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A street banner in Coronado, California, honors the distinguished military service of Luverne native Deborah Luethje Mariya.
Deborah Luethje Mariya, Luverne High School Class of 1971, was honored on May 21 for her service as a Navy chaplain at a ceremony in Coronado, California. The city of Coronado raised a banner bearing her picture and acknowledging her wartime service in Operation Desert Storm. It will be publicly...
John Connell received a $3,000 demolition grant from the city of Luverne to remove this property at 311 N. Oakley.
Members of the Luverne Economic Development Authority approved a request for a $3,000 demolition grant at their Monday morning meeting for a property at 311 N. Oakley. John Connell submitted an application for funding through the city’s Residential Demolition Program to tear down both the house and...
Adding more glitter to their fizzy glitter portions are (from left) Noel Henricks, Daphne DeBoer, Harper Hulstein and Sophia Strassburg.
Fourteen local youth participated in the first of three 4-H day camps at the Rock County Fairgrounds in Luverne Friday, June 10. Five 4-H ambassadors and Rock County 4-H intern Samantha Moser led the event, “A Magical 4-H Morning.” Participants spent three hours completing various magical...
Luverne City Council members toured construction work at the airport building Tuesday, June 21. Pictured in the shop area are (clockwise, from left) city attorney Ben Vander Kooi, City Administrator John Call, council member Dan Nath, co-FBO Lori Baum and council members Kevin Aaker, Scott Viessman and Caroline Thorson.
Luverne City Council members toured the new arrival and departure building at the municipal airport Tuesday night, June 21. The previous structure was damaged by a fire in the fall of 2020 and was rebuilt using most of the steel girders of the existing structure, which includes the fixed base...
Reker Construction and Aggregate spent last week working at the sanitary sewer lagoons east of the city of Hardwick. The upgrades on the lagoons, constructed in 1972, were paid, in part, by American Rescue Plan (Covid) funds.
Hardwick’s sanitary sewer lagoons received long-overdue maintenance last week, thanks to a combination of funding resources to pay the $68,000 bill. Workers with Reker Construction and Aggregate of Adrian spent last week adding riprap on the north and east dikes, primarily on the second of two...
A black Lab named Finn is now known as “Lucky” after surviving a 30-foot fall into a rock crevasse at the Blue Mounds State Park quarry Sunday afternoon. Finn and his 17-year-old companion, Jaxon Bliss, were hiking atop the quarry around 3 p.m. Sunday when the black Labrador slipped and fell in a...
Retirees Dennis Moritz (front, left), Jennifer Engesser, Deb Ward, (back) Al Brinkman, Sandy Klosterbuer and Theresa Graff gather on May 27, their last day as teachers at Luverne Public Schools. Lisa Lundgren announced recently she will also retire from the district. Together the local educators spent 233 years in the classroom.
When Luverne Public Schools’ 2021-22 school year ended in late May, seven seasoned educators decided it was time to retire. Altogether, they spent 233 years in Luverne classrooms.   Deb Ward, 45 years Deb Ward was Luverne’s most senior educator, having been hired in the district in 1977 as a K-12...
A ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday morning, June 22, in Section 3 of Beaver Creek Township marked the start of construction on 40 planned wind turbines for the Walleye Wind Energy Center. Pictured are (from left) Minnesota Municipal Power Association vice president David Niles, MMPA general manager Keith Mykleseth, MMPA board member Eric Skogquist, NextEra Energy development vice president Kevin Gildea, NextEra project director Mark Lennox, state representative Joe Schomacker, Luverne Area Chamber Direct
A ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday morning, June 22, signified the official start of construction on the Walleye Wind Energy Center in western Rock County. The ceremony took place in the middle of a soybean field in Section 3 of Beaver Creek Township where one of 40 wind turbines will be built....
“Free and fun” is on tap for the Fourth of July celebration at The Lake in Luverne Monday, according to Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “The committee has put together a fun day, and most all of the events are free, except Bingo, which has a 100-percent payout,” she said. “The fireworks...
A resignation request by Luverne School Board member Jeff Stratton was accepted Thursday night, June 23, during the board’s regular monthly meeting. Stratton, who joined the school board in 2021, is set to become the district’s first school resource officer this fall. He said that working for the...

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