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Randy Walgrave (left), Jerry Reu and Rod Walgrave examine dirt clods that were passed around to show the difference between healthy soil and unhealthy soil
Another year of record rainfall and challenging growing conditions has reinforced the importance of conservation farming practices. Cover crops are a basic tool for preventing erosion, but producers are learning they do a lot more — like improve soil health, increase yields and boost protein...
A new batting cage was recently installed on city-owned property in Beaver Creek, thanks to volunteer help and donated funds.
The Hills-Beaver Creek School District has a new batting cage in Beaver Creek on the corner of East Sixth Avenue and South Fourth Street, thanks to a gift of $8,296 from the Frank Boone Trust and $1,000 from the Sioux Valley Energy Trust.  Halden Van Wyhe, H-BC summer recreation director, said the...
Bruce Thalhuber (left) and Ron Cote shared a studio Friday morning during their last broadcast at the Luverne radio station. The pair sang “Happy Trails” as they signed off the air for the final time.
Bruce Thalhuber and Ron Cote said their goodbyes to K101-FM and KQAD-AM radio listeners Friday as the two wrapped up their final broadcasts. They sang “Happy Trails” in their final hour on the air. In early July, both announced retirements effective Aug. 2. Thalhuber spent 33 years working at the...
Gunnar Oldre, right, of Luverne and Griffen Olson of Farmington visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., while representing Minnesota at Boys Nation July 19-27.
Luverne’s Gunnar Oldre represented the Hardwick American Legion July 19-27 at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. “It was just an amazing experience,” Oldre said. “To meet people from all over the country and learn so much about our government and our country was great.” Oldre was one of two boys from...
Kathy Watters of Bonney Lake, Washington, (far right) has coffee on July 31 with local Hinkly House volunteers (from left) Shirley Harrison, Janet Burger, Betty Mann and Diane Jauert. She’s traveling with her friend, Bob Mader (on her right), and his daughter, Gloria (on her left).
A descendent of Luverne’s early leader R.B. Hinkly was in town last week to tour the former home of her great-great-uncle. Kathy Watters of Bonney Lake, Washington, sat down for coffee Wednesday, July 31, in the Hinkly House dining room with local curators and historians who were eager to show her...
Someday farm work will be completed by autonomous machinery operated by a computer at a desk in an office. While that technology is on a distant horizon for most local farmers, Ag Tech Day next week will show how Rock County’s high-speed broadband has opened doors for precision agriculture. The...
Lewis and Clark vice chairman Murray Hulstein (left) gives Lennis “Red” Arndt of Luverne a hand pump replica in recognition of the Lewis and Clark pump station named in Arndt’s honor.
Officials with Lewis & Clark Regional Water System honored a Luverne man for his dedication to the decades-long project to bring drinking water to Rock County and the tri-state area. Lennis “Red” Arndt is chairman of the system’s executive committee. He was a member of the original Lewis &...
Lynette Hoiland, left, is known as “the new Neva” in her role as the new coordinator for LSS Meals at Generations. She’s pictured with Neva Clausen, who served in the role for over 30 years and continues to volunteer at Generations.
Lynette Hoiland, Luverne, is already enjoying her new position. “It’s a great fit for me at this stage of my life,” she said. Hoiland began as the coordinator of Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Meals at Generations in Luverne in mid-July. According to Hoiland, the main responsibilities of her new...
Signup opens today for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to...
County Highway Department workers have had their hands full repairing soft spots in gravel roads this summer. After six weeks of dedicated efforts, they’re caught up with the worst spots for now, but with rain in the forecast they’ll watch redeveloping soft spots. Rock County Commissioners toured...

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