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  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 07, 2015
    A Worthington man is facing burglary charges for stealing fuel and other items from the Luverne Municipal Airport this summer. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Rock County District Court, 54-year-old Bradley Daniel John was allegedly recorded on security surveillance at the airport on several occasions in August. The complaint states that on Aug. 20 airport manager…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    September 07, 2015
    Little by little, the orange cones are disappearing on Highway 75 in Luverne as the 2015 construction season comes to a close. Sidewalk crews have been working in earnest to catch up with last week’s surface work. A final step in the project will be to restripe the highway from four lanes to three all the way through town, from the hospital to I-90. That is slated to begin Sept. 21. The $2.7…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 07, 2015
    The Rock County Historical Society will conduct its annual meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15. As part of its agenda, it will elect four of the 12 board members with expiring three-year terms. “We all agreed to run,” said Historical Society President Betty Mann, whose term is expiring along with Jane Lanphere, Merlyn Lopau and Ron Feucht. “My intention was to retire, but I will take another three-year…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    September 07, 2015
    Each spring the Tri-State Band Festival Committee partners with the Luverne High School graphic and fine arts departments to develop designs for its annual band festival button. The purchase of the button allows admittance into the festival’s afternoon field competition event on Sept. 26. This year’s design winner is Akseli Hatakka, Luverne High School’s 2014-2015 exchange student. The Helsinki,…
  • August 31, 2015
    Baby Kallista Van Grootheest was born Aug. 5 to Matthew and Katie (Ailts) Van Grootheest. She’s pictured in the arms of her great-great-grandfather Virgil Staeffler. Her great-great grandmother was the late Marjorie Staeffler. Her great-grandparents are Geraldine (Staeffler) and Jim Haraldson, and her grandparents are Maryln (Haraldson) and Mike Van Grootheest. The Staeffler generation members…
  • August 31, 2015
    Lewis & Clark Rural Water System hosted members of the House Capital Investment Committee for a construction tour Thursday, Aug. 27. Rep. Joe Schomacker, who is not a member of the committee, joined his colleagues. Bonding bill requests go through this committee and their counterpart committee in the Senate. The group toured construction of the 24-inch pipe south of Luverne, as well as the…
  • August 31, 2015
    Van Aartsen Construction began work removing the old façade on the Main Street Financial offices on East Main Street in Luverne. Darrel Van Aartsen (left) and his son Mark remove the wood covering the historical buildings on Friday, Aug. 14. Six days earlier, the two removed the brick. The estimated $45,000 project received $31,000 in grant and loan funding through the Luverne Historical Façade…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 31, 2015
    The quiet neighborhood at the base of the Blue Mounds State Park was a busy place Monday when the Luverne Fire Department exercised a controlled burn on the house next to the quarry parking lot. The training, which began at 6 p.m. and continued after 10 p.m., allowed seven teams of firefighters to practice fighting house fires. It meant the house was ignited and extinguished several times…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 31, 2015
    The Luverne Fire Department has added a key piece of equipment to its firefighting fleet. Fire Chief Dave Van Batavia requested the Luverne City Council approve the purchase of a newer platform truck to replace the 1985 unit currently in use. Van Batavia said the current 30-year-old truck is becoming a liability because of its age and obsolete parts. He had located a 2010 truck in Trenton,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 31, 2015
    Luverne Middle School’s encore classes allow students to choose different exploratory classes that expand learning beyond the basic classroom lessons. In the past five years, the Legos Mindstorms class has become a student favorite. “It has been very popular and we offer it every quarter,” said Bill Thompson, the district’s graphic arts teacher. Legos Mindstorms combines skills in problem solving…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 31, 2015
    For the next 12 months, Allie Parkhurst will be embracing everything Minnesotan as she completes her director of Christian education internship with St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. “This is my first time living in Minnesota, though I am familiar with many different states,” she said. Her dad, Geoff, was in the U.S. Air Force (now retired) and moved his family frequently, including spending…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    August 31, 2015
    Hardwick’s search for a new rescue unit ended last week, thanks in part to a donation by a Lyons, Nebraska, woman. Two years ago, when Lorraine Glissman of Lyons died, her bequest fulfilled the Lyons Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s goal to upgrade its existing rescue unit with a new four-wheel-drive vehicle.  “She was grateful for what we gave to help her,” said Karolyn McElroy, rescue…
  • August 31, 2015
    Luverne Public Schools Flexible Learning Year Survey Results* Survey Question 1: I am completing this survey as a _____: (check one)                                                                                                                                              Responses                                                                              Luverne High School Freshman…
  • August 31, 2015
    Rock County Broadband Alliance broke ground Tuesday on a $14 million project to bring high speed Internet service to rural Rock County residents.  RCBA is a subsidiary of Alliance Communications Cooperative based in Garretson, South Dakota. The co-op received a $5 million state grant to expand its fiber-to-the-home service that served parts of western Rock County to the rest of the county. The…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 27, 2015
    Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota are patrolling extra hours for drunk driving enforcement from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7. Representatives from multiple agencies met at the I-90 state line rest area Friday for a kick-off event, which included an address by Brad Bigler, survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed his 5-month old son, Drake, in 2012. Bigler shared his powerful…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    August 24, 2015
    Luverne High School marching band members performed a test run for their 2015 season at Saturday night's home football game. According to director Richard Owen, the performance was rough around the edges, considering about 20 band members were out with the football team and the group hadn't practiced in a week. "If people can come and see a competition when we have everyone…
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