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Veterans and family members tour the Fagen Fighters WWII museum in Granite Falls. Some of the participants on the tour include (from left) Brad Wilson, Dean Wenzel, Lowell Ahrendt, Bill Clausen, Mark Coney, Bruce Wilson, Paul Aukes and Larry Tweet. The group is pictured in front of one of the restored fighter planes called the “Desert Shark.”
A handful of local war veterans boarded a bus recently and received an up-close look at World War II memorabilia, courtesy of a road trip organized by three Luverne siblings. Jeff, Brad and Troy Ahrendt fulfilled a wish of their father’s to tour the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum in Granite...
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared this week, April 18-22, Water Action Week to encourage Minnesotans to establish an ethic of clean water practices. Throughout the week, state agencies will promote practices and work being done to restore and protect Minnesota’s water. Responsibly managing our water...
Rock County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jody Reisch (left) hands a $1 million check to Alliance Communications General Manager Ross Petrick (right) as he shakes the hand of Commissioner Stan Williamson Wednesday morning, April 6, in a pre-construction meeting for the Rock County Broadband Alliance Project.
Rock County’s portion of the $14 million broadband Internet service project was paid in full Wednesday, April 6, at the start of a pre-construction meeting. Rock County Board Chairman Jody Reisch presented Alliance Communications General Manager Ross Petrick the check for $1 million, as the formal...
Terry Luke (left) and Josh Johnson of Heartland Glass, Sioux Falls, installed the new windows for the History Center in what used to be the Herman Motors showroom on Main Street.
For several months the new History Center downtown Luverne has been shrouded in plastic while work continues inside to convert the 100-year-old Herman Motor building into the Historical Society’s new home. In the past week, the plastic came off and massive custom windowpanes were placed in the...
St. Catherine Catholic Church 203 E. Brown St., Luverne St. Catherine Ph.: 283-8502 St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellsworth Thursday, March 31: 1-4 p.m. Parish Fun Day. Friday, April 1: 9:30 a.m. Anointing Mass at Parkview Manor. 3 p.m. Holy Hour of Mercy at St. Catherine. Saturday, April 2: 5:30 p.m....
Lee Christians is the first dispatcher/deputy under a hybrid full-time position arrangement within the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.
County commissioners and union representatives have approved a combined deputy/dispatcher position within the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. The move may save the department as much as $25,000 in annual costs. Last month, County Administrator Kyle Oldre brought the hybrid proposal to the county’s...
The quality of drinking water is important for every rural well owner, and nitrate is one of the most common ground water contaminants found in rural areas.  Drinking water with high nitrate concentrations can cause serious health effects in infants, and the presence of nitrate may indicate other...
A report released earlier this year named Rock County as one of only 10 counties in Minnesota to have fully recovered from the 2010 recession. The National Association of Counties report indicated a large majority (93 percent) of U.S. counties have not recovered to prerecession levels in jobs,...
Dispatch report March 18 •Complainant reported vandalism to a vehicle. •Deputies did a check in Hardwick. •Complainant requested a deputy come to the jail to help him with an issue. •Complainant reported she passed a green SUV that was all over the road and driver was slouched. Complainant thinks...
Workers from Jerke Construction Crane Service, Sioux Falls, and Alliance Communications, Garretson, maneuver the largest of five reinforced concrete huts into place last week. This repurposed equipment hut, being lifted into place in Hardwick, is the largest and the heaviest at 56,000 pounds.
Five repurposed equipment huts were lifted into place last week as crews gear up for the $14 million broadband Internet service project in Rock County. The huts located in or near Jasper, Hardwick, Magnolia (2) and Beaver Creek arrived from various locations on semitrailers, and a crane was used to...

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