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Young riders buckle their seatbelts on the dragon roller coaster ride at the fair Thursday night.
Pleasant summer weather and a variety of events and activities attracted solid crowds to the Rock County Fairgrounds for the first few days of public attendance. 4-H judging started on Monday, July 27, and shows opened Wednesday, July 30, with the fair continuing through Saturday night. In what’s...
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Performers in the Annual Rock County Talent Show took to the Palace Theatre stage in Luverne Wednesday night to sing, dance and entertain for judges and audience members. With a full program with more than 30 entries, the Palace auditorium was full and local talent showcased at its best. “It was a...
Luverne School Board approved $181,058 in coaches’ and advisers’ compensation for the 2015-16 school year. The 79 assignment amounts are based on the current teacher contract and may possibly increase once negotiations finish. Additional coaches and advisers could be added to the payment list as a...
Pat and Lowell Ahrendt (front row center), Rock County’s 2015 Farm Family of the Year, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their six children earlier this year. Pictured in front from left are Melissa, Pat, Lowell, Lisa DeBoer, (back) Jeff, Michelle, Troy and Brad.
Luverne’s Lowell and Pat Ahrendt will be honored the next two weeks as Rock County’s 2015 Farm Family of the Year. They'll first be recognized at the Rock County Fair and later by the University of Minnesota. The Ahrendts are among 80 farm families throughout the state chosen by local Extension...
An Albert Lea semi-trailer business owner, Darv Habben, recently purchased the 3-acre parcel south of I-90 on the east side of Highway 75 from Greg Gabrielson, who used to operate turkey barns there. The city will provide up to $50,000 for demolition and site preparation to develop the property,...
Atlas of Rock County Director Vicki Altena (left) and Redeemed Remnants thrift store manager Jeane Leslie man the oversized scissors at Thursday morning's ribbon cutting in their new store on East Main Street. ATLAS purchased the former Computer Tutors building and accepts donations of gently used...
Subcontractors working with Design Craft, Luverne, work to remodel the former Lewis Family Drug building off of Each Main Street for the Southwestern Mental Health Center, which purchased the building in 2013. Staff will move in in October.
Remodel work continues this summer on the former Lewis Drug building on East Main Street in Luverne. Southwestern Mental Health Center purchased the building in September 2013 for the purpose of expanding its operations from the current location on Luverne Street south of the courthouse. According...
Craig Oftedahl, who began duties as superintendent of Luverne Schools July 1, gives his first report to Luverne School Board members Tuesday, July 21, at the District Office meeting room.
Luverne’s Board of Education conducted its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year Tuesday night, July 21. It was also the first meeting with new superintendent Craig Oftedahl in attendance. Since his start on July 1, Oftedahl said his welcome in Luverne has been a warm one as he and his family...
Theresa Latten, organizer of Bars and Banana Seats is pictured with her bike, “Big Blue,” Friday in her Luverne backyard. The bike is a Huffy Beach Cruiser that she accessorized with a custom color wicker basket and a vintage pedal-powered teardrop headlamp from the 1980s. Latten is also a member of Bottoms Up Pink Ladies, and proceeds from the Aug. 8 ride will benefit the group, which supports people with cancer and their families.
What do darts, bananas, bicycles and pink flamingos all have in common? Luverne’s Theresa Latten is at the center of them all, coordinating next week’s Bars and Banana Seats bike ride, which benefits Bottoms Up Pink Ladies. Bars and Banana Seats is a local bike ride organized just for fun. This...

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