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The proposed Ashby Recreational Trail begins at the Luverne City Park and continues east 1.35 miles to County Road 9. Construction is expected to begin this spring and be complete this fall.
Gene and Barb Ashby’s bike path in memory of their son, Chris, will be completed this summer after two years of planning with local officials. The Ashbys have pledged $1 million toward the project and requested matching funds either by labor, grants or other funds from the county. The 1.35-mile...
Fifteen Rock County businesses shared $250,000 of coronavirus relief grants awarded Friday. The grants were the result of a special state $216 million coronavirus recovery legislation passed in December. Commissioners outlined a targeted distribution approach in January and asked the 21 businesses...
The city of Hills became the first municipality outside of Luverne to pledge support to the Rock County Food Shelf’s new location and renovation project. Hills Council members pledged $1,000 per year over the next five years at their Feb. 9 meeting. The Food Shelf capital campaign seeks to raise $...
Donald R. Esterly died on Feb. 1, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona, from the combined effects of COVID-19 and Parkinson’s disease. Donald Esterly was born to Elden and Frances Esterly in rural Rock County. He attended rural schools and graduated from Luverne High School in 1950. Don served with the 8th U....
Harold Sandstede
Harold A. Sandstede, born to Lawrence and Madge Sandstede, died in the comfort of hospice care with loving daughter and favorite dog by his side. Harold is survived by daughters Kristin and Heather, grandchildren Natalie and Garrett, and siblings Jacque (Roger), Jan (Ron) and Steve. Harold briefly...
Missy Cowell, an RN in Sanford Luverne’s surgery department, was able to give the vaccine to her grandpa, Alvin Boomgaarden, who just turned 98.
Three hundred Rock County residents 75 and older received the COVID-19 vaccine this week at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne. Jason Kloss of Southwest Health and Human Services said local health professionals have had to respond quickly with schedules and communication as vaccine doses become...
More aggregate and gravel were removed from Rock County in 2020 than ever before, topping the 10-year high recorded last year. Rock County Auditor-Treasurer Ashley Kurtz released the amounts Jan. 5. The $189,969 collected is based on the reports submitted by the 12 permitted operators in Rock...
The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be administered to Rock County people in the first phases of the rollout. As word gets out about local distribution, Jason Kloss of Southwest Health and Human Services is asking for public patience. “We understand that many are looking forward to receive the...
Twenty-three businesses in Rock County are targeted for a second round of coronavirus aid grants. Commissioners received $250,000 from the state in additional pandemic relief, and a distribution plan was approved at their Jan. 5 meeting. Targeted are bars and restaurants and other business entities...
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office assisted Iowa authorities Sunday with a pursuit that ended with the arrest of two individuals. At 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Lyon County Iowa Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with a vehicle pursuit that...

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