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  For those of you not sure what that wet stuff was that fell in the month of May, you are forgiven. Following the previous 10 months of below normal precipitation, the emergence of an abundance of rain — yes, rain — was a strange but welcome sight to behold.  Nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain fell in...
  Rock County Rural Water began receiving water last week from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, becoming the 12th member connected to L&C. The water, which is piped from the Missouri River aquifer, officially arrived in Rock County with the completion of a meter building on the...
Martha Bakken grew up on a farm several miles southwest of Luverne and attended a one-room school in District 13 in Rock County. She attended high school in Luverne, staying “in town” during the week and going home on weekends. She is pictured here for her high school graduation photograph in 1929.
  Martha Ingeborg Lunde Bakken, the oldest known resident in Rock County, died Thursday, May 28, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 104 years and 16 days. Martha was born to Nels and Emma (Rossum) Lunde in Luverne Township May 12,1911, and was a lifelong resident of Rock County.  ...
This photograph shows the first section of 24-inch steel pipe being installed.
Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone is making good progress on the Lewis & Clark water pipeline installation to Luverne. Construction started in February on 23 borings for the Hwy. 75, stream and railroad crossings between the Iowa border and Luverne.  The contract includes 5.9 miles of 14-inch...
  Applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. The program, reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to producers...
    The Rock County chapter of Pheasants Forever was recently recognized for its efforts to reinvest more than $1 million in local wildlife habitat. Pictured during an April meeting are (front, from left) Steve Heitkamp, Darrin Kindt, Pheasants Forever regional field representative Matt...
  As anyone with farm ground knows, the extreme rainfall events in June of 2014 caused severe erosion on farm ground in Rock County.  Gullies were cut through crop fields and ditches filled with sediment. Fields that had conservation practices in place such as terraces, waterways and sediment...
  While the old adage, “April showers bring May flowers,” is true of most years that cannot be said of this year.  I was mulling over some new adages that might have been more appropriate like “April drought brings May burnout” or “April dry causes May flowers to go bye-bye,” but nothing seemed...
Area fire and rescue personnel work Monday to extinguish the blaze at this hog barn fire east of Jasper that took the lives of two Jasper women.
Two people died Monday morning, May 11, in a hog barn fire four miles east of Jasper in Rock County. According to Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, Sharla Drew, 50, and Kristy (VanSurksum) Giesler, 32, both of Jasper, died in the blaze. Drew, an employee of New Horizon Farms, and Giesler, a...
  The Farm Service Agency (FSA) would like to remind Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants of their responsibility to ensure that acres enrolled in CRP are properly maintained throughout the contract period, as agreed to in their CRP contract (CRP-1 Appendix) and the Conservation Plan of...

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