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Dallas Bowron (right) enjoyed horses throughout his lifetime. He's pictured with his son, John, during a Rock County Wranglers annual ride in 2021.
Dallas Bowron left lasting impressions with people he met during his 107 years in Rock County, most of them positive. Bowron, Rock County’s oldest resident, died Saturday at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage. “Dad was a positive guy who liked engaging with people,” said son John Bowron of Luverne...
Local residents will be able to take their written and behind-the-wheel driving tests in Luverne starting Jan. 26. The Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) weekly test site at the Rock County Highway Department in Luverne reopens this month after nearly two years of...
Luverne City Council members approved a resolution in support of traffic lights and right turn lanes at Main Street and Highway 75. The resolution approved at their Tuesday, Dec. 21, meeting represents a response to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s proposal for a roundabout at the...
Rock County Commissioners agreed to contribute $3,000 to develop plans for a regional trail system through the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC). SRDC representatives Jessica Welu and Rosemary Bruce-White asked commissioners for their support at the Dec. 14 meeting. “What Covid has...
Residents spent Saturday moving snow including Don Noerenberg who plowed this driveway on North Blue Mound Avenue.
The first measurable snowfall was forecast for Friday, Dec. 10, prompting the Luverne and Hills school districts to call for an e-learning day. While snowfall amounts varied throughout Rock County, the U.S. National Weather Service estimated 4 to 8 inches fell throughout the day in light to...
Kevin Wenzel with the Rock County Highway Department connects the solar power to the LED-enhanced stop signs at the intersection of county roads 4 and 7 Wednesday morning, Nov. 17.
Two sets of LED stop signs were installed last week on County Road 4 at the intersections of County Road 6 east of Beaver Creek and County Road 17 just north of Manley. According to Rock County engineer Mark Sehr, the four solar-powered signs each cost $1,500. The eight flashing LED lights on the...
The city of Luverne and Rock County Rural Water are committing to more water from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water system. The City Council and the County Board considered the opportunity at their respective meetings and agreed to commit to the added capacity. For Luverne, it will increase the...
Helmer Haakenson
Helmer Lawrence “Haaky” Haakenson, 102, Luverne, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, with Parish Prayers at 7:30 p.m., at Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne. Visitation is also one hour prior to the funeral Mass at 10:...
For two days in 2018, University of Virginia media studies professor Christopher Ali (in this file photo with his dog, Tuna) spent time in Luverne interviewing local officials about a broadband access book he was writing. “Farm Fresh Broadband: The Policies of Rural Connectivity” was published last month and is available at the Rock County Library.
A college professor’s two-day stop in Luverne in 2018 resulted in Rock County taking centerstage in his book, “Farm Fresh Broadband: Rural Interventions in Communications Policy.” Christopher Ali, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia, includes the story of Rock County being an...
New railroad ties and new culverts wait to be installed west of Luverne along the Buffalo Ridge Railroad. The project is part of a $14.4 million update being completed by Ellis & Eastern Railroad. A study of suitable industrial sites was completed to give potential businesses a guide to what’s available in Rock and Nobles counties.
A study recently identified 25 potential industrial sites along the Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad with the best transportation connection to the railway. Three of the top four properties along the 41-mile railway in Nobles and Rock counties are in Rock County. Two are located near Luverne and two...

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