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The Beaver Creek Watershed is now considered a priority in terms of federal funds to control erosion. That’s good news for 43 flood repair projects on eroded agricultural land according to a June 20 work group meeting at the Rock County Land Management Office. Since the 2014 flood events, the...
The early morning sky on Wednesday, June 22, was a spectacular sound and light show of a classic summer thunderstorm. But one lightening bolt connected with a barn on the Darrell and Leah Van Meeteren farm northeast of Luverne. "We heard the loudest crack that night, but we didn't realize it was at our place," Darrell Van Meeteren said Thursday. "There was a lot of electricity in the air." What he also didn't realize was that all that electricity ignited a fire that nearly consumed the building.
The early morning sky on Wednesday, June 22, was a spectacular sound and light show of a classic summer thunderstorm. But one lightening bolt connected with a barn on the Darrell and Leah Van Meeteren farm northeast of Luverne. "We heard the loudest crack that night, but we didn't realize it was at...
Rock County Commissioners view the motion-sensitive camera and single-stream recycling guides recently installed at the county’s recycling shed in Beaver Creek. Officials hope the cameras will help solve the problem of garbage being dumped in recycle bins. Pictured are (from left) county administrator Kyle Oldre, land management director Eric Hartman and commissioners Jody Reisch and Stan Williamson. A similar camera is located at the Hills recycling shed, which has also had garbage.
County commissioners received a firsthand look at various projects in Rock County on their annual road tour June 21. Meeting in the afternoon, commissioners completed the 2 ½-hour transit bus ride prior to the 5 p.m. board meeting. A 7 p.m. Board of Equalization meeting ended their day. No property...
President Theodore Roosevelt traveled and stayed in a canvas tent like the one history impersonator Adam Lindquist assembled Saturday at the Blue Mounds State Park. Items inside the tent were authentic or commemorative to Roosevelt’s travels from 1903-1912, except for the awning that was added by Lindquist to provide shade for camp visitors.
Theodore Roosevelt was right at home at Blue Mounds State Park north of Luverne Saturday. Amid the prairie grasses and bison that make the state park their home, living history reenactor Adam Lindquist told visitors to his hunting camp display about the 26th president of the United States while...
Adrian will host an event July 2 that highlights people and resources that support veterans. The event, called the Dawg Days of Summer, features a mobile unit that memorializes military working dogs and their handlers who have been killed in the War on Terror.  Activities will be from 1 to 4 p.m....
Luverne firemen Jeremy Lehman (left) and Jonathon Kurtz are training to become certified fireworks operators. The July 4 event at The Lake in Luverne will be one of their training sessions toward certification. They're pictured with mortar tubes (up to 6 inches diameter) for this year's show.
Luverne will have a Fourth of July fireworks show this year for the first time in over three decades. And two local firemen, Jeremy Lehman and Jonathon Kurtz, will be in charge of lighting the fuses for the holiday show at The Lake in Luverne. “I just want everyone to know we’re going to do this in...
Mary Jo Graphenteen (pictured with dog Miley) announced her retirement at the end of the 2015-16 school year after 36 years as Luverne Public School’s health and physical education teacher.
Almost 70 years of classroom experience won’t be returning to Luverne Public Schools when just two longtime teachers decided to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Greg Antoine and Mary Jo Graphenteen chose early retirement after spending 32 and 36 years teaching in Luverne respectively....
Marty and Bud Johnson are the parade marshals for Hardwick’s 2016 Jubilee Days. Events are from Friday evening through Sunday noon. The parade is Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Bud and Marty Johnson are no strangers to the Hardwick Jubilee Days parade. For more than a few decades the couple’s tractors, trucks or horseless carriage have traveled the two-block route with one or more Johnson family members on board. At Saturday’s parade the Johnsons themselves will take...
Ryleigh Beers holds one of the 170 Blessing Kits, a project she was able to organize, fundraise and assemble for three organizations.
Luverne’s Ryleigh Beers is experienced in raising money to help others. Two years ago the recent graduate of Luverne High School purchased and delivered art supplies for the Children’s Home Society. The following year she made dozens of blankets to be given away for Project Linus. This year Beers’...
Sioux Falls Canaries mascot “Cagey” (left) reacts to the picture from the book “Slugger” as read by his teammate, pitcher Josh Ferrell.
While all eyes were on the 7-foot-tall yellow mascot from the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball team, it was two left-handed pitchers who completed a special reading program Monday afternoon at the Rock County Community Library. Joining Cagey (the name of the big yellow bird) were left-handed pitchers...

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