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Strong winds began to subside late Friday afternoon after a full day of snow and blowing snow made dribing treacherous, as this pickup owner found out eat of Hardwick on County Road 7. The State Patrol reported more than 50 vehicles in ditches in Rock and Nobles counties
By Lori Sorenson The first winter storm of the season hit Friday, bringing an abrupt end to what had been an unseasonably mild fall. The system started with freezing rain that turned to heavy snow driven by 40-mph winds, all of which put a wrench in driving plans for motorists across the upper...
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...
“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...
  Medicare prescription drug coverage 2017 In 2017 Medicare Part D plans will have a maximum deductible of $400. The “Initial Coverage Limit” (donut hole) will begin at $3,700.01 and requires you pay 40 percent of the prescription costs for brand-name medications and 51 percent for generic...
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  Local youth have success in weekend hunt at state park Ten area young people participated in the special deer hunt at the Blue Mounds State Park over the weekend. Among them, five hunters had success in the event that’s designed to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources in the park...
By Lori Sorenson The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of residential burglaries reported Friday morning, Nov. 11, in Luverne. According to Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, his office received three calls from separate parties who said their homes were broken into in the middle of the...

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