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A candlelight vigil is planned in Luverne for Sunday, May 24, on the eve of Memorial Day. The ceremony will be at dusk, about 8:30 p.m., at the Rock County Veterans Memorial at the Rock County Courthouse Square in Luverne. The event will honor the service and sacrifice of Rock County service...
Ryan Wynia (right) at First Farmers and Merchants Bank and Ryan DeBates at Exchange State Bank are accepting donations for the American Cancer Society for Rock County's June 12 Relay for Life event.
Rock County Relay for Life’s “Kiss the Pig” fundraising effort is shaping up to be a battle of the Ryans at competing local banks. Ryan Wynia at First Farmers and Merchants Bank and Ryan DeBates at Exchange State Bank are accepting donations for the American Cancer Society for Rock County’s June 12...
Friday’s announcement of no local bird exhibits in Minnesota for the rest of 2015 has left local county fair organizers and poultry project participants disappointed but understanding. Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) joined decision-makers at the University of Minnesota Extension canceling...
Construction began May 11 on Highway 75 in Luverne and will continue through September.
Construction began May 11 on Highway 75 (Kniss Avenue) in Luverne and will continue through September, starting with a short in-town detour currently in place at Warren Street. The project consists of a variety of work, including resurfacing (mill and overlay) from I-90 to Main Street, seal coating...
Felony charges were filed last week in connection with a crash last summer that took the life of a young woman. Mark Richard Zebe, 43, Adrian, was charged in Rock County District Court Friday with negligent fire. The charges stem from a waterway fire Zebe started south of Kenneth on Aug. 4, 2014....
Geff Fitzer (right) with his son, Conner, are pictured Monday in a strip-tilled field that shows new corn coming up amidst last year's bean stubble. With strip-tilling, only the planted part of the row is disturbed.
Geff Fitzer, who farms west of Luverne, has been strip-tilling his fields for 13 years with notable success. That can be no better proven than in the June 2014 and recent May 10 rain events, both of which gouged deep gullies through fields and washed fertile topsoil into ditches and downstream. “I...
With no crop resident or root matter to hold soil back, the May 10 deluge washed tons of soil out of fields and into nearby ditches and waterways.
The rich black soil of southwestern Rock County is among the most fertile in the nation. That’s why it’s so disappointing to see the damage from last week’s storm that washed topsoil — along with recently planted seed — into ditches and nearby streams. “We have got to do something about this,” said...
  Troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota join forces Friday for a 21-hour joint operation designed to promote highway safety. The Minnesota State Patrol and South Dakota Highway Patrol will have an increased law enforcement presence on Interstate 90 from 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, to 3 a.m. Saturday...
Luverne High School Principal Ryan Johnson opened the Class of 2015 commencement exercises.
Despite the interruption from a fire alarm, Sunday’s commencement exercises for Luverne’s Class of 2015 flowed smoothly and focused on the class motto, “We have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go.” Nine of the Class of 2015 high school graduates spoke to the crowd of fellow students...
Local fans of the popular television series “House Hunters,” will recognize the featured Realtor in a segment recently filmed in Sioux Falls. Ashley (Gacke) Bartholomaus is a realtor with the Tony Ratchford Group of Keller Williams Realty in Sioux Falls. She sent House Hunters producers an audition...

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