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About 450 high school students sit in silence as they watch a mock accident caused by distracted driving and the events that unfold when the five students in the two vehicles are attended to by Luverne firefighters and Rock County Ambulance paramedics. Students also witnessed the distracted driver arrested by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the distraught parents of two of the victims, and the fatally injured being taken away by Hartquist Funeral Home staff.
Students from Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek high schools gathered on the west end of the Luverne school campus Sept. 21 for an eye-opening experience. About 450 students witnessed a mock accident to demonstrate the dangers of distracted and impaired driving just days before each school’s...
A large crane lifts a heavy narcelle into place atop a tower Wednesday, Sept. 21. The tower sections are stabilized by vortex wrap to prevent the tower from swaying until the hub, blades and nacelle are attached.
The Walleye Wind Farm in western Rock County is at peak construction with three turbines now erected among a total of 40 in the project. NextEra Energy Resources is building the wind farm capable of generating approximately 110 megawatts of energy. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 20 and 21, NextEra...
Luverne High School celebrated the kickoff to Homecoming Week with Monday night’s coronation in the performing arts center. Pictured in front (from left) are Audrie DeBates, Christina Wagner, Jocelyn Hart, Averill Sehr, Joseph Bullerman, King Parker Carbonneau, Queen Elizabeth Wagner, Aubren Hoven, Emma Beyer, Anja Jarchow, Kira John, Allie Kracht, (back) Bella Oye, Jesse Aning, Camden Janiszeski, Ross Bergman, Tyson Cowell, Gannon Ahrendt, Camden Hoven, Patrick Kroski, Brady Bork, Gavin Reisch, Tyler Hodge
Luverne High School seniors Elizabeth Wagner and Parker Carbonneau are this year’s homecoming queen and king at Luverne High School. At Monday night’s coronation in the performing arts center, the two were crowned from a royal court of 10 seniors. The other queen candidates were Averill Sehr, Emma...
An ordinance to allow the sale of hemp-derived edible products in Rock County is drafted and ready for public input. A public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the commissioners’ room at the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne. The subcommittee appointed by the county commissioners...
With the pending retirement of City Administrator John Call in December, the Luverne City Council is working on a transition strategy to replace him. The Luverne City Administrator Search Committee reviewed 30 resumes and applications for the position, and following seven first-round interviews,...
The city of Luverne is alerting residents and businesses of a planned power outage and sounding of civil defense sirens this weekend. The outage will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in order to bring on line the city’s new 3 MW Caterpillar generators installed at the Electrical Power Plant earlier...
Pictured are (from left) Tony Schomacker, Andrea Chase, Jeff Cook, John Cramer, Bret Wiltse, Keith Kilgore, Mike McCormick, Garrett Piklapp, Michel Cox, Mayor Pat Baustian, Jeff Keinroth, Koby Pritchard, Brian Tieskotter, Gary and Janine Papik, Dave McDonald, Greg Burger, Jeremy Jacob, Tyler Bryant, Kathleen Schmitt, Mark Tieskotter, Megan Janshen, Holly Sammons, Henry Keizer, Mark DeYoung, Juan Navarro, Rob Stevenson and Becky Walgrave.
A ribbon-cutting Tuesday, Sept. 20, celebrated the opening of Fareway Meat Market at Main Street and Highway 75 in Luverne. The renovated 2,300 square foot store is the first, stand-alone Fareway meat market in Minnesota, and offers fresh meat and a full-service butcher counter, plus main course...
Rock County sent six 4-H’ers to the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Pictured from left are Cash Bonnett, Kennedy Safar, Morgan Bonnett, Lily Ehlers, Kellie VanDerBrink and Mallie Fick.
Six Rock County 4-H’ers earned participation to the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show Sept. 16-19 in St. Paul. Riders included Mallie Fick, Morgan Bonnett, Lily Ehlers, Cash Bonnett, Kennedy Safar and Kellie VanDerBrink. Safar competed in grade 13 events and finished eighth in poles, fifth in jumping...
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA) recognize Doug Bos from Rock County Rural Water for his exceptional efforts to protect community drinking water sources. Bos received a 2022 Source Water Protection Award from MDH and MRWA. Preserving quality...

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