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  • April 10, 2024
    Those wanting to grow and process hemp in Minnesota in 2024 must apply for a license with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) by April 30. To date, about 113 people have applied for an MDA license. A license from the MDA is required for individuals and businesses. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2024, and a license is valid for the 2024 calendar year. The application can…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 10, 2024
    Robotics team members financed their way to the FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC) Worlds April 2 when students hosted a community fundraiser. Fourteen of the team’s members greeted, talked and thanked those who attended for their financial support of the program. About $2,000 was raised from the Tuesday event, according to Luverne High School robotics coach Aaron Perkins. Team members needed to…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 10, 2024
    Six Luverne students moved on to section competition as medal winners from Section 3A Sub-Section 10 competition April 2 in Windom. Medal winners, their placings and category advancement included: •Jessica Tunnissen, first, informative speaking. •Tyler Hodge, second, discussion. •William Johnson, second, original oratory. •Bri Kinsinger, third, creative expression. •Makayla Oechsle, fourth…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 03, 2024
    Workers with G&D Viking Glass, Sioux Falls, showed up Tuesday morning at the historic Palace Theatre in Luverne to install a new street level entry. The work follows years of planning and design to make the 109-year-old doorway safer in winter months when snow and moisture cause the decorative tile to get slippery. The Palace at one time used removable doors in winter months to keep out…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 03, 2024
    City of Luverne and Rock County officials met March 27 with state and federal officials to restart the flood plain mapping process. The FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) topography maps are used by the federal flood insurance program and by communities for flood risk assessment. The mapping process started over a year ago, but stopped in February 2023, when local officials noticed the…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 03, 2024
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 03, 2024
    Members of the Denver Go-Getters 4-H Club hosted their first community Easter egg hunt Saturday as part of the club’s Community Pride project. Adult adviser Ashley Carlson said the 4-H’ers stepped forward when the local church group and Community Club opted not to host the Easter egg hunt this year. The 4-H’ers stepped in to fill 850 plastic eggs with candy and stickers and hid the eggs…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 03, 2024
    Construction will begin next week on the $7.2 million child care center in Luverne, and the Kids Rock! Inc. nonprofit board will soon hire an executive director to oversee licensure and facility startup. As that job description is finalized, Emily Crabtree said the board is looking for a “unicorn” to fill the important responsibilities the job requires. “The ‘unicorn’ would be able to do it all…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 03, 2024
    Council members in the cities of Rock County will decide in the next 60 days if they will join in a countywide recreational marijuana ordinance or if they will develop ordinances of their own. Commissioners agreed to give the city councils of Beaver Creek, Hills, Steen, Magnolia, Luverne, Kenneth and Hardwick until mid-May to decide to opt in or opt out of a countywide limitation. “Because any…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    April 03, 2024
    The 2024-25 school year at Luverne Public Schools will begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, and end 168 school days later on Wednesday, May 21, 2025. Luverne School Board members spent March 12 in a workshop discussing the 2024-25 school year, weighing pros and cons of three suggested calendars. Each option started and ended the school year on the same dates with different suggested dates for holidays and…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    April 03, 2024
    Luverne City Council members took action at their March 26 meeting to wrap up the Lopau Housing Addition project on the west edge of Luverne. The council approved the final payment of $89,517.54 to Henning Construction Inc. and signed the “Owner’s Acceptance of Contract Construction.” The project on north Walnut Avenue created a 24-lot residential development, including new streets, water,…
  • April 03, 2024
    Sanford Luverne Medical Center has been designated a Level 4 Trauma Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health. Employees voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. “When patients need trauma care, they need it quickly,” said Tammy Loosbrock, senior director for Sanford Health in Luverne. “Being located along…
  • April 03, 2024
    More than 1.4 million Minnesota taxpayers have already filed their taxes, and over 97,000 refunds have already been sent out. With over a million taxpayers expected to file between now and the April 15 filing deadline, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has some tips to make it easier for those who still need to file.   Ready to file: •E-file and choose direct deposit. Electronically filing…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 27, 2024
    Last week’s Farm Week at the Library culminated Friday with Story Time with Bronwyn Wenzel and special animal guests. Library patrons met Franklin (a donkey), Darla (a lamb) and Opal and Olive (chickens) Friday morning after guest farmer reader Tom Sandager shared the book, “Right This Very Minute,” a table-to-farm story about food and farming. Thursday evening’s Story Time featured local…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 27, 2024
    threw pies at high school students Friday morning in Beaver Creek after winning a “penny wars” fundraiser $459.68 to $314.47. The penny challenge followed H-BC High School’s suicide awareness campaign observing World Teen Mental Wellness Day on March 2. They sold T-shirts with the message, “The world is a better place with you in it,” and those proceeds, combined with penny wars competition,…
  • March 27, 2024
    Baking batches of cookies means a cookie exchange is imminent as sung by Luverne Elementary second-graders Friday afternoon in a production of “Cookies! The Musical!” in the performing arts center. Eighty students took to the stage under the direction of Beth Capistran and Morgan Van Holland. The sweet smell of cookies brought a group of puppies to the event, but they were easily distracted by…
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