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The Rock County emergency officials now have the ability to send local messages to everyone’s cell phone. Sheriff Evan Verbrugge and Emergency Management Director Kyle Oldre are now certified to use the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System or IPAWS. “As long as you don’t deactivate it off...
Watch your May 1 Announcer for the Summer Community Education brochure. Registration for many summer recreation sport activities is due by Thursday, May 19.  Be sure to sign up for morning recreation, basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis, arts and crafts, gymnastics, football, wrestling, track and...
With the retirement of longtime Heartland Express employee Elaine Birkestrand set for Sunday, May 1, county officials have been discussing different options to fill her position. Heartland Express provides public transportation to families, older adults and people with disabilities. The countywide...
Recent property sales in Beaver Creek prompted local assessors to increase market values. However, the increase wasn’t as much as necessary to meet state requirements. Tom Houselog, Rock County Land Records director, explained the increase in market values to Beaver Creek City Council members at...
Saving a life could be as simple as a text message. A team of local professionals is working to get the message out about TXT4Life, a suicide prevention resource that uses texting as a way for those in crisis to seek help anonymously. Because youth are most at risk for suicide (the second leading...
The first bison calf has been born at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne in southwestern Minnesota, and up to 25 more are expected, according to Park Manager Chris Ingebretsen. “This is an exciting time to visit the park,” Ingebretsen said. “New calves will continue to be born into early June,...
Brandon Sprock is pictured with his artwork that is on display at the Museum of Visual Materials in Sioux Falls through the end of April.
The artwork of 17-year-old Brandon Sprock, son of Luverne High School graduate Sara (Schomacker) Sprock, is on display at the Museum of Visual Materials, Sioux Falls, through April 30. In December the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota put out a call for art to be created by students...
Glen Gust said the saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” sums up the past 40 years. “It’s been so dang much fun, even though it’s not an easy business,” he said.
Glen Gust’s grocery career began when he was a child. “I started delivering bread with the bread man when I was 7, and I delivered milk with the milk man when I was 12,” Gust recalled. “I made $4 a week — $1 per day — in the summers.” As a high school student in Canby he worked for the local...
Knute Oldre (center) holds the plaque he earned as a first-place winner at the Minnesota State Speech Tournament Friday in Lakeville. Oldre placed first in Discussion with Samantha Ykema (right) finishing fourth. Dylan Thorson (left) placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking.
A Luverne High School junior has become the 12th student in school history to claim a state speech title. Knute Oldre, son of Kyle and Sara Oldre, Luverne, placed first in Discussion at Friday’s State Speech Tournament in Lakeville. Discussion is the category in which Luverne students have won nine...
Lowell Feldhahn (left) plays Detective Charlie Chanski and Elizabeth Efteland is Lieutenant Martin in the performance of “Bottom” Thursday evening, April 14, in St. Catherine Catholic Church’s gathering space. The play depicts the two peace officials trying to locate a 13-year-old girl caught in the sex trafficking trade.
A unique four-person theatrical performance last week in St. Catherine Church illustrated the topic of forced labor and commercial sex in Minnesota. A panel discussion afterward offered ways community residents could end the modern-day slavery. More than 50 people attended the public performance of...

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