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  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 14, 2016
    Jocelyn Hart was shocked when her name was called during the Flyover assembly Friday at the Luverne Elementary School. All students and staff gathered in the gymnasium for the school’s monthly S.O.A.R.R. program, a celebration of positive student behavior. The assembly also provided the parent group an opportunity to honor one student and to announce its upcoming fundraising event. Hart’s T-shirt…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 14, 2016
    When Greg Burger reflects on more than 40 years in his banking career, the memories are accented by both challenges and rewards. For example, he vividly recalls the farming crisis of the 1980s, but he said the satisfaction of helping people is what colors his career. “It’s been a wonderful career,” he said. “The most rewarding part of my career is when people came to me and said, ‘If it weren’t…
  • March 14, 2016
    Senator Bill Weber announced his bid for a second term Monday to the Minnesota State Senate. Weber, who was first elected to District 22 in 2012, announced his re-election in a press release. “I believe that I have been a strong voice for common sense government and for protecting and advancing the interests of southwest Minnesota,” Weber wrote. Since being elected senator, Weber has served…
  • March 08, 2016
    Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13. The new time officially goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday, so residents are reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour before retiring to bed at the end of the day Saturday, March 12. Daylight Saving Time remains in effect until Nov. 6. At that time, clocks will “fall back.”
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 08, 2016
    The popular children’s book characters, Frog and Toad, will come to life on the Palace Theatre stage this weekend with the Green Earth Players’ musical version of Arnold Lobel’s well-loved book. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, with another 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. The schedule repeats next weekend, March 18-20. The local community theater group…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 08, 2016
    Super Tuesday brought out super turnout in caucus meetings statewide, and that trend also held true in Rock County where caucus-goers turned out in record numbers. “It was chaotic,” said Jane Wildung Lanphere, secretary-treasurer of the Rock County Republican Party, which registered 194 voters for preference ballots and accommodated 225 participants total. “In all my life of caucusing that’s by…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 08, 2016
    The Rock County Community Library has been closed to patrons over the past month, and during that time the inside of the building received fresh paint, new carpeting and a whole new update. The library will reopen to patrons Monday. “We finally get to share all this work with the community,” said library director Serena Gutnik. “They have been really patient through all of this.” Originally plans…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 08, 2016
    A book depicting the 100-year history of the Minnesota State High School League includes photographs of Luverne students and credits a former Luverne Public School’s official as the “Father of the State League.” However, the photographs, besides those of Bell, do not list who is pictured in them. David Stead, MSHSL executive director, said the League commissioned the design of the 157-page book…
  • March 08, 2016
    Skits were among many special observances of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, including storytime with Superintendent Craig Oftedahl, reading with buddies, wearing “Cat in the Hat” red-and-white striped hats and eating green eggs and ham for lunch.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 08, 2016
    Luverne’s Mock Trial Team earned an eighth-place finish at the state Mock Trial competition March 3-4 at the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul. Twelve teams qualified for the two-day competition. Deb Schandelmeier and attorney Jeff Haubrich coach the team. “I’m proud of them,” Haubrich said. “It’s a big commitment and their results really show how much they put into it.” This is the second…
  • February 29, 2016
    As snowflakes gently fall Tuesday morning, Don Patton of Hardwick cleans the Main Street sidewalks of new snow that fell overnight. March came in like a lion, blanketing parts of Rock County with almost 5 inches of snow. According to Farmer’s Almanac, the saying “In like a lamb, out like a lion” and vice versa is more of a rhyme than a weather prediction, as it holds true as often as it doesn’t.…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 29, 2016
    A cloud of construction dust hangs in the air at the Carnegie Cultural Center as workers prepare the historic building for its new tenants. Luverne City Council members approved a 10-year agreement with Luverne Street Music to lease the city-owned Carnegie Cultural Center. The non-profit music agency that connects private music instructors with interested students took over the Carnegie building…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 29, 2016
    A new statewide water quality program will give 10 Rock County farmers up to $300 each if they become certified producers. Successfully piloted since 2013 in three watersheds located in various parts of the state, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is now expanding statewide. The voluntary program is meant to accelerate adoption of on-farm conservation practices that…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 29, 2016
    Luverne High School senior Mira Uithoven wants to leave smiles on children’s faces through a project she is coordinating through two youth organizations. The One Million Pillowcase Challenge was started by the American Patchwork and Quilting Association and challenged quilters, sewers and crafters to create one million pillowcases. Uithoven is joining the challenge as a member of LHS’ FCCLA…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 29, 2016
    Saturday’s Get Hooked in Luverne Ice Fishing Derby attracted 103 adults and 59 children to the creamery pond for some friendly competition and plenty of prizes. Nearly 60-degree temperatures threatened the ice that day, but its 8 to 10-inch thickness was deemed safe for foot traffic. Participants, many of them families, said they were glad they decided to come out to the ice. “I’ve enjoyed…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    February 29, 2016
    For the second year Luverne Community Education brought princesses and super heroes to the elementary commons for dancing, singing, playing, eating and a little picture taking. “It’s just a fun night out for kids and parents,” said Community Education Director Karen Willers. With the help of the Luverne High School peer helpers, who chose the music and games, 28 parents and children enjoyed the…
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