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Rock County Red Arrow recently gave a $1,000 donation to Generations (formerly known as Rock County Senior Citizens) to support the upcoming building project for a new dining and activities center. Pictured are Generations president George Bonnema (from left) and Red Arrow board members Peggy Adams...
A bike trail in memory of Chris Ashby received support last week from Rock County Commissioners. Gene and Barb Ashby of rural Luverne outlined their proposal April 16 during the commissioners’ regular meeting. Commissioners voted 4-0 to allow staff to engineer and research possible funding sources...
Six Rock County 4-H senior members were selected as recipients for the 2019 4-H scholarships. Recipients, 4-H club, sponsor scholarship, and parents are as follows: •Michael Kinsinger; Magnolia Juniors; Teal’s Market and Reisch scholarships; son of Shawn and Teresa Kinsinger, Luverne. •Hannah Kruse...
Arlyn Hemme
Arlyn Hemme Arlyn Calvin “Dutch” Hemme, 91, Luverne, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. A memorial service was Saturday, April 6, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at the Jasper City Cemetery in Jasper. Arlyn Hemme was born on June 22, 1927,...
Jim Veldkamp (in front with dog, Kayla) is the 2018 Rock County Conservationist of the Year. He operates Veldkamp Farms Inc. with (far left) Ethan and Chyana Kracht, Randy Baden and Joe Buysse.
Sometimes farming is just in a family’s blood. But the preservation of valuable natural resources is a choice, and that choice recently earned Jim Veldkamp and his late wife, JoAnn, recognition as the 2018 Rock County Conservationist of the Year. The recognition was through the Minnesota...
Murray County Commissioners joined Rock County in opposing the distribution of $3 million in Southern Prairie Community Care (SPCC) assets to a private health care insurance provider. Both counties are members of SPCC, an integrated health partnership that sought for seven years to improve health...
Water covers the railroad tracks at the intersection of Gabrielson Drive in Luverne.
Several county roads and an unknown number of township gravel roads in Rock County are closed this morning due to flooding.  They join dozens of other flooded roadways — including I-90 near Luverne — in southern Minnesota that are making travel difficult for motorists. Emergency officials warn to...
Victoria Smook (left, standing) tells of her interview experience Thursday afternoon, Feb. 27, with Doug Ohman (right) at a public preview of the documentary “Landmarks of Minnesota: Keeping History Alive” shown at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. The one-hour documentary airs Saturday, March 9, on Pioneer Public Television. Smook is one of several local residents interviewed about Blue Mound Lutheran Church, a featured landmark.
Luverne was one of two cities that hosted a preview event for “Landmarks of Minnesota: Keeping History Alive,” a potential new program for Pioneer Public Television. PBS officials, the program’s host, and the producer attended the Feb. 27 preview event at the Palace Theatre. Madison, Minnesota,...
Walls of snow like this one on County Road 5 west of Luverne are a common occurrence along highways and roadways across the region after crews broke through 4- to 6-foot drifts. Many roads were closed over the weekend due to significant blowing and drifting after more than a foot of snow accumulated between Wednesday and Sunday.
Rock County residents and a good share of the upper Midwest are still digging out from a winter storm that crippled the region last week. The one-two punch of heavy snow Wednesday followed by more snow and driving winds Saturday combined to shut down major travel corridors and cancel churches,...
Sundogs rise in a dramatic circle over wind turbines on the horizon north of Beaver Creek Monday morning. This scene was repeated with the rising and setting sun throughout the week of subzero temperatures and windswept snow.
An arctic front settled over the region this week, bringing with it sub zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills. By Wednesday, temperatures were forecast to hit minus 25 degrees with wind chills registering at minus 60 degrees. With these conditions expected to last for days at a time, most...

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