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  • February 28, 2024
    Shirley Top with Kozlowski Insurance Agency and Financial Services Inc. of Luverne has recently been recognized as a top-producing crop insurance agent for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company. FMH recognizes the top-producing agents in total premium written each year. Top has been recognized as placing 47th in the company's Top 50 Agents in Private Crop Insurance Premium list for 2023. In…
  • January 17, 2024
    Hills-Beaver Creek graduate Jax Wysong was selected for a Future Innovator of America Fellowship at South Dakota State University, Brookings. He was among seven students in the SDSU College of Engineering selected for fellowships in the various engineering departments. Wysong, a senior physics major, will work under associate professor Jung-Han Kimn to investigate “ghosts” in computational…
  • January 10, 2024
    DSU announces honors students Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota, has released the Fall 2023 President’s Honors List. Named to the list are full-time students Ashlyn Johnson, Ethan Teunissen and Cade Wenninger, Luverne, and Brianna Jonas, Kenneth. To be eligible for the list, full-time students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • December 06, 2023
    Pfarr named First Farmers and Merchants Bank charter president Brian Pfarr, currently President of First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Le Sueur Branch, has been promoted to the position of Charter President and Chief Executive Officer, First Farmers & Merchants National Bank, Luverne and Pipestone. He replaces Dave Thompson, Avoca, who resigned his position and has left the bank to pursue…
  • December 06, 2023
    Baustian receives military scholarship Luverne High School 2020 graduate Claire Baustian received a $5,000 Sanford Health Scholarship on Nov. 27 in St. Paul. Baustian, daughter of Pat and Katie Baustian, Luverne, was cited for her excellence in academics and range of extracurricular activities. For example, she’s a certified nursing assistant at the Minnesota Veterans Home and a C-130…
  • November 26, 2023
    Student ambassadors selected at Lake Area Technical College Lake Area Technical College recently named Ayden Bonnett of Magnolia as a 2023-2024 student ambassador in the environmental technology program. Student ambassadors are selected by their instructors to represent their program at campus events and activities throughout the year. Selection is based on academic ability, communication…
  • October 25, 2023
    Uithoven, Ahrens achieve wastewater certifications Aric Uithoven, senior water/wastewater operator and Joe Ahrens, a water/wastewater operator, both for the city of Luverne, recently achieved wastewater certifications through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Uithoven, employed by the city since 2012 and an operator since 2019, achieved Class B Wastewater Certification. Ahrens, employed…
  • October 18, 2023
    Tony and Wendy Gacke of Luverne and Brian and Sue Buettner of Clear Lake, Minnesota, announce the upcoming wedding of their children, Jonathan Gacke and Kendra Buettner. Kendra graduated from Becker High School, and from UMD and the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology and doctorate of pharmacy. She currently works as an MTM clinical pharmacist at Cuyuna…
  • September 27, 2023
    Bakken travels with Farm Bureau Federation to Washington, D.C. Rock County farmer Peter Bakken was among a delegation of members and leadership from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation who traveled to Washington, D.C., Sept. 11-13. Bakken is the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation District 3 director and former Rock County Farm Bureau president. He joined the group to share agriculture’s story…
  • September 13, 2023
    $500 classroom grant Luverne Public Schools teacher Angie Janiszeski is one of 10 recipients of Sioux Valley Energy’s C.L.A.S.S. (Cooperative Learning and Supplies Scholarship) grant. Nearly 400 teachers in the electric cooperative’s 10-district service area in South Dakota and southwest Minnesota applied for the grants. One teacher from each of the districts received a $500 grant. Janiszeski…
  • September 06, 2023
    Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has recognized Jeanne Vandehoef, Luverne, with the prestigious 2023 Spirit Award for her work with the organization. Vandehoef is senior cook at LSS Meals which serves local residents in Generations Event Center and through home-delivered meals. The Spirit Award honors LSS employees who demonstrate outstanding commitment and dedication to the vision and…
  • August 15, 2023
    Area students named to dean’s list at U of M The University of Minnesota Twin Cities released the Spring 2023 semester dean’s list. Named to the list from Luverne are  freshman Billi Connell, College of Education/Human Development; junior Solveig Tofteland, School of Nursing; and senior Jordan Winter, Carlson School of Management. To qualify, students must earn a 3.66 GPA or higher with at least…
  • August 01, 2023
    Walgrave earns master’s degree Michael Walgrave, Luverne, graduated following the Fall 2022 semester from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, with a Master of Science in Sustainable Management.   Baustian receives doctorate at U of W Madison Tanner Baustian, Luverne, earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Spring 2023 semester commencement at the University of…
  • July 25, 2023
    Anderson graduates from Arizona State Jadyn Anderson, Luverne, graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University, Tempe, on May 10 with a Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD) in architectural studies with minors in communications and sustainability. She also received the Moeur Honor Award for a 4.0 GPA.   Anderson receives scholarship The Boyd Midwest Family Private Foundation has awarded…
  • July 18, 2023
    LHS Student Council news Luverne High School incoming senior Henry Hartquist was elected president of the Southwest Division of the Minnesota Association of Student Councils (MASC) during the division assembly in April. Hartquist will lead the organization made up of 39 schools from across southwest Minnesota during the 2023-2024 school year. LHS Student Council adviser Jason Berghorst was also…
  • July 18, 2023
    Holthaus receives degree at St. Cloud State Grace Holthaus, Hills, graduated following the Spring 2023 semester at St. Cloud State University with a Master of Science in Communications Sciences and Disorders.   Huisman makes dean’s list at Bemidji State Anna Huisman, Luverne, was named to the Spring 2023 semester dean’s list at Bemidji State University. To be eligible, students must earn at least…
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