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The six-year wait for a renewed solid waste permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) may soon be over for Rock County. A letter dated June 23 from MPCA assistant commissioner Kirk Koudelka outlined a timeframe and a plan to expedite Rock County’s renewal of its demolition landfill...
Each Minnesota community smaller than 5,000 residents will split $12.5 million for city street repairs, thanks to the Small Cities Assistance Bill passed during the recently completed Legislative session. The one-time funding is in lieu of a transportation bill that earmarks funds for road repairs...
This Google maps image shows the former turkey barn property north of the red roof of Busse building south of Luverne.
The city of Luverne is investing $50,000 in a local land annexation and demolition project to help replace blighted property with an operable new business. An Albert Lea truck trailer business owner, Darv Habben, recently purchased the 3-acre parcel south of I-90 on the east side of Highway 75 from...
Officials with Rock County Opportunities (RCO) gave notice last month terminating a more than 20-year employment cooperation agreement with Ketterling Services Inc. Ketterling handles the collection of the single-stream recycling program for residents of Luverne and drop-off points in Rock County....
Ardell Van Wettering's toy farm collection is actually a toy farm community featuring streets, homes, lawns and a police department in addition to farms and fields.
Ardell Van Wettering, Luverne, is a grownup with kid-sized farm equipment. He also has toy race cars, semi trucks and other miscellaneous miniature machinery on wheels. But he really likes his farm toys, and there are hundreds of them in his extensive collection. It includes tractors, wagons,...
Luverne enjoyed its first-ever Fourth of July water event Saturday with the "Parade on the Pond" at the Creamery Pond.
The sandy beaches of Luverne’s Creamery Pond were lined with people and festive watercraft Saturday for the town’s first-ever Fourth of July Parade on the Pond. By some estimates, nearly 500 people participated in the event, which featured picnics, ice cream and a contest for best-decorated parade...
Rock County Land Management (LMO) will move its offices to an area that’s familiar for its office personnel. At their Tuesday, June 16, meeting, County Board members approved moving LMO operations to space within the Rock County Ag Service Center at 311 W. Gabrielson Road. According to board...
Luverne Public Schools will carry over more than $1.6 million into the 2015-2016 school year. Marlene Mann, district business manager, presented board members with next year’s preliminary budget at their regular meeting Thursday night, June 25. “We have all funds 91 percent already spent,” she said...
These fields by Hardwick show tilled rows right up to the stream bank, likely allowing soil and chemicals to run off into the water. The new buffer law that went into effect July 1 will seek to protect waters from this sort of pollution.
On July 1 a state water quality buffer law went into effect, and funding for the initiative became available to soil and water districts across Minnesota. These offices will hire technical staff to implement new buffers and help eligible landowners enroll in federal funding programs. In Rock County...
Payton Fick gathers eggs last week on his family’s farm south of Luverne. Fick’s business, Fick’s Farm Fresh Eggs, has increased due to consumer demand and the reduction in egg production due to avian influenza.
With egg prices doubling in the last 30 days, some local retailers are not passing the added costs on to local consumers. Glen Gust, owner of Glen’s Food Center in Luverne, said the price for a dozen eggs rose from less than $1 to more than $2 in recent weeks. Eggs recently received good health...

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