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  • June 29, 2015
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 29, 2015
    Hardwick kicked off its annual summer celebration last weekend with softball games, a community meal and its annual parade. This year’s parade, however, was missing one of its usual parade entrants. On Saturday, June 27, instead of being washed and polished for a drive down Hardwick’s Main Street, the 1938 Buick owned by the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post #478 was being sold at a Brandon,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 29, 2015
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 22, 2015
    After more than 120 years of weddings, funerals and worship services, Kenneth Lutheran Church will close its doors at the end of the month. A final worship service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 28, followed by a catered meal. The small building with a proud white steeple housed hundreds of summer vacation Bible school classes, cubed beef suppers, bridal showers and community gatherings.…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 22, 2015
    Charles “Chuck” Connell of Luverne appeared in Rock County District Court Monday morning on charges of criminal vehicular operation — substantial bodily harm — and DWI. The charges stem from a Sept. 27 crash east of Luverne on County Road 4 in which Connell attempted a left-hand turn in front of an approaching pickup. Injured in the pickup were then-16-year-old Stephanie Riggs and her passenger,…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 22, 2015
    Hardwick’s Jubilee Days annual celebration brings people together for food, fun and fellowship. New Green Lantern Café and Bar owner Jens “J.R.” Jensen hopes to bring that same atmosphere to Hardwick year-round. “Jubilee Days is my big introduction,” he said. Since taking over the business April 1 from Carrie Van Dyke and Ryan Bullerman, Jensen has been busy learning how to operate his own…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 22, 2015
    Road construction and related detours along Highway 75 in Luverne expanded this week to include a portion of Main Street just west of the Highway 75 and Main Street intersection. According to Luverne City Administrator John Call, one block of West Main Street was scheduled to be closed for two to four days while crews work on the water line under the intersection. This work is a continuation of…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 22, 2015
    For the first time in 15 years, tillable land in Rock County decreased in market value. That was one finding reported by Rock County Land Records Office Director Tom Houselog during the county’s Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting Tuesday night, June 16, in the Rock County Courthouse. Rather than double-digit land value increases, which have occurred regularly in the past, tillable land…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 22, 2015
    More than a month after a fire at a New Horizon Farms facility east of Jasper killed two women, investigators gathered at the scene Tuesday, June 16, to determine a cause. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office was joined by as many as 15 other private fire investigators from across the United States. About a dozen vehicles with licenses plates from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin,…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 22, 2015
    LeRoy Veldkamp woke up his wife, Denise, shortly before 5 a.m. Monday and told her they needed to get to the basement. That was a good call. Moments later straight-line winds hammered their home, damaging the roof and sending debris through the south windows. “A board came through and embedded itself in the north wall,” Denise Veldkamp said. The board struck not far from where they’d been…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 22, 2015
    After six days on the road, the Luverne High School marching band returned home full of stories, experiences, and for director Richard Owen the one and only copy of the group’s studio performance. “I signed a whole lot of paperwork stating I can’t make a copy,” Owen said. “I have the one-and-only copy on a flash drive.” During the group’s six-day trip, two days were spent at Disneyland in Anaheim…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 22, 2015
    The milk used to make the cheese sticks given out by 2015 Rock County Dairy Princess Calissa Lubben at area parades could have come from the 16-year-old’s family dairy farm in northeast Rock County. After all, 8 million pounds of fluid milk from the Lubben dairy farm is produced yearly for Agropur Inc. in Hull, Iowa. The plant primarily makes cheese. It’s also a plant Lubben said she has…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 22, 2015
    At the Minnesota Military Family Tribute (MFT), dedicated Saturday, June 13, there are 87 story stones, one to represent each county in the state. On each of the stones is an inscription from correspondence between deployed soldiers and their families at home. Rock County Veteran Service Officer Dave Haugom was notified by MFT organizers late last year to supply three sentences, with one being…
  • By Mavis Fodness
    June 22, 2015
    A Pipestone theater production of “Into the Woods” will feature a Luverne native playing one of its primarily characters. Nathan Sparks, 24, plays Jack from the fairy tale, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The Dordt College theatre arts graduate said he wants to build a career in acting and had just wrapped up the Green Earth Players’ Production of “Moon Over Buffalo,” when the Calumet Players announced…
  • By Lori Sorenson
    June 16, 2015
    The population of Hills swelled over the weekend to welcome hundreds of visitors for the town’s celebration of its 125th anniversary. The quasquicentennial party was timed with the town’s annual Friendship Days weekend, so there were the usual parades, games, food vendors and festivities. In addition, volunteers hosted a meet and greet at the school, where some classes chose to organize class…
  • June 16, 2015
    June 7-June 13 weather:   High temperature for the week:                                             98 Low temperature for the week:                                              55 Average temperature for the week:                                        72 Rain amount for the week:                                                    1.94 Moisture total for June…
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