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The church in Kenneth dates back to 1894 when congregation members first organized worship services in the Battle Plain school house.
After more than 120 years of weddings, funerals and worship services, Kenneth Lutheran Church will close its doors at the end of the month. A final worship service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 28, followed by a catered meal. The small building with a proud white steeple housed hundreds of summer...
Charles "Chuck" Connell
Charles “Chuck” Connell of Luverne appeared in Rock County District Court Monday morning on charges of criminal vehicular operation — substantial bodily harm — and DWI. The charges stem from a Sept. 27 crash east of Luverne on County Road 4 in which Connell attempted a left-hand turn in front of an...
Jens “J.R.” Jensen purchased the Green Lantern Café & Bar in Hardwick on April 1 and will reintroduce patrons to the change during the town’s Jubilee Days celebration this weekend.
Hardwick’s Jubilee Days annual celebration brings people together for food, fun and fellowship. New Green Lantern Café and Bar owner Jens “J.R.” Jensen hopes to bring that same atmosphere to Hardwick year-round. “Jubilee Days is my big introduction,” he said. Since taking over the business April 1...
Southbound motorists are routed to the northbound lanes of Highway 75 in the middle of Luverne as road construction continues
Road construction and related detours along Highway 75 in Luverne expanded this week to include a portion of Main Street just west of the Highway 75 and Main Street intersection. According to Luverne City Administrator John Call, one block of West Main Street was scheduled to be closed for two to...
For the first time in 15 years, tillable land in Rock County decreased in market value. That was one finding reported by Rock County Land Records Office Director Tom Houselog during the county’s Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting Tuesday night, June 16, in the Rock County Courthouse. Rather...
Using a 130-foot lift, fire investigators take pictures of the former hog production barn destroyed by fire on May 11. More than 15 investigators were working at the scene last week to determine the cause of the fire that killed two workers.
More than a month after a fire at a New Horizon Farms facility east of Jasper killed two women, investigators gathered at the scene Tuesday, June 16, to determine a cause. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office was joined by as many as 15 other private fire investigators from across the United...
Straight-line winds destroyed a machine shed, enclosed cattle barn and grain bins and damaged the home on LeRoy and Denise Veldkamp farm in northwest Rock County Monday.
LeRoy Veldkamp woke up his wife, Denise, shortly before 5 a.m. Monday and told her they needed to get to the basement. That was a good call. Moments later straight-line winds hammered their home, damaging the roof and sending debris through the south windows. “A board came through and embedded...
Luverne High School marching band performs down Main Street, U.S.A., during their trip earlier this month to California.
After six days on the road, the Luverne High School marching band returned home full of stories, experiences, and for director Richard Owen the one and only copy of the group’s studio performance. “I signed a whole lot of paperwork stating I can’t make a copy,” Owen said. “I have the one-and-only...
Rock County Dairy Princess Calissa Lubben waves to crowds during the Buffalo Days parade in Luverne earlier this month when she handed out cheese sticks.
The milk used to make the cheese sticks given out by 2015 Rock County Dairy Princess Calissa Lubben at area parades could have come from the 16-year-old’s family dairy farm in northeast Rock County. After all, 8 million pounds of fluid milk from the Lubben dairy farm is produced yearly for Agropur...
Luverne native Warren Herreid II served on the Minnesota Military Family Tribute volunteer committee and attended the ribbon-cutting Saturday, June 13, where he snapped pictures of the story stones along with the inscription on the Sioux quartzite stone representing Rock County.
At the Minnesota Military Family Tribute (MFT), dedicated Saturday, June 13, there are 87 story stones, one to represent each county in the state. On each of the stones is an inscription from correspondence between deployed soldiers and their families at home. Rock County Veteran Service Officer...

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