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Rock County Commissioners met with municipal and township leaders July 7 to outline plans for spending $1.18 million in CARES Act money. The county is offering $500,000 in grants to Rock County businesses and an additional $175,000 to non-profit organizations. Rock County cities and townships with populations greater than 200 also received CARES Act money and will need to decide how to disburse the dollars within their communities.
Rock County officials received 80 grant applications in six days after announcing how CARES Act dollars would be distributed to businesses and non-profit organizations. As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, 69 of the grant applications were received from businesses that could request up to $5,000 in federal aid...
Preliminary design renderings show how the Minnesota National Guard Luverne Readiness Center will appear at the 15-acre site in the Luverne Industrial Park. Project completion is set for November 2022.
Architects admit it’s taking a long time to plan for the new Minnesota National Guard Luverne Readiness Center, but the $16.5 million project will open as scheduled in 2022. Jay Wiederholt is architecture division manager with TKDA in St. Paul, the design and engineering firm for the new Luverne...
The First National Bank was built around 1917 of brick, stone and concrete and the interior is marble and trimmed with quarter-sawed oak. It’s on the National Registry of Historic Places,
More than 40 residents in Beaver Creek have signed a petition to preserve the historic bank building that was given to the city by Minnwest Bank in January. “This town and its history — this community was something,” Andrew Blank told council members at their July 8 meeting. “We can tell the world...
Another form of financial relief is available for local businesses affected by the pandemic economy. Luverne Economic Development Authority took action Monday on federal aid through the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program Revolving Loan Fund. In 2013 the LEDA received a $150,000 grant...
Pavement, electricity and streetlights are in place in the new Uithoven Addition in Luverne.
The Uithoven Addition on the west edge of town is looking increasingly like a housing subdivision, now that pavement, electricity and streetlights have been added to the neighborhood. There are 15 lots along Uithoven Avenue, which intersects with Tallgrass and Meadowlark circles. The eight lots on...
A 10-cent-per-meal increase will greet Hills-Beaver Creek School District families this fall, if in-person classes resume. School board members approved the increase at their June 22 meeting. The increase for 2020-21 follows a series of 10-cent increases each year since the 2015-16 school year. The...
USDA’s Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus...
Elk Creek I and Elk Creek II solar farm locations are proposed for north of Magnolia in Vienna and Magnolia townships. A public phone/Internet hearing is planned for Thursday, July 25, to gather public input into whether or not the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should grant a conditional use permit and a certificate of need to Geronimo Energy of Edina, Minnesota, to construct Elk Creek I on 976 acres in Vienna Township. Plans for Elk Creek II, in Vienna and Magnolia townships, are currently on hold.
A second public hearing will be conducted Thursday, July 23, for the proposed Elk Creek Solar farm near Magnolia. Due to the coronavirus, the public hearing will be conducted remotely from 6 to 9 p.m. The upcoming hearing focuses on whether or not the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should...
Kenny Scheidt, Luverne, holds one of his favorite replicated tractors amid a collection of toys that numbers more than 200. This spring Scheidt decided to sell the collection he began three decades ago. The catch: he will sell only to one buyer.
Kenny Scheidt’s collection of John Deere collectibles began with a couple of familiar tractor models and grew to include more than 200 pieces three decades later. Earlier this year he decided to sell the collection and ideally wants to pass on the entire 200-plus pieces to just one buyer. He placed...
Minnesota Prairie Saddle Club Association 2020 Ambassador Karlie Heezen (right) of Hadley holds the American Flag for the National Anthem with ambassador runner-up and Rock River Wranglers Saddle Club member Kallie Chapa of Little Rock, Iowa.
With online registration, social distancing and no spectators, the Rock River Wranglers Saddle Club conducted their annual horse show Sunday at the Rock County Fairgrounds. Seventy entrants competed in pleasure and gaming events for a chance to qualify for the Western States Saddle Club...

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