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  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 20, 2015
    Teachers and students at Luverne Public Schools will have another tool available for learning when school resumes next month. The well-known search engine for the Internet, Google Inc., has developed user-friendly applications for use in education. After piloting the network this spring, local school leaders decided to make the applications available to all staff and students. “Luverne has been…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 20, 2015
    Ten years ago on July 29, 2005, Sioux Valley Luverne Hospital opened its doors for its first official day of business in its new location on the north edge of Luverne. “Not only is it a beautiful building, but it’s a neat thing that the community would put their trust in us to build it,” Jerry Carl was quoted as saying in a Star Herald interview prior to the opening. “I think they will be pleased…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 20, 2015
    Luverne High School graduate Kat Dahl is experiencing first-hand the benefits of family practice medicine in a small rural community. The first-year medical school student at the University of Minnesota Duluth is in her second week of a two-week internship with her mother, Dr. Diane Kennedy, Luverne. “It’s been great to be back in Luverne for this experience,” said Dahl, a 2010 Luverne High…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 20, 2015
    The 2015 Rock County Fair is set to begin next week with 4-H judging starting on Monday, July 27, and shows opening Wednesday, July 30. Events and activities are set to continue through Saturday night, and Fair Board Secretary Lee Sells said this year’s event is shaping up to be a crowd pleaser. For one thing, he said there’s an extra grandstand event, the Rock County Speedway Races, which will…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 20, 2015
    For many of the 179 4-H’ers expected to exhibit at next week’s Rock County Fair, the experience is something they look forward to each year. For some 4-H’ers like 9-year-old Lanae Elbers of Steen, this year’s annual event will be the first time she’s old enough to be an exhibitor, earning premium monies from the Rock County Ag Society. Besides bringing a sewn pair of shorts, a cheese cake and a…
  • July 20, 2015
    Area youth learned a little more about living on a farm during Rock County 4-H’s “Ag is Everywhere” day camp conducted July 10 at the Rock County Fairgrounds in Luverne. With the help of seven youth ambassadors, 10 participants created corn sun catchers, played an ag jeopardy game and learned about animal care that included viewing various syringes and health care items. Activities included…
  • By Mavis Fodness, reporter
    July 20, 2015
    Four Luverne High Schools students and their advisor traveled to Washington, D.C., July 6-9 to attend the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) national leadership conference. Students Zoe Brown, Jenna Schelhaas, Mira Uithoven and Katerina Siebert, along with advisor Amy Cook, were among more than 8,000 members who attended the event. While at the conference, the students…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 16, 2015
    Nearly 15,000 free hot dogs were consumed Thursday night as part of Luverne's 53rd Annual Hot Dog Night. The event included the annual wiener dog beauty contest and wiener dog races, as well as the annual Wienerman Triathlon and all the festive live music, Spotlight Dancers, demonstrations and other special attractions.   WIENER DOG RACE 1st Place – Charlie Bob & Tammy Hassebroek, Rock…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 13, 2015
    Rock County Commissioners approved the expansion of a swine-finishing barn in Mound Township at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 16. Chad Hoff, Luverne, applied for a conditional use permit through the Rock County Land Management Office earlier this month. A public hearing was conducted Monday, June 15, by the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission, which recommended the permit’s…
  • July 13, 2015
    McKenzie Van Grootheest (left) and Anna Boltjes, who broke her leg earlier in the day sliding into third base, create their own shade Saturday, July 11, at the Dutch Festival girls’ softball tournament in Edgerton, where temperatures reached in the 90s. “She wanted to cheer on the team,” said mom, Marti Boltjes, after taking Anna to the emergency room in Luverne and then back to Edgerton. “They (…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 13, 2015
    A Cloquet man was seriously injured Wednesday, July 8, in a one-vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 90 east of Luverne. The driver, Emil H. Juntunen, 50, of Cloquet, was eastbound in a 1996 GMC Jimmy when he lost control and went into the ditch. He overcorrected in the ditch, resulting in the vehicle rolling multiple times before coming to rest on the driver’s side. The accident occurred at…
  • July 13, 2015
    Workers from Premier Systems Inc. of Sioux Falls work at shingling the roof of the 65,000-square-foot Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne last week. The project began June 29 and is expected to take about two weeks to complete, according to Veterans Home Administrator Luke Schryvers. Cost was contracted for just under $250,000 as part of the building’s general maintenance. Portions of the roof had…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 13, 2015
    The public is invited to join Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr on a 122-mile “prairie pedal” bicycle ride from Luverne to Marshall, July 29-31. The event is the first by the DNR commissioner for the area. Stops along the three-day ride will highlight some of the area’s outdoor recreational opportunities in southwest Minnesota. Total time to ride all three legs…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    July 13, 2015
    The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theater group, is in Luverne this week with its directors, set, lights, props and costumes. Nearly 60 young local actors and singers will take the stage this weekend to perform the musical, “Cinderella,” after rehearsing for only one week. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, July 17, and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 13, 2015
    The six-year wait for a renewed solid waste permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) may soon be over for Rock County. A letter dated June 23 from MPCA assistant commissioner Kirk Koudelka outlined a timeframe and a plan to expedite Rock County’s renewal of its demolition landfill. “Although your facility can still continue to operate under its existing permit until a new permit…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    July 13, 2015
    Each Minnesota community smaller than 5,000 residents will split $12.5 million for city street repairs, thanks to the Small Cities Assistance Bill passed during the recently completed Legislative session. The one-time funding is in lieu of a transportation bill that earmarks funds for road repairs in townships, cities larger than 5,000 residents, counties and state-aid highways. Cities with fewer…
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