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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...
The Rock’s Robotics team will compete Saturday in the First LEGO League state tournament. Members of the 2019 team include (front row from left) Quentin Johnson, Alex Reker, Zoey Berghorst, Zoe Perkins, (back) Garret Cattnach, Shelby McCarthy and Brenna Reker.
For the past six months, the seven-member Rock's Robotics team acted like a team of NASA scientists and engineers. They developed a virtual reality identity named SEBASTIAN, which stands for Space Entertainment Because Astronauts Should Talk In order to Avoid Neurosis. They constructed a robot...
A two-vehicle crash occurred Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 23, just south of County Road 7 in Rock County. A Ruthton man died at the scene.
A Ruthton man died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that closed down State Highway 23 south of Jasper for several hours. According to information from the Minnesota State Patrol, Earl Dean Gruis, 67, was driving a 2014 Cadillac SRX southbound on Highway 23 just south of County Road 7 in Rock...
Jeff Haubrich (right) is sworn in as the county attorney Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, in the Rock County Courthouse. District Court Judge Terry Vajgrt administered the oath.
For the past three decades, Rock County residents elected Don Klosterbuer as county attorney. For more than half of those years, Jeff Haubrich served as an assistant county attorney. On Monday, Jan. 7, the roles were reversed when District Judge Terry Vajgrt swore in Haubrich as the county’s first...
District Court Judge Terry Vajgrt (center) administered the oaths of office to the six elected county officials Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, in the Rock County Courthouse in Luverne. From left, Jeff Haubrich (sworn in as county attorney), Sherri Thompson (county commissioner), Jim Veldkamp (soil and...
A portion of a promotional video about living in a community with renewable energy was filmed in Hardwick on Wednesday, July 11. Local volunteer fireman Tom Haas (center, leaning on fire truck) was among the local residents included in the filming organized by Geronimo Energy Director of Communications and Marketing Lindsay Smith (left), videographer Chris Peterson, Tom Haas, cameraman Jake Lundell and Janie Peterson with Peterson Productions in the Twin Cities.
For three days last week Hardwick and Rock County were center stage for a Geronimo Energy promotional video. “We are putting together stories about what it is like living in a community with renewable energy,” said Lindsay Smith, Geronimo Energy director of marketing and communications. Smith and a...
Record-breaking heat descended on the area for Memorial Day weekend prompting this Angus cow south of Hardwick to seek a way to stay cool. Temperatures reached the 90s across the region with reports of areas reaching 100. According to the National Weather Service, Luverne’s Quentin Aanenson Field...
Katie Walgrave is an honorary Relay for Life chairperson and her husband, Russell Forrest, is this year’s honorary caregiver. Both will speak at the June 7 event.
  A new location, a new day and new honorary chairpersons will greet those who attend this year’s Rock County Relay for Life event in Luverne next week. Scheduled for Thursday, June 7, the event begins with the 5:30 p.m. supper and the 7 p.m. opening ceremonies in the Luverne Elementary School....

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