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Rock County, along with every city within its borders, has declined in population in the last five years, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The official government census is taken every 10 years, but the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculates changes in the...
Cattle farmers resorted to a steady spray of water to cool the surface of their pens. Pictured at left is Blac-X Farms.
Hundreds of cattle perished last week in and around Rock County after four days of scorching temperatures and oppressive humidity. Rendering trucks logged extra miles to keep up with mounting losses, according to Alan Klarenbeek. “We’ve got all four trucks running today,” he said Friday. “And we’ll...
The Severtson family from Kenneth is the 2016 Rock County Farm Family of the Year. Pictured from left are Kristoffer, Andrea, Sterling and Denise.
Living on a working Rock County farm often means long hours, dirty fingernails and a budget that never seems to stretch far enough. But the Sterling and Denise Severtson family of rural Kenneth wouldn’t live or work anywhere else. The Rock County Extension Committee recently selected the Severtsons...
Kyle Hemme
The Star Herald asked candidates facing a primary election on Aug. 9 five questions to inform readers about themselves. The five questions are: 1.) Community involvement 2.) Employment, education and family 3.) What made you decide to seek election/reelection to the County Board of Commissioners? 4...
Greg Burger
The Star Herald asked candidates facing a primary election on Aug. 9 five questions to inform readers about themselves. The five questions are: 3.) Community involvement 4.) Employment, education and family 5.) What made you decide to seek election/reelection to the County Board of Commissioners? 6...
Natalie Stange gets a feel for what cows eat.
Jay and Peter Bakken of Blac-X Farms near Beaver Creek hosted a stop on the 2016 Ag United South Dakota Farms After 5 Tour on Tuesday, July 19.  The event, which attracted 50 interested citizens from the tri-state area, was designed to provide basic farm information for those who were unfamiliar...
By 2019 road conditions in southwest Minnesota will be the state’s worst. That’s according to Rhonda Allis of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Allis, a principal planner for MnDOT’s District 7, presented that information and the district’s 10-year road improvement plan to Rock County...
Moriah Flanagan
Moriah Flanagan and 27 other outstanding Minnesota 4-H youth have been selected as Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors for 2016-17. Elected through a meticulous selection process by 4-H adults and youth, this year’s group of state ambassadors will serve as spokespeople for the youth development...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 18, 1924:   Continued from last week:   ROCK COUNTY AS IT WAS FIFTY ODD YEARS AGO   During the Autumn of 1866, Nathan C Estey and James Johnson, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, visited the county for the purpose of selecting claims on the un-surveyed...
Betty Mann
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 18, 1924:   ROCK COUNTY AS IT WAS FIFTY ODD YEARS AGO   Being a Paper on Pioneer Life as Read by Representative J.N. Jacobson at Hills Old Settler’s Re-Union   Permanent settlement began in the southwest corner of the county in 1876. A few...

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