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  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 11, 2016
    Workers at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills will receive pay raises, thanks to recent legislation that changes how nursing homes are funded. The Minnesota Legislature recently passed the Senior Care Reimbursement Reform Bill, which gives $138 million in additional funding to nursing homes. Tuff Administrator Laura Preheim said the funding is a welcome relief for the Hills facility. “The board and…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 11, 2016
    Have a gift of music that you'd like to share with the community? Local musicians are encouraged to attend a Jan. 20 organizational meeting for what could become a Luverne Area Music Ensemble. The group has a potential to form a community band or choir, small choruses or even pep band ensembles for local events and celebrations. “We have all this musical talent in Luverne,” said Janine Papik…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 11, 2016
    As of Monday, Luverne High School graduate Caitlin Miller has rowed more than 1,100 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. Miller of Hardwick is competing in the “Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge,” a 90-day, 3,000-mile journey from the Island of LaGomera (one of Spain’s Canary Islands just off the coast of Africa) to English Harbor, Antiqua. She and her rowing partner, George Pagano of Media,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 11, 2016
    The Blue Mound Quilters are displaying two years of work this month at the Carnegie Cultural Center in Luverne. Included in the more than 75 quilts, table runners and wall hangings is one quilt that took its quilter more than a year to complete. With her Block of the Month membership, Mary Crawford constructed a Women of Courage quilt top from 12 individual patterns received monthly in the mail.…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 11, 2016
    Luverne Elementary School’s physical education classes are a little more crowded the first Fridays of the month. That’s when parents and grandparents are invited to participate in the school’s walkathon either on the school track or, in the case of this past Friday, in the school gymnasium. Physical education teacher TJ Newgard borrowed the idea from his brother-in-law, who teaches in Slayton. “…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 11, 2016
    At 19, Glenda McGaffee remembers not liking her new job at the Tuff Home in Hills. "I hated it," she said. "I hated all the old people." McGaffee said it didn't take long to like her job and love the people — her co-workers and the residents and their families. This week McGaffee will observe her 40th anniversary of working at the Tuff Home, and she said it's a good…
  • January 11, 2016
    Jan. 18: FSA Office closed for Martin Luther King Day •Jan. 29: 2015 LIP sign-up deadline; CRP “Early Out” request deadline •Feb. 1: 2015 Wool Loan and LDP request deadline; 2014 and 2015 ARC-CO Payment recalculation request deadline; 2016 NAP Maple Sap sales deadline •Feb. 15: FSA Office closed for Presidents Day •Feb. 26: CRP General sign-up deadline •Ongoing: Continuous CRP sign-up   Livestock…
  • January 11, 2016
    Six television sets were given to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne Jan. 6 by representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 3, which encompasses 18 VFW chapters in southwest Minnesota. Pictured from left are Terrie Gulden, VFW Post 2757, Luverne; Chuck Drown VFW Post 5334, Minneota; Ed Lozinski, District 3 commander; Duane Mabon, Minnesota Veterans Home activities director; Buck…
  • January 11, 2016
    The Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) and University of Minnesota Extension will host Winter Crops and Soils Day Feb. 1-4 in Montevideo, Luverne, Lamberton and Fairmont, respectively. Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research that is specific to southwestern Minnesota. Leading experts from the university will present…
  • January 05, 2016
    Mother Nature blessed the area with another showing of artistic hoarfrost Monday, after heavy overnight fog left trees, branches, grasses and other stationary objects coated with ice crystals.
  • January 05, 2016
    Winter is the best time to prune trees to keep them healthy and protect them from disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

 “Pruning trees when they are dormant is a way to protect them from diseases such as oak wilt or Dutch elm disease that are active during the growing season,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “Also, it is easier to see…
  • January 05, 2016
    Rock County Law Enforcement and emergency medical personnel will challenge the Luverne Fire Department in a friendly competition to see which department can recruit the most donors for the community’s blood supply for the Ninth Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” next week. Donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Sanford Luverne. Donors are…
  • January 05, 2016
    The first baby of the New Year born at Sanford Luverne Hospital is Azalea Grace VanVeldhuizen, born Jan. 1, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 20 inches long. She’s pictured with her parents, Melissa Radley and Josh VanVeldhuizen, both of Luverne, and she joins a 2-year-old sibling, Rome. Azalea’s grandparents are John and Laura Radley and Diane and Todd Elbers, all of Luverne, and Tim Keiser,…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 05, 2016
    The Luverne Fire Department spent several hours on New Year’s Eve at the scene of a fire on Edgehill Street in Luverne. Smoke was billowing out of the building, owned by Freda Fransman, when firefighters arrived, and Fire Chief David Van Batavia said crews were cautious about possible flammables stored inside. Fransman operates a painting and wood staining and varnishing business, and Van Batavia…
  • January 05, 2016
    The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s board of directors awarded a $5,257,710 contract to Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone for the 6½-mile segment of 24-inch steel pipe between Luverne and Magnolia. Magnolia is a connection point for both Rock County Rural Water District (RCRWD) and Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System (LPRWS). Construction is expected to begin this spring and be…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 04, 2016
    Grain production in Rock County closed with near record yields, and last year’s abundance of corn left one area producer searching for a safe way to store the valuable commodity until it was needed. Shawn Feikema of Circle F Farms, a beef production facility north of Luverne, thinks he has found an easy answer by storing corn in plastic bags. Last week he and his uncle, Bob Feikema, were…
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