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A lifelong passion for reading is evident in Bob Wratz’s Luverne apartment by bookshelves filled with hundreds of books. Two of those books are collections of Wratz’s original poems.
Poetry writing became a retirement routine for Bob Wratz’s several months ago and now the Luverne man is a published author. “Just one day I felt like writing a poem and I posted it to Facebook,” he said. “I got some good feedback, so the next day I wrote another, then another and another one; next...
Rock County’s levy will increase by only 4.25 percent — not 6 percent as originally proposed for taxes payable in 2019. At their Dec. 27 meeting, Rock County Commissioners unanimously agreed to set the levy at $5,872,592, which comprises 47.7 percent of the county’s proposed $12.293 million budget...
Rock County Commissioners volunteered their time Thursday, Dec. 27, to the Meals on Wheels program, delivering 37 meals in Luverne.   All five commissioners participated in the noon delivery including Stan Williamson (pictured above), who carried an insulated cooler to the Centennial Apartments on...
Eight gravel pit operators paid a combined $138,995 in aggregate taxes to Rock County over the past year. The amount is $30,550 more than 2017, in which $108,455 was collected. The collected taxes are split four ways. The county road and bridge fund received $56,119 for 2018, special reserve fund $...
The 2019 farm financial outlook is even bleaker than it was going into 2018, and local ag lenders are seeing some Rock County farmers at the breaking point. “A few of our farmers are feeling extreme financial hardship,” said Minnwest Bank President Isaac DeBoer. “We’re seeing a percentage of...
Contact the Rock County Library at rocklibrarystaff@gmail.com or 507-449-5040 for more information or to register for events. Help us find out what kinds of programs, events and activities you’d like to see from the library. Complete the survey at rockcountycommunitylibrary.org. Paper copies are...
Marian Lorenzen, 87, rural Hardwick, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at her home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Hartquist Funeral...
The Luverne Area Community Foundation awarded $36,418 during its 2018 fall grant cycle. This is in addition to the spring grants that totaled $33,808, bringing the total LACF 2018 grants to more than $70,000.   Health care grants were awarded to: •Sanford Luverne Medical $6,715 for two Nara nursery...
A reduced levy was adopted by Luverne School Board members at their Thursday, Dec. 20, meeting. The decrease of 2.05 percent or $80,882 means fewer dollars collected from local property taxes in 2019. Business manager Marlene Mann presented the school budget at the district’s Truth in Taxation...
Hannah Kruse of Adrian is the newly crowned 2019 Minnesota Hereford Breeders Association queen and will represent the state’s cattlemen at local, state and national events.
An Adrian teenager and Rock County 4-H’er will represent Minnesota cattlemen, after serving as local beef ambassador for the past two years. Hannah Kruse, 18, received the “Miss Minnesota Hereford” crown Dec. 8 during the association’s annual meeting and sale in Hutchinson. The statewide honor wasn...

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