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  • March 20, 2024
    If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have until March 31, 2024, to change your plan. People with Medicare benefits through a Medicare Advantage Plan can make a one-time plan change from January 1 through March 31. People new to Medicare and who choose to get their Medicare benefits from a Medicare Advantage Plan can also access this enrollment period during the first three months after…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 20, 2024
    County commissioners approved expanding U of M Extension office support in order to grow the local 4-H program. The action at their March 5 meeting increases the current 32-hour office support position to 40 hours to assist the full-time so-to-be-hired 4-H youth development educator. This allows the Extension office to be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the absence of an…
  • March 13, 2024
    This year’s unseasonable warmth began over the weekend and continued into Monday as temperatures rose into the mid-70s. “It’s just a nice day to be out,” said Schomacker, who enjoyed the outdoors after work. High temperature records were broken Monday in Sioux Falls (80 degrees; old record of 75 was set in 2016) and in Pipestone (73 degrees; old record of 73, also in 2016.) However the lamb-like…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 13, 2024
    Improvements at Main Street and Highway 75 in Luverne are delayed a year, due additional infrastructure work planned for the project. The estimated $4.4 million project to widen the intersection for truck traffic and resurface Highway 75 to Veterans Drive was on next year’s schedule. Instead, it will be done in 2026 at a cost now estimated at $9.3 million. “This was a result of changing the…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 13, 2024
    Fifty years after the last Minneapolis Moline tractor rolled off the assembly line, enthusiasts of the prairie gold-colored machines are still celebrating its existence. On March 21-23, the Minneapolis Moline Collectors Club winter show will be in Luverne at Big Top Tents and Events on Hatting Street. On Thursday the group can choose from nine tours with local businesses and/or collectors.…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 13, 2024
    In five years the Luverne High School robotics team is starting to make an impact. The 39-member LHS team earned the 2024 Impact Award March 2 at the Lake Superior Regionals in Duluth. They competed in the FIRST FRC (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition). They are now qualified to compete at the FRC Worlds 2024 during the FIRST Championship in Houston…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 13, 2024
    Contractors submitted bids last week to renovate the former Total Card building into Luverne’s Kids Rock! Child Care Center. While the bids are still under review, members of Luverne Economic Development Authority discussed highlights of the $6.4 million project at their Monday meeting. EDA director Holly Sammons said the project attracted competitive bids on most of the trade packages, which…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 13, 2024
    A group of sincere and motivated women gathered in Grace Lutheran Church fellowship hall Monday evening to talk about mental health in Rock County. The event was hosted by the Women’s Giving Circle, a charitable group started last year under the umbrella of the Luverne Area Community Foundation. Its members, now numbering more than three dozen, seek to “support, educate, empower, and celebrate…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 13, 2024
    As part of their budget process for 2024, Hills City Council members approved salaries and compensation for elected officials and staff. Mayor Keith Elbers draws an annual salary of $2,500 and City Council members receive $1,300. Council members include Cory Metzger, Vickie Busswitz, Ross Metzger and Alan Leenderts. City Public Works Supervisor Dustin Verhey is full-time and receives $26.30…
  • March 13, 2024
    U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar received the 2024 Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Legion for her leadership on a range of issues championed by the organization. She was honored for the following: •her work ensuring Department of Veterans Affairs benefits include comprehensive care for veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. •supporting the Afghan…
  • March 13, 2024
    Bill Stegemann (right) of CenterPoint Energy presents a $500 Give Grant check to Blue Mound Area Theatre Board President Dave Vis last week at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. The CenterPoint Energy donation was made possible by Stegemann’s volunteer hours with BMAT, where he also serves as board member. Pictured behind Stegemann and Vis are (from left) Molly Carbonneau, Shawn Kinsinger, Dianne…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 13, 2024
    Another lot has been sold in the Walnut Subdivision, this time to a local couple for art and storage uses, according to action at Monday’s meeting of the Luverne Economic Development Authority. Phil and Louella Voigt purchased a small triangle-shaped lot at 805 Walnut Service Drive for the purpose of constructing an L-shaped multi-use building for a workshop and storage rental space. This was…
  • March 13, 2024
    Seventeen bands and choirs from southwest Minnesota converge in Luverne Tuesday for the Minnesota State High School League Section 3A Subsection 10 Large Group Contest. Nine choirs and eight bands performed in front of three judges where the groups were evaluated on intonation, balance and musicianship. Each receives a score — superior, excellent, good or fair — from each judge. Participating…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 06, 2024
    A déjà vu feeling will be prevalent when the Green Earth Players take the stage for their spring production, “Alice, Back to Wonderland.” The public has seven opportunities to attend the production: Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, and Thursday-Sunday, March 21-24, at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. The musical expands the adventures from last year’s production, “Alice in Wonderland,” an adaptation…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 06, 2024
    The Hillcrest Motel in Luverne will operate as a small apartment complex after City Council members last week granted a conditional use permit for the property’s new owners. Wendy Felt and Jesse Bartholmey, Worthington, recently purchased the property and will transition the 16 units into residential apartments. They approached the city planning commission on Feb. 15 to request a conditional…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 06, 2024
    The adage, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a day” held true last week when Rock County experienced the season’s warmest and coldest temperatures within days. National Weather Service technician Tim Masters, Sioux Falls, said temperatures in southwest Minnesota were within a few degrees of Sioux Falls where several records were tied or broken. On Monday, Feb. 26, the all-time February…
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