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Four months after contract talks between representatives of the Luverne School District and the Luverne Education Association stalled, a two-year agreement was reached earlier this month. School board members unanimously approved the 2015-16 and 2016-17 contract at a Nov. 9 special meeting. The...
Luverne City Council members approved a payment of $443,018.94 to Duininck, Inc. for the latest round of improvements on South Highway 75. Work done this payment period includes: •removing old paint markings and applying new paint for the three-lane markings, •sodding, •mobilization, •removing old...
Ron McClure
Ron McClure will be remembered in Rock County for his kind demeanor and compassion for humanity, especially during his years wearing a badge. McClure worked 33 years in law enforcement, 25 years in Rock County and 12 of those as sheriff in the county he grew up in. “I loved my job. I loved helping...
The former Family Dollar Store just off Main Street in downtown Luverne will soon be known as a special events place. Mike and Wanda Jarchow of Luverne recently purchased the 11,500-square-foot former retail and grocery store. The couple plans to remodel the building into a community events center...
Carter Moerke (left) and Carter Crowe look at grave markers inside the Hinkly Tomb at the Maplewood Cemetery west of Luverne.
For more than three decades, Luverne’s high school students have boarded school buses and made the short field trip to the Maplewood Cemetery just west of town. The field trip on Monday, Nov. 2, by the ninth-grade class continues an activity begun by retired instructor Katie Hemme. “I thought,...
Theresa Graff (left) is Luverne Education Association’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, and Barb Antoine was named 2016 Friend of Education.
Amidst tears and laughter, Theresa Graff accepted the Luverne Education Association 2016 Teacher of the Year award. LEA annually honors one of its own at a celebration on the Monday of American Education Week. The local honoree will be submitted to the state for their Teacher of the Year program....
An unmarked 2015 Ford Taurus in the Marshall District has been assigned to State Trooper Kenny Willers who works primarily in Rock and Nobles counties.
The Minnesota State Patrol this week unveiled its new fleet of unmarked squad cars that will assist in targeting distracted driving. In a media event in Golden Valley Monday, Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol shared information about the squads and their mission. He said in 2014,...
Pirate Landon Ahrendt
Luverne Elementary School second- and third-graders presented their fall musical program, “Pirates,” Friday afternoon in the Cardinal Gym. The program, written by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson, was directed by Beth Capistran and Shirlee Gilmore. The songs included “Pirates All Are We,” “Stowaway...
Students from six high schools including Luverne formed a 491-member mass choir Monday for the Big South Conference Choral Festival. The students spent the day working with clinicians Bradley Miller and Joseph Osowski (pictured above with piano accompanist Janine Papik) in preparation of an evening concert.
Hundreds of area high school students gathered in Luverne Monday to learn more about and share their love of choral music. This is the second year for the Big South Conference Choral Festival where six of the 13 schools spent the day at Luverne High School in rehearsals with two visiting clinicians...

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