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  • February 14, 2024
    Madonna Gjerde, age 98 of Elmore, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at River’s Edge Hospital in St. Peter. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore. A time for visitation was held prior to the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial took place at Riverview Cemetery, Elmore. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com. Madonna…
  • February 07, 2024
    Wayne A. Brown, age 85, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on January 25, 2024, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Wayne was born in Iowa City, Iowa, to Darold Brown and Helen “Marge” (Stanton) Hoffman. He served in the U.S. Military in the Navy and the Minnesota and South Dakota Army National Guard. Wayne is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn (Ray)…
  • January 31, 2024
    Harold Vogt, age 92, of Luverne, died Sunday, January 14, 2024, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Harold was born August 31, 1931, in Sibley, Iowa, to Henry and Anna (Donker) Vogt. He attended school at Sibley, Iowa, and Ellsworth, Minnesota. Harold was in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1952 to 1954, serving in Germany. Harold married LaVonne Bartholomus on April 10, 1957. They…
  • January 24, 2024
    Karen E. De Noble, age 77, died Friday, January 12, 2024, at her home near Hills, Minnesota. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the Bethel Reformed Christian Church in Lester, Iowa.  Visitation was 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, January 19, 2024, also at the church in Lester. Karen Elaine (Kooi) De Noble was born June 7, 1946, in Hull, Iowa, to Ellis and…
  • January 17, 2024
    Elmer Menage, age 85, of Luverne, Minnesota, died peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, while at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was Sunday, January 14, from 2-5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Funeral service was Monday, January 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church. Burial will take place at a later date at Riverview Cemetery…
  • January 10, 2024
    Loren Wiese, 88, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Monday, January 1, 2024, at Pleasant Acres Nursing Home in Hull, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2024, at George Boom Funeral Home and On-Site Crematory in Sioux Falls. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2024, also at the funeral home. Interment will take place at a later date at Ashwood…
  • December 13, 2023
    Bert Kracht, age 87, of Beaver Creek, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 1, 2023, at the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Minnesota.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home - Luverne Chapel. Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 8, 2023, at 10 a.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home - Luverne Chapel. Burial…
  • November 15, 2023
    Clarence Edward Hargesheimer was born on Nov. 9, 1933, to Edward and Velva (Sherbonda) Hargesheimer in Vonley, Iowa, and peacefully passed away 90 years later on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at the Luverne Hospice Cottage in Luverne, Minnesota. His journey began in rural Iowa, later moving to Luverne where he completed his education at Luverne High School, graduating with the class of 1952. He…
  • October 18, 2023
    Pauline Alice Ailts, 84, of Luverne, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage. She was born Nov. 15, 1938, in Midland Township, near Little Rock, Iowa, to John and Aafka (Martens) Ohling. Pauline was baptized on Jan. 1, 1939, at the Bethel Reformed Church in rural Ellsworth. She attended country school in Midland Township and graduated from Little Rock High School in…
  • September 13, 2023
    Raymond Sneller, 95, of Parker, South Dakota, passed away Sept. 2, 2023, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 9, at Calvary Reformed Church in Monroe, South Dakota. Raymond Sneller was born on Aug. 27, 1928, to Henry and Dena (Koerselman) Sneller at Sioux Center, Iowa. He was one of 12 children. He graduated from Sioux Center…
  • September 13, 2023
    Louis Leroy Laackmann, age 91, of Doon, Iowa, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial for Louis will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. A private burial…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    January 19, 2021
    A little bit of Rock County has found a home in Iowa. I recently toured a brand new 4,800-head finishing barn near where my daughter lives in rural Schaller, Iowa. She is the reason a part of the county she grew up in now has a home in another state. Courtney works for a company that builds those large hog confinements. Midwest Dry Cast, located south of Luverne, makes the concrete floor slats…
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