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  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 13, 2015
    Officials with Rock County Opportunities (RCO) gave notice last month terminating a more than 20-year employment cooperation agreement with Ketterling Services Inc. Ketterling handles the collection of the single-stream recycling program for residents of Luverne and drop-off points in Rock County. Working with RCO, the recyclables were sorted at Ketterling’s South Cedar Street facility and…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 13, 2015
    Ardell Van Wettering, Luverne, is a grownup with kid-sized farm equipment. He also has toy race cars, semi trucks and other miscellaneous miniature machinery on wheels. But he really likes his farm toys, and there are hundreds of them in his extensive collection. It includes tractors, wagons, combines, disks, mowers, rakes, balers, manure spreaders and every other imaginable piece of equipment…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 06, 2015
    The sandy beaches of Luverne’s Creamery Pond were lined with people and festive watercraft Saturday for the town’s first-ever Fourth of July Parade on the Pond. By some estimates, nearly 500 people participated in the event, which featured picnics, ice cream and a contest for best-decorated parade entry. Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere deemed the first-ever event a success. “…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 06, 2015
    Rock County Land Management (LMO) will move its offices to an area that’s familiar for its office personnel. At their Tuesday, June 16, meeting, County Board members approved moving LMO operations to space within the Rock County Ag Service Center at 311 W. Gabrielson Road. According to board discussion, the move was prompted by a need for more office space, privacy and a new lease offer from the…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 06, 2015
    Luverne Public Schools will carry over more than $1.6 million into the 2015-2016 school year. Marlene Mann, district business manager, presented board members with next year’s preliminary budget at their regular meeting Thursday night, June 25. “We have all funds 91 percent already spent,” she said. As of June 30, the district has spent $16,667,094 out of a budget of $18,329,108 this school year…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 06, 2015
    On July 1 a state water quality buffer law went into effect, and funding for the initiative became available to soil and water districts across Minnesota. These offices will hire technical staff to implement new buffers and help eligible landowners enroll in federal funding programs. In Rock County, officials from the Land Management Office and its affiliated ag services are waiting for…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 06, 2015
    With egg prices doubling in the last 30 days, some local retailers are not passing the added costs on to local consumers. Glen Gust, owner of Glen’s Food Center in Luverne, said the price for a dozen eggs rose from less than $1 to more than $2 in recent weeks. Eggs recently received good health reviews, increasing consumer demand, he explained. Demand coupled with a decrease in egg production has…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 06, 2015
    Smiles were prevalent on everyone’s faces as they exited their canoes, kayaks and small boats from the Rock River Tuesday morning, June 30. The group had just spent a little more than three hours on the water. “It’s really relaxing … letting the river carry you along,” said Luverne City Administrator John Call. Eleven people representing the city, Luverne Area Chamber, Rock County and the state…
  • July 06, 2015
    Luverne’s 53rd Annual Hot Dog Nite will be Thursday, July 16, on Main Street. The event will feature a beer garden at Sterling’s Café, live music, wiener dog races, wiener dog beauty contest and much more. “Visit Luverne businesses and enjoy some of the over 10,000 free hot dogs and beverages given away for this great hometown event,” said Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere.…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 05, 2015
    A pair of motorcyclists suffered nonlife-threatening injuries Monday after their Harley Davidson collided with a dog on Highway 75 south of Luverne near the airport. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 56-year-old Larry Neal and his passenger, 72-year-old Madaline Neal, both of Ormond Beach, Florida, were traveling north on Highway 75 when the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. Traffic from…
  • June 30, 2015
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 30, 2015
    Former Hills resident Al Berdahl is a three-time tissue recipient, so his job with the South Dakota Lions Eye and Tissue Bank comes easily. “I’m a walking poster board,” he admitted Wednesday after speaking to a driver’s education class in Luverne High School. “I talk about it to anyone who will listen.” Minnesota now requires a portion of classroom driver’s education to focus on education about…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 30, 2015
    William R. Berkley of Berkley Corporation traveled from the East Coast to attend a recognition event for Curt Bloemendaal Wednesday, June 24, at Sterling's Cafe and Grille. Bloemendaal was named Luverne’s Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year for his leadership role in local business and for his civic contributions to the community. His professional experience in the insurance industry…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 30, 2015
    It’s been a rough week for the city of Luverne’s Water and Wastewater Department. On Wednesday, June 24, motorists and pedestrians noticed water bubbling up through the sidewalks and cracks in the pavement on East Main Street near Loopy’s. An 8-inch main had split open six to seven feet, sending thousands of gallons of water spilling under ground. “Most of the time they just break off sharp, but…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 29, 2015
    Amid packed boxes and empty shelves in his office, retiring Luverne Superintendent Gary Fisher joked last week that he should write a book. “Let Me Tell You A Story” would be its title, taken from the phrase the 64-year-old often used to preface lessons learned during his 40 years in public education. If he did write a book, it would most likely be dedicated to the estimated 2,400 students who…
  • June 29, 2015
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