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  • July 31, 2018
    10 years ago (2008) •Luverne School Board members reported on performance appraisal of Superintendent Gary Fisher. The board reported that Fisher met and exceeded all expectations in ten different areas of responsibilities. They were pleased with Fisher’s focus on the quality of educational programs, how he makes himself available to school board members, and how cooperative he is working with…
  • July 17, 2018
    10 years ago (2008) •Removal of the low-head dam on the Rock River near Luverne City Park will be delayed until next year in order to study its effect on city wells. The dam will be replaced by a system of nine rock weirs that will be installed starting north of the Main Street bridge and continue past the railroad bridge. The weirs will control the grade of the river, so the water level doesn’t…
  • May 29, 2018
    10 years ago (2008) •The recent robbery at the Minnwest Bank in Luverne called attention to the need to improve emergency call and notification lists, according to Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge. In the instance of the April robbery, the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce notified some Chamber members on a call list and some memberships by e-mail, Verbrugge said. “Due to many factors, everyone…
  • October 10, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •Prices will soon go up for lots in the industrial park owned by Luverne Economic Development Authority. The LEDA owns a lot and a half lot in the industrial park along the curve of Commerce Drive with a current asking price of $5,000 per acre. LEDA Director Jill Wolf said she’s been comparing that price to what other cities are asking for their land, and Luverne is low by…
  • October 02, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •After three days of hearing testimony for the 2001 Carrie Nelson murder case, a grand jury on Friday indicted Randy Lee Royal Swaney for seven counts of murder. Rock County grand jurors found probable cause to indict 36-year-old Swaney on murder in the first degree involving kidnapping, murder in the first degree involving premeditation, murder in the first degree involving…
  • September 26, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •Most businesses have responded positively to the smoking ban that takes effect across Minnesota Monday. Public Health Educator Paula Anderson said, “We believe the majority of people are going to embrace the new law, because it’s what Minnesotans wanted, it’s what local folks wanted.” Some examples of local businesses willing to change are Papik Motors declaring its entire…
  • September 19, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •Four lots in Luverne’s Evergreen II Addition will be taken off the market due to water issues. The Luverne Economic Development Authority approved this action at their Tuesday, Sept. 11, meeting on the recommendation of city engineer Gary Kurth. Kurth, of Rock Rapids firm DGR, advised the city not to develop the lots on the northeastern corner of the addition along Blue Mound…
  • September 12, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •Busse’s Plumbing and Heating is outgrowing its current workspace and will expand south of Luverne. Jim Remme, company president, approached the Luverne Planning Commission Monday night about building across from the Verne Drive –In Theatre along south Highway 75. The property, currently owned by Glenn Burmeister, is zoned “highway commercial,” and Busse’s Plumbing and Heating…
  • August 29, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •All-terrain vehicle owners will be legally driving on city streets, even without the slow-moving vehicle emblems on their ATVs, as the ordinance first dictated. Those proved difficult to attach to most ATVs, so the Luverne City Council Tuesday amended the city ordinance, requiring ATVs to have a safety flag displayed at least six feet from the ground. With that minimum height…
  • August 22, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •Although Rock County has some structurally deficient bridges and functionally obsolete bridges, a tragic collapse isn’t imminent. County Engineer Mark Sehr shared bridge information with the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. He said he has a lot of questions since the Minneapolis Highway 35W bridge fell into the river during rush hour killing 13 people. The governor has…
  • August 14, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •Even though prior businesses have done so, Clyde’s Wash and Detail and U-Haul business may not park on the boulevard because of a 2003 city ordinance forbidding it. Chris Johnson represented the business Tuesday at the Luverne City Council and asked for a variance to that city code. “I’m just trying to make a living,” he said.  The business on the corner of Estey and Main…
  • April 17, 2017
    10 years ago (2007) •The latest Census figures show a population downslide in most of Southwest Minnesota, including Rock County. From 2000 to 2006 Rock County’s population dropped from 9,713 to 9,535. That is a 1.9-percent loss. It’s a small change, but the starting number is already one of the lowest county populations in the state.   25 years ago (1992) •Luverne residents might have to write…
  • November 14, 2016
    10 years ago (2006) •The Luverne City Council formally received word that the Minnesota Historical Society awarded a state grant of $100,000 for restoration work in the Palace Theatre. … Most of the money will go toward new seating. BMAT President Ben Vander Kooi said at the Tuesday council meeting, “We’re very excited about this project, and it will be done in time for the Ken Burns documentary…
  • November 07, 2016
    10 years ago (2006) •Evan Verbrugge won by a nose in Tuesday’s election for Rock County Sheriff. When all the precinct votes were tallied, Verbrugge had 54.54 percent of the votes and incumbent Mike Winkels had 45.17 percent in the final 2,253-1,866 tally. •The Rock County Sheriff’s Office has a small list of suspects for an early Friday morning break-in at Sharkee’s, Luverne. The sports bar and…
  • October 31, 2016
    10 years ago (2006) •In this quarter of 2006 Sheriff Mike Winkels said crime in the city has been similar to recent quarterly reports. He shared those numbers with the Luverne City Council during its regular meeting last week. … Assault – 2 in this quarter, 11 in all of 2005. Disorderly conduct – 2 in this quarter, 6 in all of 2005. Drugs and narcotics – 1 in this quarter, 19 in all of 2005.…
  • October 17, 2016
    10 years ago (2006) •For more than 20 years ice cream lovers have enjoyed Dilly Bars and specialty Blizzards at the Dairy Queen on Main Street and Highway 75. But a sign in he window now says “Closed. Thanks for your business.” Owner Marian Halverson operated the Dairy Queen for 12 years and said she’s getting out of the business for personal reasons. (The former Dairy Queen is now the home of…
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