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Poultry returned to the 2016 Rock County Fair last week after last year’s outbreak of a deadly avian influenza forced state animal health officials to ban all poultry exhibitions in 2015. Locally the number of poultry pens brought to the fair neared 2014 levels.
Chickens, ducks and turkeys made their return to last week’s Rock County Fair. After a year hiatus to halt the statewide spread of a deadly avian influenza virus, the local poultry show went forward as if the May 15, 2015, ban didn’t happen. “I think we had a good show,” said poultry superintendent...
Sawyer Sasker pauses for the camera Thursday morning as he exercises his horse. The horse show was Friday and Saturday at the Rock County Fairgrounds in Luverne.
The 2016 version of the Rock County Free Fair will go down in history as enjoying the best weather ever. Cool dry temperatures prevailed during all four days of th fair, and events and activities enjoyed record attendance.
The century farm of the Schilling-Wessels-Bergman families was recognized last week during the Rock County Fair. Pictured (from left) are Danielle Spykerboer, Aaron Spykerboer, Twyla Schilling, Craig Schilling (holding Axel Spykerboer), Gert Wessels and Karli Schilling.
The Craig and Twyla Schilling family of Ellsworth was recognized as a Century Farm Family at the Rock County Fair on July 28. In 1916 John and Grace Bergman, Twyla Schilling’s great-grandparents, purchased 160 acres in the northeast quarter of Section 23 in Kanaranzi Township of Rock County. For...
Friday, July 29, was Nancy Lange's last day of work in her office at Southwest Health and Human Services on North Blue Mound Avenue.
For 40 years Nancy Lange has been involved with decisions affecting families, sometimes resulting in children being removed from their homes. Friday was her last day as a social worker in Luverne, and she said she looks forward to more tranquil days ahead. “Now maybe I’ll have more energy to do...
Instead of recognizing only the top ten graduating students in the class based on grades, Luverne High School will name students of distinction based on one of three honor designations. “The Top Ten was essentially a competition among classmates that focused on outdoing each other,” said Principal...
Contestants in the Rock County Talent Show performed to a full house at the Palace Theatre Wednesday night, July 27, to kick off the 2016 Rock County Free Fair. The event, which at one time was held at the fairgrounds, attracted nearly 50 participants in more than 20 talent show entries. There were...
Sioux Falls authorities are investigating a weekend shooting that reportedly involved a 28-year-old woman from Luverne. The woman is hospitalized in stable condition after being treated for a gunshot wound in the back of her head. The victim’s name and that of her 48-year-old male passenger had not...
The Hardwick American Legion Arthur Moeller Post 478 received a Director’s Award this summer for sponsoring Knute Oldre for the Boys State Convention in St. Paul in June. Oldre was second runner-up for the Boys State Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s trip to nationals. Out of more than 300 Boys...
Local firefighters had a unique opportunity to train for a house fire in a recently functioning house Monday night on South McKenzie Street in Luverne. The house near the old Laundromat and east of Glen’s Food Center was set on fire and extinguished multiple times in order to allow several teams of...
Daniel Harrington’s photo of an approaching storm across the prairie was selected as the June winner of the Prairie Photo Contest through the Luverne Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Board members with the Luverne Convention and Visitors Bureau took a little extra time deciding the winners of the June Prairie Photo Contest. Chosen were a sunrise photo at Blue Mounds State Park by Debbie Kippen of Blaine and a prairie storm photo by Dan Harrington of Adrian. “The board had a...

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