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10 years ago (2011) •Singer and songwriter Doug Spartz will bring his holiday show, “Almost Home, an Americana Holiday Concert,” to the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne Friday, Dec. 2. … Spartz, who has family ties to Worthington, performs with a seven-piece band, the members of which have their...
10 years ago (2011) •The U.S. Postal Service is broke, and closing post offices is one way to streamline business. “It’s not so much a money thing as it is about the fact that if not as many people are coming into these places, then why are they still open?” said Pete Nowacki of the USPS in...
10 years ago (2011) •The record price paid for Rock County agricultural land at a public auction jumped to $12,4000 Thursday, Nov. 10, as land owned by Robert Kitchenmaster was offered for sale. The sale broke the $9,050-per-acre record paid for 160 acres in Mound Township Aug. 24. Ron Van Ruler...
10 years ago (2011) •Rock County members of the local National Guard unit received a really big message from home last week. A 600-foot roll of paper containing hundreds of handwritten messages to soldiers arrived at the Camp Patriot base in Kuwait on Friday. According to First Sgt. Robert Newman,...
10 years ago (2011) •The Luverne Fire Department was called to the Blue Mounds State Park late Monday afternoon to assist with a controlled burn that got out of control. The park conducts annual prescribed prairie burns in different areas of the Blue Mounds to control non-native species and to...
10 years ago (2011) •City of Luverne Public Works Department employees this week have been preparing a large wall of a downtown building for a mural. The mural will go on the west wall of 123 West Main St., greeting motorists as they drive east from Highway 75. Sioux Falls sign painter and artist...
10 years ago (2011) •A 9-foot grand piano will permanently grace the stage of Luverne’s Palace Theatre, compliments of Gary and Janine Papik. Janine Papik said the piano’s history began in the old Luverne High School building sometime in the 1920s or 1930s where it stood on the stage in the school’...
10 years ago (2011) •Visitors will find it easier to navigate Touch the Sky Prairie following the unveiling of three directory kiosks Tuesday. Dignitaries and school children gathered to see the covering removed from a three-sided, wood-framed kiosk containing maps, brochures and photographs...
10 years ago (2011) •Judge Timothy Connell wears a black robe over a white collar, but he said ruling from the bench is rarely as simple as black and white. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all sort of thing that comes with experience.” After 35 years of practicing law, Connell has acquired a voice of...
10 years ago (2011) •Sanford Hospital Luverne is addressing a scabies outbreak among its staff and patients. According to the Center for Disease Control website, scabies is an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite (sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). The microscopic scabies mite burrows into...

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