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  • 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…
  • June 02, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Philo Hawes is credited as being the founder of Luverne, but until now his name wasn’t on the monument marking his family grave in Maplewood Cemetery. That bothered Rock County Historical Society President Betty Mann. “He’s the founding father of Luverne, and his name wasn’t even on the monument,” she said. After enlisting the help of former Maplewood caretaker Vance Walgrave…
  • May 26, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s unallotments to Local Government Aid are coming up more frequently in conversations at Luverne City Council meetings. At Tuesday’s meeting, unallotments came up during discussion about routine street maintenance. The city had let bids for sealcoating streets in the east central part of Luverne and in the Tri-State Addition surrounding the pool and fitness…
  • May 19, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Three Rock County families own farms that have been passed down for at least 100 years. Of the more than 200 Century Farms honored this year, two are in Jasper and one in Luverne. Kevin and Kim Hunstad as well as Ryan and Patty Hunstad were recognized from Jasper, and from Luverne was the Arthur G. Hansen farm. Hunstads have farmed since 1908, while the Hansen farm has been…
  • May 12, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Just in time for the summer tourism season, Luverne’s travel and information center is ready for visitors on South Highway 75. Vance and Becky Walgrave gave their business, Those Blasted Things, a makeover with a new façade of rustic cedar, reminiscent of a Black Hills lodge. Along with that, they’ve been working with the city and the Luverne Chamber to become an information…
  • May 05, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Forty years equals 1,920 weeks, 14,600 days and 322,560 hours. Rewind that many years, weeks, days and hours — the Rock County Highway Department’s building is 5 years old, and its new office manager is Ed Kraayenhof. Back to the present, Kraayenhof is getting ready for his last day in the RCHD building. After 40 years he will retire Friday, May 21.   25 years ago (1995) •…
  • April 28, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •As the maiden voyage of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota takes off this weekend, it will carry 110 veterans from Rock, Nobles, Pipestone and Murray counties. Honor Flight exists to ensure World War II veterans have a chance to see the national World War II memorial that was built in Washington, D. C., in their honor. When the flight departs, all attention will be on the…
  • April 21, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •A rural Beaver Creek man said he’s grateful to be alive after surviving a grain bin accident Wednesday afternoon. Beaver Creek fire and rescue crews were the first on the scene of the Everett Vande Voort farm where a 911 call from his wife, Jeanette, said he was trapped in the bin. He had been augering corn out of the bin into a wagon and noticed wet corn was clogging the…
  • April 14, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Eleven of the 16 plots in Luverne’s new community garden have been spoken for, and there’s still time for latecomers to get in the game. Community garden volunteers Deb DenHerder and Vicky Henderson attended Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Luverne Economic Development Authority to report on the project. The garden will be located near the city’s animal pound located south of…
  • April 07, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •A downtown commercial property will go on the auction block in May after Gabe’s Clothing and Shoes vacates its building. Yvette VanderBrink is serving as the auctioneer for the property, and Bob Cook is the owner seeking to sell it. VanderBrink said the 6,700-square-foot building has an assessed value of $64,700, and she said the building contents are worth $15,000. “There…
  • March 31, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Duane and Mary Pike don’t have business degrees, but they’ve more than paid their dues for college tuition. After 40 years of buying and selling new and used furniture, they’ve learned what sells and what doesn’t. For example, they once found an overstuffed couch on a rummage sale that they assumed would turn a profit. “It was beautiful, with a wingback and oversized arms,”…
  • March 24, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •Alex Miller is helping connect Madagascar with the technology U.S. residents take for granted every day. “The great promise of this technology is that it can be used everywhere to get information to and from persons in need at a very low cost,” Miller said. “These applications are as relevant to Minnesota and South Dakota as they are to Africa. Miller and his wife, Karen,…
  • March 17, 2020
    10 years ago (2010) •In its first year of existence in Luverne, the Backpack Program is meeting hunger head-on outside of the school day. The BackPack Program sends discreet packages of food home with students on Fridays so they can return on Mondays read to learn. Program initiator Carrie Soto said already the program has cut down the percent of Rock County students who have had to skip meals in…
  • March 10, 2020
    10 years ago (2000) •An Adrian senior became the school’s ninth state champion during the Minnesota State Class AA Individual Wrestling Tournament staged at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul March 3-6. Stephen Loosbrock entered the event ranked second at 171 pounds in Class AA. After winning four straight decisions, including three against ranked wrestlers, it was Loosbrock who was celebrating…
  • March 03, 2020
    10 years ago (2000) •Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots on the proposed $9.9 million Hills-Beaver Creek bond issue. The bond for a new high school building will affect taxpayers for the next 25 years and house students as early as the 2011-12 school year. The H-BC School Board voted unanimously during a meeting in January to put the bond to a vote. In early February the…
  • February 25, 2020
    10 years ago (2000) •Joel Johnson and his wife, Maggie, both grew up in Watertown, S.D. And, now, the couple is  growing into business ownership together. “I love it,” Joel said. “I have yet to meet a person in Luverne that I didn’t like … everybody’s nice.” The Johnsons bought Wayne’s Body Shop from Wayne Walgrave at the beginning of the year. The business is located on West Hatting Street just…
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