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Minnesota State Patrol squad cars wait at at the South Dakota state Line Tuesday morning. Peter Bakken shared this image, which was captured near his home west of Highway 23 facing west. The acreage where the suspect was detained is pictured in the next mile to the right.
Rock County deputies were involved Tuesday morning in the arrest of a South Dakota kidnapping suspect who led authorities on a pursuit from Sioux Falls to western Rock County. The suspect was apprehended around 9:30 a.m. just over the border into South Dakota after Rock County farmers reported a...
Rock County Commissioners have opted to begin their bi-monthly meetings by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The practice began Oct. 4 as a suggestion from chairman Jody Reisch. “In light of what is going on in our nation, I sometimes think it’s a forgotten piece of our day,” he said. None of the...
A record number of absentee ballots will be issued in Rock County if the first three weeks of absentee voting is any indication. As of noon Monday, 116 absentee ballots have been issued since the voting option opened Sept. 23, according to Rock County Auditor-Treasurer Ashley Kurtz. Her office has...
The average per acre rental cost of Rock County’s non-irrigated cropland dropped $10 in the past two years, according to information released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report released Sept. 9 shows Rock County’s average cash rent price declined from $247 in 2014 to...
Rock County’s preliminary levy for 2017 is set to increase 6.13 percent over the current county levy. Three motions at different percentages were made at the Sept. 20 County Board meeting before 6.13 percent was accepted. Two motions for a 6.5 and a 5.75 percent increase failed in 2-3 votes....
Nine Rock County 4-H’ers qualified for the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show Sept. 16-19 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. They were among 725 4-H’ers at 82 county fairs to earn state trips to compete in performance and game riding classes along with the events of horse judging, speech,...
Seven years after submitting an application to renew its demolition landfill permit, Rock County is on the final steps of completing that process. On Sept. 7 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency opened the comment period with a “Public Notice of Intent to Reissue” letter. Interested individuals...
Ron Boyenga lost a tie-breaker in the primary election and is now campaigning as a write-in candidate.
Ron Boyenga announced last week that he’ll continue his campaign for re-election to the County Board, despite losing a card draw for a tie in the Aug. 9 primary. Three people filed for election to the District 3 County Board seat — incumbent Boyenga and challengers Greg Burger and Darrel Van...
Andrew Raak, Guernsey champion merit, Dairy Showcase.
Minnesota 4-H’ers from 86 counties arrived with more than 2,800 animals for the 2016 Minnesota State Fair 4-H livestock encampment Aug. 25-28 in St. Paul. Rock County had 39 livestock exhibitors who could show one animal at the State Fair and could earn ribbons in individual classes as well as...

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