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  • By lori sorenson
    June 03, 2015
    Rock County Rural Water began receiving water last week from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, becoming the 12th member connected to L&C. The water, which is piped from the Missouri River aquifer, officially arrived in Rock County with the completion of a meter building on the Minnesota-Iowa border south of Hills, which gets its water from Rural Water. “Many of our longtime…
  • By glenda mcgaffee
    June 03, 2015
      Hills-Beaver Creek community members Sue and Harlan Stueven received this year’s Friend of Education award, voted on by Hills-Beaver Creek Foundation. The award is presented to people who offer exceptional support to staff or volunteer at the school and go above and beyond. The Stuevens live east of Hills where Harlan farms, drives truck and school bus. Sue is employed at Rock Veterinary Clinic…
  • By glenda mcgaffee
    June 03, 2015
    The Hills-Beaver Creek Education Foundation recently announced Robin Schuelke as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Schuelke, secondary math teacher, was chosen to receive the award, voted on by the H-BC Education Foundation. After graduating from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary math, Schuelke started her first teaching job in the fall of 2000 at H-BC…
  • By Glenda McGaffee, Lori Sorenson
    June 03, 2015
    By Glenda McGaffee and Lori Sorenson The Hills-Beaver Creek School Board voted not to participate in another three-year Flexible Learning Year Initiative. The action, which will go into effect with the 2016-17 school year, was taken at the H-BC board meeting Tuesday, May 26. Discussion at the meeting focused on the driving force behind the FLY plan in the first place and how the two-week early…
  • By lori sorenson
    June 03, 2015
    By Lori Sorenson It’s been almost a year since distracted driver Chris Weber, then of Hills, killed 33-year-old Andrea Boeve, Steen, while she was bicycling along the road near her home. Weber and Boeve’s husband, Matt Boeve, haven’t spoken to each other since the crash, but the two men agreed to be interviewed for a video that urges the public to pay attention behind the wheel. The production, “…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 02, 2015
    The Rock County Community Library kicked off its 2015 reading program, “Read to the Rhythm,” Monday, June 1, in the library basement. Sioux Falls musician Phil Baker entertained dozens of toddlers, elementary-aged children and parents with his program, “Sing Us Into Summer,” encouraging audience members to move to the music. The Friends of the Library-sponsored event concluded with an ice cream…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 02, 2015
    “That text or call could end it all.” That’s the message on a new billboard in Luverne that advertises the dangers of distracted driving. “In reality, every crash is a distracted driving crash,” said Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge. He said he hopes motorists get the message when they drive by the billboard on South Highway 75. Verbrugge is pictured in the center of the billboard with his…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 02, 2015
    Jase Roemeling and his son, Ethan, both of Luverne, enjoyed sunny skies and warmer temperatures Wednesday, May 27, with a fishing outing at Schoneman County Park south of Luverne. Temperatures topped out at 81 degrees, ending weeks of cloudy skies, rain showers and below-normal temperatures. The area last recorded 80-degree temps May 2 and 3. Fishing is one activity best done in nice weather. “It…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 02, 2015
    Rock County Rural Water began receiving water last week from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, becoming the 12th member connected to L&C. The water, which is piped from the Missouri River aquifer, officially arrived in Rock County with the completion of a meter building on the Minnesota-Iowa border south of Hills, which gets its water from Rural Water. “Many of our longtime…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 02, 2015
    More than 1,000 gallons of paint and other solvents were properly disposed of Thursday, May 27, during the county’s annual household hazardous waste collection. More than 100 households took advantage of the free disposal that is also offered the first and third Thursdays of each month. The annual and monthly collections are organized by the land management office to keep harmful pollutants out…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 02, 2015
    Blue Mounds State Park officials were happy to announce last week that yet another E. coli scare had been alleviated. In a May 29 email with a subject line “Blue Mounds is bacteria-free!” park manager Chris Ingebretsen announced decontamination efforts were successful. “… sample tests taken yesterday morning came back free of bacteria,” he said Friday. “Showers have been turned back on.”…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 01, 2015
    When the Luverne High School Marching Band finishes performing in Saturday’s Buffalo Days parade, the 70-member group will leave for a seven-day trip to California and back. On the bus ride to and from Anaheim, the band and color guard students plus chaperones will tour various venues. Highlight of the trip will be two performances at Disneyland. The group will march in the parade at Disneyland,…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    May 31, 2015
    It’s been almost a year since distracted driver Chris Weber, then of Hills, killed 33-year-old Andrea Boeve, Steen, while she was bicycling along the road near her home. Weber and Boeve’s husband, Matt Boeve, haven’t spoken to each other since the crash, but the two men agreed to be interviewed for a video that urges the public to pay attention behind the wheel. The production, “Shattered Dreams…
  • May 26, 2015
    Pictured is the Henry Lever .22 rifle engraved with the Hills logo for the quasquicentennial celebration. A limited number of 200 tickets will be sold at $20 per ticket and are available at the Hills City Office, Elbers Auction Service, Exchange State Bank of Hills and Orv's.  The gun is on display at the Hills City Office.
  • By Glenda McGaffee
    May 26, 2015
    Remembering those who served Area residents observed Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, and one of the ceremonies was at the Hills American Legion where Don Arends is pictured near the POW-MIA empty chair.   Pictured are the flags and crosses displayed by the Hills American Legion Monday, May 25.   Hills Fire Chief Jeff Bass (left) and Gary Bowman of the Hills American Legion place wreaths at the…
  • By Glenda McGaffee
    May 26, 2015
    The group Helping Build Communities Stronger met Tuesday, May 19, to finalize plans for the upcoming celebration of Hills’ 125th anniversary. The group will be meeting again at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, to finalize events for the celebration. Activities discussed for the weekend: •Raffle tickets are on sale for a commemorative 125th Henry Lever. 22 rifle engraved with the Hills logo.  The gun is…
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