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An Albert Lea semi-trailer business owner, Darv Habben, recently purchased the 3-acre parcel south of I-90 on the east side of Highway 75 from Greg Gabrielson, who used to operate turkey barns there. The city will provide up to $50,000 for demolition and site preparation to develop the property,...
Atlas of Rock County Director Vicki Altena (left) and Redeemed Remnants thrift store manager Jeane Leslie man the oversized scissors at Thursday morning's ribbon cutting in their new store on East Main Street. ATLAS purchased the former Computer Tutors building and accepts donations of gently used...
Subcontractors working with Design Craft, Luverne, work to remodel the former Lewis Family Drug building off of Each Main Street for the Southwestern Mental Health Center, which purchased the building in 2013. Staff will move in in October.
Remodel work continues this summer on the former Lewis Drug building on East Main Street in Luverne. Southwestern Mental Health Center purchased the building in September 2013 for the purpose of expanding its operations from the current location on Luverne Street south of the courthouse. According...
Craig Oftedahl, who began duties as superintendent of Luverne Schools July 1, gives his first report to Luverne School Board members Tuesday, July 21, at the District Office meeting room.
Luverne’s Board of Education conducted its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year Tuesday night, July 21. It was also the first meeting with new superintendent Craig Oftedahl in attendance. Since his start on July 1, Oftedahl said his welcome in Luverne has been a warm one as he and his family...
Theresa Latten, organizer of Bars and Banana Seats is pictured with her bike, “Big Blue,” Friday in her Luverne backyard. The bike is a Huffy Beach Cruiser that she accessorized with a custom color wicker basket and a vintage pedal-powered teardrop headlamp from the 1980s. Latten is also a member of Bottoms Up Pink Ladies, and proceeds from the Aug. 8 ride will benefit the group, which supports people with cancer and their families.
What do darts, bananas, bicycles and pink flamingos all have in common? Luverne’s Theresa Latten is at the center of them all, coordinating next week’s Bars and Banana Seats bike ride, which benefits Bottoms Up Pink Ladies. Bars and Banana Seats is a local bike ride organized just for fun. This...
Three bids were received for Rock County’s $1.2 million general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bond purchase will fund the county’s portion of the fiber optic infrastructure project as well as improvements approved in its 2015 capital improvement plan (CIP). Commissioners approved selling the...
The message from Rock County landowners has been heard loud and clear: We want to fix our lands. Action taken by the Rock County Commissioners at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 21, allows the county’s Land Management Office (LMO) to hire a full-time technician and shift its focus to...
Luverne School District is in line to receive gifts of $3,500 for technical training and possibly $20,000 in sponsorships. The offers surfaced during the community input session prior to the July 23 meeting of Luverne School Board members —  who were left speechless. The silence was broken by a...
Jamie Rotert (left), Salem, South Dakota, finishes tuck-pointing with David Niessink last week. The duo placed stone caps on the brickwork before replacing the cast iron bell on top. The bell was originally refurbished and painted as a project by Luverne High School’s Class of 1972.
More than 40 years after it was placed in front of Luverne High School, the cast iron bell pedestal received a needed facelift last week. Since 1972 the pedestal has battled various weather elements while on display near the school’s flagpole. Time had worn away some of the mortar, and the wooden...

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