-foot-tall nutcracker will stand on an 8-foot-tall…
  • November 29, 2023
    Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary fifth-graders joined the city of Beaver Creek for the second annual Paint the Plow activity with art teacher Isabel Sylvanie. “We are still on our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) theme of “Level Up,” so we went with arcade games on our designed plow and we all signed the black plow,” she said. As part of the plows’ regular maintenance, the blades…
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