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After donating more than 60 bicycles for repurposing rather than recycling, Rob Wenzel starts another collection of bicycles as they arrive at his workplace, the Rock County Transfer Station. Wenzel coordinates the recycling of the bicycles to nonprofit organizations in Sioux Falls.
A little grandmotherly advice rang in Rob Wenzel’s ear recently while on the job at the Rock County Transfer Station. On a daily basis the demolition landfill located east of Luverne on River Road receives a variety of discarded items that are separated and later properly disposed. Over the past...
For each of the past 18 years federal officials have dedicated millions of dollars toward bringing broadband capabilities to rural communities. Despite the government’s efforts, however, many rural areas don’t access or are under-served by current private providers. To answer the question why or...
Kenneth residents and visitors to town have been enjoying a new green space and a new and improved bandstand in the center of the community. With help from a $1,000 Luverne Area Community Foundation Grant, a group of Kenneth volunteers refurbished the town’s iconic bandstand, built in the 1930s by...
As political campaigns get underway for November elections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds campaigners that state law prohibits placement of private signs on highway right of way in Minnesota. In addition, state law says that signs may not be placed on private land without the...
When area students return to school this fall, a select group of 20 will be involved with a whole new type of learning. Twenty students who were selected for the Southwest Minnesota chapter of Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (SWMN CEO) gathered at the Palace Theatre Saturday to learn about...
workers hauled away nearly 400 dead fish from the Veterans Home Pond to be buried at the tree dump.
Fishermen and residents near the Veterans Pond in Luverne made a gruesome discovery last week when hundreds of dead carp surfaced on the shore. According to City Administrator John Call, nearly 400 dead fish — all of them carp — were hauled to the tree dump and buried. Working with the Minnesota...
Beginning in 2019, the county will allocate $2,500 annually to the Plum Creek Library System. System director Jim Trojanowski asked each of the nine member counties for the additional funds to soften routine budget shortfalls. He addressed the Rock County Commissioners July 24. For the past decade...
Dodge Street is closed this week at the HIghway 75 intersection. Highway 75 traffic has lane changes to avoid construction.
The Dodge Street intersection at Highway 75 will remain closed this week as city crews work to repair an underground water line that broke last fall. According to city water and wastewater supervisor Al Lais, the damage stems from a crash in November of 2017 when a motorist struck the fire hydrant...
The Luverne High School Class of 1968 recently gathered at the Luverne Country Club for a 50thclass reunion. Pictured are (front, from left) Linda Gabrielson Smith, Nancy Reu Janssen, Marilyn Johnson Madison, Becky Frakes Sherwood, Linda Wessels Schoon, Curt Meier, John Saarloos, Luann Trunnell...
Junior exhibitor Regan Spath walks her horse named Molly to the outdoor arena Saturday morning, July 28, for the halter showmanship class. Spath is a member of the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club.
The 2018 Rock County Fair may be one for the record books based on last week’s ideal weather. Temperatures in the mid-70s, low humidity and extra mosquito spray by the city of Luverne were some of the elements Fair Board President Isaac DeBoer named as reasons this year’s July 25-28 event was more...

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