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  • December 14, 2015
    Project disk awards were also presented to individual 4-H members at the annual Rock County 4-H Achievement and Recognition program Nov. 7. These disks are given in each of the project areas based on the project records that the youth complete and submit for judging. A group of adult and youth leaders gathered in October to select the top records in each project area. Those top record winners are…
  • December 14, 2015
    “Oh! The places you’ll go in 4-H!” was the theme of the 2015 Awards and Recognition Night for Rock County 4-H Nov. 7 at the Luverne Elementary School commons. About 165 members, parents, leaders and sponsors were on hand to congratulate the recipients. The Rock County 4-H Ambassadors were the hosts of the program and were recognized for being “on call” for the county office and for providing…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 14, 2015
    For decades, Dec. 19 had special significance to the late Howard Iveland. Ruth Brown, one of eight Iveland children, recalls her dad waking up each Dec. 19 and raising the American flag in front of their Luverne home. He would then recite the number of years since he was in a World War II German prison camp. Daughter Mary Jo Graphenteen added, “He was captured on Dec. 19, 1943 or ‘44 but that was…
  • December 14, 2015
    Thrivent Financial celebrated a ribbon-cutting event Monday afternoon, Dec. 2, in its new office location at 311 West Gabrielson Road. Pictured are (from left) Holly Sammons (Luverne EDA director), Roger and Vicky Henderson (Thrivent members), Allison Bolger (Thrivent Agent), Sully Bolger (Thrivent member), Robert Bolger (Thrivent Agent), Adele Oien (Thrivent member), Flo and Bill Kannenberg (…
  • December 07, 2015
    The latest general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is underway and will end on Feb. 26, 2016. As such, producers with expiring contracts and producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under this program. Over the past 30 years, farmers, ranchers, conservationists, hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts have made…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 07, 2015
    Rock County landowners saw their topsoil wash into ditches with recent flooding, and those who want their dirt back will have to pay to have it moved, according to discussion at the Rock County Board meeting Dec. 1. That’s what commissioners told Henry Petersen of rural Hardwick after he addressed the board. Heavy rains and subsequent flooding events in June 2014 and again this spring eroded an…
  • December 07, 2015
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 07, 2015
    Overnight fog left a layer of hoar forst on trees, grasses, fencelines and property Thursday morning, Dec. 3, creating some spectacular scenery at sunrise.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 07, 2015
    More than 50 people participated in the Sanford Luverne Hospice 2015 Tree of Lights ceremony Thursday night, Dec. 3. The ceremony at the corner of Highway 75 and Main Street was the first time in the event’s 20-year history that it was conducted at the city of Luverne’s new Flag Park. “It was our largest group attending the lighting, and despite the chilly temps, there were many positive comments…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 07, 2015
    The decision to add up to two full-time deputies to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office was put on hold until next year. At their Dec. 1 meeting, commissioners tabled any increases to the sheriff’s office budget for 2016. The topic will be addressed again during budget talks for 2017. In October Sheriff Evan Verbrugge asked for a $30,000 increase in next year’s departmental budget. The monies would…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 07, 2015
    Forty years ago this week, teachers in Luverne Public Schools went on strike as one of seven Minnesota school districts to do so in 1975. Their action canceled classes from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, giving students and non-union staff a long Christmas break. Classes resumed Jan. 5, 1976. A four-inch thick, three-ring binder titled “A Time Remembered,” chronicles events before and after the first and…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 07, 2015
    Luverne's annual Winterfest celebration unfolded under mild weather and attached ample crowds to the dozens of Winterfest events and activities lined up for Dec. 4-7.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 07, 2015
    The AgStar Fund for Rural America recently awarded $3,000 to Magnolia Fire and Rescue to purchase safety vests and EMS gear bags. “There is a great need for emergency response support, especially in rural communities. Budget restraints make it difficult for departments to purchase and update critical equipment,” said John Monson, chairman of the fund’s board of trustees. “This program allows us…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 07, 2015
    One hundred finely decorated evergreen trees fill the Capitol rotunda in Pierre, South Dakota, and a Luverne woman can take credit for one of them. Lorraine Stoel, a native of the Okaton, South Dakota, area, was invited to decorate a tree in a theme of her choosing. Stoel’s Christmas tree theme is “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow — with Jack and Grace,” in honor of her parents, Jack and Grace…
  • December 01, 2015
    Area residents ages 55 to 62 years of age, a class on Social Security benefits will be conducted Dec. 8. The class will sort through a wide variety of options available as the time for retirement nears. Cost is $5. Please contact Luverne Community Education, 283-4724, for more information or to register.
  • December 01, 2015
    Ben Franklin Lodge, Minnesota Masonic Charities recently presented a check for $2,362.19 to Luverne Music Boosters in support of the Luverne Public Schools music programs. Pictured are (front, from left) Matthew Jelken, Madi Oye, Mitchell Graber, (back) Quinton Siebenahler, Nicole Kneip, Music Boosters President Jim Jelken, Lodge Master Bryce Stoltenberg, instrumental instructor Richard Owen and…
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