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...
Doodling goes to a whole new level as you learn about shading and perspective in  Drawing for grades 4-5 on April 20.  Master Gardener Tim Olsen will offer information and best practices for growing Blue Ribbon Vegetables on April 20.  Both youth and adult will learn the secrets to growing the best...
Meetings Sanford Luverne Hospital Pink Ladies will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in the Blue Mound Room at the hospital. Matthew 6 Board of Directors will meet at at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Pizza Ranch. Battle Plain Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the home of...
Sunrise on the Blue Mounds
Kenneth native Carissa (Nieuwboer) Carroll, Shoreview, was recently recognized with a group of young leaders across the state who were named 2016 Outstanding Young Minnesotans. JCI Minnesota (formerly Minnesota Jaycees) each year acknowledges the accomplishments of young adults who have contributed...
Timely taxpayer payments and debt refinancing resulted in a decrease of the Luverne School District 2017 preliminary levy of 2.77 percent. Marlene Mann, the district’s business manager, told board members at their meeting Thursday, Sept. 22, that local on-time tax payments helped reduce this year’s...
Rock County’s preliminary levy for 2017 is set to increase 6.13 percent over the current county levy. Three motions at different percentages were made at the Sept. 20 County Board meeting before 6.13 percent was accepted. Two motions for a 6.5 and a 5.75 percent increase failed in 2-3 votes....
Public Works Supervisor John Stoffel holds one of the new reflective larger street signs that will be put up next year.
The Luverne City Council is considering more than $3.1 million in capital purchases next year, according to estimates from city department heads. In 2015 the budget was $2.5 million and in 2018 it’s anticipated city capital expenses will be $4.7 million. The council met with city department heads...
An extra $10 will be charged to Rock County vehicle owners during their annual license renewals beginning in 2017. Rock County Commissioners voted unanimously July 5 to implement the wheelage tax as an annual funding source to maintain the county’s roads and bridges. The tax is a local revenue...
10 years ago (2006) •Luverne bars will be able to stay open longer and try to increase profits, thanks to recent City Council action. Howling Dog manager Jodi Christy said she looks forward to the change, even though it adds just an hour to the business. ... To get a license to sell until 2 a.m.,...

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