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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...
The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be administered to Rock County people in the first phases of the rollout. So far, public perception seems positive, according to local public health officials. “Certainly there have been health care workers that have chosen to not get vaccinated or take a ‘wait-and...
This year in Rock County started out in the usual way with local headlines about business developments and school activities and the annual fishing derby at The Lake. But after March, there isn’t one Star Herald edition untouched by news relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. It started abruptly with...
Local public health officials say Rock County’s vaccine rollout is going according to plan. “Right now we are in the midst of Phase 1a for COVID vaccination,” said Jason Kloss of Southwest Health and Human Services. The people prioritized to receive the vaccine in this phase include health care...
Rock County Commissioners voted unanimously Dec. 22 to increase the 2021 levy by 2.5 percent. The local levy increase will add $154,937 to the county budget for a total local contribution of $6.345 million. The county’s overall budget is $12.8 million for 2021. State aid accounts for $562,744 in...

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