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Chief Fire Control Technician Carl Schoneman cn add retired to his military resume. The U.S. Navy veteran and 1996 graduate of Hills-Beaver Creek High School was honored at a special ceremony recently in Washington, D.C.
Chief Fire Control Technician Carl Schoneman will retire from the Navy on Aug. 31 after 20 years and six deployments at sea. His message to young adults back home? “Rock County may seem like the center of the universe, but it’s a big world out there,” he said. “Keep an open mind. You never know...
After several hours of investigating a possible kidnapping, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office deemed there was no criminal activity at a local hotel on Aug. 18. According to the dispatch records, deputies were requested at the Super 8 Motel on South Highway 75 to help locate a kidnapping suspect....
No one was injured Monday, Aug. 21, when a train collided with a pickup on the tracks near Beaver Creek. According to information from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, officials were notified at 6:30 p.m. of a train vs. pickup crash at 30th Avenue and 61st Street. Upon arrival, members of the...
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer. Blue Mounds State Park, Luverne, will host a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training beginning Sept. 11. Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on class with...
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...
Skies become twilight-like at 1 p.m. Monday during the time the total solar eclipse was expected to be viewed locally as a thunderstorm moved through the area. In Luverne streetlights reacted to the sudden midday darkness by turning on.
A joint venture inviting the public to view the total solar eclipse in Rock County went soggy Monday when thunderstorms rolled into the area and obscured any view of the rare occurrence. Luverne Area Chamber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation organized the solar...
Tom Fick is hosting the Sept. 5 Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day at his farm west of Luverne. The event will address the advantages of cover crops as they relate to soil health and clean water
To prevent erosion and boost soil health, many Rock County corn and soybean farmers are planting cover crops between growing seasons. The added bonus is higher yields and lower input costs, according to Luverne farmer Tom Fick. “It’s something anybody can do,” he said. “You just need to figure out...
Hoops represent hopes and dreams, said Cammas Johnston before performing her hoop dance for about 50 audience members Saturday night at the Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center.
When Luverne’s founding father Philo Hawes decided to relocate his family home to the banks of the Rock River more than 150 years ago, he was following a well-worn path created by the area’s Native Americans. Francis “Bud” Johnston and his wife, Rona, of Flandreau, South Dakota, brought a little of...
Jessie Wenzel poses on the front porch of her rural Denver Township home near Hardwick, the only home she has lived in since her birth 86 years ago. Last week Wenzel moved to Luverne.
Hardwick’s Jessie Wenzel is not your typical senior citizen. The soon-to-be 87-year-old lives on her own, sews four-square quilts despite suffering from central vision loss and, until earlier this week, lived on the same Denver Township farm for all but six months of her life. Born in Luverne,...
Initial ALICE training for Luverne Public School employees took place Monday and Tuesday in the American Reformed Church. ALICE training teaches participants proactive strategies that increase chances of survival during an active shooter event.
Luverne elementary and middle/high school staff was tested Monday and Tuesday in a series of mock intruder trainings at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. More than 200 school employees participated in ALICE training, a set of proactive strategies that increase chances of survival during an...

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