November

Nearly a dozen local streams and creeks have healthier wildlife habitat and cleaner water thanks to the endangered Topeka shiner minnow in Rock County. The shiners need off-channel oxbow pools away from flowing water to escape from predators. But the tiny minnow has become nearly extinct due to...
The local Girl Scouts program has turned to an innovative approach of offering the program to the Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Girl Scouts age divisions with a limited number of adult volunteers.
By Mavis Fodness Developing leadership skills is a central mission of the Girl Scouts program. Some leadership ingenuity was displayed recently as adult volunteers created a way for girls in the Girl Scouts’ three age categories to earn activity badges despite limited adult leadership. Kelly...
By Lori Sorenson The young swimming team in Luverne has a new name and a whole new group of swimmers, according to coach Carla Van Santen. “The numbers have more than doubled,” Van Santen said about the team she started nearly three years ago. “I have two helpers, Riley Boese and Jon Salzer, and I’...
Let it snow! The first snow of the season arrived Friday, Nov. 18, prompting school closures across the region. Brianna Buss and Brystol Teune took advantage of the opportunity to build snowmen Sunday, Nov. 20, at the home of Teune’s grandparents, Tim and Wendy Buss, at 213 East 4th Street in Hills...
Luverne will welcome winter with the 19th annual Winterfest Celebration Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2-4. Events start Friday morning with a puppet show and story hour with Jim Oliver at 10 a.m. at the Rock County Community Library. Other events Friday include wine and beer tasting at Blue Mound...
Card making is one of several volunteer activities Luverne Alyce McClure is involved with as she proudly holds the card design she chose for Nov. 9 class
By Mavis Fodness Alyce McClure’s homemade cards have developed a following among area senior citizens. “It’s just a goofy idea I had,” McClure said about her volunteer project to help others make one or two greeting cards at various locations each month. On the second Wednesday of each month,...
“Go for Gold with 4-H” was the theme of the 2016 awards and recognition night for Rock County 4-H Nov. 5 at the Luverne Elementary Commons. About 120 members, parents, leaders, and sponsors congratulated the recipients of a multitude of honors. Rock County 4-H gives a special thanks to all the...
Brian Kirsch Brian Scott “Gus” Kirsch, 61, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer. A family memorial service will take place at a later date. Brian Kirsch was born on Nov. 30, 1954, to Robert and Betty Jane (Block) Kirsch. He grew up in Hills and...
10 years ago (2006) •Kenneth native Paul Vande Velde has been playing piano since the age of 5, and he’s no stranger to the stage. He plays the piano regularly at Jake’s, a five-star restaurant owned by Kevin Costner in Lead, S.D., where he lives. In the past two years, he’s played for the governor...
Helen Perkins Helen Maxine Perkins, 97, Pipestone, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone. A funeral service was Saturday, Nov. 19, at Peace United Methodist Church in Pipestone. Burial followed in New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone. Helen Long  was born to...

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