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Calissa Lubben, the 2018 Rock-Pipestone County Dairy Princess, spent Labor Day sitting in a cooler watching her likeness emerge from a 90-pound block of butter. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lubben posed in a 40-degree glass enclosed cooler as artist Linda Christensen scraped, smoothed and created Lubben’...
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Tim Walz announced last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Quentin Aanenson Airport in Luverne a grant of $472,500 for infrastructure improvements. “This grant award will help the Quentin Aanenson Airport become more self-...
More than 70 people participated in the Third Annual Tractor Ride that departed from the Luverne City Park Friday morning. Drivers and riders young and old, male and female, putted along on tractors young and old, red and green, and many other colors in between. The parade, organized by Ken Vos,...
The original Magnolia High School banner is the first of 50 entrants in the all-school reunion parade Saturday morning down Broadway Street in Magnolia. Carrying the black and orange banner are Lisa Tutsch (left) and Susan (Vande Velde) Skattum.
After three days of reunion activities, the graduates of Magnolia High School are still hearing the school’s fight song in their heads. “Cheer, Cheer For Magnolia High,” continues to ring in Judy Kruger’s ears, she said. “I had a lot of fun,” said the MHS 1976 graduate. “(It was) good seeing people...
County road ditches will receive some extra attention this fall when Rock County Highway Department personnel try curtailing growth of noxious weeds. County engineer Mark Sehr outlined the plan to county commissioners during their Aug. 21 meeting. Canada thistle is the most prevalent noxious weed...
Trey Baustian, purple ribbon black face middleweight market lamb.
Fifty-four local 4-H’ers represented Rock County at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair during the Aug. 23-26 livestock encampment and the general project judging Aug. 26-28. Receiving champion or reserve ribbons during the livestock encampment were: •Tommy Norman, Willing Workers 4-H Club, reserve...
By Fraser Norton County Executive Director Rock and Pipestone County Offices Since many Rock and Pipestone County producers have a Marketing Assistance Loan, or as it is more commonly called, a Grain Loan with the Commodity Credit Corporation, here are a few important things to remember. When you...
Human trafficking is far more common in rural communities than people realize, according to Allan Bakke of the Southwest Crisis Center. Many parents fear child abductions, which are statistically rare, but Bakke said trafficking is a growing threat that many communities haven’t yet recognized. He...
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources 2018 tour of conservation projects took officials to Rock and Nobles counties Wednesday, Aug. 22. Here they’re gathered at the Rock River in Warren Baker’s land where a 2015 project prevented water erosion from reaching an abandoned city landfill.
How wisely are we using our state resources on local soil and water projects? An Aug. 22 tour of several sites in Rock and Nobles counties provided answers for members of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. Doug Bos of the Rock County Land Management Office said he welcomed the chance...
Luverne Public Schools Superintendent Craig Oftedahl talks with staff Monday morning about his ideas to encourage an atmosphere of respect between teachers and students and within the facility. Teacher Doug Dooyema wore a T-shirt that reads, “It’s Still About Respect.”
When Luverne Schools opens their doors Tuesday, Sept. 4, for the 2018-19 school year, students will be greeted with a longer school day, eager staff and a focus toward building a respectful environment. An extra 30 minutes has been added to the school day. Students and staff begin classes at 8 a.m...

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