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Located on the banks of the Rock River in southwestern Minnesota, the city of Luverne is the county seat of Rock County. The city was one of four town profiled in the 2007 Ken Burns documentary, The War, and it was the main setting for the second season of the television show, Fargo. Interstate Highway 90 and US Highway 75 are the chief routes through the city. Along I-90, Luverne is east of Beaver Creek and west of Magnolia and, along US Highway 75, the city is south of Hardwick and north of Ash Creek. Other nearby communities include Adrian, Ellsworth, Kanaranzi, Kenneth, Lismore, Manley, and Steen. Valley Springs, South Dakota is about fifteen miles west of Luverne. In 1867, Philo Hawes built a stable large enough to hold six horses, and this was the beginning of the community that would become Luverne. A post office was established in 1868, and Luverne was platted in 1870, and named for Hawes' daughter, Luverne. The Blue Mound Biking and Hiking Trail is a six-mile path stretching from the city's Main Street to the lower lake parking lot at Blue Mounds State Park. In addition to a large city park, Luverne maintains ten neighborhood parks.

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