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  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 07, 2015
    Rock County Red Arrow recently wrote checks for $2,500 each to the Rock County Senior Center and Luverne Street Music, two new organizations Red Arrow now supports. “We came into some extra money after the books were closed,” said Martha Morse of Red Arrow. “We do not keep it on hand; we like to disperse it if we can.” Senior Dining and Luverne Street Music join a list of local non-profit…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 07, 2015
    A Luverne manufacturing company has acquired recent business accolades for workplace satisfaction and sales records. According to Prairie Business Magazine, “Midwest Fire demonstrates a commitment to being great and understands employees are its greatest asset.” The magazine named the Luverne business to its list of 50 Best Places to Work, which is compiled through nominations by anonymous…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 07, 2015
    It’s been a busy summer for Rock County Rural Water, which is improving and expanding its system in the western and northwest part of the county and connecting to Lewis and Clark on the south end. Both projects, which happened to come together at the same time, will make the system stronger and more viable in the future, according to Rural Water officials and engineers.   Northwest expansion The…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 07, 2015
    A Worthington man is facing burglary charges for stealing fuel and other items from the Luverne Municipal Airport this summer. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Rock County District Court, 54-year-old Bradley Daniel John was allegedly recorded on security surveillance at the airport on several occasions in August. The complaint states that on Aug. 20 airport manager…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 07, 2015
    Little by little, the orange cones are disappearing on Highway 75 in Luverne as the 2015 construction season comes to a close. Sidewalk crews have been working in earnest to catch up with last week’s surface work. A final step in the project will be to restripe the highway from four lanes to three all the way through town, from the hospital to I-90. That is slated to begin Sept. 21. The $2.7…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 07, 2015
    The Rock County Historical Society will conduct its annual meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15. As part of its agenda, it will elect four of the 12 board members with expiring three-year terms. “We all agreed to run,” said Historical Society President Betty Mann, whose term is expiring along with Jane Lanphere, Merlyn Lopau and Ron Feucht. “My intention was to retire, but I will take another three-year…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 07, 2015
    Each spring the Tri-State Band Festival Committee partners with the Luverne High School graphic and fine arts departments to develop designs for its annual band festival button. The purchase of the button allows admittance into the festival’s afternoon field competition event on Sept. 26. This year’s design winner is Akseli Hatakka, Luverne High School’s 2014-2015 exchange student. The Helsinki,…
  • August 31, 2015
    Baby Kallista Van Grootheest was born Aug. 5 to Matthew and Katie (Ailts) Van Grootheest. She’s pictured in the arms of her great-great-grandfather Virgil Staeffler. Her great-great grandmother was the late Marjorie Staeffler. Her great-grandparents are Geraldine (Staeffler) and Jim Haraldson, and her grandparents are Maryln (Haraldson) and Mike Van Grootheest. The Staeffler generation members…
  • August 31, 2015
    Lewis & Clark Rural Water System hosted members of the House Capital Investment Committee for a construction tour Thursday, Aug. 27. Rep. Joe Schomacker, who is not a member of the committee, joined his colleagues. Bonding bill requests go through this committee and their counterpart committee in the Senate. The group toured construction of the 24-inch pipe south of Luverne, as well as the…
  • August 31, 2015
    Van Aartsen Construction began work removing the old façade on the Main Street Financial offices on East Main Street in Luverne. Darrel Van Aartsen (left) and his son Mark remove the wood covering the historical buildings on Friday, Aug. 14. Six days earlier, the two removed the brick. The estimated $45,000 project received $31,000 in grant and loan funding through the Luverne Historical Façade…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 31, 2015
    The quiet neighborhood at the base of the Blue Mounds State Park was a busy place Monday when the Luverne Fire Department exercised a controlled burn on the house next to the quarry parking lot. The training, which began at 6 p.m. and continued after 10 p.m., allowed seven teams of firefighters to practice fighting house fires. It meant the house was ignited and extinguished several times…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 31, 2015
    The Luverne Fire Department has added a key piece of equipment to its firefighting fleet. Fire Chief Dave Van Batavia requested the Luverne City Council approve the purchase of a newer platform truck to replace the 1985 unit currently in use. Van Batavia said the current 30-year-old truck is becoming a liability because of its age and obsolete parts. He had located a 2010 truck in Trenton,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 31, 2015
    Luverne Middle School’s encore classes allow students to choose different exploratory classes that expand learning beyond the basic classroom lessons. In the past five years, the Legos Mindstorms class has become a student favorite. “It has been very popular and we offer it every quarter,” said Bill Thompson, the district’s graphic arts teacher. Legos Mindstorms combines skills in problem solving…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 31, 2015
    For the next 12 months, Allie Parkhurst will be embracing everything Minnesotan as she completes her director of Christian education internship with St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. “This is my first time living in Minnesota, though I am familiar with many different states,” she said. Her dad, Geoff, was in the U.S. Air Force (now retired) and moved his family frequently, including spending…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 31, 2015
    Hardwick’s search for a new rescue unit ended last week, thanks in part to a donation by a Lyons, Nebraska, woman. Two years ago, when Lorraine Glissman of Lyons died, her bequest fulfilled the Lyons Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s goal to upgrade its existing rescue unit with a new four-wheel-drive vehicle.  “She was grateful for what we gave to help her,” said Karolyn McElroy, rescue…
  • August 31, 2015
    Luverne Public Schools Flexible Learning Year Survey Results* Survey Question 1: I am completing this survey as a _____: (check one)                                                                                                                                              Responses                                                                              Luverne High School Freshman…
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