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  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 24, 2015
    Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels have agreed to share patents and licensure on bio-based isobutanol, ending years of litigation between the two companies. The agreement, which creates a new development relationship between the two companies, means that isobutanol production will increase at the Luverne plant (formerly Agri-Energy Ethanol Plant). “We actually have been running IBA in…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 24, 2015
    The paving on Highway 75 in Luverne is wrapping up this week and the detour removed as the project nears completion. After a stretch of rainy days last week, however, road resurfacing did not get done in time to get the lanes restriped from four lanes to three before school started Monday. The lane project is part of an ongoing effort to improve pedestrian safety in front of the school campus.…
  • August 17, 2015
    Lisa Fischer of Missouri River Energy presents a check for $43,712 to Luverne Superintendent Craig Oftedahl (far left) and Luverne School Board Chair Dave Riphagen (far right) during the July 28 Luverne City Council meeting in Luverne City Hall. Also pictured is Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian (second from left). The school district recently replaced a 225-ton chiller with a 120-ton chiller and also…
  • August 17, 2015
    An estimated 375 people attended Saturday’s annual Rock River Beer Fest in Luverne. The event, staged this year at the Blue Mound Ice Arena, attracted more than 30 vendors, including Luverne’s Take 16 Brewery, who shared more than 100 different profiles of craft beers. Beer Fest also featured live music, food from local restaurants and a winery, Round Lake Vineyards. The event was first staged…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 17, 2015
    Portions of the Luverne Middle/High School are a little brighter as a $494,000 summer renovation project is finished. School board members toured the progress Thursday night, Aug. 13, during their regular monthly meeting. Business manager Marlene Mann conducted the tour that included the media center, art rooms, auditorium, agricultural and industrial arts classrooms. Lighting was improved in…
  • August 17, 2015
    The annual Cardinal Gold’n Bowl is set for Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Luverne Public School Football Field before the Luverne-vs.-Worthington football game. The Luverne Area Chamber will team up with Gold’n Plump and Glen’s Food Center to serve grilled chicken sandwiches with homemade toppings and chips. Meals cost $3. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m.; visit Cardinal Country for LHS clothing and gear.…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 17, 2015
    Brad Goembel is no stranger to city and rural residents in the Luverne School District. For 20 years Goembel was a driver at Ketterling Services Inc., Luverne, and through the years he grew familiar with local streets and addresses. On May 1 he put this route experience to use in his new position as Luverne School District’s transportation director. Now he is connecting faces to the residents he…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 17, 2015
    One of Luverne Public School’s two operating referendums will come to voters for renewal this fall. At their Thursday, Aug. 13, meeting, School Board members unanimously approved putting the ballot question to voters on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters will be asked to reapprove the $763.34 per pupil operating referendum for another 10 years. In 2012 voters supported a $401.27 operating levy. That 10-year…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 17, 2015
    A small group of interested fishermen gathered around the Creamery Pond in Luverne Monday afternoon, Aug. 10, while two Minnesota Department of Natural Resource (DNR) officials crisscrossed the former gravel pit looking for fish. “A lot of nice shiners,” shouted Ryan Doorenbos from the boat. Doorenbos is the area supervisor from the Windom area fisheries office. Along with the shiners, Doorenbos…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 17, 2015
    It has been five years since area crops have looked this good in mid-August. That was the finding of the Aug. 9 Minnesota Crop Progress & Condition report, which rated both corn and soybeans at the highest condition since 2010. Locally, crop conditions mirror the state’s findings. “They look fantastic,” said agronomist Dan Boltjes with CHS Eastern Farmers Co-Op in Magnolia. “I think yields…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 17, 2015
    The Garden of Hope near Beaver Creek is supplying fresh vegetables for local restaurants and families, but there’s a broader purpose for the produce. Garden owners Greg and Tammy Lingen are giving the proceeds to a young family involved in a fatal accident by Flandreau. The July 13 crash killed 38-year-old Joshua Krempges, Dell Rapids, and his daughter, 7-year-old Mariana. Mariana’s twin sister,…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 17, 2015
    Little Lambs Preschool at St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne, will start the new school year next week with a new class of lambs and two new shepherds. Rebecca DeBoer is on staff as the new Little Lambs teacher, and Christine Thorson was hired as her assistant. Both women bring an arsenal of experience to the classroom, offering leadership that will ensure a smooth start to the 2015-16 school year…
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  • August 10, 2015
    Women of Rock County Fine Arts are showing their newest artwork during the month of August at the Carnegie Cultural Center. The show includes work by Naidine Aanenson, Cindy Reverts, Kristen Peterson, Carol Ceynowa, Lois Young, Kathy Deuschle, Nan Kaufenberg, Judy Edenstrom, Mary Petersen, Lori Hallstrom and Kaia Nowatzki. The Carnegie is now open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 10, 2015
    A Luverne woman and her family are sporting new tattoos to raise awareness of a rare liver disease. Colette Worshek learned in January that she has autoimmune hepatitis, and she discovered there are few resources and only sparse information about the disease. “It’s crazy how many women could be affected by this and not even know,” said Worshek, a 1994 Luverne High School graduate. “There are…
  • August 10, 2015
    With underground work completed in July, progress on Highway 75 in Luverne is visable above ground with new curb and gutter from Main Street south to Interstate 90 and new sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. The mill-and-overlay work on the surface began this week, and the roadway will be restriped from four lanes to three. The project is set for completion by the end of August.
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