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  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 29, 2024
    Trenton Bass, Hills, will speak publicly for the first time in his home community since his 2017 football injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The free event, “Faith, Friendship and Community in Confronting Adversity,” will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the Hills-Beaver Creek High School gymnasium in Hills. “I feel like it has been long enough since I last addressed my home…
  • May 29, 2024
    The annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony took place Monday morning at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne, organized by the Luverne American Legion Del Hogan Post 123 and auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars members. Friends and members of military loved ones gathered for the hour-long program to remember and honor those who died in order for the U.S. to retain the freedom for all its…
  • May 29, 2024
    After commencement practice Thursday morning, May 23, the Class of 2024 students took a final walk around the school campus where they received cheers, claps and high fives from the kindergarten through eleventh-grade students and staff who lined the halls from the elementary through the middle-high school. The Grad Walk tradition also provides role models for the younger students to follow in…
  • May 29, 2024
    Luverne High School junior Sage Viessman will attend the American Legion Boys State as the Rock County representative. Sage, the son of Scott and Tricia Viessman of Luverne, is sponsored by the Hardwick American Legion Post 478. The primary purpose of the program, open to high school juniors, is to teach how government works, according to the organization’s website. Participants also work on…
  • May 29, 2024
    Memorial Day weekend represents the traditional start of the recreational boating season, when water recreation enthusiasts of all types join the anglers, paddlers and others who’ve been on the water now for weeks. All users have a role in keeping Minnesota’s lakes and rivers safe, said Lt. Eric Sullivan, supervisor of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division’s newly…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    Excavation began last week at the site of the new Hills-Beaver Creek elementary school building in Beaver Creek. Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg, Minnesota, began preparing the 14.45-acre site on the east side of Beaver Creek for the 57,400-square-foot school. The school will house preschool through fifth-grade students along with a day care. Dirt work began a month later than planned due to the…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 22, 2024
    Four local brain health professionals recently completed training to lead a Suicide Loss Survivor Support Group in Luverne. Group facilitators are Angela Nolz, Jennifer Stratton, Sherri Smith and Skie Peltier-Anderson who will take turns leading the meetings. “It’s about getting together with others who have had the same experience,” said Stratton, clinical counselor and chemical dependency…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    For the second year in a row, three sets of twins will graduate from Luverne High School during commencement this weekend. Samuel and Izabel Honerman, Jack and Josie Voorhees and Will and Tori Serie have been together since fifth grade when the Voorhees twins moved to Luverne from Adrian. The students admit they are different from their predecessors. “I feel with the identical twins — like…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    Students in Dylan Gehrke’s fifth grade class Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary learned about compromise before showing off their businesses at the annual Entrepreneur Fair May 10. Most of Gehrke’s 28 students were encouraged to developed a business plan in pairs or small groups. “Compromising is one of the biggest things during this activity for our groups with multiple people,” he said. “They have…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    State public utility commissioners granted approval for the proposed 1,500-acre Elk Creek Solar Farm to be constructed north of Magnolia. In a press release dated Friday, May 17, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued the certificate of need to National Grid Renewables (NGR) of Bloomington for the 160 megawatt (MW) solar farm to be built in portions of Magnolia and Vienna…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 22, 2024
    The May 14 Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting in Luverne drew several property owners questioning valuations of their property. County Assessor Rachel Jacobs answered questions, and she and her staff agreed to visit some properties for possible adjustments. Mostly though, the evening was a lesson in the difference between property valuations and property taxes and what drives valuations…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    If permitted by the State of Minnesota, a digital sign may be erected this fall on the east edge of Hills along Highway 270. Jeremy Josephson, owner of Ace Signs of Sioux Falls, presented a drawing of a possible Daktronics-made sign to city council members May 14. However, setback requirements along the state highway may prevent the electronic sign from being erected. The sign’s proposed…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    The fifth positive rabies case in cattle in Minnesota occurred in Rock County, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed May 1. “The Rock County cow marks the fifth positive cattle case in Minnesota within the past 12 months,” the May 14 press release stated, “and one of four involving skunks either seen or smelled on the property.” The local cattle producer noticed one of his cows holding…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 22, 2024
    Luverne’s Kids Rock! Child Care Center has been awarded a $250,000 grant through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Luverne’s facility, scheduled to open next spring, is among more than 20 organizations to receive grant funding to expand child care access statewide. Governor Tim Walz last week announced $6.2 million in Child Care Economic Development Grants…
  • May 22, 2024
    Haburn from Osakis, Minnesota, attended Alexandria Technical and Community College for machining and engineering. He returned 10 years later for his law enforcement degree. Haburn and his wife, Peyton (Arends), a 2011 Luverne High School graduate, live in Beaver Creek. Haburn joined the Rock County Sheriff’s Office in February and recently began patrol duties.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    May 22, 2024
    Members of the Luverne High School FFA Chapter recently conducted their 2023-24 awards banquet this spring in the school commons. FFA is an inter-curricular program and originated as an internal part of high school agricultural education. FFA activities encourage members to learn through hands-on experience, meeting transactions, public speaking, problem solving and taking a role in civic…
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