Remember When

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...
10 years ago (2009) •Minnesota’s primary seat belt law went into effect Tuesday, giving both drivers and passengers even more incentive to buckle up. The new law means drivers and passengers in all seats — including the back seat — must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. Making it a...
10 years ago (2009) •As students left for summer Wednesday, Cloyce Smith left her art classroom for the last time. After 39 years in education, Smith is now beginning a new project, retirement. “You know when you are ready to be done,” she said. “The time is right.” According to the back of her “...
10 years ago (2009) •A first-ever Memorial Candlelight Vigil unfolded Sunday night in pristine weather on the Rock County Courthouse lawn. It was a last-minute idea that attracted a modest crowd for a poignant ceremony at sundown. About 100 people gathered by candlelight around the stately Rock...
10 years ago (2009) •Papik Motors in Luverne learned last week that it survived the latest round of cuts announced by General Motors. Last week the automaker notified 1,100 dealerships — 18 in Minnesota — that it will pull its brand off their lots. Papik Motors in Luverne is not among the...
10 years ago (2009) •Luverne High School senior Skyler Hoiland plans to one day open his own five-star restaurant. Hoiland took top honors in a culinary event Saturday in the Twin Cities, and professional chefs agree his plans will likely materialize. “I wouldn’t doubt it for a second,” said Kevin...
10 years ago (2009) •When Luverne’s airport reopens this summer, the runway will be twice as long, and it will have hangar space for up to 24 aircraft. Anticipating increased air traffic and service business, Luverne’s new fixed based operator and management team are already preparing for opening...
10 years ago (2009) •Clear your calendars Saturday, May 9. Dancing with the Rock County Stars at the Palace Theater is a show that will not disappoint. “The whole night is going to be fun,” said Sue Sandbulte, service excell- ence representative at San- ford Hospital Luverne. … This year’s gala is...
10 years ago (2009) •It’s easy to look past the green sign above the office door on South McKenzie Street in Luverne. In much the same way, it is easy to look past domestic and sexual violence, according to Raevette Loonan, Rock County advocate of the Southwest Crisis Center. “Secrecy keeps...

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