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  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 27, 2024
    Years of persistence paid off for Rock County Rural Water (RCRW) when the local system’s project made the federal congressional directed spending list for Minnesota. RCRW will receive $1 million toward the construction of an 80-foot water tower to improve service to customers in western Rock County. Ryan Holtz, RCRW manager, told Rock County Commissioners at their March 19 meeting that he asked…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 27, 2024
    New feedlot construction and expansions in Rock County slowed to just a handful per year over the past few years. However, county officials remain optimistic that growth will continue in the local livestock industry, given early 2024 activity. Doug Bos, assistant director of the county Land Management Office, presented the feedlot summary for 2023 to Rock County commissioners March 19. “This…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 27, 2024
    Rock County residents dodged a massive late-winter storm that dumped over a half foot of snow across central and eastern Minnesota. Hardwick and northern Rock County communities had roughly 1½ inches of snow as of Monday morning while Luverne and communities further south saw very little accumulation. Meanwhile, Edgerton and Pipestone only a few miles north saw blizzard conditions with colder…
  • March 27, 2024
    Ahead of the planting season, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding farmers of proper storage guidelines for bulk fertilizer. Bulk liquid fertilizer can contaminate soil, surface water and groundwater if a storage tank or pipe leaks. Dry fertilizer can also leach into the environment if it is placed on the ground and mixes with snow and rain. To limit the risk of…
  • March 27, 2024
    Will Old MacDonald’s cow overcome her stage fright to finish the song? Luverne Elementary first-graders asked the question Friday afternoon during their performance of “E-I-E-I Oops!” Through the encouragement of fellow barnyard animals, Mrs. Cow’s confidence was boosted and suddenly “The Whole Barnyard was Singing,” as the 73 students performed (above), under the direction of Beth Capistran.
  • March 27, 2024
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can begin signing up for the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) starting March 4 and running through March 29, 2024. This conservation opportunity gives producers tools to conserve wildlife habitat while achieving other conservation benefits, including sequestering carbon and improving…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 27, 2024
    The Luverne High School speech team ended the 2024 regular season with two strong performances. The team finished second at the Big South Conference Championships on March 21 and fourth at the Pipestone Area Speech Invitational March 23. Luverne competed in the small school division at both events. Two speakers took Big South Conference honors. Jessika Tunnissen placed first in informative…
  • By Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst
    March 27, 2024
    Due to the high cost of investment in farm machinery, an ever-increasing number of farm operators are hiring other farm operators to provide some or all of their machinery resources for their farm operation. This is especially true with new and younger farm operators, as well as with children that decide to start farming with their parents. In addition, some land investors are choosing to…
  • March 20, 2024
    More than a dozen parade entries walked down Main Street Luverne Monday afternoon for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade organized by the Luverne Area Chamber. Plenty of green was seen along the street – and also stocking hats and mittens donned against the upper 30-degree temperatures. The parade was a culmination of a full weekend of St. Patrick's Day activities in Luverne.
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 20, 2024
    The Magnolia City Council shared a letter of support in a grant application Rock County submitted for the $25 million transload and rail yard facility proposed for the east edge of town. Now residents of Magnolia and Magnolia Township are criticizing city leaders for the letter, and they addressed Magnolia City Council and Rock County officials at the March 12 meeting in city hall. Rock County…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 20, 2024
    Beaver Creek horticulturalist Sean McFarland has purchased the SpringBrooke events facility and surrounding six acres in Beaver Creek from Rick Gourley. According to the purchase agreement signed earlier this month, McFarland also has an option to buy the remainder of the property under contract. Gourley will keep a small parcel near the housing development. McFarland plans to continue…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 20, 2024
    Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Ellis & Eastern to operate a temporary storage and staging area near the Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad (BRRR) in western Rock County. They supported the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation to issue the permit after a Feb. 26 public hearing. Land Management Director Eric Hartman presented the commission’s recommendation…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 20, 2024
    Minnesota author Mary Casanova visited Luverne Monday evening for a presentation called “My Doll, Me & Mary.” The author of 39 published books felt honored to be talking about the 11 books she’s written for the American Girl series. Five of her books have had dolls developed from her American Girl characters along with three movies. She’s currently talking about her books as she tours the…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    March 20, 2024
    The city of Beaver Creek will connect to Rock County Rural Water for its municipal needs and to meet demands of the new Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary School. At their March 13 meeting, Beaver Creek City Council members unanimously agreed to send a letter to the Rural Water Board indicating their intent to connect to Rock County Rural Water. The action follows a meeting earlier this month…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 20, 2024
    Editor's Note: The top wage for the 2024-25 contract year clarifies a teacher's eligibility for the top wage to $90,774 with a master's degree, 30 credits and 16 years of teaching. A new two-year teacher contract was approved March 12 in a special meeting of the Luverne School Board. Approved by the Luverne Education Association (LEA) and the school board, the changes to the existing contract…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    March 20, 2024
    The Luverne High School Business Professionals of America Chapter (BPA) earned a gold status for membership increase at the Spring Leadership Conference March 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. “It was a great learning experience, and we had fun being up there representing Luverne,” said adviser Katie Kopp. “It was great to see Luverne’s students being recognized. They worked hard this…
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