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Pictured are freshman players (from left) Layne Sasker, Keaton Ahrendt, Eli Woodley, Landon Ahrendt, Layke Miller, Ryker Johnson and Jack Gangestad, who take a break during the Wednesday morning, Aug. 18, practice.
Rock County high school fall athletes are in their second week of practice. Players and coaches from Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek high schools are enjoying a more normal start to the season compared to last year's COVID pandemic-impacted fall season.
Becky Gonnerman, Luverne, describes her job during the pandemic as “a nightmare.” Gonnerman, a nurse in health services at Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls, spoke to a gathering at Take 16 Tuesday, Aug. 17, for the Rock County Farm Bureau annual meeting. “We care for a lot of people,” she said about...
Former Rock County Relay for Life organizer Lisa Ehlers was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram late last year. Ehlers will be honored Friday night by the Bottoms Up Pink Ladies at the 2021 Relay for Life event at Take 16.
Since 2007 Lisa Ehlers actively participated on the First Farmers & Merchants National Bank’s Relay for Life team, raising funds for cancer research. For many of those years, she was the annual event’s organizer. This year, however, Ehlers is sitting out, unsure if her own cancer treatments...
Luverne Community Education instructor Cheryl Nath (in front, standing) shows one of her pour paintings to a group of students Wednesday morning, Aug. 18, in the high school art room. Nath’s “Anyone Can Paint” class demonstrates that art can be fun and participants don’t need to consider themselves artistic in order to enjoy painting.
Instructor Cheryl Nath told her Luverne Community Education students to choose color wisely and not worry about making mistakes. After all, the risk of pouring colors in and out of former yogurt containers is that they could mix together. “If you put the wrong colors together, they turn sort of...
The old concrete bridge near the Luverne City Park entrance will soon be removed, and River Road will have its own entrance to County Road 4 farther east.
The old concrete bridge near the Luverne City Park entrance will soon be removed, and River Road will have its own entrance to County Road 4 farther east. The project consists of the demolition of an old bridge and replacing it with a road that will be extended to County Road 4. This will leave...
Local leaders and child care professionals gathered for an emergency meeting last week after a number of in-home providers closed and announced closures. Ten Rock County providers left the profession in the past year, leaving roughly 120 children needing care elsewhere. That’s in addition to nearly...
Rock County’s small cities will see significant increases in law enforcement expenses beginning in 2022, after years of little to no wage and equipment increases. Increases for wages and equipment range from $1,095 for the city of Kenneth to $14,770 for Hills. The mayors of Hills, Beaver Creek,...
To encourage more Luverne students to attend games and activities at home, the Luverne Board of Education voted unanimously to waive the $4 student ticket fees. The decision was made at a special Thursday night, Aug. 19, meeting, and the waiver of fees is effective immediately. Adult single tickets...
Additional stimulus aid will pump more than $2 million into infrastructure projects within Rock County. The federal government’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) will deliver $350 billion across the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 emergency and stimulate job development. Rock County will receive $1.8...
Hot asphalt is loaded into the paver Thursday morning, Aug. 19, as the Duininck Inc. crew replaces the surface of Alumni Avenue (formerly North East Park Street) in front of the Luverne Middle-High School. The final asphalt surface is expected to be finished Tuesday.
Duininck Inc. crews pave North East Park Street in front of the Luverne Middle-High School Thursday morning, Aug. 19, before work stopped for rain showers Friday and Monday. Work resumed Tuesday morning during another round of showers with the paving around the school expected to be finished by the...

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