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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...
Day care art from Peggy Fisher's day care.
The May display at the Carnegie Cultural Center rivals that of professional art exhibits, yet many of the artists don’t yet know how to tie their own shoes. The Day Care Art Show, featuring the work of Rock County’s youngest artists, is on display through the month of May at the Carnegie at 205...
Community members gave $55,000 to Betty Mann's birthday card bash. The monies are for the new Rock County Historical Center.
Betty Mann turned 85 on May 1, and she said birthday cards are still trickling in. “I just got three more today,” she said Monday. Mann, president of the Rock County Historical Society, is among a group of volunteers raising money for a new History Center to start construction this summer in...
The high school concert choir wows audience members with their performance of “Frozen Heart” and “Let It Go” from the popular movie, “Frozen.”
Luverne Middle School and High School choir students performed their spring pops concert Friday night, May 8, in the Cardinal Gym. Under the direction of Seana Graber, the groups sang and danced to familiar tunes that have become popular as Disney theme songs. Each of the groups performed their own...
More panic buttons will be installed in the Rock County Courthouse due to action taken by the Rock County Commissioners at their May 5 meeting. An additional 22 of the small devices will be installed under desks and service counters, all within easy reach by county employees if emergency assistance...
Danny Roskamp kicks up dust while planting soybeans northeast of Hardwick last week. Due to the dry soil conditions, farmers across the state are reaching the fastest planting on record in 30 years.
Last week Minnesota farmers tied a 30-year record for the most soybean acres planted in a single week. That follows the pace set by corn planting the previous week when corn producers had the second-highest acres planted in 30 years, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service...

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