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  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    Students in Dylan Gehrke’s fifth grade class Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary learned about compromise before showing off their businesses at the annual Entrepreneur Fair May 10. Most of Gehrke’s 28 students were encouraged to developed a business plan in pairs or small groups. “Compromising is one of the biggest things during this activity for our groups with multiple people,” he said. “They have…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    State public utility commissioners granted approval for the proposed 1,500-acre Elk Creek Solar Farm to be constructed north of Magnolia. In a press release dated Friday, May 17, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued the certificate of need to National Grid Renewables (NGR) of Bloomington for the 160 megawatt (MW) solar farm to be built in portions of Magnolia and Vienna…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 22, 2024
    The May 14 Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting in Luverne drew several property owners questioning valuations of their property. County Assessor Rachel Jacobs answered questions, and she and her staff agreed to visit some properties for possible adjustments. Mostly though, the evening was a lesson in the difference between property valuations and property taxes and what drives valuations…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    If permitted by the State of Minnesota, a digital sign may be erected this fall on the east edge of Hills along Highway 270. Jeremy Josephson, owner of Ace Signs of Sioux Falls, presented a drawing of a possible Daktronics-made sign to city council members May 14. However, setback requirements along the state highway may prevent the electronic sign from being erected. The sign’s proposed…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    The fifth positive rabies case in cattle in Minnesota occurred in Rock County, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed May 1. “The Rock County cow marks the fifth positive cattle case in Minnesota within the past 12 months,” the May 14 press release stated, “and one of four involving skunks either seen or smelled on the property.” The local cattle producer noticed one of his cows holding…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 22, 2024
    Luverne’s Kids Rock! Child Care Center has been awarded a $250,000 grant through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Luverne’s facility, scheduled to open next spring, is among more than 20 organizations to receive grant funding to expand child care access statewide. Governor Tim Walz last week announced $6.2 million in Child Care Economic Development Grants…
  • May 22, 2024
    Haburn from Osakis, Minnesota, attended Alexandria Technical and Community College for machining and engineering. He returned 10 years later for his law enforcement degree. Haburn and his wife, Peyton (Arends), a 2011 Luverne High School graduate, live in Beaver Creek. Haburn joined the Rock County Sheriff’s Office in February and recently began patrol duties.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    Members of the Luverne High School FFA Chapter recently conducted their 2023-24 awards banquet this spring in the school commons. FFA is an inter-curricular program and originated as an internal part of high school agricultural education. FFA activities encourage members to learn through hands-on experience, meeting transactions, public speaking, problem solving and taking a role in civic…
  • May 22, 2024
    The Rock County DFL completed an Adopt a Highway project on eastbound I-90 Monday, May 20.
  • May 22, 2024
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that people avoid disturbing or touching deer fawns, which are born around this time of year. Most fawns are born in mid-May to mid-June, and fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks of life. Instead, they remain still to avoid being seen. During these times, fawns are learning critical survival skills from their…
  • May 22, 2024
    The Lions Club donated $450 to cover the tuition to send Nick Lenz, who has Type 1 diabetes, to Camp Gilbert this summer near Waubay, South Dakota. The weeklong program in June, located at Camp Nesodak, is for children ages 8 to 18 living with Type 1 diabetes.
  • May 15, 2024
    Workers from Kehm Contractors, masonry specialists from Omaha, Nebraska, began last week to piece together the Sioux Quartzite brick veneer on the Kahler Terrace at the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building in Luverne. The bricks were removed last fall to reconstruct the terrace surface to prevent water from pooling on the terrace surface and leaking into the Herreid Annex located below. Water…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 15, 2024
    The $7.2 million construction project is underway to renovate the former Total Card building into a community child care center in Luverne. At their Monday morning meeting, members of the Luverne Economic Development Authority heard a progress report from director Holly Sammons. She said contractors have moved in temporary facilities such as job site trailers, dumpsters, port-a-johns, temporary…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 15, 2024
    Ten years ago Kenneth native Carissa (Nieuwboer) Carroll started Jack’s Basket to make sure all babies born with Down syndrome are welcomed and celebrated. Since then, the non-profit organization has celebrated 9,000 babies and their families, reaching them in 46 countries and 50 states so far. “I never could have imagined that we would have grown to where we are today,” Carroll said last week…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 15, 2024
    Seniors from the Luverne High School student council organized and prepared a hot breakfast for elementary and secondary teachers and support staff Tuesday morning. The pancakes, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and bacon served as a thank you to the adults who assisted in the students’ educational journey through the Luverne school district. “It’s part about giving back,” said council president…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 15, 2024
    A task force with Luverne Initiatives for Tomorrow (LIFT) is encouraging city and county officials to consider establishing a public cannabis dispensary close to Luverne. The April 29 letter from the “Open to Progress Task Force” was directed to County Administrator Kyle Oldre. “Public ownership would allow control of the hours/days and protocol/safeguards of the operation,” the letter stated…
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