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Sept. 29 is the day the Good Samaritan Society was founded more than 90 years ago, and it’s the day the organization celebrates its mission: “To take care of the whole person, body and soul.” Locally several volunteers celebrated Founders Day by supporting 25 area seniors with free CO detectors and...
Rock County 4-H’ers earned champion herdsmanship honors at the 2015 Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show Sept. 17-21 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Pictured are (front, from left) Andrea Severtson, Thea Richards, Meranda Fick, Annaliese Braucht, Kallie Chapa, (back) Lizzie Chapa, Adam Fodness, Joni Vander Beek and Grace Homer.
The eight-member Rock County delegation to the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show earned champion herdsmanship honors during the Sept. 17-21 event. Competing in the large county category, Rock County was one of 27 counties competing in the finals with a perfect 500 score, according to Tim Bonham, who...
Tommy Norman (far left) is the 2015 cow/calf champion showman at the Minnesota State Fair with Ellen Dahl (far right) earning third place. Pictured (from left) are Norman, Lowell Jauert, Diane Kennedy, Mark Dahl and Dahl.
Fifty-four Rock County 4-H’ers advanced to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul Aug. 24-Sept. 7. Several 4-H’ers were singled out for outstanding projects in the livestock and non-livestock areas. Earning a purple ribbon, the highest placing for the non-livestock projects at the state level,...
The Shopko Foundation recently donated $500 to the Rock Area Kids Against Hunger to support the upcoming food-packing event Nov. 5 and 6. Pictured are (from left) Shopko employees Liz Merson and Mindy VanderPoel, Shopko Store Manager Linda Lynch, and Kids Against Hunger volunteers Stacy Schepel, Becky Ossefoort and Pastor Dorie Hall.
The 2015 Rock Area Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event will be Nov. 5 and 6 in the Luverne High School gym. Students from Luverne, Southwest Christian High School, Edgerton Christian Elementary and Hills-Beaver Creek will pack food for the local food banks and for people around the world. During...
Commissioners set the Rock County preliminary levy at 3.88 percent during action taken at their Sept. 22 meeting. The increase means an additional $194,145 from taxpayers in 2016. “We don’t have a choice in a lot of things,” said Commissioner Stan Williamson. Two areas prompted the commissioners to...
Several local volunteer models were recruited to wear the vintage Hinkly family clothing during the Sept. 24 Hinkly House Style and Trunk Show. Pictured on the Hinkly House porch are (in front) Lydia Jarchow, (second row, from left) Elizabeth Wagner, Jan Brandenburg, Christina Wagner, Anja Jarchow, Shirley Harrison, (back) Linda Iverson, Suanne Ohme and Jill Wagner.
Volunteers at the historic Hinkly House in Luverne have been playing dress-up with the wardrobes of the Hinkly family members. On Thursday, Sept. 24, vintage clothing items from the 1800s and 1900s were dusted off and displayed at a “Style and Trunk Show.” It was the second year for the event,...
Chris Weber talks with a group of students at Rock Valley High School Sept. 22 about the accident that killed Steen’s Andrea Boeve in 2014. Weber was distracted while driving by using his cell phone.
Even though he has already completed the required 300 hours of community service and half his jail sentence, Chris Weber continues to tell the public about the consequences of distracted driving because he wants to. Weber, who pled guilty to criminal vehicular homicide earlier this year, spent...
Gevo will increase isobutanol production at the Luverne plant to nearly 1 million gallons in 2016, nearly 10 times the rate of current production. Corporate officials made the announcement last week on the heels of a patent lawsuit settlement with Butamax in August. “The settlement with Butamax...
Nationally known combat photographer Stacy Pearsall will be in Luverne Friday, Oct. 2, to share her story about what combat is like from behind the camera. Pearsall has captured over 500,000 images across 41 different countries, and her work has appeared in Time, USA Today, CNN, BBC and the New...
A new well at the Blue Mounds State Park remains contaminated, even after repeated chlorination, according to state officials. “The drinking water situation at Blue Mounds State Park continues to be a challenge and we are committed to resolving it,” wrote DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr in a Sept. 17...

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