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Amber Nath (left) and her mother, Sharon Miller, hold a picture of their father and spouse, Tony Miller (picture insert with Sharon). Tony died Sept. 25 and became Rock County’s first death attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.
The family of Tony Miller says the coronavirus was something they heard about on television or read in the newspaper. Since March the Luverne family donned masks, social distanced and expected the viral respiratory virus would be history in a couple of months. On Friday, Sept. 25, Tony Miller...
Rock County Commissioners are proposing a 2.15-percent levy increase for taxes payable in 2021. The proposed 2021 increase garners an additional $127,000 for a total levy of $6.3 million, or about half the county’s annual budget. Included in the 2021 budget is $79,000 earmarked for reserves. The...
Harlan Vande Kieft with the Rock County Ambulance shows first-responders with the Hardwick Fire Department Sept. 14 how to use the LUCAS chest compression machine. Five of the machines were purchased for first-responder units in Luverne, Magnolia, Hills, Beaver Creek and Hardwick through the CARES Act.
In a medical emergency where life-saving chest compressions are needed, local first responders now have help from an automated device. The Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System (LUCAS) straps around the chest of a cardiac arrest patient to deliver compressions. First responders with the...
LeRoy Austin (left) accepted the official Love the Burger Battle trophy Friday night for his “Forkin’ Good Burger” from Rock-Nobles Beef Ambassador Whitney Elbers. The announcement was by televised video by Rock-Nobles Cattlemen’s Association President Jay Bakken. Eight Rock County restaurants took...
Mary Maroon
Mary (Heckt) Maroon, 73, Overland Park, Kansas, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Overland Park. Mary Heckt was born in Springwater Township, Rock County, on March 23, 1947, to Lester and Ann (DeBates) Heckt. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper. She attended grade school...
Lori Sorenson
After an unusually dry August, local fields have ripened rapidly and local farmers are responding to conditions with early harvest protocols. Livestock producers started silage chopping over two weeks ago and have now moved on to wet corn. Meanwhile, many soybean fields quickly yellowed and turned...
Representatives from A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota and the Rock County Friends of the Library recently assembled reminiscence kits for caregivers to use with loved ones suffering from memory loss. Pictured from left are Linda Wenzel (holding a do-it-yourself reminiscence kit), Kristen Scheidt (farming), Elena Heronimus (pets), and Linda Frahm (hunting.) Other kits available include gardening, sewing and baking.
Two Rock County organizations are collaborating to support families whose loved ones are living with dementia. A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota and the local Friends of the Library are sponsoring reminiscence kits now available for checkout from the Rock County Library. Linda Wenzel, the local A.C.E...
Ashlyn Johnson, fine arts, purple ribbon.
Exhibition at the Minnesota State Fair is one of the ultimate goals for area 4-H’ers. But with this year’s in-person state fair canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, 4-H officials turned to technology for a virtual state fair showcase. In Rock County, a qualifying showcase was conducted in...
Early voting opens Friday, Sept. 18, for the Nov. 3 general election, and the Rock County Auditor-Treasurer Office will be busy filling absentee ballot requests. More than 500 registered voters are waiting for the official ballots, slated to arrive in the mail the week of Sept. 28. Auditor-...
The 2020 Rock County Tractor Ride attracted 65 tractors that putted across the eastern side of the county Friday from the Luverne City Park to Lismore and back. They’re pictured here on the final leg east of Luverne traveling west on County Road 4.
Sixty-five tractors of various colors, sizes and ages rolled across eastern Rock County Friday for this year’s annual Tractor Ride. Weather on Friday was a perfect, sunny 75 degrees, with blue skies and mild breezes. Special to the 2020 event were white “facial” coverings tied in front of tractors...

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