Remember When May 21, 2020

10 years ago (2010)

•Three Rock County families own farms that have been passed down for at least 100 years.

Of the more than 200 Century Farms honored this year, two are in Jasper and one in Luverne.

Kevin and Kim Hunstad as well as Ryan and Patty Hunstad were recognized from Jasper, and from Luverne was the Arthur G. Hansen farm.

Hunstads have farmed since 1908, while the Hansen farm has been in operation since 1910.

To qualify for the Century Farm award, a farm must total at least 50 acres presently and have been in the family for 100 years.

Honorees receive a commemorative sign and a certificate signed by the State Fair, Minnesota Farm Bureau Board president and Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

This year a total of 217 farms in 68 counties were deemed century farms. The program began in 1976, and since then more than 8,000 farms have qualified.

For more information, contact Farm Bureau Public Relations Director Kristin Harner at (651) 768-2118.


25 years ago (1995)

•Clean-up crews worked long into the night Monday after a 6,000-gallon tank of premixed farm chemicals turned over in a ditch seven miles north of Beaver Creek. …

A full tank of Extrazine 2 was lying on its side in the ditch at the intersection, slowly leaking the corn herbicide-fertilizer mix onto the ground.

The Hazardous Materials Team immediately stopped the leak and drilled holes in the top of the tanker to pump the solution into another tank. As a precaution, workers were sprayed with fire retardant foam as they drilled, in the event the mixture would have been flammable or explosive.


50 years ago (1970)

•This week, one year after CWS Development Company was selected as developer and builder, Luverne’s highrise apartment for the elderly stands five stories high, and is steadily moving upward.

By July 1, said Virgil Christensen, head of the developing and building firm, the masonry should be finished, and the roof in place, if no further delays are encountered. With work stoppages in related industries throughout the country, this is a possibility. …

This week, the masonry work was being completed for the fifth floor of the seven story structure, and about half of the sixth floor concrete slabs have been set. The electrical and plumbing work has kept up with the actual construction work, Christensen said.

Ray Frick, chairman of the local Housing and Redevelopment Authority, said that his group would be meeting some time in the future to set the criteria for eligibility. The federal parent organization, Housing and Urban (HUD) has guidelines which are to be followed.


75 years ago (1945)

•Luverne has another new business.

Announcement was made this week by Ed. P. Mohr that he would maintain a complete neon sign and lighting service for this area, and that he is now available to service all types or lighted signs, as well as doing other sign work.

Mr. Mohr has been in the neon sign business for seven years in Spencer, Iowa. When materials became scarce, he discontinued the business, and went to California where he was employed in defense work.

Until he can obtain a suitable business location, he will make his headquarters at 213 North Cedar.

His wife will be remembered as the former Miss Verna Fitzer of Luverne.


100 years ago (1920)

•A partial change in the officers and directors of the First National bank of Hills, took place Monday when C. J. Woodrow became vice president and J. M. Johnson cashier of that institution. M. C. Duea, who has been cashier of the First National for fourteen years, recently tendered his resignation to engage in other business, and sold his stock in the bank to the two men above named, and in the partial reorganization the two men were elected to the positions stated.

Messrs, Woodrow and Johnson are both former residents of Luverne and are well and favorably known throughout the county. Mr. Woodrow was cashier of the First National bank of Hills for two years prior to 1913, when he moved away from Rock county, and following his return here last fall he again accepted a position in the bank. Mr. Johnson was connected with the First National bank of Luverne prior to his enlistment in Co. A in 1917, and upon his return from service overseas in the fall of 1918 he accepted a position in the First National bank at Hills.

Mr. Duea, the retiring cashier, will engage in the real estate business and will locate either at Granite Falls or Alexandria, this state. He recently purchased a farm in the corporate limits of Alexandria with the intention of moving onto the farm and operating it in connection with his real estate business. But he has since received a very advantageous offer to enter a real estate firm at Granite Falls, and he may decide to accept this offer for the present, at least. He has sold his residence to Mr. Woodrow and expects to move to his new home about the first of June.


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