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  • By Glenda McGaffee
    January 25, 2016
    A carbon monoxide detector is credited for saving a Hills family late in December. Melissa Gehrke and her daughters were sleeping in their home on East Second Street at 4 a.m. and Pete Gehrke was at work in Sioux Falls when the family’s carbon monoxide detector sounded off.  “When the first alarm sounded, I thought the battery was low so I grabbed the stepstool, took the top off and by that time…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 25, 2016
    The soft clinks of plastic tiles and the speaking of a few Chinese words will soon expand to living rooms throughout Rock County, thanks to the efforts of four local women. Carol McDonald, Lona Klosterbuer, Rhonna Jarchow and Shirley Klosterbuer will share their knowledge in an upcoming Luverne Community Education Class, “Why Play Mahjong?” McDonald, a member of the Community Education Advisory…
  • January 25, 2016
    NDSU issues fall semester dean’s list North Dakota State University, Fargo, has released the Fall 2015 dean’s list. To qualify, students must be enrolled in at least nine class credits and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0. Named to the dean’s list from Luverne are Paige Adams, nursing; Michael Graff, finance; Savanna Thielbar, women and gender studies; and Sydney Thielbar, accounting…
  • January 25, 2016
    Kevin and Kathy Jacobsma from Luverne Flowers and Greenhouse have recently been designated as FTD Master Florists, according to information released Friday by FTD. “This elite recognition is only available to top quality florists that are part of the 100-year-old FTD florist network,” said Kelly Turner of FTD, who added that only 15 percent of FTD member florists are qualified for the Master…
  • January 25, 2016
    Births A boy, Andrew William, weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce, was born Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, to Devon and Trina Fluit, Hardwick, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Grandparents are Bill and Tena Blom and Brent and Dorenda Fluit. Great-grandparents are Arie and Clazina Blom, Gary and Betty Vander Waal, Clarence and Joyce Fluit and Art and Alma den Hoed.   Bridal Showers An open house…
  • January 25, 2016
    With another tax season coming up quickly, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns taxpayers about tax-related identity theft, which occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a fraudulent tax return and claim your refund. Though this type of fraud is tough to prevent against – beyond taking steps to safeguard your personal information – BBB…
  • January 25, 2016
    The Hills-Beaver Creek Public School Education Foundation has been established to “enhance the educational experiences and opportunities for the students of Independent School District 671 and to facilitate greater student access to scholarships and higher education,” according to its mission statement. The foundation is organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 18, 2016
    Luverne Elementary fifth-graders had a lesson in graphic design Friday and now have the opportunity to compete in a T-shirt design contest for the upcoming Cardinal Dash 2016. The spring running event, in its second year, is a primary fundraiser for Parents Partners in Education. “After last year’s event, we thought of different ways to improve,” said PPIE President Anne Shelton. A T-shirt…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    January 18, 2016
    More than 20 years ago, Luverne’s Tammy Makram set out to find her birth family, turning to social media and genetic testing as ways to expand her search. Within the last four months, she’s found her parents, eight siblings and more cousins than she dreamed possible. Her renewed search began on Jan. 30, 2015, when she made a video for unsolved.com. In the 2-minute, 20-second YouTube video, Makram…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 18, 2016
    Paul Tweet, Kenneth, shot a 300-pound female black bear eight years ago in Canada, so what should he do with a 400-pound male he recently shot in northern Minnesota? “I’m still trying to decide,” Tweet said. “I could have a three-quarter mount (head and front legs) of him coming out of a wall, but then we wouldn’t be able to see his girth.” The bear’s girth measured 59 inches — nearly 5 feet…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    January 18, 2016
    Luverne High School will celebrate its first-ever Snow Week next week, complete with royalty, special dress-up days and a dance. “It’s something different to break up the long winter,” said Mark Lundgren, student council adviser. He said student leaders in grades 9-12 have taken the lead on ideas and planning for the event after meeting with student council members in Adrian, where Snow Week has…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    January 18, 2016
    Renovations inside the Rock County Historical Society’s new History Center have picked up pace after the holiday break and as temperatures rose into the 30s. James Arentson, the project’s architect, said improvements on the building’s 100-year-old roof were completed in November, and after breaking for the holidays, workers have turned their attention inside. “This is a stop and start process,”…
  • January 18, 2016
    David Hup and Billy Cowell have opened a RE/MAX Land and Home office in downtown Luverne at 117 E. Main Street. The business partners have experience in the community renovating local properties and buying, selling and renting area homes, and the RE/MAX office is their official foray into the real estate business as realtor/owners. RE/MAX Land and Home specializes in residential and commercial…
  • January 18, 2016
    In response to a Dec. 28 request from the South Korean Minister for Patriots and Veterans Affairs, the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center hosted a Korean War Veteran recognition event on Jan. 13. During the ceremony, the Honorable Sungchoon Park presented Ambassador Peace Medals and small token gifts of appreciation to hospitalized Korean War Veterans and several other veterans from southwestern…
  • January 18, 2016
    Land-applying livestock manure in winter requires much greater attention to locations and weather. The main concern comes from insufficient incorporation into the soil and runoff from frozen and snow-covered soil. For large livestock farms with state or federal operating permits (NPDES or SDS permits), land application of liquid manure is prohibited after Nov. 30 on frozen or snow-covered soils,…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    January 18, 2016
    Last year the Southwest Crisis Center helped more than 780 people cope with abusive relationships or situations. The Rock County office offered help in 73 cases representing at least one person, sometimes two, who reached out for assistance on a weekly basis. The numbers, however, represent only one-fourth of the people involved in domestic or sexual violence incidents whose victims seek…
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