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  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 17, 2024
    Rock County joins 26 other Minnesota counties with at least one known rabies diagnosis in the past year. A pregnant cow tested positive for rabies on March 20 after a local veterinarian suspected the cow was infected with the virus, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. On March 14 a livestock farmer contacted the veterinarian after observing that one of his late-term pregnant cows…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 17, 2024
    At their April 9 meeting, Luverne City Council members approved emergency services contracts with the townships of Clinton, Kanaranzi, Luverne, Magnolia, Mound and Springwater. The signed contracts have been received from the area townships that are included in the Emergency Services Contract with the Luverne Fire Department. The new contract sets the fee for 2024 at $616.18 per section for a…
  • April 17, 2024
    Prairie Rose Minnesota Community Fund grants and scholarships of more than $39,000 were awarded from 2024 disbursements from the Enel Co. $40,000 annual contribution. The Community Fund board of directors met recently to conduct the annual disbursement of student scholarships and organization grants. Five scholarships totaling $4,250 were awarded to area students. Recipients were Madison Purdin…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 17, 2024
    A weather-event damaged house was razed by the city of Hardwick after the home owner failed to comply with the city’s nuisance ordinance. Homeowner Nicole Halverson was issued a raze order in October 2023 to made the necessary repairs at 207 First St. East within 45 days. Six months after issuing the order, the single-story home was demolished Monday per the city’s order and the lot leveled.…
  • April 17, 2024
    Seniors: Grace Anderson, Lanae Elbers, Sylvia Fick, Alexis Gardner Swenson, Madison Gaugler, Taylor Gehrke, Kyler Hartz, Aiden Kerkhove-Brandt, Sadie Kessler, Tahliya Kruger, Ty Leuthold, Joshua Lohr, Brynn Rauk, Justin Roelfs, Larissa Steinhoff, Avril Susie, Logan Susie, Riley Tatge, Joylynn Taubert. Juniors: Beau Bakken, Gracie Fagerness, Jackson Gacke, Lukas Hubbard, Blake Leenderts, Michael…
  • April 17, 2024
    Luverne A Honor Roll 3rd Quarter Seniors: Morgan Ahrendt, Tyler Arends, Tucker Banck, Alexsis Berg, Kayla Bloemendaal, Hailey Boll, Abby Boltjes, Kai Buss, Cassandra Chesley, Jenna DeBates, Gavin DeBeer, Elliot Domagala, Kenedee Franken, Elle Halverson, Henry Hartquist, Roselynn Hartshorn, Uriel Hernandez, Julia Hoogland, Kira John, Patrick Kroski, Emma Lusty, Jacob Madison, Rayann Remme, Tyler…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 17, 2024
    Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) hosted a “Pages by the Poolside” event last week in celebration of two milestones. Luverne ECFE is celebrating its 45-year anniversary, having begun in 1979, and April 8-12 was Week of the Young Child. This year is also the 50th anniversary for the Minnesota ECFE program. “Pages by the Poolside” invited children ages 0-5 to listen to stories read by the…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 17, 2024
    Sophomores Jessika Tunnissen and Tyler Hodge will represent Luverne High School at this week’s Minnesota State Class A Speech Tournament. The two qualified Saturday by placing second in their respective categories at the Region 3A tournament Saturday in Redwood Falls. Junior William Johnson placed fourth in original oratory, just out of the qualifications for advancing to the state competition…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 10, 2024
    Twenty-three of the best spellers in southwest Minnesota participated Saturday morning in the 2024 SW MN Spelling Bee hosted at the Luverne Middle School. Students in fifth- and/or sixth-grade from Luverne, Hills-Beaver Creek, Adrian, Worthington and Westbrook-Walnut Grove competed in the annual event. Luverne sixth-grader Cooper Thone claimed the individual spelling bee title. He is the son of…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 10, 2024
    The Rock County History Center’s construction project is complete, and staff and volunteers are hosting a celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18. “It’s just beautiful,” said History Center Director Wendel Buys, who said the need for storage prompted the project. “There’s been so much stuff and not enough storage.” Earlier this year, a grant-funded assessment of the History Center…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 10, 2024
    Palisade Lutheran Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary Sunday, April 14, at the corner of Minnesota Highway 23 and 121st Street (County Road 5). The Bishop Rev. Constanze Hagmaier will lead the 10 a.m. worship, and a catered meal will follow. Congregation members are hosting the event, and many of them collaborated on a history book of their shared memories. For example, Sara (Bakken)…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 10, 2024
    The Child’s Remembrance Garden in Luverne was established in 2022 to comfort families grieving the death of a child. And while it continues to meet that need, the garden also serves a broader purpose in the community for all visitors. It features walking paths, a pergola and a prayer wall of Sioux quartzite boulders where trinkets and notes can be placed. The garden is located in the northwest…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 10, 2024
    A concerted effort began in December to close gaps in accessing affordable mental health care. Angela Nolz, integrative health therapist at Sanford Luverne Clinic, and Erica Hough, director of Luverne Counseling, addressed the Rock County Board April 2. Specifically, they sought support for the Rock County Mental Health G.A.P. Fund (grant assistance program.) “Our goal is to empower Rock…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 10, 2024
    Local businesses are collaborating on a Spring Marketplace shopping experience April 18-20 in Luverne. Nearly 20 businesses, ranging from art and retail to hardware and restaurants, will offer deals and giveaways for the collective shopping experience in Luverne. “It’s a starting point for businesses to start working together,” said Chamber Board President Tony Schomacker. “Together with this…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 10, 2024
    An estimated 500 large round hay and cornstalk bales were lost to fire Saturday afternoon, April 6, according to Luverne Fire Department Chief Dave Van Batavia. The Luverne department was paged at 2:33 p.m. to the Greg Brandt farm at 1227 110th Ave. in Luverne Township. No people or livestock were injured or lost. The large cattle shed sustained minimal damage. When firefighters arrived at…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 10, 2024
    Luverne Fire Department and local first responders were called to a house fire at 203 Cottage Grove Ave. in Luverne around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Julia Christensen called 911 to report a fire in the kitchen of the home, and when firefighters arrived, she and two others and a dog were safely outside waiting for them. According to information from the fire department, the fire started on the…
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