Rock County Commissioners

Commissioners received 2020 budget requests from the various county departments, and if the requests would be  granted, the county levy would increase by 7.11 percent. Requests over $10,000 include an additional $100,000 to the highway department for road and bridge repairs, $82,000 to human...
County Highway Department workers have had their hands full repairing soft spots in gravel roads this summer. After six weeks of dedicated efforts, they’re caught up with the worst spots for now, but with rain in the forecast they’ll watch redeveloping soft spots. Rock County Commissioners toured...
The “super worm equinox moon” descends early Thursday morning, March 21, as Luverne Farm Store employees Nick Nekali and Ardell Van Wettering fill a semitrailer with feed. Since March 14, farm store employees have been working two to four hours earlier than the normal 8 a.m. delivery start time in order to avoid gravel roads as the frost leaves the roadways during the day.
Rock County engineer Mark Sehr is familiar with the deep ruts created by heavy equipment sinking into the thawing gravel roadways. “Every spring you get where the top six inches to a foot thaws and we still have frost underneath — there is nowhere for the water to go and it turns into soup,” he...
Rock County Commissioners signed a proclamation Tuesday morning, July 10, designating Rock County as a Purple Heart County to honor local veterans who were wounded or killed while protecting the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans. “The Purple Heart is not an earned award but a reward for shedding...
Rock County Commissioners approved a resolution to conduct a speed/safety study on County Road 4, which borders the north side of Beaver Creek. City officials are requesting that the current 30 mph speed zone be lengthened to reduce traffic noise.
Vehicle noise is a consequence of living near an interstate highway system, and Beaver Creek residents realize the easy access to that roadway has its pitfalls. They didn’t realize more of that traffic would find its way through their city of 294 people in recent months. Beaver Creek Mayor Jamie...
Commissioners voted 3-2 at their Jan. 5 meeting not to pay a bill the county recently received from the Luverne Fire Department. This is the first time a $750 bill for a fire call was presented for payment to the county. On Oct. 9, 2015, the Luverne Fire Department responded to a grass fire in the...
Commissioners set the Rock County preliminary levy at 3.88 percent during action taken at their Sept. 22 meeting. The increase means an additional $194,145 from taxpayers in 2016. “We don’t have a choice in a lot of things,” said Commissioner Stan Williamson. Two areas prompted the commissioners to...
Dennis and Benji Kellenberger will double the size of their swine operation within a mile of Steen city limits, thanks to Rock County Board approval on Sept. 8. The father and son operation will increase their existing feedlot from 720 animal units to 1,440 just south of Steen in Section 32 of...
Heavy dirt movers work on the lot of the future Crossroads Trailer Sales and Services Friday afternoon on the site of what used to be several old turkey barns that stored hay. The new business intends to break ground later this year.
Rock County Commissioners unanimously approved the conditional use permit for a retail semi-trailer sales dealership to build an office and operate a sales lot on South Highway 75. A July 27 public hearing drew property owners and residential neighbors near the site just south of I-90 on the east...
Rock County Community Library Director Serena Gutnik explains renovation plans at the Aug. 18 county commissioner meeting.
The county’s library will officially undergo renovations after the Rock County Commissioners unanimously voted Aug. 18 to contribute $175,000 to the project. In May commissioners finalized $1.225 million in tax increment financing for the county’s share in the fiber optic project and earmarked...

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