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A new business, The Barn on 60th Salon and Spa, is emerging south of Hills. The business also brings career ambitions full circle for owner Tammie Leuthold, who expects to be open next month.  “Right now, it seems surreal,” she said. “I definitely didn’t plan this two years ago.” She did, however,...
Recent COVID-19 vaccine availability is allowing Rock County departments to resume walk-in transactions on May 1. County administrator Kyle Oldre told commissioners at their April 6 meeting that county employees met the previous week and supported the reopening plan. At that meeting, each employee...
Greg Dalbec, site superintendent with ICS, clicks a picture Monday of the school logo set in the new terrazzo flooring at the Luverne Middle-High School’s commons area. Workers with Wisconsin Terrazzo spent the weekend bending the metal for the design before adding the red terrazzo mixture to cure...
Daniel DeBeer
About 40 trucks, most of them semitractor-trailers, lined Ellsworth’s Main Street Wednesday, April 7, for the funeral of Daniel DeBeer at Zion Presbyterian Church. DeBeer, 33, of Ellsworth, died on March 31 as the result of a trucking accident in Wyoming. According to crash reports, DeBeer was...
The 2020 Ford Explorers are valued at $36,000 (minus law enforcement equipment) and are insured by the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust. They are leased through the State of Minnesota fleet services. The adjuster hasn't yet determined if they're totaled.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is short two squad cars after a crash last week involving two deputy drivers. According to the accident report filed by Minnesota State Patrol, deputies Lee Christians and Jonathon Stearns were dispatched to rural Beaver Creek Monday night, April 5, in response to a...
A light bar from the ceiling is lowered to replace bulbs, one of several maintenance items Palace Theatre staff tackled during downtime of the pandemic shutdown. According to Palace director Shawn Kinsinger, the bulb replacement was a complicated process that involved climbing through a hole in the ceiling of the apartment upstairs to get to the pulleys that lower the light bar.
For the first time in over a year, the Palace Theatre will be open this weekend for a movie, “Godzilla vs. Kong,” a 2021 American monster film. Minnesota theaters are allowed to open at half capacity, which for the Palace means 215 may attend at one time, socially distanced and wearing masks. “You...
Hills-Beaver Creek Schools band instructor Steve Olson (far left) directs students Monday in the school’s gymnasium in Hills, where students use aerosol screens on instruments while at a 6-foot social distance.
Music education has taken different forms at Hills-Beaver Creek Schools this school year, as staff and students follow precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. To meet social distance requirements, K-12 music teachers Steve Olson and Amy Comp instruct in the secondary gymnasium, where...
Sub-section team champion Luverne High School will have all 17 competing members participate in Saturday’s Section 3A speech championship. They are (front, from left) Roselynn Hartshorn, Grace Ingebretsen, Zoe Perkins, Mia Wenzel, Jessika Tunnissen, Bethany Behr, (second) Chance Tunnissen, Zander Carbonneau, Destiny Matthiessen, Rylee Anderson, Maddy Schepel, Brianna Kinsinger, Luke Thorson, (back) Burke Johnson, Xavier Carbonneau, Josie Golla and Parker Carbonneau.
Under a new virtual format, Luverne High School claimed the Sub-Section Championship trophy, and all 17 students earned the right to compete in the Section 3A Championship on Saturday. “Generally there are three sub-section meets, but due to COVID-19, the virtual format and fewer participants,...
Cindy and Pastor Billy Skaggs arrived in Luverne 10 years ago to serve the newly planted Living Rock Church on East Main Street and helped establish the church in a former furniture store.
“Blessed” was uttered on several occasions this weekend as Living Rock Church celebrated 10 years in Luverne. The church’s first and only minister, Pastor Billy Skaggs, referenced how God was instrumental in getting the church off the ground. “He has blessed us in the past with blessings upon...
Like the start of a big race or the beginning of a championship game, many farmers in northern Iowa are ready to begin full-scale field work as soon as field conditions are fit for planting. Most farm operators across the region reported almost ideal soil conditions; however, rainfall and cooler...

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