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Rock County, Minnesota

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  • Louis Van Roekel (1916 - 1958)
    World War 2 Army Veteran.
  • Clair LaVell Steiner, Sr. (1913 - 2010)
    LESTER, IA: Clair L. Steiner, Sr., 96, of Lester, IA, formerly of Chillicothe, died 4:40 a.m. Sunday, June 13, 2010 in Tuff Memorial Home, Hills, MN following a brief illness. He was born July 10, 191...
  • Elmer Theodore Schlump (1909 - 1976)
  • Audrey Mathilda Schlump (1926 - 2009)
  • Henry Schneekloth (1902 - d.)
    Residence • 1910 Mound Township, Rock, Minnesota, United States Residence • 1920 Luverne, Rock, Minnesota, United States

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The county was formed on May 23, 1857 by act of the territorial legislature, but was not organized at that time. The area was designated Pipestone County, and the name Rock County was attached to the present Pipestone. In 1862 the Minnesota state legislature changed the designations, attaching the present names to the present counties. On March 5, 1870, the state legislature approved an act that finalized the county's organization and designated Luverne as the county seat. The county's name came from the Rock River, which in turn is named for a prominent rocky outcrop (designated "The Rock" on an 1843 map of the area) of reddish-gray quartzite, about 3 miles north of Luverne. The mound dramatically contrasts with the low surrounding prairie. Another source attributes the county name to its rocky soil.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Townships & Communities

  • Ash Creek
  • Battle Plain
  • Beaver Creek
  • Bruce
  • Carnegie
  • Clinton
  • Denver
  • Hardwick
  • Hills
  • Jasper (part)
  • Kanaranzi
  • Kenneth
  • Luverne (County Seat)
  • Magnolia
  • Manley
  • Martin
  • Mound
  • Rose Dell
  • Springwater
  • Steen
  • Vienna



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Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Northern Tallgrass Prairie Nat'l Wildlife Refuge (part)