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The proposed Walleye Wind Farm consists of 40 wind turbines encompassing 31,000 acres in the Rock County townships of Beaver Creek, Martin, Luverne and Springwater. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is conducting two public hearings May 4 to gather additional input into whether to grant a site permit and certificate of need necessary for the project to begin construction this fall.
Two public hearings will take place next week for the proposed Walleye Wind Farm project in west central Rock County. The Minnesota Utilities Commission is conducting the meetings to gather public input as to whether the project should be issued a site permit and a certificate of need for the...
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...
The Big South Conference recently announced its All-Conference teams for boys’ and girls’ hockey, wrestling and gymnastics, and multiple Luverne athletes made the list. The Red Rock Conference released its All-Conference teams for basketball. Several Hills-Beaver Creek athletes were named to the...
Nearly 30 percent of Rock County residents have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. On Wednesday a second-dose clinic was offered for K-12 staff at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne, and 165 first-dose appointments were added to this clinic.   Jason Kloss of Southwest Health and Human...
The number of new livestock facilities built locally in 2020 increased over the previous year. However, the increase is attributed to the cattle industry rather than the hog industry. Doug Bos, assistant director of Rock County’s Land Management Office, briefed county commissioners of the shift...
Eighteen Rock County businesses received $180,000 in Small Business Relief Grants last year, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced earlier this month. State legislators created the program last June and distributed $61.51 million statewide. “We know that small...
The proposed Ashby Recreational Trail begins at the Luverne City Park and continues east 1.35 miles to County Road 9. Construction is expected to begin this spring and be complete this fall.
Gene and Barb Ashby’s bike path in memory of their son, Chris, will be completed this summer after two years of planning with local officials. The Ashbys have pledged $1 million toward the project and requested matching funds either by labor, grants or other funds from the county. The 1.35-mile...
Fifteen Rock County businesses shared $250,000 of coronavirus relief grants awarded Friday. The grants were the result of a special state $216 million coronavirus recovery legislation passed in December. Commissioners outlined a targeted distribution approach in January and asked the 21 businesses...
The city of Hills became the first municipality outside of Luverne to pledge support to the Rock County Food Shelf’s new location and renovation project. Hills Council members pledged $1,000 per year over the next five years at their Feb. 9 meeting. The Food Shelf capital campaign seeks to raise $...
Donald R. Esterly died on Feb. 1, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona, from the combined effects of COVID-19 and Parkinson’s disease. Donald Esterly was born to Elden and Frances Esterly in rural Rock County. He attended rural schools and graduated from Luverne High School in 1950. Don served with the 8th U....

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