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During a special lottery youth hunt to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources on Nov. 17 and 18, Blue Mounds State Park will be closed to all visitors. Hunts also will take place at other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall, and access to the parks will vary. The...
This year will go down in history as one of the rainiest on record — more than 40 inches and counting — and it will also be remembered as the most difficult year for construction projects. Just ask a construction worker. “We have never seen a summer that has been this wet for this long,” he said....
On Oct. 14 several inches of snow covered fields in Rock County. Five days later dust raised by harvest equipment could be seen near Beaver Creek. Spencer Sells empties soybeans into the grain cart pulled by the tractor driven by Don Pap Friday afternoon.
Rock County producers made significant progress beginning late last week to finish the 2018 harvest. According to the state crop progress report released Monday, corn and soybeans harvested for grain climbed to 35 and 62 percent complete respectively. Both completion rates were double-digit...
Rick Van Santen got done harvesting corn around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, Oct. 17, and parked the combine in the shop. “I noticed an orange glow against the wall and I knew something was wrong,” he said about the fire that started in the machine. But when he tried to back it out of the shop, it...
The Rock County office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service doesn’t have its own full-time staff, and Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are asking questions about why local offices aren’t staffed. The senators expressed concern about lack of staffing to Farm Production and...
Danette Leenderts places books in the newly erected Little Free Library near the municipal building located on Beaver Creek’s First Avenue. She and her Blue Ribbon 4-H Club members gathered the books.
Beaver Creek residents benefitted from a statewide youth gathering when a Little Free Library was recently erected near the city’s municipal building. Books for the little library were donated last week by the members of the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. The books were placed in the weather-resistant...
Henrietta Bajema shares part of her muffin with Duke, a yellow Labrador retriever.
In its inaugural year, Rock Ranch near Hills taught 50 children horseback riding skills. As the ranch wraps up its second year, owner Marie LaRock is expanding her program to include senior citizens. The Rock Ranch recently received a $500 grant through the Luverne Area Community Foundation to...
Eric Hartman
This is the second of a series of candidate profiles to inform readers of the contested races leading up to the Nov. 6 general election. Featured this week are the local candidates in the contested races for Vienna Township Board, Magnolia City Council and the Luverne School Board. Brad Skattum,...
Gary Lee
Magnolia City Council Four people are vying for the two seats open for election on the Magnolia City Council. On the Nov. 6 ballot incumbents Melanie Madison and Gary Lee are seeking election for another four years on the council. Challenging for the two open seats are Sheila Jones and Jeff DeGroot...
By Fraser Norton County Executive Director Rock and Pipestone County Offices 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...

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