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  • September 22, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •This year the Rock County Sheriff’s Department has had 43 reports of narcotic-related problems and 65 total charges, according to Sheriff Evan Verbrugge. With drug traffic being an increased problem, Verbrugge said he wants to “be proactive, not reactive.” At Tuesday’s Rock County Board meeting, Verbrugge and Deputy Kyle Kreun presented information on a possible drug dog.…
  • September 15, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •The rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans wafts through the halls and work areas of Rock County Opportunities Inc. in Luverne. RCO, which provides employment for adults with disabilities, is now packaging its own brand of coffee. “Buffalo Joe Coffee Beans” will soon be available for purchase at the Coffey Haus in Luverne and at other retail outlets. In February, RCO…
  • September 08, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Luverne’s Diane Sherwood is planning her eighth year of Remember Rally, the annual motorcycle benefit ride to honor 9-11 and military personnel. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 11, beginning and ending at the Howling Dog Saloon in Luverne. This year, a special feature for the ride is a 4-by-5-foot commemorative American flag donated by the South Dakota Patriot Guard. In the…
  • September 01, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •New Luverne teachers Amy Guigisberg, Tyler Woods and Gavin Folkestad agree that the first two weeks of school have gone well. All three are versatile district employees, teaching during the school day and being involved with activities before and after the bell rings. From the first-floor high school kitchen and band room to upstairs English classroom, these new employees…
  • August 25, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •There was a time in Rock County when pioneer families didn’t have insurance to protect them financially from the devastation of natural disasters. The founders of Beaver Creek Mutual Insurance Company recognized a need for protection, and back in 1885 the business was established in Beaver Creek. The company, now located on Main Street, Luverne, will observe its 125th…
  • August 18, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •When nurses Eileen Hocking and Glenda DeBoer retired from Sanford Hospital in July, they had accumulated 100 years of nursing experience in Luverne between them. The two sit in a restaurant booth reflecting on their 50 years together working in the medical field in Luverne. Both arrived in Luverne as newlyweds in the early 1960s. Hocking came fresh from St. Mary’s nursing…
  • August 11, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •It all started five years ago with five tractors and 50 people. Now the annual event has grown to include more than 35 tractors and 150 guests. Ken and Phyllis Vos, Luverne, hosted their annual tractor party July 30, and the event again lived up to its colorful reputation. A banner above the garage door declared, “Hay! It’s a tractor party!” in John Deere green and yellow…
  • August 04, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •In May the Star Tribune reported “Foreclosures in Minnesota in the first quarter rose for the fourth straight quarter, reaching the third highest level during the current housing crisis.” Scam artists are taking advantage of the increase. The number of foreclosure scams continues to rise; from radio ads to online “guarantees,” the deceiving messages are reaching hundreds of…
  • July 28, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •The National Weather Service determined Monday that Friday night’s storm damage was caused by straight-line winds gusting up to 80 mph. Uprooted trees and destroyed buildings were thought to be the work of a tornado, but meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said strong winds were to blame. “I didn’t see any evidence on the ground or on radar of any tornadic activity,” said Heitkamp,…
  • July 21, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Bison is one of Rock County’s prairie attractions, and for one family the tourist draw is part of their farm operation. John and Jeanne Bowron are Rock County’s Farm Family of the year. They own Prairie Heights Bison, located north of Luverne on Highway 75. Their website can be found at www.buybison.com. Farm Family honorees are named by the University of Minnesota and…
  • July 14, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Congregation members of the American Reformed Church in Luverne broke ground Sunday morning on a major expansion that will begin this summer. This is a significant day in the life of the American Reformed Church in Luverne,” said the Rev. Dave Sikkema during the groundbreaking ceremony outside the church. “It has been said before and will be said again, ‘This is a faith-…
  • July 07, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Students throughout the state of Minnesota will learn about nature through the lens of a camera following a training event for teachers this week in Luverne. Nature photographer Jim Brandenburg and his wife, Judy, will lead a program Saturday, July 10, at Touch the Sky Prairie and Luverne High School. “I’m very honored and flattered to be a part of this,” Jim Brandenburg said…
  • June 30, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne, hosted its Second Annual Block Party Sunday, June 27. “The entire community was invited,” said one of the organizers, Elaine Fick, “especially our close neighbors through special invitation by our awesome Vacation Bible School kids who hand-delivered invitations to a large area of our neighbors.” Block Party attractions included balloon…
  • June 23, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Deb Vogt has been living two miles north of Magnolia for most of the 34 years she has taught in the kitchen classroom of Luverne High School. Just as the smells of ovens and whirls of sewing machines led the way to her Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) room, her homemade Cardinal flag marks her home. Vogt hand-sewed and displayed the flag for her daughter Laura’s and her…
  • June 16, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •The Luverne girls made an everlasting mark on the state’s track and field landscape last weekend. After winning a Minnesota State Track and Field Coaches Association True Team title in the middle of May, the Cardinals added another state title to their credit by taking top honors as a team during the Minnesota State High School League’s Track and Field Championships staged at…
  • June 09, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Ryan Johnson will return to the Southwest Conference at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. Johnson, a 1993 Worthington High School grad, has been named the new Luverne Middle/High School principal. Luverne Superintendent Gary Fisher said the offer was made Friday, May 28, and accepted that Sunday. Johnson has 11 years of teaching experience in the Twin Cities metro area…
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