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Lori Sorenson
After an unusually dry August, local fields have ripened rapidly and local farmers are responding to conditions with early harvest protocols. Livestock producers started silage chopping over two weeks ago and have now moved on to wet corn. Meanwhile, many soybean fields quickly yellowed and turned...
Representatives from A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota and the Rock County Friends of the Library recently assembled reminiscence kits for caregivers to use with loved ones suffering from memory loss. Pictured from left are Linda Wenzel (holding a do-it-yourself reminiscence kit), Kristen Scheidt (farming), Elena Heronimus (pets), and Linda Frahm (hunting.) Other kits available include gardening, sewing and baking.
Two Rock County organizations are collaborating to support families whose loved ones are living with dementia. A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota and the local Friends of the Library are sponsoring reminiscence kits now available for checkout from the Rock County Library. Linda Wenzel, the local A.C.E...
Ashlyn Johnson, fine arts, purple ribbon.
Exhibition at the Minnesota State Fair is one of the ultimate goals for area 4-H’ers. But with this year’s in-person state fair canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, 4-H officials turned to technology for a virtual state fair showcase. In Rock County, a qualifying showcase was conducted in...
Parent Dawn Vande Voort and Hills-Beaver Creek High School junior Casey Kueter position a template for the blue portion of the school’s Patriot mascot Sunday afternoon with parent Steve Paulsen watching. The painting of the mascots is a junior class fundraiser to host the after-prom party.
A small group of parents representing the junior class at Hills-Beaver Creek High School spent Sunday painting the towns red, white and blue. Seventeen sidewalks and driveways in Hills and Beaver Creek each received a spray-painted H-BC mascot, which is the head of a Patriot “We have a nice drying...
Early voting opens Friday, Sept. 18, for the Nov. 3 general election, and the Rock County Auditor-Treasurer Office will be busy filling absentee ballot requests. More than 500 registered voters are waiting for the official ballots, slated to arrive in the mail the week of Sept. 28. Auditor-...
The Rock County Commissioners postponed action on a preliminary 2021 tax levy until Sept. 22 after discussions stalled during the Sept. 8 meeting. County Administrator Kyle Oldre said the state is projecting a budget shortfall due to spending efforts to lessen the coronavirus pandemic impact in the...
For the second year in a row, Luverne’s tax levy could increase by more than 9 percent, according to action at the Sept. 8 City Council meeting. Council members set the proposed 2021 tax levy at $2,298,720, which represents a 9.67 percent increase ($202,596 more than the current levy). The levy...
The Luverne School Board unanimously approved two-year contracts with the district custodians and the district paraprofessionals at a special meeting Thursday night, Sept. 10. Both contracts are effective from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022. Salary increase percentages are consistent with...
Direct Support Professionals are (front, from left) Erika Camarillo, Krista Kurtz, Pam Tieszen, Jenna Coffman, (back) Tessa Shuler, Christina Hacker and Markie Taubert.
Rock County Opportunities in Luverne and the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) are supporting Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week this week, Sept. 13 to 19. The goal is to recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by direct support...
Rock County 4-H member Whitney Elbers received a $1,000 scholarship on Sept. 7 during the virtual 4-H Auction Scholarship Awards Program. The Minnesota State Fair and the 41st annual Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association Purple Ribbon 4-H Auction were canceled due to the pandemic. However, the 4...

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