Remember When April 9, 2020

10 years ago (2010)

•A downtown commercial property will go on the auction block in May after Gabe’s Clothing and Shoes vacates its building.

Yvette VanderBrink is serving as the auctioneer for the property, and Bob Cook is the owner seeking to sell it.

VanderBrink said the 6,700-square-foot building has an assessed value of $64,700, and she said the building contents are worth $15,000.

“There are a lot of beautiful fixtures in there,” she said.

She said the roof was replaced in the mid 1990s, and the full basement is “clean” and has two bathrooms.

The auction will be set up to sell it as a turn-key operation. This means the entire building and its contents will be sold.

“It will include all the racks, display cases and countertops,” VanderBrink said. “So it will be all set up for retail.”

The sale begins at 6 p.m. inside the building, and hotdogs will be available.


25 years ago (1995)

•It’s always painful to receive snow after the first warm, delightful days of spring, but Minnesotans have learned it’s not uncommon for April snow to accompany April showers.

In fact, Rock Countians remember well the April 29 blizzard last year that blanketed sprouting tulips and budding trees with seven inches of snow.

During our recent five-day winter storm, several inches of slushy snow accumulated in Rock County, creating familiar winter problems all over again.

According to the National Weather Service, Sioux Falls, normal snowfall in April is 2.2 inches. As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., the area had already received 8.6 inches.


50 years ago (1970)

•Nuclear-age technology may help Weather Bureau hydrologists produce more accurate flood forecasts and warnings if a research project currently under way proves successful.

Involved in the experiment is the Rock River watershed between Luverne and the Iowa-Minnesota boundary, and an area near Steamboat Springs, Colo.

A low-flying, white twin-engine airplane which was seen from time to time flying over the area south of Luverne several times this winter, was one of the testing devices. A ground crew of two men made a radiation test on the ground to be used as a check against the results obtained in the aerial tests.

The twin engine air-plane was provided by the Atomic Energy Commission and instrumented and operated by EG&G, Inc., Las Vegas, Nev., and under contract with the Commerce Department’s Environmental Science Services Administration. Purpose of the flights was to find out if it is possible to accurately measure the quantity of water in the snow pack by airborne techniques.


75 years ago (1945)

•The dental practice of the late Dr. Charles T. Brown has been purchased by Dr. Marvin Dale of Minneapolis, son of Rev. and Mrs. Stephen Dale of St. James. The transaction was completed Monday and Dr. Dale, who is now engaged in a practice at St. Paul, will be in Luverne to begin his practice on May 1.

Dr. Dale was graduated from St. James high school in 1938, and spent three years at St. Olaf college in Northfield, before enrolling at the dental college at the University of Minnesota from which he was graduated in August, 1944. He was discharged from the army in September, 1944.

While attending high school at St. James, Dr. Dale was a member of the high school basketball team and played in the regional tournament in 1938 when the St. James team lost to the Luverne high school team in the regional tournament.

He has three brothers in the navy, one of whom is a physician, who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1943; another who graduated last June 7th from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and is now on a destroyer in the Pacific; and a third brother, who is graduating from the Columbia University Midshipmen’s school April 26, 1945.


100 years ago (1920)

•Plans now under consideration by R. B. Hinkly provide for the erection of a modern three-story, brick apartment building as a means of meeting demand and steadily increasing demand for residence quarters in this city.

Mr. Hinkly owns a lot on Estey street, just across the alley on the north from the Baptist church, and this convenient location is to furnish the site for the proposed apartment building.

The lot is 68x100 feet in dimensions, and the plans provide for a building 58x100 in size. This will make it possible to retain a ten-foot strip along the north side of the building, which will guard against the light being shut off on that side by the erection of any future building, while the alley will serve the same purpose on the south side.

The plans provide for two and three-room apartments on the ground floor, and smaller size suites of rooms on the second and third floors, the apartments on each floor to be equipped with all modern conveniences usually found in the apartment houses of the large cities.

Mr. Hinkly believes that such a building will materially relieve the great house shortage that now exists, and at the same time prove a highly satisfactory undertaking from an investment viewpoint. Building operations are to start soon.



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