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With change and uncertainty around COVID-19, you may be feeling greater anxiety, worry and stress — especially around personal finances. Some of us are facing the possibility of reduced income with hours cut back at work, while parents are scrambling to find child care or cover shifts so they can...
Esther Kalass
Cox Realty & Land Services, LLC, recently hired Shane Sauer and Esther Kalass to assist with residential real estate, land sales, ag appraisals along with management services and consultations.  They join owners Alan and Cindy Cox, Adrian, and their daughter-in-law, Kayla Cox, Sauer and his...
Papik Motors has been named a 2020 CarGurus Top Rated Dealer, an award given to car dealerships that receive the highest average review ratings from shoppers who have submitted dealership reviews on the CarGurus platform. CarGurus uses verified dealership ratings along with other factors like...
The Rock County Library is an official 2020 Census Questionaire Assistance Center, which means library staff can assist residents with online response. The library — which is remaining open (with limitations issued late Tuesday afternoon) — has computer stations and additonal iPads, plus extended...
Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek school districts began school this week by planning for their closures, as mandated by the Minnesota Department of Education in response to the coronavirus pandemic. School officials met Sunday and informed staff that Monday morning was the only day of classes until...
The Rock County economy — like the rest of the world — took a hit this week amid business disruptions due to the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control recommended canceling or postponing events involving more than 250 people, and later lowered that number to 50.  This affected local...
Luverne Middle School teacher April Wallace works at her desk in an empty classroom Tuesday morning as school districts implement distance learning plans to teach students at home. Local teachers will work in empty classrooms through March 27 with possible implementation of the distance learning plans on March 30, if the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Rock County Commissioners unanimously declared a state of emergency Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration allows officials to take protective measures to reduce the impact of coronavirus along with recovery efforts beyond the usual resources of the county. Tuesday’s County Board...
Since 2017 Ellis & Eastern Railroad, Sioux Falls, (pictured coming through Luverne this fall) has leased the Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad from Rock and Nobles counties and recently received a $14.4 million federal grant to rehabilitate the rail line from outside of Worthington through Rock County to Ellis, South Dakota. The $33.9 million project will take five to seven years to complete.
Three Rock County officials spent three days in Washington, D.C., at the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the March 4 National Rail Day on Capitol Hill. Their trip garnered a $14.4 million federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program grant that will...
Dr. Kevin Kessler
Guest clinicians with local ties will provide an all-state experience to Luverne High School’s band and choir students next week. The public can hear the results during the 45th annual Instrumental and Choral Clinic and Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in the high school gym. Admission is free...
Katie Walgrave (left) plays the gossip-play critic Daria Chase and her character has stern words with retired actress Martha Gillette (played by DJ Leuthje).
Three things drew Carol Ceynowa to direct her 25th play, “The Game’s Afoot,” and her ninth production with the Green Earth Players in Luverne. First of all, the cast needed to be small. “The Game’s Afoot” has eight characters. Secondly, the script had to be well written.“The Game’s Afoot” play is...

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