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Weather in 2018 adversely affected productivity from Rock County’s four wind farms. Based on production tax numbers released in late February, Rock County will collect $754,440 in production tax revenue, the lowest amount collected since 2012. Last year, the county received $825,431 from 2017...
Volunteer-led Friends of Blue Mounds State Park will implement a habitat restoration project at Blue Mounds State Park with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota. The project will include volunteer opportunities for community members at events...
Luverne City Council members approved a resolution at their March 12 meeting to support local efforts toward a complete count in the 2020 census. The city of Luverne established a Complete Count Committee (CCC) earlier this year to support the 2020 U.S. Census efforts. The committee’s goals are to...
The first meeting on Feb. 11 attracted 40 people to the Palace Theatre where they viewed images of gathering spaces that have been successful in other cities and learned about what plazas can do for communities. Then they teamed up to answer questions about what amenities they'd like to see in Luverne. Above are the lists they compiled at the end of the night.
Community members are encouraged to attend next week’s planning meeting for a plaza in downtown Luverne. It’s at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Grand Prairie Events where refreshments will be served. Luverne Initiatives for Tomorrow (L.I.F.T.), Luverne Area Chamber, along with other community...
As disability service providers in Minnesota continue to address significant challenges in staff recruitment and retention, they joined with individuals they support for a rally at the Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul March 12. Their top concern is the push for a “competitive workforce factor” to...
“Connecting the Stars” was the theme of a daylong Southwest BLU leadership retreat March 2 in Marshall. Attending from Rock County were (from left) Emma Deutsch, state 4-H ambassador Josie Scholten and Janica Oechsle.
Three Rock County 4-H’ers were among 52 youth across the region who attended the daylong Southwest BLU leadership retreat March 2 at Southwest State University in Marshall. Janica Oechsle and Emma Deutsch attended as participants while Josie Scholten, a Minnesota State 4-H Ambassador, assisted with...
Participants in the 2019 Rock County Communication Arts Contest include (front row from left) Ava Steinhoff, Gabriella Porter, Penni Moore, (back) Klarissa Burkman, Krista Burkman, Aisha Porter, Candace Porter and Mazzi Moore. Not pictured are Colton Buchholz, Caylix Buchholz and Andrea Luitjens.
Eleven Rock County 4-H’ers in grades kindergarten through high school shared their communication talents Feb. 28 at the annual 4-H Communication Arts Contest in Luverne. Members participated in photojournalism, creative writing, interpretive reading and photojournalism. Contest goals included...
Good Samaritan Society Luverne was deficiency free in 2018, according to Providigm, a company that specializes in quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) in health care. It recently recognized the Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne with its Embracing Quality Award, which is given to...
Clinician John Aboud directs the high school band in playing “Cruel Moon.”
Luverne High School band and choirs presented their March concert Saturday, March 16, in the high school gym following their work with expert clinicians. The band worked under the direction of John Aboud, Algona, Iowa, and the choirs were scheduled to perform with Dr. Michael Culloton from...
Water covers the railroad tracks at the intersection of Gabrielson Drive in Luverne.
Several county roads and an unknown number of township gravel roads in Rock County are closed this morning due to flooding.  They join dozens of other flooded roadways — including I-90 near Luverne — in southern Minnesota that are making travel difficult for motorists. Emergency officials warn to...

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