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  • By Glenda McGaffee
    June 16, 2015
    Area residents hungry for the taste of fresh strawberries can find them at Hansen’s berry farm. The Hansen Strawberry Farm is owned and operated by Kathy and Jerry Hansen near Beaver Creek. This is their fifth year in operation. Jerry Hansen said, “The berries are nice sized this year and the season should last two to three weeks.” Hansen Strawberry Farm is open 7 a.m. to noon daily. Information…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 16, 2015
    Music lovers enjoyed a serene evening atop the Blue Mounds State Park Saturday night when musician Paul Imholte played a variety of stringed instruments at the Interpretive Center. As part of the 2015 Life on the Prairie series of summer events, Saturday’s Concert on the Prairie featured the haunting sounds of unusual and original string instruments. Imholte wrote the music in honor of the…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 16, 2015
    An electricity distribution upgrade between Hardwick and Kenneth will provide more power to customers along the four-mile area in northeastern Rock County. Since June 2, workers from subcontractor Legacy Power Line Inc. of Wadena have been erecting wooden power poles along County Road 7 between 160th and 200th avenues in Battle Plain Township. Once the poles are fully upright, workers from Sioux…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 16, 2015
    A Luverne native was able to rub elbows recently with the legendary rock n’ roll band, The Rolling Stones. Katrina (Vander Kooi) Wallmeyer, a 2000 graduate of Luverne High School, is director of development and communications for the choral music programming organization VocalEssence. Wallmeyer has worked for VocalEssence, Minneapolis, for almost seven years. Last month VocalEssence founder…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 16, 2015
    Dave Knips isn’t on a mission to make people look 20 years younger, but with his new Medi Spa business, he said he enjoys helping people feel better about themselves. “It’s not Joan Rivers and plastic surgery and big lips,” said Knips, who offers Botox and Dermafill treatments at his office in the Salon 75 building on South Highway 75. “You want to look refreshed — good for your age — not 20…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 16, 2015
    Last year Father’s Day weekend celebrations were put on hold in Rock County as residents dealt with the aftereffects of severe flooding. The persistent weather front helped the area recover from a yearlong drought, but it turned into too much of a good thing June 14-16, 2014, when more than 13 inches of rain caused the Rock River to swell to new record high levels. No lives were lost, but Rock…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 16, 2015
    Relay for Life of Rock County surpassed this year’s goal of $35,000. The 2015 event culminated Friday, June 12, with the local Relay for Life event and marked the 15th year the event has been conducted in Rock County. With donations still coming in, the committee raised just over $36,000 in monetary and in-kind donations from corporate donations and the 13 fundraising teams. “It went as well as…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 16, 2015
    Nate Golla (left) holds the squealing pig for Exchange State Bank Branch Manager and Vice President Ryan DeBates to kiss during Friday night's Relay for Life of Rock County. After the exchange of affection, the pig quieted, prompting aonther peck from DeBates as Ryan Wynia with First Farmers and Merchants Bank (far right) reacts. The event raised $2,571.07 with the one earning less "…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 10, 2015
    A Luverne woman is in jail after the vehicle she was driving struck a house. Maren Jane Overgaard, 45, was driving a 2006 GMC Envoy, owned by Tollefson Publishing of Luverne, when she left the roadway and struck a porch at 504 W. Luverne St. at 9:54 p.m., Wednesday, June 10. Homeowners Bill and Pauline Martin were not injured. Overgaard was transported by Rock County Ambulance Services to Sanford…
  • June 09, 2015
    May 31-June 6 weather:   High temperature for the week:                                             85 Low temperature for the week:                                              43 Average temperature for the week:                                        69 Rain amount for the week:                                                    0.67 Moisture total for June…
  • June 09, 2015
    Charlotte Steffen Charlotte Steffen, 81, Hills, formerly of Marshall, died Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills. A private family service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are by Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Luverne. (0611 DN)
  • By Glenda McGaffee
    June 09, 2015
    During the Hills Friendship Days and 125th celebration, a descendant of the namesake of Hills will be among the residents and visitors attending activities and riding in the parade. Gregory Newton Hills and his wife, Shirley, from Newark, Delaware, will be attending the festivities. Hills is a great-grandson of Frederick Clark Hills, for whom Hills was named. Frederick Clark Hills was born at…
  • By Glenda McGaffee
    June 09, 2015
    The town of Hills is one of the younger villages of Rock County.   It came into existence after and as a result of the building of the Sioux City and Northern railroad from Sioux City to Garretson. Following is information gleaned from “An Illustrated History of the Counties of Rock and Pipestone Minnesota.” The Illinois Central railroad was built through the neighborhood in the fall of 1887, and…
  • By Glenda McGaffee
    June 09, 2015
    Wendell Erickson, resident of Hills for 64 years, is the grand marshal of the 125th Hills Celebration Parade Saturday, June 13.   Participating in parades is nothing new for Erickson who has been in parades for 22 years.   He has the distinction of serving as state representative for Rock, Murray and the southern half of Nobles counties, including Worthington, for 22 years.   While serving in the…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 08, 2015
    Luverne’s United Methodist Church is using crayons and paper to convey an important message. “We’re committed to bringing more life to the love of Jesus in the community,” said Pastor Dorie Hall. Called “Flat Jesus,” the message Hall conveyed to audience members at Sunday’s ecumenical church service was to color and cut out the caricature likeness of Jesus. The service was an event of Luverne’s…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 08, 2015
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