Remember When

10 years ago (2009) •There was a lot more than frost on the pumpkins over the weekend and into Monday. With winter weather Friday night into Saturday, and Sunday night into Monday, several inches of snow had accumulated on lawns, trees, shrubs, patio decks and, yes, on the pumpkins. After an...
10 years ago (2009) •The Rock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a trio of break-ins that occurred last week in Luverne churches. According to Sheriff Even Verbrugge, break-ins were reported on Thursday, Oct. 1, by the American Reformed Church and Grace Lutheran Church. … On Friday, Oct....
10 years ago (2009) •The Rock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a string of mailbox vandalisms in the Kenneth, Luverne and Magnolia areas. Damage reports came in from Wednesday, Sept. 16, to Friday, Sept. 18, and during those three days, 16 mailboxes were vandalized. On Wednesday, Sept....
10 years ago (2009) •First- and second-graders at Luverne Elementary have unearthed a stone in the playground that has even the grownups scratching their heads. Elementary boys were playing with trucks and tractors in the dirt along the fence line where the playground slopes downhill to the west....
10 years ago (2009) •The weekly Star Herald now has a daily online presence, thanks to its improved Web site launched this week. With a smoother format for uploading stories and photographs, Star Herald news and sports reporters are posting information to the Web site as they cover events. … With...
10 years ago (2009) •Dozens of firefighters from five area departments responded to a barn fire Saturday morning near Hardwick. According to Hardwick Fire Chief Dan Kindt, a tin pole barn at the Barry Kracht farm was fully engulfed in flames when he and his crew arrived. ... Kindt said the pole...
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...

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