coronavirus

Billy and Rachel Horsman, Luverne, recently recovered from coronavirus and agreed to share their experience to remind the community that the illness is very contagious and presents many symptoms. They’re pictured with infant Cullen and their boys, Eli and Ezra.
Billy and Rachel Horsman, Luverne, are grateful their coronavirus symptoms weren’t as bad as those often associated with the deadly illness. He contracted it from co-workers at his Sioux Falls manufacturing job, and she got it from him, both of them reporting allergy-like symptoms with a headache...
Steve DeSplinter sanitizes countertops Saturday night in an empty Green Lantern Café and Bar in Hardwick. State officials closed all bars, restaurants and public accommodating venues March 18 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. DeSplinter and his wife, Linda, purchased the Green Lantern a year ago and business is now limited to curbside-pickup meals and off-sale liquor until May 17.
Weekends typically bring crowds and welcome business to the Green Lantern Cafe and Bar in Hardwick. But on Saturday, only a handful of customers entered the business, picked up their take-out orders and went home.  Under state order, small business owners like Steve and Linda DeSplinter have...
Cleaning the north side of Hwy 270, east of Hills, are (from left) Dan Ellingson (bending over), Chris Louwagie, Kale Wiertzema, Jason Blosmo and Rex Metzger.
Twenty staff members with Hills-Beaver Creek Public Schools spent Friday morning cleaning the ditches along Hwy 270 between Hills and Steen. Traditionally the senior class completes the fall and spring cleanup but due to the coronavirus and the issuance of distance learning, the students were...
For the first time in 36 years, Luverne will not host a Buffalo Days celebration this summer. The event typically brings together thousands of people for a whole weekend of events, including the Friday Night Cruise-In, Saturday parade and Saturday afternoon Arts in the Park. With social distancing...
As Rock County’s confirmed coronavirus cases still number in the single digits, its neighboring counties to the east and west are reporting rapidly rising cases. As of Tuesday morning, Rock County had eight cases, but Minnehaha is up to 1,939 and Nobles has 477, both stemming from outbreaks in meat...
Ron and Jane Cote and their son, Wyatt, on the mandolin, brought their musical talent to a birthday party at the end of Pine Drive today in Luverne for Allison Grieme, whose name is celebrated in colorful chalk in the driveway. In addition to leading the group in singing Happy Birthday, the Cotes...
When the Luverne Area Community Foundation set up the Covid-19 Help Fund last month, director Emily Crabtree knewthe funds were needed to help people, but she had no idea how the community would respond with donations.        Her goal was $100,000. “We figured go big,” Crabtree said, and she’s...
Local property taxes are due May 15, and penalties will still be imposed for late payments, according to Rock County Auditor Treasurer Ashley Kurtz. She said state officials recently notified county auditors the annual payment date will not change amid the coronavirus pandemic. “May 15 has to stay...
There are five MDH-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Rock County as of noon on Tuesday, but there are believed to be many more, considering recent developments in neighboring communities. The outbreak in Smithfield Foods, Sioux Falls, is one of the worst “hotspots” in the nation with more than 1,...
In response to dozens of confirmed coronavirus cases among its workforce, JBS on Monday announced the indefinite closure of its Worthington plant. It employs more than 2,000 Nobles County workers and processes 20,000 hogs per day. “We don’t make this decision lightly,” said Bob Krebs, president of...

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