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  • By Lori Sorenson
    February 07, 2024
    The Walgrave family had fun this week with the empty concrete base that will support the World’s Largest Nutcracker when it arrives this summer. The 8-foot-tall concrete base currently holds a 40-foot-tall post that will eventually support the 65-foot-tall nutcracker on South Highway 75 near I-90. It has been a source of both praise and controversy in the Luverne community. The Walgraves and…
  • December 06, 2023
    Construction has started on Luverne’s giant nutcracker, and our social media announcement stirred a long string of comments, both positive and negative. As is the case with many community developments, some will support new initiatives, some will voice sincere reservations, and others are never happy. We welcome all kinds of feedback, but we can’t abide personal attacks, expletives and…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    November 29, 2023
    Workers broke ground Monday morning on the site of a future 73-foot-tall nutcracker that will be “the world’s tallest nutcracker” on South Highway 75 in Luverne. It will be funded by Just For Nuts Inc., a Luverne private nonprofit that has drawn more than $200,000 in local donations and $50,000 from the Blandin Foundation. Structurally, the 65-foot-tall nutcracker will stand on an 8-foot-tall…
  • September 13, 2023
    Lush green grass suddenly appeared on the boulevard of the parking lot on West Main Street near the library last week. The installation of sod, Sioux quartzite boulders and landscape vegetation is part of the city’s overall aesthetic improvements of downtown corners and streetscapes. The new greenspace also houses one of six artist-created 7-foot-tall nutcrackers in downtown Luverne. This one was…
  • By Brenda Winter, columnist
    April 04, 2023
    Like most of you, I have an opinion about the proposed 75-foot-tall plastic nutcracker intended to enhance tourism by drawing travelers off I-90. My opinion is, “Not in my back yard!” However, I live on the north end of Luverne and the nutcracker will be on the south end of Luverne, so it won’t be in my backyard. Therefore, I’m good with the whole plan. I’ve learned a great coping skill from my…
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