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Patrick “Packy” Mader talked with library visits June 23 about his book “Minnesota Gold: Conversations with Northland Athletes Competing on the World Stage” by showing where the athletes he interviewed live in Minnesota. He chronicled the efforts, perseverance and achievement of 57 Minnesota athletes from 1948 to 2014. He lives in Northfield, Minnesota.
Rock County Community Library wrapped up June with two regional author visits.
The 15-year anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers that killed nearly 3,000 people will be observed locally on Sept. 11 with a special Blue Light Beam Memorial ceremony. Diane Sherwood, president of the Remember Rally group, approached county officials last month about...
Thirty-six Luverne High School Spanish students and four chaperones spent ten days in Puerto Rico June 15-24. Pictured are (front, left) Megan Rogers, Tayler Hoogeveen, Ashlee Boltjes, Sierra Schmuck, Madison Crabtree, Carly Serie, Hailey Remme, MaKayla Remme, Zayna Hustoft, (second) Nicole Kneip, Katie Roberts, Sierra Wieneke, Danielle Watts-Boll, Taylor Kern, Melissa Tweet, Hanna Honerman, Hailey Franken, Todd Oye, (third) Emily Bartels, Autumn Hamann, Marissa Fick, Kami Sawtelle, Nick Harder, Kasyn Kruse
Thirty-six Luverne High School students and four chaperones returned Friday from a 10-day trip to Puerto Rico. The trip was organized by Luverne High School Spanish teacher Caroline Thorson as an extension of the lessons learned in her Spanish classes. “The students get to see and use the things...
Carole McNaughton-Commers, a trainer with the Key Log Rolling, Golden Valley, addresses poll staff and interested July 4 volunteers at the pool Wednesday, June 22. "It is not as easy as it looks," she said.
Log rolling competition joins a growing list of attractions at The Lake in Luverne Monday for the Fourth of July holiday. A 12-foot long, 65-pound man-made log was delivered to Luverne’s indoor pool Wednesday, June 22, for training and practice. After it was filled with water, the polyethylene log...
Barb and Gene Ashby hold a copy of the Luverne High School Class of 2008 yearbook. Their son, Chris, who died in an auto accident 10 years ago, would have graduated that year. In his honor his classmates posed for their senior class picture in front of the Ashby home.
After 16-year-old Chris Ashby was killed in an auto accident July 5, 2006, his parents, Barb and Gene Ashby, established a scholarship in his honor. The first Christopher Martin Ashby Memorial Scholarship was awarded the following spring in honor of their only child. In 2008, the year Chris would...
The beach and lake will not be replaced at the Blue Mounds State Park.
The Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday morning, June 22, the dam and lake at Blue Mounds State Park will not be rebuilt. It’s not the answer the local park users were hoping for, but the decision will likely have long-term implications for water quality and habitat. Scientists,...
The Beaver Creek Watershed is now considered a priority in terms of federal funds to control erosion. That’s good news for 43 flood repair projects on eroded agricultural land according to a June 20 work group meeting at the Rock County Land Management Office. Since the 2014 flood events, the...
The early morning sky on Wednesday, June 22, was a spectacular sound and light show of a classic summer thunderstorm. But one lightening bolt connected with a barn on the Darrell and Leah Van Meeteren farm northeast of Luverne. "We heard the loudest crack that night, but we didn't realize it was at our place," Darrell Van Meeteren said Thursday. "There was a lot of electricity in the air." What he also didn't realize was that all that electricity ignited a fire that nearly consumed the building.
The early morning sky on Wednesday, June 22, was a spectacular sound and light show of a classic summer thunderstorm. But one lightening bolt connected with a barn on the Darrell and Leah Van Meeteren farm northeast of Luverne. "We heard the loudest crack that night, but we didn't realize it was at...
Rock County Commissioners view the motion-sensitive camera and single-stream recycling guides recently installed at the county’s recycling shed in Beaver Creek. Officials hope the cameras will help solve the problem of garbage being dumped in recycle bins. Pictured are (from left) county administrator Kyle Oldre, land management director Eric Hartman and commissioners Jody Reisch and Stan Williamson. A similar camera is located at the Hills recycling shed, which has also had garbage.
County commissioners received a firsthand look at various projects in Rock County on their annual road tour June 21. Meeting in the afternoon, commissioners completed the 2 ½-hour transit bus ride prior to the 5 p.m. board meeting. A 7 p.m. Board of Equalization meeting ended their day. No property...

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