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  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 10, 2024
    Rock County Commissioners approved pay increases for elected employees at the last meeting of 2023 on Dec. 26. The increases took effect Jan. 1. Salaries for elected commissioners Sherri Thompson, Gary Overgaard, Jody Reisch, Greg Burger and Stan Williamson increase 5 percent from the current $21,733 to $22,820. Commissioners also approved three-year employment contracts for county…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 10, 2024
    City of Luverne union employees are in their second year of a three-year contract, which calls for a 3.5-percent increase in 2024 and a 3.5-percent increase in 2025. At their year-end meeting in December, council members acted on finance resolutions that included other wage adjustments for 2024. The city’s non-union, administrative and department heads will also receive 3.5-percent salary…
  • January 10, 2024
    Minnesota state parks will host candlelight events across the state this winter, including one at Blue Mounds State Park on Saturday, Jan. 27. Drop by any time between 5:30 and 8 p.m. for hiking among candles in the snow as stars twinkle overhead. “Candlelight events are a magical way to experience parks and trails,” said Ann Pierce, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “On a cold…
  • January 10, 2024
    The Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne joins the Fergus Falls veterans home to be honored as “Best Nursing Homes” for 2024, according to U.S. News and World Report magazine. U.S. News evaluated over 15,000 nursing homes nationwide for the research, and only 19 percent of U.S. skilled nursing facilities earned the “Best Nursing Home” designation this year. U.S. News long-term care ratings…
  • January 10, 2024
    Little Arabella Brown arrived on Jan. 3 as Sanford Luverne’s New Year Baby 2024. She was delivered by Dr. Nicole Woodley to parents Zoey Logan and Cody Brown, Slayton, weighing in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and measuring 19.5 inches long.
  • January 10, 2024
    A friendly competition of the Luverne EMS, the Luverne Fire Department and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office will bolster the blood supply at Sanford Luverne. Donors are encouraged to designate their blood donation in honor of the department of their choice. The department with the most donations will receive the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year. The blood drive event hours will…
  • January 10, 2024
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Monday, Jan. 15. With this year’s unusual weather, it’s good to know there are many winter park activities that don't require snow or ice, such as birding, winter hiking, nature photography, and having a campfire with hot chocolate and s’mores. And, if sufficient snow…
  • January 10, 2024
    The Luverne High School mock trial team put in a little practice Thursday night, Jan. 4, in the school’s media center. Team members’ family and friends were invited to view the prosecution and defense teams take on one another in a practice prior to this week’s opening of the mock trial season. Coach Zoe DeBates explained busy schedules prevented a full team practice and she organized family…
  • January 03, 2024
    Nearly 60 people hiked along with Blue Mounds State Park naturalist Tiffany Mueller for the First Day Hike hosted in part by Friends of the Blue Mounds State Park Monday afternoon, Jan. 1. Mueller pointed out unique park features such as the Sioux quartzite boulders and the fact that the ancient red rocks somehow give the park a bluish hue from a distance. She also said science has proven that…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 03, 2024
    Meeting with a children’s counselor can be more like a play date than a therapy session with Maria Aguirre, who recently joined Luverne Counseling. Aguirre, the only registered play therapist and bilingual counselor in Rock County, brings a new combination of skills to the local practice, according to Luverne Counseling director Erica Hough. “Having a counselor with Maria’s diverse skillset is…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 03, 2024
    Community members are mourning the loss of longtime businessman and volunteer George A. Bonnema, who died at age 74 on Dec. 26. His obituary (see page 7) lists personal and professional landmarks, but he will be best remembered for his untold, unpaid contributions to the community. George and Corrine came to Luverne in 1974 when they purchased Luverne Flowers and turned it into a thriving…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 03, 2024
    Barb Verhey looked away from the book shelves Friday afternoon, shaking her head, resisting the urge to straighten the crooked spines. Instead, she took the advice printed on the cookies served at her retirement party: “Retired – It’s your problem now.” Verhey, the assistant librarian at the Rock County Community Library in Luverne, officially retired Dec. 29, after assisting local children and…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 03, 2024
    The newest deputy at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office is embarking on a career path he started 25 years ago. Troy Wenzel was sworn in by Sheriff Evan Verbrugge on Dec. 26 in front of Rock County commissioners. Wenzel is the fourth deputy hired by Verbrugge in the past year. “I finally came upon someone who’s actually close to my age to hire, not someone just out of high school or college,”…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 03, 2024
    The Rock County Board will conduct a public hearing to change the county’s tobacco sales and use ordinance involving setback requirements between permitted businesses. Kwik Trip is set to open on South Highway 75 in Luverne next month and is requesting a change in the county’s 2,000-foot setback requirement. Chief Operating Officer Thomas Reinhart emailed County Administrator Kyle Oldre Dec. 22…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 03, 2024
    Rock County’s levy will increase 3.6 percent for taxes payable in 2024, according to action taken at the Dec. 26 Rock County Board meeting. Commissioners set the levy at just over $7 million, which is $245,910 more than what was levied for 2023. The county plans to spend just over $15 million in 2024. Increases in state aid allow the county to complete several building improvements.…
  • January 03, 2024
    Taking proactive measures now can help young yard trees survive winter weather conditions and hungry wildlife, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Yard trees provide countless benefits to our environment and our well-being. They help clean our air, reduce our electric bills and enhance our surroundings, to name a few,” said Nikki Henger, the DNR’s Forestry Division…
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