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Rock County has had 75 confirmed coronavirus cases (as of Tuesday) since health experts began tracking in March. It’s a modest number, considering neighboring counties are in the hundreds, but recent spikes are the more important trend to watch, given that schools decide in-person learning based on...
Local leaders interested in filing for office have until Tuesday, Aug. 11, to throw their hats in the ring. This applies to open seats in school boards, all Rock County municipalities except Luverne and townships that hold their elections in November. Following are the local government seats open...
Soil health specialist Dawn Madison (left) interviews local cover crop expert Tom Fick for an upcoming virtual cover crop field day series.
On Aug. 18 at 1 p.m., the U of M Extension will host a virtual Cover Crop Field Day, “Setting up for Success.”        Through this live webinar, researchers and educators will highlight U of M research that provides management tips and considerations to help farmers and ag professionals...
Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian took a front-row seat to the community’s coronavirus experience last week after he came down with the illness. “It’s definitely respiratory,” he said Wednesday after testing positive. He described symptoms of fever, body aches and shortness of breath. “My chest was really...
MnDOT officials outlined a 10-year road improvement plan that postpones reconstruction of Highway 75 from Luverne to Trosky until 2028. The project originally was planned for 2025. The addition of three years is due to funding and other state highways receiving a higher priority in the 13-county...
Last week the Rock County Library debuted “Story Stroll” with 31 pages of Denise Fleming’s book, “In the Tall, Tall Grass,” displayed on individual placards on the boulevard around the library on Main Street Luverne. A different book will be displayed monthly in front of the library for walkers to stroll by and read. Story Stroll is one of several no-contact activities the library has created since reopening under coronavirus pandemic conditions.
“Story Stroll” is just one of the activities Rock County librarians have initiated under pandemic conditions to keep patrons engaged in their local library. Last week children’s librarian Bronwyn Wenzel placed 33 storybook placards along the front and east side of the library for anyone strolling...
In less than two weeks, Rock County distributed $368,138.80 to 79 local businesses and non-profit organizations that made the grant requests. Checks were mailed Friday to those who finished paperwork for the grant agreement. Auditor-treasurer Ashley Kurtz updated commissioners Tuesday on the...
Applications for the distribution of $500,000 to Rock County businesses are now available. Commissioners approved the Rock County Small Business Relief Fund application process Tuesday morning during their regular monthly meeting. The first 100 eligible businesses completing the application can...
Road improvements of more than $3 million are scheduled in Rock County and its small cities this summer. Commissioners approved the lower of two bids, $2.049 million, submitted by Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg at their June 16 meeting. The bituminous mill/overlay and concrete curb and gutter repairs...
Rock County is expecting nearly $1 million in government aid next week through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The city of Luverne is expecting $355,000, and other Rock County small cities and townships will also receive some aid under a distribution formula based on...

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