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Rock County Commissioners approved cost of living wage increases for non-union employees at their last meeting of 2020 on Dec. 22. The 3.25-percent increase is effective Jan. 1. Commissioners also approved two three-year contracts with the administrator and county engineer of 3-percent increases...
The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be administered to Rock County people in the first phases of the rollout. So far, public perception seems positive, according to local public health officials. “Certainly there have been health care workers that have chosen to not get vaccinated or take a ‘wait-and...
Rock County Commissioners declined to participate in a tax abatement bond requested by the city of Luverne. Luverne officials plan a $5 million expansion of Luverne Area Aquatics and Fitness and will pay for the project though a $5.8 million tax abatement bond. Commissioners discussed that there...
After months of debate, Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package by a wide margin on Dec. 22, and President Donald Trump, after his own delays, signed the legislation Dec. 27. The pandemic relief bill authorizes nearly $900 billion in coronavirus-related aid, which was part of an overall $1.4...
Blake Wysong (left) receives a plaque and words of gratitude during his last official Hills-Beaver Creek School Board meeting on Dec. 28 from Board Chairman Arlyn Gehrke. Wysong served one four-year term and chose to retire. “Thank you for your service and dedication to the Hills-Beaver Creek...
The Hills-Beaver Creek School Board unanimously supported the Minnesota State High School League with an additional payment to help the organization reduce its operating debt. Board members supported an amount lower than the MSHSL was requesting and passed a resolution stating the lower amount at...
Finances continue to be positive for the Hills-Beaver Creek School District, according to an independent audit report presented at the district’s Dec. 28 meeting. Accountant Matt Taubert presented the 2019-20 financial statement to board members for the fiscal year ending June 30. “This is a clean...
Fifth Judicial Judge Terry Vajgrt (center) administered the oath of office to elected county positions Tuesday morning in the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne. All ran unopposed and were re-elected in November to serve another four-year term. Picture from left are District 5 County Commissioner...
In just over a year in operating Vinnie’s Dang Fine Dine in Luverne, owner Leroy Austin was selected by area residents as the winner of the recent “We Love Pork” challenge. Austin’s entry also earned the trophy for this year’s “We Love Beef” challenge.
Vinnie’s Dang Fine Dine owner Leroy Austin became a double winner last week when the Luverne Area Chamber honored the Luverne restaurant with the “We Love Pork” challenge trophy. In September customers voted Austin as the “We Love Beef” burger battle winner. “The response to our two dishes and how...
Shirley Top
Shirley Top with Kozlowski Insurance Agency and Financial Services Inc. of Luverne has recently been recognized as a top-producing crop insurance agent for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company (FMH). FMH recognizes the top-producing agents in total premium each year. Top has been recognized as...

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