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Thrivent Financial celebrated a ribbon-cutting event Monday afternoon, Dec. 2, in its new office location at 311 West Gabrielson Road. Pictured are (from left) Holly Sammons (Luverne EDA director), Roger and Vicky Henderson (Thrivent members), Allison Bolger (Thrivent Agent), Sully Bolger (Thrivent...
The latest general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is underway and will end on Feb. 26, 2016. As such, producers with expiring contracts and producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under this program. Over the past 30 years...
Rock County landowners saw their topsoil wash into ditches with recent flooding, and those who want their dirt back will have to pay to have it moved, according to discussion at the Rock County Board meeting Dec. 1. That’s what commissioners told Henry Petersen of rural Hardwick after he addressed...
Overnight fog left a layer of hoar forst on trees, grasses, fencelines and property Thursday morning, Dec. 3, creating some spectacular scenery at sunrise. 
About 50 people gather around the evergreen tree Thursday evening for the 2015 Tree of Lights ceremony. Sanford Luverne Hospice hosts the annual event.
More than 50 people participated in the Sanford Luverne Hospice 2015 Tree of Lights ceremony Thursday night, Dec. 3. The ceremony at the corner of Highway 75 and Main Street was the first time in the event’s 20-year history that it was conducted at the city of Luverne’s new Flag Park. “It was our...
The decision to add up to two full-time deputies to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office was put on hold until next year. At their Dec. 1 meeting, commissioners tabled any increases to the sheriff’s office budget for 2016. The topic will be addressed again during budget talks for 2017. In October...
Teachers picket in front of the Luverne High School in December 1975. Dec. 12 marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the six-day strike.
Forty years ago this week, teachers in Luverne Public Schools went on strike as one of seven Minnesota school districts to do so in 1975. Their action canceled classes from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, giving students and non-union staff a long Christmas break. Classes resumed Jan. 5, 1976. A four-inch...
Green Earth Players actor Shawn Kinsinger reads a Christmas story to children at the Carnegie Cultural Center Saturday afternoon as part of the Carnegie's Festival of Trees and Winterfest Weekend.
Luverne's annual Winterfest celebration unfolded under mild weather and attached ample crowds to the dozens of Winterfest events and activities lined up for Dec. 4-7.
The Magnolia Fire and Rescue Department recently received $3,000 from the AgStar Financial Services Fund for Rural America from local representative Pat Barnett. Pictured are (front, from left) Magnolia Mayor Dennis Madison, Scott Dohlmann, Barnett, Jean DeGroot, (back) Robert Somnis, Stacie Dohlmann, Steve DeGroot and Tom Strassburg.
The AgStar Fund for Rural America recently awarded $3,000 to Magnolia Fire and Rescue to purchase safety vests and EMS gear bags. “There is a great need for emergency response support, especially in rural communities. Budget restraints make it difficult for departments to purchase and update...

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