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Rock County Commissioners approved changing positions within the sheriff’s office after recent resignations affected the current patrol schedules. Earlier this year county officials developed and approved a hybrid position within the sheriff’s department. Lee Christians, who had been a part-time...
Sanford Luverne invites the public to participate in the “Step by Step Wellness Challenge” from Aug. 15 to Sept. 25. Teams of three earn points for step totals each week and can also access tips and wellness information. Register by Aug. 5 by calling 507-449-1229. Cost is $10 without pedometer, $20...
First Baptist Church of Luverne hosted its Vacation Bible School the week of July 18 under the theme, “Ocean Commotion.” Organizers said everyone had a “boatload” of fun learning about Noah and the great flood from the book of Genesis. Through songs, games, crafts and Bible time, children were...
Isaiah Barton of Brandon, South Dakota, and Madora Mott of Madison, South Dakota, give thumbs up while waiting in line for a free hot dog Thursday night outside ACE Hardware.
Luverne businesses that served free hot dogs at the July 14 event deemed it a resounding success. At the 54th annual Hot Dog Night 15,000 hot dogs were served and consumed within record time, most within an hour after serving began. Ace Hardware Manager Kevin Mick said his 500 spiral-cut hotdogs...
Meaghan Hansen (left) and her sister, Madison, clean display cases at the Ida Reverts Memorial Hall last week in preparation for the opening of the Rock County Fair. Barb Kraft (far right) works on the open class entry software. The fair begins Wednesday evening, July 27, with the 4-H poultry and rabbit shows.
Officials at next week’s Rock County Fair want a record number of exhibits to fill the open class divisions. Anyone from toddlers to senior citizens can enter items in 21 separate classes that award ribbons and small premiums to those who participate. “It’s fun,” said 9-year-old Madison Hansen, who...
A new smartphone app has gained a large following in only two weeks, and Rock County is following the national trend. “Pokemon Go” is a popular virtual reality game that uses smartphone camera and location services to place animated characters in real-life locations. The goal of the game is to...
In the wake of recent national attacks on law enforcement officers, some Rock County residents are going out of their way to support local men and women in uniform. On Friday, July 8, Stacy Schepel and her two young daughters delivered donuts to the Law Enforcement Center on North Blue Mound Avenue...
Original doors and window frames were incorporated into the remodeling plans for the History Center.
Work on the interior of the new History Center in Luverne is essentially complete. Members of the Rock County Historical Society were invited for a final walk-through on Monday, and only a few incidental items remain to be completed. Now, the move from the current museum on Freeman Avenue to the...
Samantha Van Maanen plays the xylophone Monday at the music camp hosted by Luverne Street Music in St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Luverne. The xylophones are new to the fourth annual music camp and were purchased with grants from Continental Western and Red Arrow.
Children at this week’s Luverne Street Music camp were laughing, playing instruments and singing. “We want them to be excited,” said instructor Mistyn Kozisek. “We want them to be creative in front of a group and be comfortable with movement.” For five days, 38 children ages 4 and older...
Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge is reminding residents to lock their vehicles and be on the alert for potential thefts and vandalisms. Last week the Sheriff’s Office received calls of thefts from vehicles and reports of slashed tires in Luverne. Some simply reported that someone had been “...

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