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  • 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…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 15, 2024
    Luverne businessman Eric Oye is Rock County’s new veterans service officer (VSO) after he was sworn in during the May 7 Rock County Board meeting. “I’m passionate about helping veterans because I do think it is really important, and I’ll try to help them out as much as I can,” Oye said. As a veteran, Oye has experience with the Veterans Administration (VA), which he will now use to help other…
  • May 15, 2024
    The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is celebrating Minnesota Veterans Homes Week May 12-18 to honor staff who care for veterans home residents and their families The Veterans Home in Luverne – which celebrates 30 years of serving Minnesota veterans in June — is proud to recognize ongoing efforts to ensure an optimal quality of residential life, according to Scott Buchanan,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 15, 2024
    Prior to joining the Southwest MN Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program last fall, Joy Taubert quietly made British pastries and hosted tea parties for her family. Today she’s turned the hobby into a business called “A Sip of Joy.” On Friday, May 10, the Hills-Beaver Creek High School senior and soon-to-be CEO program graduate debuted her business during a special event at the…
  • May 15, 2024
    Susan Bullerman’s junior kindergarten class performs “Down at the Beach” Friday afternoon for friends and family in the Luverne Elementary gymnasium. The students are directed by Morgan Van Holland and performed six songs about the beach, the fish and a baby shark.
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 08, 2024
    Spring fieldwork took off in Rock County and across the region in mid-April, but conditions changed in late April and early May after more than 3½ inches of rain fell over a two-week period. According to the USDA Weekly Planting Progress Report released on April 29, 30 percent of the corn in Minnesota had been planted, compared to a five-year average of 18 percent. Progress in Rock County and…
  • May 08, 2024
    Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Luverne Elementary School raised more than $10,000 with their annual Cardinal Dash Wednesday afternoon, May 1. Parents Partners in Education (PPIE) organize the event, which included a fun run and grade-level tug of war tournament. Students sold Cardinal cards to friends and family to raise money for added special events and activities in the 2024-25…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 08, 2024
    Rock Ranch near Hills is joining the “Seen Through Horses” campaign during the month of May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. “We are very grateful to be a part of this tremendous national campaign,” said Dan LaRock, who co-founded Rock Ranch with his wife, Marie, in 2016. “It helps shine a light on the power of equine assisted counseling as a reliable and helpful resource for many who…
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