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Casey Hoiland, who is starting second grade in Luverne Elementary, smiles for Lifetouch photographer Jessica Kodada Thursday evening, Aug. 20, in the elementary gym. His dad, Stuart Hoiland (left) observes as Donell Henckel helps to make him smile. Yearbook photographs were part of the district-...
Lloyd and Gladys Hemme hold the sign that designates their farm as a Century Farm, the only Rock County parcel to receive the distinction in 2015.
Lloyd and Gladys Hemme’s farm west of Hardwick was recently named Rock County’s 82nd Century Farm. The Century Farm Program honors Minnesota farm families that have owned the land at least 100 years. A Century Farm must be at least 50 acres in size and currently involved in agricultural production...
Another property has been approved for the city of Luverne’s Residential Demolition Grant program. John Oksness applied for a grant through the program on behalf of the Edward Wehler Estate for the structures at 715 N. McKenzie. Oksness, who is administrator of the Wehler estate, told city...
Heavy dirt movers work on the lot of the future Crossroads Trailer Sales and Services Friday afternoon on the site of what used to be several old turkey barns that stored hay. The new business intends to break ground later this year.
Rock County Commissioners unanimously approved the conditional use permit for a retail semi-trailer sales dealership to build an office and operate a sales lot on South Highway 75. A July 27 public hearing drew property owners and residential neighbors near the site just south of I-90 on the east...
A company familiar with the county’s rock formations has been hired to bury 554 miles of fiber optic cable for the upcoming countywide broadband project. Three years ago Michel’s Corporation, headquartered in Brownsville, Wisconsin, buried the power cable and constructed the overhead electrical...
Rock County serves as the last work location for retiring Nobles-Rock Community Corrections Community Service Supervisor Angel Otero. It was also where his first work crew supervisory project was located. Otero is retiring after 22 years in the position.
Not many private citizens know Angel Otero or have even heard of his name, but the public in general has benefited from his role in lining up workers for dozens of local public projects. On Friday Otero will be honored from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Prairie Justice Center in Worthington. He is retiring...
Rock County Community Library Director Serena Gutnik explains renovation plans at the Aug. 18 county commissioner meeting.
The county’s library will officially undergo renovations after the Rock County Commissioners unanimously voted Aug. 18 to contribute $175,000 to the project. In May commissioners finalized $1.225 million in tax increment financing for the county’s share in the fiber optic project and earmarked...
Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels have agreed to share patents and licensure on bio-based isobutanol, ending years of litigation between the two companies. The agreement, which creates a new development relationship between the two companies, means that isobutanol production will increase at...
Sealcoating work on Highway 75 started Friday on the north end of Luverne. Workers are pictured here near the hospital making their way south.
The paving on Highway 75 in Luverne is wrapping up this week and the detour removed as the project nears completion. After a stretch of rainy days last week, however, road resurfacing did not get done in time to get the lanes restriped from four lanes to three before school started Monday. The lane...
Lisa Fischer of Missouri River Energy presents a check for $43,712 to Luverne Superintendent Craig Oftedahl (far left) and Luverne School Board Chair Dave Riphagen (far right) during the July 28 Luverne City Council meeting in Luverne City Hall. Also pictured is Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian (second...

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