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  • December 27, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •Land Management Office Engineering Technician Arlyn Gehrke told County Commissioners at their Dec. 16 meeting how the Pictometry service they purchased is being used in the county. Pictometry is the name of a patented aerial image capture process that produces imagery showing the fronts and sides of buildings and locations on the ground. In 2012 the county, the city of…
  • December 20, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne hosted its first community live Nativity event on Dec. 22. The Nativity included live sheep, a donkey, a calf, and nearly 20 actors. … Hundreds of community members braved single-digit temperatures to share in the Christmas experience. Two complete casts allowed the actors to take turns, and audience members were kept warm with fire pits and…
  • December 13, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •Luverne Street Music faculty and students are leasing space in the former Brown Church on Main and Estey streets for large group ensembles. Choral and instrumental notes will again resonate in the former Baptist church sanctuary, which hasn’t heard group music since its congregation moved out more than 10 years ago. School organizers said they’re looking forward to the…
  • December 06, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •Country Discount Market will be open for customers this weekend during Santa Day in Hardwick. The store is open in the space that once housed a grocery business in Hardwick more than 10 years ago. “We’re looking forward to offering name-brand groceries for less,” said storeowner Terri Murphy, who is running the business with her two daughters, Erin and Deena. “We’re just…
  • November 29, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •The Luverne School Board voted at its Nov. 26 meeting to move forward with plans to implement all-day kindergarten, free of charge to families, beginning in the fall of 2014. During the 2013 legislative session the Minnesota State Legislature approved $134 million to fund all-day kindergarten in the state. Luverne offers a half-day of kindergarten at no cost to families…
  • November 26, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •When Carol Wieneke began her nursing career at the Luverne Medical Center 50 years ago, the clinic operated with only two other people, Dr. Donald Odland and Harriet Skattum. Sanford Health Systems honored Wieneke on Wednesday, Nov. 20, with a celebration of her half century of employment. “Sanford, our community and our patients are better having known her,” said Laurie…
  • November 15, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •A Luverne native is working in Congress through the Wounded Warrior Program, which creates employment opportunities for veterans in the House of Representatives. David Wenzel, a 2003 Luverne High School graduate, is working in Congressman Tim Walz’s office in a veterans’ constituent position in Mankato. Wenzel, son of Nancy and Kent Davis, Luverne, joined the National…
  • November 08, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •A Luverne trolley will soon be in operation as one more way to promote the community and its business interests. “Molley the Trolley,” as it’s been affectionately called, once served as Grace Lutheran Church’s youth club bus. Larry Lanphere and Gary Papik bought it in September and had it “wrapped” to look like a trolley. Interior improvements to the 15-passenger trolley…
  • November 01, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •Terrie Gulden told audience members in Luverne High School gym what it was like when he landed in Vietnam. … Gulden said one of his duties in Vietnam was writing letters to the families of soldiers killed in action. “When a Marine death was reported, one of our responsibilities was to write a letter home to their loved ones. Every day I read their names, I saw how old they…
  • October 25, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •The new digital projector arrived at the Historic Palace Theater on Monday and will be installed in time to show “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” this Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Volunteers from the Blue Mound Area Theater Board assisted Mel Hopland from Bright Star Systems of Minneapolis to install the new digital projection system. Board members…
  • October 18, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •Beginning Oct. 28, the former I-90 Gas Stop station in Luverne will become a Holiday gas station and store. Holiday Stationstores reached an agreement with I-90 Fuel Services Inc. to convert 16 of the Gas Stop convenience stores to Holiday Stationstores. This expands the Holiday brand in South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota. The Gas Stop stores converting to Holiday…
  • October 11, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •Harvest season is often associated with a time of plenty, and one local charity is asking farmers to share their bounty. The One-Acre Challenge, as it’s called, asks corn and soybean producers to donate one acre of production to the Luverne Area Community Foundation. According to the group’s executive director, Emily Crabtree, this is a new venture. “It’s an attempt to…
  • October 04, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •They are calling it the collectible car auction of a lifetime. Expired bidding cards and auction fliers are being sold on Ebay.  History Channel made a three-hour special about it. And at the center of it all is “the little Nordstrom’s gal,” auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink from Hardwick. “It was interesting to watch myself on the History Channel,” she admitted. “I always…
  • September 27, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •It was nearly 100 years ago when Dallas Bowron, now age 99, first trotted down the streets of Magnolia on his way to his grandmother’s dry goods store. She was an adventurer who had homesteaded in Wyoming, run a boarding house in Minneapolis, and worked land in North Dakota. Her adventures concluded when she married, settled in western Nobles County and opened the dry…
  • September 20, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •The annual closing of the city pool for cleaning and maintenance this year includes a major roof replacement project over the pool area of the building. “It’s quite an involved project,” said City Administrator John Call. “It’s estimated to cost $300,000, but like any remodeling project, it’s going to cost more than that. We’ve already had some things come up that we weren…
  • September 13, 2023
    10 years ago (2013) •Nine years ago the area around Mount Kazemba in the Chifundo region of Zambia was scrubland. Since that time, First Baptist Church, Luverne, and a group of churches have sent teams of people to build a school, the International Bible College with the oversight of Gospelink. Student cottages, bathhouses, staff houses, classrooms, a clinic, gardens and a library are now in…
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