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An offer to complete yearly inspections wasn’t enough to change the “no fowl” ordinance in the city of Hills. At the Aug. 10 city council meeting, Hills resident Faith Thompson asked about changing the ordinance that prevents residents from keeping laying hens within city limits. Thompson, who...
The Rock County 4-H Youth Development Program concluded the 2021 summer day camp program on Aug. 13 with “Summer Fun” at the Rock County Fairgrounds in Luverne. Nine campers in grades 1-4 captured the sun’s energy in an attempt to roast marshmellows for s’mores, read and shared campfire stories,...
The Rock County Corn and Soybean Growers Board recently donated a full set of tires to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office as part of a promotion for using soybean oil in tire treads. Goodyear’s soy-based “Eagle Enforcer All Weather” tires are designed for extreme climates.  According to state soybean...
Adam Ask of Luverne began “AJ’s Pooper Scoopers” in June, cleaning up after pets in their own yards. Ask holds his family’s pet, Luna, who taught him to look twice when cleaning yards.
Adam Ask’s new business is for the dogs — or for picking up the dogs’ business. “AJ’s Pooper Scoopers” charges dog owners weekly for cleaning up after canines in their yards. Working from a family member’s suggestion earlier this year, Ask jumped at the chance to start his own business. “It’s just...
The last full week of practice wraps up this week for the Luverne High School marching band. On Monday the group learned the maneuvers to this year’s field show, “Music for Life.”
The Luverne High School Marching Band is in its last full week of the 2021 practice camp. On Monday the 54 students were learning a new field routine in the grass area near the high school football field. This year’s program, “Music for Life,” follows four life stages — birth, work, marriage and...
Michael Blank (left) and Ken Petersen discuss options for the bike repair space in ATLAS Ministries’ Community Room on the west side of the building (formerly Luverne Kawasaki). Equipment is in place to install 2-by-4 rafters overhead for attaching beams of hooks for hanging bike wheels and equipment to maximize space in the room.
ATLAS of Rock County is expanding its community ministries to include bike sales and repair, brought about by Ken Petersen’s retirement from his Ken’s Bike Shop business. The arrangement has been a “God thing,” according to ATLAS director Michael Blank “We had a person come to us who had no...
Rachel Jacobs is the new Rock County Land Records director, a position she assumed Aug. 2.
A familiar face is the new director in the Rock County Land Records department. Rachel Jacobs began her new duties Aug. 2, taking the reins from  former assessor and Land Records director Tom Houselog, who retired after 46 years, 21 of those years in Rock County. “It’s a little intimidating,”...
Chris Eberle with Alliant Engineering out of Minneapolis surveys the Hwy. 75 and Main Street intersection Monday. Minnesota Department of Transportation is studying the intersection in preparation for a Highway 75 improvement project in 2025. Last week, MnDOT officials told Rock County commissioners that a mini-roundabout would be considered for the intersection.
State transportation officials are considering a mini roundabout for the Main Street-Highway 75 intersection in Luverne. It’s one of two state road improvement projects in Rock County in the state’s five-year plan. The other one, slated for 2022, provides for resurfacing both directions of I-90...
To express appreciation for farmers and agriculture, an Aug. 21 Ag/Farmer Appreciation event will thank them for their “dedication to food production.” Organizer Don Dinger said the event was planned for last year, but it didn’t happen due to COVID-19. This year he and other volunteers revived the...
A job fair Friday and Saturday is expected to fill 11 positions still open at the local Agri-Energy plant in Luverne. Owner Gevo Inc. announced in March production would resume May 1; however, fewer than half of the needed 20 employees were hired at that time. The coronavirus pandemic that stopped...

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