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A two-vehicle crash occurred Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 23, just south of County Road 7 in Rock County. A Ruthton man died at the scene.
A Ruthton man died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that closed down State Highway 23 south of Jasper for several hours. According to information from the Minnesota State Patrol, Earl Dean Gruis, 67, was driving a 2014 Cadillac SRX southbound on Highway 23 just south of County Road 7 in Rock...
Jeff Haubrich (right) is sworn in as the county attorney Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, in the Rock County Courthouse. District Court Judge Terry Vajgrt administered the oath.
For the past three decades, Rock County residents elected Don Klosterbuer as county attorney. For more than half of those years, Jeff Haubrich served as an assistant county attorney. On Monday, Jan. 7, the roles were reversed when District Judge Terry Vajgrt swore in Haubrich as the county’s first...
District Court Judge Terry Vajgrt (center) administered the oaths of office to the six elected county officials Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, in the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne. From left, Jeff Haubrich (sworn in as county attorney), Sherri Thompson (county commissioner), Jim Veldkamp (soil and...
A portion of a promotional video about living in a community with renewable energy was filmed in Hardwick on Wednesday, July 11. Local volunteer fireman Tom Haas (center, leaning on fire truck) was among the local residents included in the filming organized by Geronimo Energy Director of Communications and Marketing Lindsay Smith (left), videographer Chris Peterson, Tom Haas, cameraman Jake Lundell and Janie Peterson with Peterson Productions in the Twin Cities.
For three days last week Hardwick and Rock County were center stage for a Geronimo Energy promotional video. “We are putting together stories about what it is like living in a community with renewable energy,” said Lindsay Smith, Geronimo Energy director of marketing and communications. Smith and a...
Record-breaking heat descended on the area for Memorial Day weekend prompting this Angus cow south of Hardwick to seek a way to stay cool. Temperatures reached the 90s across the region with reports of areas reaching 100. According to the National Weather Service, Luverne’s Quentin Aanenson Field...
Katie Walgrave is an honorary Relay for Life chairperson and her husband, Russell Forrest, is this year’s honorary caregiver. Both will speak at the June 7 event.
  A new location, a new day and new honorary chairpersons will greet those who attend this year’s Rock County Relay for Life event in Luverne next week. Scheduled for Thursday, June 7, the event begins with the 5:30 p.m. supper and the 7 p.m. opening ceremonies in the Luverne Elementary School....
Rock County Auditor-Treasurer Ashley Kurtz (standing, front) explains the terms and conditions during the tax forfeiture sale Wednesday morning, May 23. Four properties were sold to the highest bidder.
  Four Rock County tax-forfeited properties were sold at an informal auction Wednesday morning, May 23, and all four properties found new owners. A dozen people gathered in the commissioners’ room of the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne with auditor-treasurer Ashley Kurtz, who conducted the...
The Star Herald invited Korean War veterans living in Rock County to gather for a commemorative picture Friday morning, May 18. Twenty-two veterans met at the grounds of the Rock County Courthouse including (front, left) Norm Ykema, John Hup, Russell Wenzel, Harold Kindt, Bob Lange, George...
25-year-old Mary Weddell, Sioux Falls, and 27-year-old Sean Symouksavanh, Minneapolis, are in custody.
An incident that began in Worthington Wednesday night turned into a pursuit that ended in Rock County near Beaver Creek. According to Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, his deputies were alerted around 12:30 a.m. Thursday of a pursuit on I-90 of a suspect vehicle that was traveling west. Local...
A public hearing is set for Tuesday, Oct. 17, for the county to consider adopting a local ordinance to enforce the state’s new buffer law. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Rock County Courthouse. Commissioners will take comments as well as act on the proposal outlining...

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