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Hope was the theme of the 2018 ATLAS of Rock County fundraising banquet Thursday night, April 5, and the teen guest speaker epitomized hope in the face of life’s adversities. Trenton Bass, a senior at Hills-Beaver Creek High School, was injured in a Sept. 8, 2017, football game. The impact to his...
Lead dispatcher Aaron Blank (far left) handles inquiries at the window as dispatcher Brooke Walgrave watches the monitors and answers calls last week at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time to thank dispatchers for their hard work and dedication.
Behind the 8,394 phone calls to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office in 2017 are five dispatchers who made sure requests for help were relayed correctly. This week, April 8-14, is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, designated in 1981 to celebrate and thank those serving the public. Locally...
Rock County officials viewed firsthand how tru Shrimp’s Luverne Bay Harbor will operate when construction is finished in 2020. Local leaders joined officials from Nobles, Murray, Lyon, Lincoln and Pipestone counties at the Wednesday, April 4, facility tour organized by the Association of Minnesota...
The USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Direct Farm Ownership loans are a resource to help farmers and ranchers become owner-operators of family farms, improve and expand current operations, increase agricultural productivity, and assist with land tenure to save farmland for future generations....
Farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has just passed, NASS will continue to accept census information through the...
Area residents groaned over the weekend when yet another winter weather system moved through the  region and deposited six to eight inches of snow.Travel became treacherous and area emergency personnel responded to numerous crashes and vehicles off the road.Students slept in Monday morning when...
Rock County commissioners approved requests at their April 3 meeting from two companies for five conditional use permits. Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg requested four conditional use permits, and Reker Construction of Adrian submitted one request. Four of the five permit requests received no public...
Southwest Health and Human Services may see a budget shortfall next month and has asked its six member counties for a $2 million loan.  Rock County Commissioners agreed at their April 3 meeting to support the request, but only if the money is absolutely necessary. Commissioners Sherri Thompson and...
Every region in Minnesota has a gap between the number of children needing child care and the number of spaces available. That’s according to a new report from the Center for Rural Policy and Development that was reviewed at Monday’s meeting of the Luverne Economic Development Authority. LEDA...
Congressman Tim Walz addressed a group of local leaders in Luverne Monday for what he called a “Regional Vitality Summit” in Grand Prairie Events. Discussion focused on federal policies that matter to southern Minnesota, but Walz also pointed out that Luverne is among the most vital small towns in...

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