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Rock County Commissioner Stan Williamson (center) offers closing remarks during the outdoor thank you celebration Thursday afternoon, Aug. 20, in Magnolia. Ellis & Eastern Railroad, which operates the Buffalo Ridge Railroad, will spend $33.9 million to improve the rail line over the next four years.
Ellis & Eastern Railroad representatives thanked federal, state and local officials for public support during an Aug. 20 outdoor gathering in Magnolia. Many of the 50 in attendance were meeting each other face-to-face for the first time after working to secure a $14.4 million federal grant to...
Strings instructor Andrew Travers, Sioux Falls, is one of the newest musicians on staff at Luverne Street Music.
Luverne Street Music reopened in June with some teachers and students, but this fall lessons will resume full time. Board president Janine Papik said Covid-19 processes are in place to allow instruction to safely take place in the pandemic. “Our board truly believes parents and students will be so...
From left are RCO Director Elizabeth Shear, and Elbers family members Keith Elbers, Kevin Elbers, Kurt Elbers and Sharla Broersma.
The family of the late Henrietta Elbers recently presented a gift of $1,485 to Rock County Opportunities, Luverne. They presented the gift in memory of Henrietta, who they say loved working at RCO. “We are very appreciative of her recognition of RCO as a valuable part of the community,” RCO...
American Cancer Society staff member Jennifer Evans visits with passing motorists on the south end of the Luverne City Park.
The Rock County Relay for Life events and activities unfolded Thursday night in the Luverne City Park. Due to pandemic social distancing, it played out as a drive-through event where supporters could tune in on their car radios to hear speakers and music. As they circled the park in their vehicles...
  The body of a missing woman from Marshall was found this morning in the Blue Mounds State Park, and authorities say it appears she took her own life. Sarah Hubler had been missing since Thursday morning when she failed to show up in Delavan to pick up her daughter. The Rock County Sheriff’s...
Amber Schieck strips electrical insulation off wires in order to sell the copper.
Pandemic economic relief aid is helping businesses cover losses; however, Rock County Opportunities has been quietly bleeding revenue — over $200,000 with no government relief in sight. Until Friday. That’s when Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a bill that includes $30 million for disability service...
Todd Mann, Luverne, was one of the retirees honored during a farewell drive-thru event in May. Mann retires this month after working at Luverne Public Schools for 35 years.
“I came in quietly and I’m leaving quietly … just the way I like it.” That’s how Todd Mann described his retirement as lead custodian at Luverne Middle/High School. Mann is officially retiring this month after 35 years with the school district. He said his final year has been anything but typical,...
There’s a lot going on at Luverne’s Premium Minnesota Pork plant, which began processing hogs in the newly improved facility on the west edge of town. The first hogs showed up in June, and momentum slowly built to the current 1,400-head-per day production with 225 hourly employees. The target goal...
The Hardwick city office and fire hall need structural improvements, and Denver Township has money to build one structure that could meet the needs of both entities. Denver Township and Hardwick City Council members met in special session Aug. 11 to consider building design and potential locations...
The Luverne Economic Development Authority unanimously approved a $100,000 gap financing loan to Grand Prairie Events in Luverne while the owners work with lenders to stay in business. If they don’t make it work, the LEDA will operate the facility as a publicly owned community facility. At Monday’s...

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