2021

ATLAS of Rock County and its Redeemed Remnants store in Luverne logged 5,422 hours among the 58 volunteers in 2021, topping the list of organizations in Rock County participating with A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota. Among the ATLAS/Redeemed Remnants volunteers are (front row, sitting, from left) Marlen Van Otterloo, Lynette Ossefoort, Carole Bosch, (second) Jean Staeffler, Brenda Winter, Mary Schutz, Marsha Blom, Laurie Bohlke, Nan Walgrave, Karen Bosch, Greg Hoogeveen, (third) Dixie Hansen, Linda Brady, Sig
Word of mouth is credited for increasing volunteerism in Rock County in 2021. Michelle Baumhoefer, A.C.E. executive director, recently updated County Board members about the seven-county volunteer program. With her was Linda Wenzel, who manages the Rock County program. “I can’t put into words the...
Taxes garnered annually on aggregate materials and wind production in Rock County were lower in 2021, according to information presented at the April 5 County Board meeting. Aggregate tax in 2021 was $145,174, down from the 10-year high of $189,969 in 2020. The wind production tax was $767,870 for...
Sixty wastewater plants in southwestern Minnesota were recently recognized by the state’s Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for outstanding compliance. Six of those plants are in Rock County: the cities of Beaver Creek, Magnolia, Hills and Hardwick, along with Agri-Energy LLC and Blue Mounds State...
Income tax filing season kicks off Minnesota taxpayers have until Monday, April 18, 2022, to file and pay their state and federal income taxes. The department offers tips for filing your income tax: •See if you qualify for free tax preparation. If your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $73,000 or less...
Rock County raised some of the best-yielding crops in the state in 2021, according to the recently released crop estimates by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services. Rock County landed in the Top 5 counties for corn yield, among the 17 counties who topped more than 60 bushels per acre...
A good way to measure growth over time is to track the number of building permits issued for construction. Luverne building official Chad McClure compiled numbers for 2021 when he issued 128 permits valued at $15,077,990. Of those, seven were for single-family home construction valued at $1,128,742...
Scott Rall
The 2021 pheasant hunting season has come to a close, and overall it was a year I would consider only fair. I keep track of the number of birds I harvest each year. In fact, I have one tail feather from each rooster dating back to 1996 when I got my first trained hunting dog. This year my harvest...
The H-BC boys’ basketball team traveled to Marshall to take on the Canby Lancers on Thursday Dec. 30. The H-BC Patriots were able to take control in the second half to cruise to an 83-68 victory. In what was a back and forth affair in the first period, senior Cole Baker (25 points, six rebounds,...
Dispatch report Dec. 24 •Complainant eastbound on Interstate 90, mile marker 14, Magnolia, reported debris on the road. •Complainant on E. Dodge Street and 140th Avenue, Luverne, reported a possible unsafe ATV riding. •Complainant on County Road 6, Beaver Creek, requested a deer tag. Dec. 25 •...
Tom and Jodi Fick were honored as Outstanding Conservationists of the Year at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Dec. 12-14.
Tom and Jodi Fick, Luverne, were honored as Outstanding Conservationists of the Year at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Dec. 12-14 in Bloomington.  They were selected by the Rock Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the award,...

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