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Tom Beaner, Steen, was at work in Sioux Falls Wednesday morning when he received a call from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. The person on the phone told him his house was on fire and they wanted to know if anyone or any animals were inside. The answer was no. A neighbor called 911 shortly after...
A grain bin fire south of town kept the Luverne Fire Department busy during the Thanksgiving holiday. According to fire chief David Van Batavia, a passerby called 911 around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, to report a dryer fire at Greg Gabrielson’s farm at 1320 91st Street near Schoneman Ponds. “There...
Ellsworth City Council will conduct a special meeting Sept. 23 to consider bids for a new city hall and maintenance building. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Eight interested construction companies submitted bids by the Sept. 5 deadline, and council members met in special session to open bids the same...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on August 17, 1967.   Fairgrounds Barn Leveled In Spectacular Blaze   Costly Fire Hits One Week After The Fair          Two boys, ages 9 and 10 admitted to the deputy state fire marshal and local police that they had been smoking in the...
Eight months after a fire destroyed the city hall in Ellsworth, the city is set to rebuild. A call for bids was announced last week and a bid opening date is set for Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. City council members will meet in special session tonight (Aug. 29) to discuss the plans and kick off a fundraising...
The Hardwick Fire Department was paged at 6:58 Friday night to the Aaron and Dawn Sandbulte farm, one mile west of Kenneth on 190th Avenue, for a commodity shed reported on fire. Mutual aid for water transportation was reportedly provided by Magnolia and Edgerton fire departments, according to the...
For the first time in decades, a bridge project will be postponed in Rock County because no bids to complete the work were received. “Everyone is booked through October,” County Engineer Mark Sehr told commissioners May 21. The notice to construct a new bridge on County Road 52 over the Burlington...
Malfunction within a trailer’s brake system was the possible cause of a fire inside a toy hauler RV Thursday afternoon, May 30, on South Highway 75 in Luverne. The Luverne Fire Department was called to the scene near the intersection of Koehn Avenue and Highway 75. The call came shortly before 5 p....
Luverne Fire Department used its ladder truck to direct water into the second story of the Ellsworth City Hall.
Nine fire departments battled a blaze Tuesday at the Ellsworth City Hall. Ray Palmer, who handles maintenance for the city, said he received a phone call around 6 a.m. from school bus driver Dan Huisman who said water was streaming out of city hall and down the street. Palmer said when he arrived...
Firemen from Magnolia, Kenneth, Ellsworth, Adrian and Luverne work to contain a fire at the Gary Frodermann farm south of Magnolia Friday night. More than 350 calves perished in the blaze, which also destroyed the barn.
More than 350 dairy calves perished in a barn fire Friday night at the Gary Frodermann farm south of Magnolia. Neighbor Chad Nelson called in the fire shortly before 8 p.m. Firefighters from Magnolia, Kenneth, Ellsworth, Adrian and Luverne were on the scene from 8 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday...

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