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On July 25, USDA announced the details for the $16.0 billion trade assistance package for farm operators. A total of $14.5 billion, which is the largest portion of the aid package, is designated as direct payments to farmers in the form of market facilitation program (MFP) payments. The MFP...
Three first-place winners rose to the top of the talent pool at the 18th annual Rock County Fair Talent Show. The event took place Wednesday night, July 24, in the Palace Theatre in downtown Luverne. Sixteen acts participated in the event sponsored by Sioux Valley Energy and the Rock County Ag...
Champions and reserve champions in the open class categories at the 2019 Rock County Fair gathered for a picture Friday, July 26. They are Elanor Gesch (front, left), Amaryah Gesch, Carter Sehr, Kinser Klosterbuer, (second row) Dorral Kramer Guzman, Dianne Karlstad, Krista Burkman, Gert Bruynes, Ashlee Overvaag, Marcia Essman, (back) Evan Prekker, Andrew Prekker, Lori Witte, Carol Goehle, Joan Chesley, Eric Fick and Howie Luitjens.
Following are the results reported for Open Class competition at the 2018 Rock County Fair: Floral •Best of Show: Betty Leuthold; Reserve Best of Show: Maryln Luitjens. •Champions of Subdivisions: Betty Leuthold, Shirley Sandager, Micaela Hemme, Carter Peterson, Maryln Luitjens, Sarah Stegenga. •...
The Rock County Sheriff’s office is investigating two thefts that occurred in the early morning hours Tuesday in Luverne. A vehicle was stolen from the driveway at the home of Martin and Alvina Wigen sometime between Monday night or Tuesday morning. According to Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, the keys...
Jed Fagerness of Steen rewards his hog named “Marshall” with a marshmallow for following him around the pen last week.
Today (July 25) three Rock County 4-H’ers will enter the show ring in a swine experience like no other. Darwin DeMarrias of Adrian and Jed and Gracie Fagerness, Steen, have eagerly awaited this week since receiving their 100-pound pigs three months ago. They are the county’s first participants in...
On Monday Austin Winter (above) scoops debris into the truck as part of a county highway crew that cleaned up fallen trees and other storm debris from the boulevard.
Several storm systems over southwest Minnesota Saturday resulted in severe weather that downed trees, flattened crops and damaged property. Some areas of the county were affected worse than others by the storm, which mustered wind gusts up to 70 mph in some areas. But stories were similar in...
Abandoned windows were discovered inside the walls during the recent demolition of the band room at the Luverne Middle-High School. The windows are among several surprises construction workers must fix before the project can progress to the next stage.
Workers are halfway through the four-month-long summer construction schedule with at least 10 ongoing projects in the works at the Luverne Middle-High School. This has school officials concerned that some areas won’t be ready for students by Sept. 16 when school starts in eight weeks. Joel Bornhoft...
Dale Nelson (left) and Greg Antoine outline the development of an official pickleball court July 9 at the Luverne High School tennis courts.
Thanks to a grant from the Luverne Area Community Foundation and some work by local residents, a new sport is taking off in Luverne. Greg and Barb Antoine worked with Luverne Community Education to submit a grant request to the LACF for Luverne’s first official pickleball court. The court was built...
Workers from Prahm Construction of Slayton use a crane to replace wood bridge pilings damaged by ice flow this spring with steel pilings. They will also replace the transfer girders, work that is expected to be finished by the end of the week
Repairs began last week on the County Road 1 bridge over the Kanaranzi Creek in southeastern Rock County at a cost more than double the engineering firm’s original estimate. Work is expected to be finished by week’s end. County commissioners received two bids at their July 2 meeting for the...
Janine Papik shows Councilwoman Caroline Thorson how to find the right notes on one of the flower sculptures that plays different bell tones when its petals are struck with a mallet.
Four colorful, bell-tone flowers have sprouted on the front lawn of the Carnegie Cultural Center as an addition to the Luverne Street Music lineup of instrumental learning. Four metal flowers — yellow, blue, orange and purple — appear to be sculptures, but they’re functional instruments, with each...

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