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The Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) and University of Minnesota Extension will host Winter Crops and Soils Day Feb. 1-4 in Montevideo, Luverne, Lamberton and Fairmont, respectively. Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research...
Mother Nature blessed the area with another showing of artistic hoarfrost Monday, after heavy overnight fog left trees, branches, grasses and other stationary objects coated with ice crystals.
Winter is the best time to prune trees to keep them healthy and protect them from disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

 “Pruning trees when they are dormant is a way to protect them from diseases such as oak wilt or Dutch elm disease that are active during the...
Rock County Law Enforcement and emergency medical personnel will challenge the Luverne Fire Department in a friendly competition to see which department can recruit the most donors for the community’s blood supply for the Ninth Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” next week. Donations will be accepted...
Melissa Radley and Josh VanVeldhuizen, both of Luverne, are parents of the first baby of the New Year. Azalea Grace was born Jan. 1 at Sanford Luverne Hospital.
The first baby of the New Year born at Sanford Luverne Hospital is Azalea Grace VanVeldhuizen, born Jan. 1, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 20 inches long. She’s pictured with her parents, Melissa Radley and Josh VanVeldhuizen, both of Luverne, and she joins a 2-year-old sibling, Rome. Azalea’s...
The Luverne Fire Department spent several hours on New Year’s Eve at the scene of a fire on Edgehill Street in Luverne. Smoke was billowing out of the building, owned by Freda Fransman, when firefighters arrived, and Fire Chief David Van Batavia said crews were cautious about possible flammables...
The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s board of directors awarded a $5,257,710 contract to Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone for the 6½-mile segment of 24-inch steel pipe between Luverne and Magnolia. Magnolia is a connection point for both Rock County Rural Water District (RCRWD) and...
Using a special attachment system on the back of a tractor, Shawn Feikema watches the machine roll up the polyethylene bag like a tube of toothpaste. The action of rolling the plastic up funnels the grain into the auger and up into the semitrailer or wagon for transportation.
Grain production in Rock County closed with near record yields, and last year’s abundance of corn left one area producer searching for a safe way to store the valuable commodity until it was needed. Shawn Feikema of Circle F Farms, a beef production facility north of Luverne, thinks he has found an...
Rock County Veterans Service Officer Dave Haugom kiddingly told commissioners at their meeting Dec. 22 his future outreach efforts might include video games. “To reach the younger generation, I may have to become a character in a video game or start texting,” Haugom said. Appearing in a video game...
Last year local business, education and government professionals gathered in Luverne to discuss a career and vocational education program. The discussion is now expanding to include parents and students. Ed Elbers, a retired businessman and former sheriff, initiated the November 2014 discussion,...

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