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  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 28, 2015
    A Sioux Falls couple received non-life-threatening injures in a rollover accident on Interstate 90, three miles east of the state line at 1:42 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25. Fred Bryner, 87, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was driving westbound in a 2014 Mercedes when it traveled into the median and rolled, according to the initial Minnesota State Patrol accident report. Roslyn Bryner, 79, also of Sioux…
  • December 28, 2015
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 28, 2015
    More than 70 handmade cards decorated this year’s winner of the Carnegie Cultural Center Festival of Trees contest. Winner Lorraine Stoel earned the first-place award of $50 for her tree design called “Got Mail.” Her tree displayed her handmade paper cards using iris folding, a paper folding technique. According to information displayed with her tree, the iris folding technique originated in…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 22, 2015
    "As one person, I cannot change the world, but I can change the world for one person.” Greta VanDerBrink said this quote by Paul Shane Spear captures the essence of her work matching volunteers with people who need help. “This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made,” said VanDerBrink, about her retirement Dec. 31. “It’s all about the people; I’ll miss them.” Since she took the…
  • By Glenda McGaffee
    December 22, 2015
    The first-place winner of the Light ’Em Up contest sponsored by the Hills Lions Club in Beaver Creek is Sterling Shaffer who lives at 402 East 1st Ave.   Shaffer, 76, describes himself as one of the elite seniors in the town of Beaver Creek. He has a passion for Christmas and decorates both the outside and inside of his house. He and his wife, Lois, moved from Sioux Falls to Beaver Creek in 1975…
  • December 22, 2015
    Luverne Area Chamber and the community celebrated Southwestern Mental Health Center’s ribbon-cutting and open house Friday afternoon.  In late October, SWMH staff moved into the 9,700-square-foot facility just off East Main Street in Luverne on South Spring Street. The $1.2 million renovation of the former Lewis Drug building was financed through the USDA’s Community Facilities Loan Program.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 22, 2015
    This spring readers in Rock County will have four additional locations to pick up or drop off a book. Each will be a part of the Little Free Library program that allows people to take books and return them once they’re read. The Rock County Early Childhood Initiative is coordinating the project with the help of the Luverne Area Chamber and Rock County Community Library. “The whole idea is to…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 22, 2015
    Magnolia area residents will now have access to 24-hour library materials in their hometown, thanks to the Southwest Area Multicounty Multitype Interlibrary Exchange (SAMMIE). A Little Free Library has been set up in front of the post office in Magnolia to allow people to take books and return them when done. The small outside structure has books that are donated by users under the motto, “Take a…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 22, 2015
    Steen’s Marilyn Van Wyhe used three simple words to describe her granddaughter Ella’s feelings toward her Big Buddy Stephanie Pierce. “She loves her.” In addition to the feelings from the Luverne Elementary fourth-grader, those within the Big Buddies of Rock County Program think so too and recently named Pierce the program’s 2015 Big Buddy of the Year. For the past seven years, Pierce has…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 21, 2015
    Morgan Sommers returned to Luverne Friday morning armed with more than 80 white pillowcases. Sommers, an LHS Class of 2011 graduate and local disaster program specialist with the American Red Cross, instructed fifth-graders at Luverne Elementary School about preparing for emergencies. Being ready for emergencies is similar to learning a sport, Sommers said. “Learn, practice, share,” she said. The…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 21, 2015
    As Greg and Patti Aubert celebrate Christmas, the Luverne couple hopes to meet the individual who gave a special gift to Greg almost seven weeks ago. On Nov. 3 Greg received a kidney from a living donor while on the same day Patti donated one. The transplant, however, wasn’t between the two of them. The Auberts were the first paired-match kidney donations between Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls…
  • By Lori Sorenson, editor
    December 16, 2015
    Eighty acres of land near Steen sold for $19,000 per acre Thursday morning, topping Rock County’s previous land sale record of $16,200 in November 2012. “It just blew me out of the water,” said Tom Houselog of the Rock County Land Records Office. “The bidding started at $12,000 and went to $19,000 in a matter of a few minutes.” The successful bidder was Steen farmer Matt Boeve, who lives directly…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 14, 2015
    Jason Fick considers himself a conscientious farmer who takes care of his land. That’s why he was so disappointed when last year’s flooding washed topsoil from his fields into the ditch. Fick said he knew some of his land was vulnerable to erosion, so he’d done some tiling and left some of the flood-prone areas untilled. But those measures were no match for the June 2014 flooding. The same…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 14, 2015
    The city of Luverne conducted its annual truth in taxation hearing Dec. 8 prior to the City Council meeting in Luverne City Hall. At the hearing, which no one from the public attended, City Administrator John Call presented information on the city’s $5.4 million budget. “I will tell you it's a balanced budget,” he said. “We have adequate reserves, we’re on firm financial footing, we have a…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    December 14, 2015
    Main Street Financial Services has become an example of what Luverne’s Historic Façade Improvement program can do for businesses and the overall look of the community. “We have a vision to restore the historical charm of buildings and structures on Main Street,” said Holly Sammons, Luverne Economic Development Authority Director. At the Dec. 7 EDA meeting, she updated the board on the progress of…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    December 14, 2015
    Approval of a recent Early Learning Scholarship will expand and improve early childhood learning opportunities in the Luverne School District. The $37,500 scholarship through the Minnesota Department of Education expands the School Readiness and Discovery Time programs. Some of the new services will begin as early as next month and others will be implemented for Fall 2016 classes. “It is really…
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