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Instead of migrating north through Rock County, bald eagles may decide to stay, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Rock County is currently not included on the DNR’s bald eagle range map because the eagles have not been spotted in the area during June and July, the typical...
Pictured are (front row, from left) Evan Verbrugge, Tammy Johnson, Darrell Hemme, Jan Baustian, Rich Hubbling, (second row) Chelsey Javner, Joan Kindt, Lowell Schelhaas, Jen Luitjens, Patti Pearson, Lorna Bryan, Scott Monger, (third row) Jason Thorson, John Javner, Dan Kindt, Nic Johnson, Emma Mumme, Tom Johnson, Dave Bryan, Jeff Leslie, (back) Don Luitjens and Tom Haas holding Karsten.
The Prairie Rose Minnesota Community Fund recently dispersed grants totaling more than $105,000 to communities in northwestern Rock County. The big winners were the Hardwick and Jasper fire departments. Hardwick received $41,070 for new pagers, additional equipment and a new tanker chassis. Jasper...
For the past five years, Rock County Commissioners approved property tax levy increases averaging 2.8 percent. If the five-member board keeps within that range for 2017, they would have to make two assumptions: The Rock County Sheriff’s Office would make fewer arrests, and no emergencies would tax...
After a long fall of mild weather, last week’s cold snap seemed particularly brutal. Nearly 8 inches of snow blanketed the county and then perfect polar vortex formed over the Upper Midwest to deliver several days of North Pole-type air. Temperatures plummeted to 20 below zero and wind chills...
The following appeared in an atlas published in 1886:   ORGANIZATION OF TOWNSHIPS   On the 10th of September, 1872, the township of Beaver Creek was organized, embracing the same territory as it does today. November 27, 1872, a petition was presented and granted, organizing the township of Magnolia...
The following appeared in an 1886 atlas:   ORGANIZATION OF TOWNSHIPS   Until the 15th of February, 1871, the whole county was in reality one township, although they had not elected any township officers, except a justice of the peace. At a meeting of the board of county commissioners, however, held...
Betty Mann
This is to continue my article from last week:   ORGANIZATION OF ROCK COUNTY   On the 17th day of October, 1870, this board held its first meeting at the house of H. A. Gregory. Daniel Wilmott was chosen chairman, and P. J. Kniss, clerk pro tem. The first work of the board was to call an election...
Emergency crews responded to a fiery crash on Highway 23 around midnight Saturday in western Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Michael J. Buchert, 49, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suffered non-life threatening injuries after his car left the roadway and hit a sign. His 1999 Ford...
Betty Mann
The following was found in an atlas dated 1886:   ORGANIZATION OF ROCK COUNTY   Prior to its organization Rock County was attached to Jackson for civil and judicial purposes, and when, in the winter of 1869-70, the Legislature passed the enabling act, there was but comparatively little talk or...
Lori Sorenson photo from Sept. 29, 2016
  Area producers are on track to set production and yield records for 2016, the second growing year in a row. The state’s corn harvest is forecasted at 1.49 billion bushels, according to the latest USDA crop production report. If realized, the production would be a record high. Corn yields are...

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