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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...
Melissa Radley and Josh VanVeldhuizen, both of Luverne, are parents of the first baby of the New Year. Azalea Grace was born Jan. 1 at Sanford Luverne Hospital.
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...
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...
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...
Using a special attachment system on the back of a tractor, Shawn Feikema watches the machine roll up the polyethylene bag like a tube of toothpaste. The action of rolling the plastic up funnels the grain into the auger and up into the semitrailer or wagon for transportation.
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...
Rock County Veterans Service Officer Dave Haugom kiddingly told commissioners at their meeting Dec. 22 his future outreach efforts might include video games. “To reach the younger generation, I may have to become a character in a video game or start texting,” Haugom said. Appearing in a video game...
Last year local business, education and government professionals gathered in Luverne to discuss a career and vocational education program. The discussion is now expanding to include parents and students. Ed Elbers, a retired businessman and former sheriff, initiated the November 2014 discussion,...
Luverne’s Jacki Johnson and her children took advantage of the snow Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 29, to go sledding on the slope west of the elementary school in Luverne.
More than a foot of snow blanketed the region between Christmas and Dec. 29, creating perfect conditions for all snow recreation during the winter break from school. Students returned to school Monday, Jan. 4.
Felony theft charges were filed Tuesday against two Sioux Falls women for allegedly stealing from two Luverne businesses last summer. Shelley Meyer, 51, and her daughter, Allison Meyer, 18, both of Sioux Falls, are accused of shoplifting nearly $2,800 worth of merchandise from two retail stores in...
Reclaim Community wants to purchase the former Jasper High School and repurpose the structure. Affordable housing, a community center and business incubator facility are among the possible plans.
A group of concerned citizens in Jasper wants to preserve the former Jasper High School and reinvent the 1911 structure into a multi-purpose facility. The school was designed by W.E.E. Greene, the architect who built Luverne’s prominent historic buildings — the Palace Theatre, Maplewood Chapel,...

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