2020

Members of the Grace Quilters were busy Thursday morning, May 13, in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. The 20 volunteers who make up the Quilters logged 3,821 hours, the most of any registered station with A.C.E. of Rock County.
The monetary value of time donated by volunteers in Rock County exceeds $5 million. Topping the 2020 list in hours were the Grace Quilters, whose 20 volunteers logged 3,821 hours. The group formally meets Thursday mornings in the church Fellowship Hall. However, several volunteers sew at home or...
Kent Theisse
The University of Minnesota recently reported that the median net farm income for southern and western Minnesota farmers in 2020 was $102,848. It’s the highest since 2012, which was followed by seven years (2013-2019) of poor income levels in the region. The 2020 net farm income levels in that...
For a second straight year Luverne’s Ella Reisdorfer competed at the Class A Gymnastics State Tournament. Last year as a seventh-grader, Reisdorfer earned a spot at state on the bars. This year she punched her ticket on the beam by recording a score of 8.875 at the section meet. At the state...
The number of new livestock facilities built locally in 2020 increased over the previous year. However, the increase is attributed to the cattle industry rather than the hog industry. Doug Bos, assistant director of Rock County’s Land Management Office, briefed county commissioners of the shift...
Local corn and soybean yields improved in 2020 by double-digit margins over the 2019 growing season, according to final county estimates released recently by USDA officials. Local yields also topped the state averages. Rock County corn production averaged 196.4 bushels per acre for 2020, up from...
Four wind production companies operating in Rock County in 2020 will pay taxes totaling $792,327, according to information at the March 2 commissioners’ meeting. That’s about $58,032 higher than 2019 ($734,295) but down $104,102 from the high of $896,429 collected in 2015. The county will keep 80...
Contractors removed the plastic covering from the front of the new commons and entry at Luverne Middle School-High School this week. As a state project, the $30 million renovation and remodel does not factor in Luverne’s building permits, nor does it contribute to Luverne tax base.
A good way to measure growth over time is to track the number of building permits issued for construction. Luverne building official Chad McClure compiled numbers for 2020, when he issued 197 permits valued at $9.8 million.  Of those, six were single-family home construction valued at $1,245,228,...
Blake Wysong (left) receives a plaque and words of gratitude during his last official Hills-Beaver Creek School Board meeting on Dec. 28 from Board Chairman Arlyn Gehrke. Wysong served one four-year term and chose to retire. “Thank you for your service and dedication to the Hills-Beaver Creek...
Dispatch report Dec. 25 •Complainant on E. Oakland Avenue reported theft from a vehicle. •Dispatch reported phone outage. •Complainant on 115th Street reported a water issue. •Complainant on S. Elizabeth Street, Hills, reported a suspicious phone call. •Complainant reported water outage. Dec. 26 •...
In just over a year in operating Vinnie’s Dang Fine Dine in Luverne, owner Leroy Austin was selected by area residents as the winner of the recent “We Love Pork” challenge. Austin’s entry also earned the trophy for this year’s “We Love Beef” challenge.
Vinnie’s Dang Fine Dine owner Leroy Austin became a double winner last week when the Luverne Area Chamber honored the Luverne restaurant with the “We Love Pork” challenge trophy. In September customers voted Austin as the “We Love Beef” burger battle winner. “The response to our two dishes and how...

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