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Stephanie Pierce (left) is the 2015 Big Buddy of the Year. She is pictured with her current Little Buddy, Ella Van Wyhe.
Steen’s Marilyn Van Wyhe used three simple words to describe her granddaughter Ella’s feelings toward her Big Buddy Stephanie Pierce. “She loves her.” In addition to the feelings from the Luverne Elementary fourth-grader, those within the Big Buddies of Rock County Program think so too and recently...
Heavy dirt-moving equipment builds six basins on 40 to 50 acres of Jason Fick's land west of Luverne along County Road 5 to hold back floodwater and release it slowly during heavy rain events. This photograph was taken Nov. 2.
Jason Fick considers himself a conscientious farmer who takes care of his land. That’s why he was so disappointed when last year’s flooding washed topsoil from his fields into the ditch. Fick said he knew some of his land was vulnerable to erosion, so he’d done some tiling and left some of the...
Fifteen grade seven and older 4-H’ers receive Fab 15 awards. They are (front, left) Andrea Severtson, Moriah Flanagan, Hannah Kruse, Joni Vander Beek, Kristopher Severtson, (back row) Matthew Raak, Ryleigh Beers, Erica Lysne, Trevor Mente, Christian Kruse, Dylan Mente and Andrew Raak. Missing are Michael Kinsinger, McKenna Westphal and Joanna Westphal.
“Oh! The places you’ll go in 4-H!” was the theme of the 2015 Awards and Recognition Night for Rock County 4-H Nov. 7 at the Luverne Elementary School commons. About 165 members, parents, leaders and sponsors were on hand to congratulate the recipients. The Rock County 4-H Ambassadors were the hosts...
Luverne native David Beimers, PhD, presents Nancy Lange of Southwest Health and Human Services with the Social Work Alumna of the Year award. Beimers is an associate professor in social work and is chair of the Department of Social Work at MSU. Lange graduated from Mankato State College in 1976 with a double major in social work and corrections. She currently works in Rock County as a social service supervisor in children’s services with Southwest Health and Human Services.
The Department of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato, awarded Nancy Lange of Southwest Health and Human Services with its Social Work Alumna of the Year award. Lange received the award Nov. 6 at the MSU Social Work Honors Day event. Lange graduated from Mankato State College in 1976...
Rock County residents are known for their generosity, and Christmas is the time of year when that spirit shines, according to Luverne volunteer Molly Golla. Golla has been volunteering with SHARE (Sharing Hearts Are Reaching Everyone) for over 12 years and she said she’s always impressed by local...
There may be a permanent solution to the ongoing drinking water issues at the Blue Mounds State Park. That’s according to a pending agreement between Minnesota DNR and local officials at the Nov. 17 Rock County Board meeting. Under the agreement, a study will be conducted to determine the...
Ron McClure
Ron McClure will be remembered in Rock County for his kind demeanor and compassion for humanity, especially during his years wearing a badge. McClure worked 33 years in law enforcement, 25 years in Rock County and 12 of those as sheriff in the county he grew up in. “I loved my job. I loved helping...
Beginning Nov. 5, court users will have the ability to electronically file and serve documents through an online portal. The move to electronic filing and service of case documents — known as eFiling and eService — is part of the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s eCourtMN initiative to replace paper-...
Two Rock County motorists were involved in a crash Tuesday night on County Road 4 east of Luverne. According to information from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the crash was reported at 6:10 p.m. near the intersection of County Road 9, the landfill road. Kaemphet Xaphakdy, 52, of Magnolia was...

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