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  • June 26, 2024
    Fourteen local youth participated in “Mission Impossible,” the first of three themed summer day camps offered through Rock County 4-H. Mission Impossible took place June 7. The three-hour event featured all 14 “secret agents” learning how to make and solve codes, and they also took a closer look at fingerprint patterns. Closing out the camp was a test to solve a scavenger hunt set up on the…
  • June 19, 2024
    Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spent two hours Friday morning at The Lake in Luverne instructing youth about fishing, fishing rules and how to catch a fish. The “Learn to Fish at The Lake” class through Luverne Community Education was the first time the DNR brought its interactive program to Luverne. “We want to connect kids with the outdoors,” said DNR’s…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 19, 2024
    When George Bonnema died Dec. 26, 2023, community members reflected on his spirit of giving and the positive impact he had on those around him. The list was long and expansive, as people tallied the time and resources Bonnema freely shared through his talents in gardening, landscaping, baking (especially carrot cakes and apple desserts), decorating, mentoring and more. And a common theme was…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 19, 2024
    “Andrew, you really put Luverne on the map.” That’s how Dr. Anita Gaul summed up the work of Andrew Prekker of Luverne in creating the winning design of the new Minnesota state flag.  Gaul is vice chair of the Minnesota State Emblems Redesign Commission and joined Prekker to present a program about the new state flag at the History Center in Luverne on Flag Day, June 14.  Gaul, a history…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 19, 2024
    Librarians at the Rock County Community Library have more than 40 special events planned for the summer. While most of the activities are geared toward families and children, some are planned just for adults. “It is important to offer a variety of activities during the summer to show libraries are becoming much more than just a place to check out books,” said librarian Bronwyn Wenzel. “We…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 19, 2024
    The Hills-Beaver Creek School District is considering optimizing its bond authority to lessen the budget restraints on its current building projects. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the district office in Hills. Information about how the district is able to secure up to $3 million for long-term facility maintenance projects within the district will be presented.…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 19, 2024
    The Hardwick City Council hosted a public hearing Tuesday, June 11, about a $4.6 million project to replace the city’s aging water system. As part of the USDA Rural Development grant application process, the city is required to conduct a meeting to inform residents about the potential project. Five members of the public attended the 30-minute public hearing and no one objected to plans.…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 19, 2024
    Low enrollment in the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriot enrichment after-school care program forced its closure. H-BC school board members approved the closure and elimination of the coordinator position at their June 10 meeting. The program started three years ago and expanded two years ago to serve up to 20 students. “We have very little interest in this coming year,” said board member Tami Rauk,…
  • June 19, 2024
    In preparation for the new 924 area code, all customers located within the 507 area code region should prepare for 10-digit dialing. Beginning July 30 all local calls made within the 507 area code region must be placed using 10 digits (area code plus the seven-digit telephone number). Starting July 30, calls placed using just seven digits will not be completed. Beginning Aug. 30 new telephone…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 19, 2024
    Progress continues on replacing the parking lot on the north side of Luverne City Hall adjacent to the Minnesota West Community College entrance.  Workers began pouring concrete last week for the project that includes removing the previous pavement, regrading the existing granular base, and replacing the pavement with 6-inch concrete.  Curb, gutters and sidewalks will also be fully replaced.…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 19, 2024
    The Hills-Beaver Creek High School FFA Chapter conducted the 2024 awards banquet May 17 at the Steen Reformed Church. Members and others FFA supporters received recognition for their achievements during the 2023-24 school year. The evening ended with the installation of the 2024-25 officers.   Honorary degree An honorary chapter degree was awarded to New Vision Co-op. “New Vision has…
  • June 19, 2024
    Southeast Technical College has awarded 164 full-ride Build Dakota Scholarships to incoming students through the Build Dakota Scholarship program. The competitive scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, uniforms, tools and supplies. Local students recognized at a June 7 signing event include Carter Abels, Hills, in automotive technology, and Morgan Jonas, Kenneth, in licensed practical nursing…
  • June 19, 2024
    Luverne A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Seniors: Morgan Ahrendt, Tyler Arends, Alexsis Berg, Zoey Berghorst, Kayla Bloemendaal, Hailey Boll, Brynn Boyenga, Kai Buss, Cassandra Chesley, Jenna DeBates, Gavin DeBeer, Elliot Domagala, Morgan Hadler, Elle Halverson, Henry Hartquist, Roselynn Hartshorn, Uriel Hernandez, Julia Hoogland, Addison Huiskes, Kira John, Nathan Kinsinger, Spencer Kracht, Jacob…
  • June 19, 2024
    H-BC A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Seniors: Grace Anderson, Lanae Elbers, Sylvia Fick, Alexis Garner Swenson, Cooper Gehrke, Taylor Gehrke, Aiden Kerkhove-Brandt, Tahliya Kruger, Ty Leuthold, Joshua Lohr, Brynn Rauk, Justin Roelfs, Larissa Steinhoff, Avril Susie, Logan Susie, Olivia Susie, Riley Tatge, Joylynn Taubert. Juniors: Beau Bakken, Gracie Fagerness, Harli Rozeboom, Kadence Rozeboom, Bailey…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 19, 2024
    Eleven Rock County 4-H’ers competed at the annual communication arts contest May 4 at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Participants exhibited in the categories of public speaking, interpretative reading, creative writing and photojournalism. Judge Monica Horn awarded ribbons based on the participants’ performance. Purple is the highest ribbon awarded. Goals of the contest include…
  • June 12, 2024
    Four area volunteer fire department teams went head-to-head Saturday afternoon in the inaugural Fire Department Water Wars in Hills during Hills Friendship Days activities. Three-man teams from Ashton, Iowa, Rock Rapids, Iowa, Beaver Creek and Hills competed in the double-elimination event. The team of Ty Bundeson, Sawyer Bosch and Logan Suzie fought back through the consolation bracket to take…
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