Remember When

10 years ago (2009) •Lieutenant Com-mander James Bond has a life story that’s interesting on many levels. Not only does his name match the famous Holly-wood character, he himself is an intelligence officer for a U.S. Navy Carrier Air Wing. What separates him from the big screen character, though,...
10 years ago (2009) •A remarkable $4.5 million was disbursed among 12 local nonprofit  groups this week, thanks to the generosity of the late Harvey Allison Ordung. Several beneficiaries gathered in the commons of Luverne Public Schools Wednesday for a gifting ceremony. By the time it was over,...
10 years ago (2009) •The Luverne Community and the Blue Mounds State Park will be promoted in Minnesota during the upcoming airing of the new Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks, America’s Next Idea.” The six-part series, which starts in airing on public television nation-wide in September,...
10 years ago (2009) •An estimated 500 people attended the Rock County Talent Show Thursday night in the grandstand of the fairgrounds. The following are the top finishers in each division from the Rock County Fair Talent Show. … Pre-teen division–1st place: Madilyn Oye (“See You Again”); 2nd place...
10 years ago (2009) •Luverne School District celebrated the new completion of its tennis courts with an open house and ribbon-cutting on Highway 75 Thursday morning, July 23. Luverne School Foundation chairman Mike Cox performed the official ribbon-cutting, and Luverne High School tennis coach Greg...
10 years ago (2009) •A highlight of the reunion weekend was Saturday morning’s dedication ceremony of the old jail at the Rock County Courthouse Square. After 18 months and $4 million worth of construction, the former Rock County Jail was dedicated Saturday and officially named the “Rock County...
10 years ago (2009) •It’s no secret that students can’t learn on empty stomachs, yet hungry children arrive in classrooms every day ­– even in Luverne. Public schools provide free or reduced meals for these children through the National School Lunch Pro-gram, and this keeps them fed during the...
10 years ago (2009) •Detour signs went up Monday, and the bridge was closed Wednesday, diverting Luverne’s East Main Street traffic to other routes over the Rock River. Contractors began at 5 a.m. Wednesday pouring concrete for the bridge deck in the eastbound lane. A two-inch bridge deck surface...
10 years ago (2009) •Vietnam War Veteran Buck Underwood, Luverne, said the worst part of the war was coming home. Instead of cheers, he and others were welcomed with protests. “There’s some stuff you can’t forget. It’s just something you just carry with you,” he said. On Saturday, June 13,...
10 years ago (2009) •Luverne has long taken pride in its well-established trees and shaded parks and boulevards. But as the emerald ash borer infestation makes its way through the upper Midwest, it won’t go unnoticed in Luverne. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, roughly...

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