Remember When

10 years ago (2008) • Winter made an early debut this week, with pouring rain starting Wednesday night, Nov. 5, cold temperatures setting in over the weekend, and a layer of freezing rain Monday night turning to snow on Tuesday. The Minnesota State Patrol listed dozens of cars in ditches Tuesday...
10 years ago (2008) •Rock County Commissioners voted unanimously to build a bus garage and offices for Heartland Express near the Law Enforcement Center on North Blue Mound Avenue. The county must contribute 20 percent of a $618,750 budget to receive a $495,000 federal transportation grant. The...
10 years ago (2008) •The new Manfred Heights Addition along North Blue Mound Avenue near the hospital will be officially celebrated next week. City Administrator John Call announced the grand opening during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. “It will be a nice event, not only for the city, for...
(2008) •The city of Luverne’s lowhead dam is still a safety concern, and the city and county are still working to remove it. In order to study how the dam’s removal will affect wells, the city of Luverne has removed some wood planks to drain part of the dam. That has simulated how the river would...
10 years ago (2008) •Tammy Makram of the Coffey Haus restaurant will take over the business licenses of the former Wine and Stein bar, which closed this summer. Luverne City Council members approved the transfer of the licenses from Barb Kuper, former owner of Wine and Stein, to Makram during their...
10 years ago (2008) •Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge said he estimates that convicted murderer Randy Swaney cost the Sheriff’s Department $77,260. … Other costs to the Sheriff’s Department included: •Transporting Swaney — $1,018 •Benefits for deputies during trial — $2,487 •Salaries for bailiffs...
10 years ago (2008) •Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will explore the human dimensions of World War II when he is the featured speaker for the 2008 Peter Waitt Lecture Oct. 15 at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Burns’ talk, titled “No Ordinary Lives,” is free and open to the public. His most...
10 years ago (2008) •Luverne’s Rich Dreckman has offered to purchase the former Midwest Fire building from the Luverne Economic Development Authority. Dreckman’s bid of $26,000 was the best offer considered Tuesday morning during a special LEDA meeting when bids were reviewed. “It will be good to...
10 years ago (2008) •On Monday Luverne Coop employees began wearing their new Eastern Farmers Coop shirts. Previously known as SWMN Farmers Coop and Farmers Union Coop Oil, the two local entities are now under the umbrella of Eastern Farmers Cooperative, headquartered in Brandon. The agreement has...
10 years ago (2008) •M-M Farm and Home Discount Store has reached an agreement with Bomgaars Supply to purchase three M-M stores in Pipestone, Slayton and Luverne. M-M will close Sept. 30 and reopen under the new name, Bomgaars Supply, on Oct. 2. Signage and various infrastructure will change over...

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