40 years

After 40 years in the classroom, Luverne Elementary teacher Sue Hup announced that the 2019-20 school year would be her last. Hup holds a picture of her current first-graders, whom she’s been teaching virtually since March.
If success is measured in numbers, Sue Hup’s 40 years with students earns the Luverne Elementary teacher a gold star for achievement. At the end of the 2019-20 school year, she is looking for success in retirement. Hup is leaving students this week in a way she couldn’t imagine when she started her...
Luverne High School Class of 1979 gathered recently for their 40-year class reunion in Luverne. Pictured are (front, left) Sheila Loger, Carolyn Hensel Boston, Doug McGuire, Jan Birdsey, Laurie DeWispelaere, Jolene Obermoller Hanson, Marilee Dorn, Shawn Klosterbuer Mann, Colleen Obermoller Deutsch...
Barb Bork wisely shifted gears to attract an increasingly popular quilting market after fewer customers were sewing for garments. "We had to evolve into quilting or we wouldn't be here anymore," Bork said. The quilting craze served her well, prompting a Sioux Falls store.
Sewing Basket owner Barb Bork grew her business between legendary retailers Audrey Wildung at the Style Shop and Margaret Vegge at Renfro Variety Store. That was when shoppers still crowded Main Street for annual Crazy Days bargains, and they had plenty of buying options in the vibrant downtown...
Customers and community members are invited to an open house in Deb Halverson's honor from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at Salon 75.
When hair stylist Deb Halverson started her career in 1975, afros were trending. “I remember my friends and I putting perm rods in our hair to get that afro look,” Halverson said, rolling her eyes. “Now smooth, sleek hair is in.” In the 40 years since graduating from Stewart’s school of cosmetology...
Friday, July 29, was Nancy Lange's last day of work in her office at Southwest Health and Human Services on North Blue Mound Avenue.
For 40 years Nancy Lange has been involved with decisions affecting families, sometimes resulting in children being removed from their homes. Friday was her last day as a social worker in Luverne, and she said she looks forward to more tranquil days ahead. “Now maybe I’ll have more energy to do...
Glen Gust said the saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” sums up the past 40 years. “It’s been so dang much fun, even though it’s not an easy business,” he said.
Glen Gust’s grocery career began when he was a child. “I started delivering bread with the bread man when I was 7, and I delivered milk with the milk man when I was 12,” Gust recalled. “I made $4 a week — $1 per day — in the summers.” As a high school student in Canby he worked for the local...
Top: The Tuff Memorial Home nursing staff of the late 1970s included (front, left) Lois Hoyme, Isabell Biever, Jean Hellerud, Alice Severtson, Betty Walters, (middle) Florence Stoltenberg, Joyce Griffin, Bernice Tilstra, Nellie VanderWolde, Grace Slieter, Clara Bosch, Catherine Fikse, Fern Strecker, Lola Deragisch, (back) Dawn Beyenhof, Carol Gehrke, Joan Fransman, Diane Van Goor, Twyla Bajema, Pat Smedsrud, Dena Umland and Grace Wassenaar.
At 19, Glenda McGaffee remembers not liking her new job at the Tuff Home in Hills. "I hated it," she said. "I hated all the old people." McGaffee said it didn't take long to like her job and love the people — her co-workers and the residents and their families. This week McGaffee will observe her...
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