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Submitted photo The Livewires 4-H Club’s banner “Improve your ‘selfie’ with 4-H” earns a grand champion ribbon. Presenting their idea to judge Joyce Soderholm are (from left) Hannah Kruse, Leah Kruse, Megan Popkes, Dalton Popkes, (standing) Karly Kruse, Claire Popkes and Sage VerSteeg.
  Rock County 4-H conducted their annual Presentation Night on Monday, July 6, with members participating in performing arts, demonstrations, foods review and club banner judging. This year’s performing arts performances included piano, clarinet, flute, saxophone and vocal selections, as well as a...
  Severe thunderstorms were certainly at the forefront of June weather for what has been a fairly lackluster severe storm season to this point.  The first event occurred Friday night/Saturday morning, July 19 and 20,with hail primarily being the issue Friday night and a second set of strong storms...
Serena Gutnik began as the new Rock County Community Library Director as of June 15.
  By  The Rock County Community Library in Luverne has a new director. Serena Gutnik began her duties on June 15.  “I’m excited to be here in Luverne and also to be a part of the Plum Creek Library System,” she said. Gutnik grew up in Sioux Falls and has worked in both school and public libraries...
  Rock County Sportsman’s Club June 30 Team Scores: Slocum Taxidermy 1 – 112 Agri-Energy LLC – 111 Big Orv’s Bar – 109 Minnwest Bank – 108 Luverne Body Shop – 108 Main Street Financial – 107 Freedom Ranch Firearms – 102 Bill’s Water Conditioning – 102, 104 Slocum Taxidermy 2 – 101 Woody’s Bar – 99...
  A group of Rock County teens traveled to the Adrian Elementary School last week as part of the Rock County Library teen programming to attend the Henna Body Art program, sponsored by the Adrian Branch Library. Pictured at the June 25 event are (front row, from left) Brandy Pilaczynski, Annabell...
For the first time in 15 years, tillable land in Rock County decreased in market value. That was one finding reported by Rock County Land Records Office Director Tom Houselog during the county’s Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting Tuesday night, June 16, in the Rock County Courthouse. Rather...
Straight-line winds destroyed a machine shed, enclosed cattle barn and grain bins and damaged the home on LeRoy and Denise Veldkamp farm in northwest Rock County Monday.
LeRoy Veldkamp woke up his wife, Denise, shortly before 5 a.m. Monday and told her they needed to get to the basement. That was a good call. Moments later straight-line winds hammered their home, damaging the roof and sending debris through the south windows. “A board came through and embedded...
  Singers, musicians, comedians and entertainers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for the 14th annual Rock County Fair Amateur Talent Contest. The event will be Wednesday night, July 29, at the historic Palace Theatre in Luverne. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 are awarded to the top three winners...
Pictured at Monday’s ribbon-cutting at the Rock County Veterans Memorial are (front, from left) Nancy VanDeBerg, Don Bryan, Derek Boeve, Ryan DeBates, Billy Cowell, Alan Cox, Cindy Cox, Steve Ennis, Dave Hup, (back) Holly Sammons, Faye Bremer, Patti Olson and Dave Haugom.
Community members gathered for a ribbon cutting Monday afternoon at the Rock County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn. The event recognized new Luverne Chamber members Cox Realty and Land Services, LLC, which includes Alan Cox, broker; and Realtors Cindy Cox, Dave Hup and Billy Cowell....
Eastern neighborhoods of Luverne, south of County Road 4 (East Main Street), were underwater on June 16, 2014, when heavy rains caused the Rock River to overflow its banks. Mike and Karen Mensen’s two-story home is pictured surrounded by water.
Last year Father’s Day weekend celebrations were put on hold in Rock County as residents dealt with the aftereffects of severe flooding. The persistent weather front helped the area recover from a yearlong drought, but it turned into too much of a good thing June 14-16, 2014, when more than 13...

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