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An undercover investigation released Tuesday by Last Chance for Animals alleges multiple incidents of cruelty and neglect at a Rock County facility that’s part of the fourth largest pork producer in the nation. Hidden-camera video at Christensen Farms, a breed- to-wean facility near Luverne,...
  The Star Herald this week doles out thumbs up and thumbs down on topics ranging from street beautification to recycling contamination. Thumbs up — to the Rock County Agricultural Society for putting on another great fair. It had a great variety of things to do, see, hear and eat, and the...
  Summer rainfall, unlike spring or fall showers, tends to come in what can probably best be described as "large packages.”  While there are certainly fewer rainfall events, the amounts with those events tend to be higher, given the fact that they usually are brought by thunderstorms.  This was no...
  The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 17, 1922: DEER HUNTING NEW SPORT ENJOYED IN ROCK COUNTY E.W. Brown Shoots Fine Buck near Ashcreek After Exciting Chase—Deer Discovered in Pasture Deer hunting is not on the calendar of regular sports in Rock county but it is not...
Participants who received Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion ribbons in Open Class competition at the fair were invited to pose for a photograph Friday afternoon near the Floral Hall. Those available for the photo include (front, from left) Will Bergman, Ashton Sandbulte, Cayd Den Herder, Lorraine Stoel, Julia Ferguson, Shelbie Nath, Heather Johnson, Morgan Sauer, (back) Lori Witte, Andrew Prekker, Eric Fick, Mary Lutmer, Shirley Connor, Patty Kienholz and Alyssa Kienholz. Grand Champion winner Jayda
  Following are the results reported for Open Class competition at the 2015 Rock County Fair:   Floral category: •Best of show, Lorraine Stoel; reserve, Eileen Hemme; •Champions: Kellie Hellerud, Kristin Suhr, LaVonne Hanson, Margie Baker. •Reserve champions: Eileen Hemme (3); Shirley Connor. •...
Young riders buckle their seatbelts on the dragon roller coaster ride at the fair Thursday night.
Pleasant summer weather and a variety of events and activities attracted solid crowds to the Rock County Fairgrounds for the first few days of public attendance. 4-H judging started on Monday, July 27, and shows opened Wednesday, July 30, with the fair continuing through Saturday night. In what’s...
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Performers in the Annual Rock County Talent Show took to the Palace Theatre stage in Luverne Wednesday night to sing, dance and entertain for judges and audience members. With a full program with more than 30 entries, the Palace auditorium was full and local talent showcased at its best. “It was a...
Pat and Lowell Ahrendt (front row center), Rock County’s 2015 Farm Family of the Year, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their six children earlier this year. Pictured in front from left are Melissa, Pat, Lowell, Lisa DeBoer, (back) Jeff, Michelle, Troy and Brad.
Luverne’s Lowell and Pat Ahrendt will be honored the next two weeks as Rock County’s 2015 Farm Family of the Year. They'll first be recognized at the Rock County Fair and later by the University of Minnesota. The Ahrendts are among 80 farm families throughout the state chosen by local Extension...
  The 2015 version of the Rock County Fair is well underway this week, and those who haven’t yet been to the fairgrounds on South Freeman Avenue should make a point to get there. Why? We aren’t going to offer a David Letterman “Top 10 Reasons,” but we can come up with a few good arguments. •...
  In June Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a new buffer initiative to help protect the state’s water resources from erosion and runoff pollution by establishing roughly 110,000 acres of buffer along waterways. “The new law generated a significant amount of interest,” said Arlyn Gehrke of the Rock...

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