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  • June 19, 2024
    Sue Ellen Krick was born Dec. 30, 1958, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She was called home unexpectedly at age 65 in her sleep at her Tampa, Florida, home June 4, 2024. In Los Angeles in 2001 she married Omar Olson, formerly of Luverne, Minnesota. The couple were married over 23 years. They had hoped to retire year-round to the Luverne area but for Sue Ellen’s asthma preventing the move.  Her…
  • June 19, 2024
    Audrey Lucille DePauw, age 95, of Luverne, died Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills. Audrey was born April 5, 1929, in Chester, South Dakota, to Richard and Eunice (Farrand) Jones. Audrey married Lorain DePauw on April 5, 1947, in Luverne. After their marriage, the couple lived in Luverne. Audrey worked as a cook at the Luverne Elementary School for over twenty years…
  • By Pastor Andrew Palmquist, Bethany Lutheran Church, Luverne
    June 19, 2024
    I suppose you might call it faith if you believe in the sun, even on a cloudy day. We probably all have that kind of faith. There are places where it might cloud over for weeks at a time. It’s easy to get discouraged by the gray sky. Yet, even in cloudy weather we know the sun is still up there. It’s still providing heat and light. It’s still making life possible. What happens if our life…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    June 19, 2024
    The Luverne Redbirds beat Worthington 8-1 on the road Wednesday, June 12, got by Windom 4-1 on the road Friday, June 14, and blanked Pipestone 12-0 at home on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, to improve their season record to 9-1. The Redbirds are scheduled to play two games on the road next week. Luverne travels to Litchfield Saturday, June 22, and will host Heron Lake Wednesday, June 26.  …
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    June 19, 2024
    The Luverne Sr. Legion baseball team beat Heron Lake-Okabena 9-2 Thursday, June 13, on the road. Stats and scoring were not available at the time of this publication. Luverne’s game against Minneota at home Monday, June 17, was canceled due to rain. The Senior Legion is scheduled to travel to Worthington Thursday, June 20, and will host Pipestone at home Monday, June 24.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 12, 2024
    For eight months, world-renowned wildlife photographer and Luverne native Jim Brandenburg coordinated the finding and restoration of a 1942 military Ford GPW jeep used 80 years ago in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. In September he will formally gift the rare military relic to Luverne for appearances at community celebrations. “Jeeps are special to me, and Luverne has…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 12, 2024
    A group of worshippers gathered atop the Blue Mounds State Park Saturday evening for a modern-day version of Christ’s “Sermon on the Mount.” The Rev. Steven Voris of Luverne’s First Presbyterian Church delivered the sermon to a small gathering at Eagle Rock, formerly the state park interpretive center. “Standing on the Blue Mounds, we can see for miles and miles,” he said. “Jesus wants us to…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 12, 2024
    Pat Baustian will face two challengers in his bid for re-election as Luverne mayor after Isaac DeBoer and Willy Baker also filed for election to the office of mayor. Dan Nath will also face two challengers for his North Ward seat on the Luverne City Council when he seeks election to a third term. Josh Gangestad and Kenny Rolling also filed for election to the seat. City council member Scott…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 12, 2024
    U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar toured the child care center under construction in Luverne Monday morning along with local leaders and a delegation from the USDA, which provided grant funding for the renovation. The $7.2 million project will renovate the former Total Card Inc. office building (originally Tri-State Insurance) into the Kids Rock! Child Care Center set to open in 2025. Klobuchar’s visit…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 12, 2024
    Dozens of community events and activities are again planned at the Plaza on Main this summer.  They’re organized by the Luverne Initiatives for Tomorrow (LIFT) Plaza Committee with the support of local businesses and organizations.  The Plaza is located at the corner of Main Street and McKenzie Street in downtown Luverne.  Events range from bingo and other games, concerts, story time for kids…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 12, 2024
    Residents of Rock County gathered at the History Center in Luverne Thursday evening, June 6, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that began the liberation of France and turned the tide of World War II. The program, co-hosted by History Center director Wendel Buys and Chamber director Jane Lanphere, included a slide presentation, video clips, a time of remembrance and…
  • June 12, 2024
    In the story “Luverne School District ‘at-will’ staff get salary increases, industrial arts teacher Darrel Van Aartsen’s two-year contract increases his salary to $171.85 for four hours of industrial arts instruction. He will receive an increase to $62 per hour as the afternoon vocational class instructor. Van Aartsen’s contract is a combination of a salary rate for classroom duties and an…
  • June 12, 2024
    Michael “Mike” Leonard Kochel was born on October 5, 1948, to Francis and June (Dwyer) Kochel in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Mike grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his siblings, Leroy, Margaret and Tom. He graduated high school in 1966 and later graduated from vocational school in 1968. Shortly thereafter, Mike met Bonnie.  Mike and Bonnie were a match from the start. After only a few dates,…
  • June 12, 2024
    Vonda Kaye Nibbelink was born on December 31, 1968, to Wendale and Lavonne (Peters) Vander Broek in Slayton, Minnesota, and was raised in Chandler, Minnesota. As an infant, she was baptized at Chandler Christian Reformed Church where she later professed her faith. Growing up, Vonda excelled in softball, basketball, volleyball and track. She also enjoyed family camping at Lake Shetek and…
  • June 12, 2024
    Audrey DePauw, age 95, of Luverne, died Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills. Arrangements are pending with Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne.
  • By Rev. Dr. Phil Booe, St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne
    June 12, 2024
    Family is one of God's first and greatest gifts. From the beginning, God created the family as the foundation of human society. He gave us husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and brothers and sisters. In the family we find love, support and a sense of belonging. It is within the family that we first experience unconditional love and learn to love others in return. The family is a…
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