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More than $40,000 was disbursed in 2021 through the Prairie Rose Community Fund with city of Hardwick, Springwater Township and Hardwick American Legion receiving the majority of this year’s funds. The community board of directors met recently to make the annual disbursement. This year, $34,500 was...
Dallas Bowron (center) with his daughter, Judy Bowron, Plymouth, and his son, John Bowron, Luverne) celebrated his 107th birthday Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Poplar Creek apartments in Luverne, where residents and family members gathered for coffee and cake in his honor.
Krista Burkman
Krista Burkman of Brandon, S.D., is one of 27 4-H youth who were selected to serve as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador. Ambassadors are youth leaders and spokespeople for the statewide organization. Selection as an ambassador is one of the highest honors that a 4-H member can achieve. “As a state...
This week, Sept. 12-18, is National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, and the staff and families of Rock County Opportunities are honoring the DSP personnel who work with RCO clients. They are (front, from left) Pam Tieszen, Erika Camarillo, Connie Carda, Jenna Coffman, (back) Christina...
Auctioneer Keith Elbers takes bids at Sanford Luverne's Hospice Dinner and Auction on Aug. 26 at Grand Prairie Events. The fundraiser brought a record net profit of $75,386.
Sanford Luverne’s Hospice Dinner and Auction was a hybrid event this year with part of the auction items being sold online and the banquet in person Aug. 26 at Grand Prairie Events. Organizer Helen Saum said, “I am thrilled to report a net profit of $75,386, our highest fundraiser net proceeds to...
Increased coronavirus activity is prompting Luverne School officials to implement a district-wide mask mandate, effective immediately. Superintendent Craig Oftedahl corresponded with parents and guardians electronically Monday indicating that everyone inside the school building must wear a facial...
Luverne’s Tyler Arends and his family were among hundreds of Rock County drivers affected by DVS closures. He turned 16 on June 22, and he and his mom, Kim, traveled to Willmar for his behind-the-wheel test.
More than 100 local student drivers were licensed in the past year, and they all had to travel outside the county for their written and behind the wheel exams. That’s because the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) closed all 93 testing stations around the state...
Parker Hanson speaks about being born without a left hand and how he spent years being embarrassed and would often hide his hand to avoid ridicule. He encouraged audience members at the Rock the Edge prayer breakfast Sept. 1 to think more positively and accept themselves.
Reactions to life events can often be motivating or devastating, depending on one’s mindset. Parker Hanson, 24, chooses to rise above adversity and embrace the life he was given. “God doesn’t want you to look back in your life,” he said. “He wants you to look forward to tomorrow.” Hanson, a former...
Dallas Hamm
Rock County has agreed to a settlement of all claims asserted in a federal lawsuit against Rock County and its deputies related to the Nov. 27, 2018, stop and search of Kelli Jo Torres.  Named in the suit are deputies Dallas Hamm and Shelley Douty, Sheriff Evan Verbrugge and Rock County for “...
Local veterans were invited to the Luverne Public Schools campus Friday, where school officials thanked them for the new flag pole installed at the new middle-high school entrance on Dodge Street. Pictured (from left) are Pat Baustian, Wes Pierson, Glenda Schomacher, Jay Mann, LeRoy Schomacher, Wayne Biever, Don Bryan, Fred Cook, Lorna Bryan, Glen Gust, Dave Banck, Jerry Hoff, Jim Klosterbuer, Ed Stearns, Paul Aukes, Patti Pierson, Bruce Wilson, Kyle Oldre and Marv Laackman.
Tuesday marked the first day of the 2021-22 school year for Luverne Public School students. Waiting for them were gifts from local veterans — American flags for each classroom and a large, new flagpole outside the new entrance to Luverne Middle-High School. Glen Gust, a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran...

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