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10 years ago (2010) •This year the Rock County Sheriff’s Department has had 43 reports of narcotic-related problems and 65 total charges, according to Sheriff Evan Verbrugge. With drug traffic being an increased problem, Verbrugge said he wants to “be proactive, not reactive.” At Tuesday’s Rock...
10 years ago (2010) •The rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans wafts through the halls and work areas of Rock County Opportunities Inc. in Luverne. RCO, which provides employment for adults with disabilities, is now packaging its own brand of coffee. “Buffalo Joe Coffee Beans” will soon be...
10 years ago (2010) •Luverne’s Diane Sherwood is planning her eighth year of Remember Rally, the annual motorcycle benefit ride to honor 9-11 and military personnel. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 11, beginning and ending at the Howling Dog Saloon in Luverne. This year, a special feature for the...
10 years ago (2010) •New Luverne teachers Amy Guigisberg, Tyler Woods and Gavin Folkestad agree that the first two weeks of school have gone well. All three are versatile district employees, teaching during the school day and being involved with activities before and after the bell rings. From the...
10 years ago (2010) •There was a time in Rock County when pioneer families didn’t have insurance to protect them financially from the devastation of natural disasters. The founders of Beaver Creek Mutual Insurance Company recognized a need for protection, and back in 1885 the business was...
10 years ago (2010) •When nurses Eileen Hocking and Glenda DeBoer retired from Sanford Hospital in July, they had accumulated 100 years of nursing experience in Luverne between them. The two sit in a restaurant booth reflecting on their 50 years together working in the medical field in Luverne....
10 years ago (2010) •It all started five years ago with five tractors and 50 people. Now the annual event has grown to include more than 35 tractors and 150 guests. Ken and Phyllis Vos, Luverne, hosted their annual tractor party July 30, and the event again lived up to its colorful reputation. A...
10 years ago (2010) •In May the Star Tribune reported “Foreclosures in Minnesota in the first quarter rose for the fourth straight quarter, reaching the third highest level during the current housing crisis.” Scam artists are taking advantage of the increase. The number of foreclosure scams...
10 years ago (2010) •The National Weather Service determined Monday that Friday night’s storm damage was caused by straight-line winds gusting up to 80 mph. Uprooted trees and destroyed buildings were thought to be the work of a tornado, but meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said strong winds were to...
10 years ago (2010) •Bison is one of Rock County’s prairie attractions, and for one family the tourist draw is part of their farm operation. John and Jeanne Bowron are Rock County’s Farm Family of the year. They own Prairie Heights Bison, located north of Luverne on Highway 75. Their website can be...

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