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Alexandra Hartman, purple ribbon cat project grades 9+.
Conference judging is used at the Minnesota State Fair to determine ribbon placings for purple, blue, red and white. A purple ribbon is the highest ranking given by judges in the general project area.Two Rock County 4-H’ers earned purple ribbons during their general project encampment.Receiving...
Rebecca Austin will represent Rock County at the upcoming Minnesota State 4-H Dog Show.
Rebecca Austin will represent Rock County at the upcoming Minnesota State 4-H Dog Show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. Austin earned grand champion honors at the Southwest Minnesota Regional Dog Show Aug. 7 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. She won each of her...
Josie Scholten
The Minnesota State Fair opens today (Aug. 24) and runs until Labor Day in Falcon Heights. Rock County 4-H will be well-represented at the annual event with 38 livestock exhibitors, 29 general project exhibitors and three state ambassadors. Livestock exhibitors moved into the State Fair Aug. 23 and...
Judge Kent Thiesse inspects the class of market calves Friday morning, July 28, at the Rock County Fair. Exhibitors include Justine Mente, Tommy Norman, Austin Ossefoort, Grace Sandbulte and Claire Popkes.
The 2017 Rock County Fair featured more events than previous years, and that combined with warm summer days helped the Rock County Ag Society’s efforts to renew people’s interest in the decades-old event. “The weather impacted the attendance to make it the best fair attendance we have ever had...
Rock County Corn and Soybean growers sponsored a Farm to Table event Sunday night, June 11, at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne to support the Luverne Area Community Foundation. The second annual event brought together community members from the farm and city to educate each other on farming trends...
Minnesota Rural Water Association Source Water Protection Specialist Aaron Meyer (right) presents Rock County Rural Water District Manager Brent Hoffmann (center) and Rock County Rural Water Board member Lila Bauer a certificate signed by Governor Mark Dayton recognizing the local utility’s protection efforts. The presentation was May 10 at the Luverne Pizza Ranch.
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural Water Association recently recognized Rock County Rural Water’s ongoing commitment to protecting the community’s drinking water source with a Source Water Protection Award. The local agency was selected for the award for its efforts in...
Rock County’s newest high-speed Internet customers will be connected next month as scheduled. Since December, crews with Alliance Communications of Garretson, South Dakota, have been connecting individual homes and businesses to the 526-mile fiber broadband ring that surrounds Luverne. As of early...
Rock County Rural Water board member Del Walraven (center) accepts the award in St. Paul March 8. He’s with Steve Weir (left) and Steve Burkland, national and state rural water representatives.
Rock County Rural Water is the winner of the 2017 Source Water Protection Award, and local rural water board members were recognized at the March 8 Minnesota Rural Water Conference in St. Paul. “We appreciate your efforts on behalf of protecting your drinking water source,” Steve Robertson said....
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...

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