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  • By Mavis Fodness
    October 05, 2015
    Luverne Middle School will join the First LEGO League in offering an additional after-school opportunity for students. School board members approved the additional offering at their regular monthly meeting Sept. 24. “We would like to get underway by Oct. 13 and meet once a week for practice,” said Middle/High School Principal Ryan Johnson. Start-up cost for Luverne’s LEGO League program is $1,600…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    October 05, 2015
    Installation of bulletproof glass at the county’s court administration office is the latest in several security upgrades to the Rock County Courthouse this year. The updates stem from a grant received by the Minnesota Judicial Branch to conduct courthouse security training in various regions across the state. “These training sessions were not offered in response to any specific incident,” said…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    October 05, 2015
    After more than a decade of making the United States his primary residence, Luverne’s Miles Brown recently decided to make it his permanent choice by becoming a U.S. citizen. Last week, surrounded by family members, Brown and 337 others took an oath of allegiance at naturalization ceremonies Monday, Sept. 28, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park. “I think it was cool,” he said. “…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    October 05, 2015
    Nationally known combat photographer Stacy Pearsall will be in Luverne Friday, Oct. 2, to share her story about what combat is like from behind the camera. Pearsall has captured over 500,000 images across 41 different countries, and her work has appeared in Time, USA Today, CNN, BBC and the New York Times. In three combat tours, she has earned some of the highest medals for heroism in battle,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    October 05, 2015
    According to Monday’s Minnesota Crop Progress and Condition, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 4, the most for this crop season. During that time, soybean harvest advanced from 35 percent complete to 69 percent in the state, 10 days ahead of last year and five days ahead of the five-year average. For corn, 91 percent of the state’s crop is mature, two weeks…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    October 05, 2015
    Luverne City Council members have granted a franchise to cable TV company Clarity Telecom, LLC, which is doing business as Vast Broadband. The council approved an ordinance at the Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting that outlines the conditions of the franchise agreement. The Cable TV Board has reviewed the franchise with Clarity Telecom and recommended the city approve a new 10-year franchise with…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    October 05, 2015
    For Rock County communities outside of Luverne, preliminary property tax levies ranged from zero to 10.1 percent. On Sept. 30 cities, counties, townships, school districts and special taxing districts in Minnesota must submit preliminary 2016 tax levy amounts to county auditors. Each entity will certify their final percentages in December, the last opportunity for levy amounts to be lowered.…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    October 05, 2015
    For almost two decades the Drost family has invited visitors to their farm south of Luverne. On Monday and Tuesday children and their families were allowed to pick a pumpkin during a Luverne Community Education event. The patch is open to the general public. "It's fun," said Deb Drost as she helped her son, Tim, gather participants on the hayrack for a ride to the nearby pumpkin…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 29, 2015
    Luverne High School seniors Cole Bosch and Morgan Haugen were crowned the 2015-16 Homecoming king and queen Monday night, Sept 28, during the school’s coronation ceremony in the elementary gymnasium. Other king candidates were Jack Baustian, Nicholas Overgaard, Connor Sandbulte and Erik Tofteland, and queen candidates were Samantha Aanenson, Karissa Hamann, Brianna Jonason and Madilyn Oye.…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 29, 2015
    Luverne’s Tri-State Band Festival parade and field competitions unfolded under perfect weather conditions Saturday with plenty of blue skies, sunshine and warm breezes. Now in its 65th year, Luverne's Tri-State Band Festival is the longest-running marching band festival in the region. The annual parade and field competition draws bands from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota with more than 2,…
  • September 29, 2015
    Sept. 29 is the day the Good Samaritan Society was founded more than 90 years ago, and it’s the day the organization celebrates its mission: “To take care of the whole person, body and soul.” Locally several volunteers celebrated Founders Day by supporting 25 area seniors with free CO detectors and grabbers. Pictured here, Carrie Soto (left) of the Good Samaritan Society presents grabbers (which…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 29, 2015
    The eight-member Rock County delegation to the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show earned champion herdsmanship honors during the Sept. 17-21 event. Competing in the large county category, Rock County was one of 27 counties competing in the finals with a perfect 500 score, according to Tim Bonham, who coordinates the herdsmanship program. To break ties for the perfect score, random inspections are…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 29, 2015
    Fifty-four Rock County 4-H’ers advanced to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul Aug. 24-Sept. 7. Several 4-H’ers were singled out for outstanding projects in the livestock and non-livestock areas. Earning a purple ribbon, the highest placing for the non-livestock projects at the state level, were Autumn Hamann, indoor gardening grades 9+; Ryleigh Beers, youth development grades 9+; Brianna…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 29, 2015
    The 2015 Rock Area Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event will be Nov. 5 and 6 in the Luverne High School gym. Students from Luverne, Southwest Christian High School, Edgerton Christian Elementary and Hills-Beaver Creek will pack food for the local food banks and for people around the world. During last year’s Kids Against Hunger packing event in Luverne, over $16,000 was raised and more than 104…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 29, 2015
    Commissioners set the Rock County preliminary levy at 3.88 percent during action taken at their Sept. 22 meeting. The increase means an additional $194,145 from taxpayers in 2016. “We don’t have a choice in a lot of things,” said Commissioner Stan Williamson. Two areas prompted the commissioners to increase the amount. The first involved a request from Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS)…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 29, 2015
    Volunteers at the historic Hinkly House in Luverne have been playing dress-up with the wardrobes of the Hinkly family members. On Thursday, Sept. 24, vintage clothing items from the 1800s and 1900s were dusted off and displayed at a “Style and Trunk Show.” It was the second year for the event, which attracted dozens of people to the Victorian period home on North Freeman Avenue. “The clothing…
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