coronavirus

Peter Bakken Rock County Farm Bureau president
Smithfield Foods closed its Sioux Falls pork processing plant over the weekend after more than 230 workers tested positive for coronavirus.        The plant is one of the nation’s top pork processors, and it has many in the ag sector worried about food supply chains.        “It is impossible to...
Sen. Bill Weber
As Rock County enters the third week of Minnesota’s stay-in-place mandate, area state legislators are reaching out to various groups to discuss legislative action amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Bill Weber and Reps. Rod Hamilton and Joe Schomacker hosted several videoconferencing calls with...
Security Savings Bank officials withdrew a request to change a professional agreement with Rock County, just weeks after asking commissioners for a temporary amendment. County Administrator Kyle Oldre updated commissioners April 7 about the bank’s decision.“They recognized the impact it would have...
Area livestock producers are planning three new hog barn sites, three cattle barns and one dairy feedlot expansion for 2020. Three additional hog barns are in the planning process, according to county feedlot officer Doug Bos, who presented the county’s 2019 Feedlot Summary Report to county...
Hills-Beaver Creek School District is planning commencement ceremonies for its original date, Friday, May 22. The H-BC School Board met in regular session Monday night via Zoom, hours after Gov. Walz announced that the state’s peacetime emergency declaration to fight the spread of the coronavirus...
Members of the Luverne Economic Development Authority addressed a number of coronavirus-related business items during their Monday morning conference call. With the economic downturn, a lost opportunity in the industrial park prompted the return of a commercial lot to the LEDA.   Luverne Surgical...
Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature recently approved $6.2 million to provide $1,000 emergency grants to Minnesota veterans financially affected by COVID-19.      Starting Monday, April 6, veterans can apply for a Disaster Relief Grant, administered from the Minnesota Department of...
To the Editor:        Holy buckets of septic tank covers! People hoarding T.P.! Did I miss something? Did Bernie win the election?        Actually, T.P. is soft and cuddly and can be comforting to us in this time of near apocalypse. Better than an old newspaper or a corncob anyway.        And...
The Joe and Sandy Buysse family assembled a lawn display with the message of  “In This Together” at the Buysse farm south of Jasper on Highway 23 shortly before Minnesota’s April 3 shelter-in-place order. Using large round bales (spaced the social distancing minimum of 6 feet apart) the Buysses...
Rock County Emergency Management Director Kyle Oldre has been coordinating efforts to secure personal protective equipment for local health care workers and others on the front line of coronavirus prevention.      Because items like masks, gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer are in short supply...

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