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Luverne, Minnesota

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The location of Luverne

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Luverne.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Luverne, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Luverne and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Luverne and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Luverne. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Luverne.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Rock County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Rock County sighting report from eBird.

Since Luverne is near Minnehaha County and also Lyon County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Minnehaha County

Sighting report for Lyon County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Luverne.

How Far From Luverne to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Luverne to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Luverne and extending to:

  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 178 miles [286.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Luverne to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,045 miles [1,681.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,387 miles [10,278.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,143 miles [11,495.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,056 miles [8,136.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Luverne ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Luverne.

While the name Luverne is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Crenshaw County

Our profile page for Luverne, Crenshaw County   [Map]

Distance: About 985 miles [1,585.2 km] to the Southeast.

North Dakota

Steele County

Our profile page for Luverne, Steele County   [Map]

Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the North Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Luverne ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Ash Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South of Luverne   [Map]

Beaver Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Bruce   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hills   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Jasper   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Lester (IA)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Magnolia   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Manley   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Rock Rapids (IA)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Valley Springs (SD)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Luverne. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Roy Shuman

Actor. He was born in Sioux Falls (South Dakota) on Monday August 18, 1924 and died in New York (New York) on Monday July 30, 1973 at an age of 48. He was buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Sioux Falls [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Luverne

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Roy Shuman<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Minnesota

About Rock County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Luverne:

The official website for Rock County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Luverne) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Luverne. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Luverne

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Luverne. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.6535, Longitude: -96.2147     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Luverne have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Luverne to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.373 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.361 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.568 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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