Remember When

10 years ago (2010) •Philo Hawes is credited as being the founder of Luverne, but until now his name wasn’t on the monument marking his family grave in Maplewood Cemetery. That bothered Rock County Historical Society President Betty Mann. “He’s the founding father of Luverne, and his name wasn’t...
10 years ago (2010) •Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s unallotments to Local Government Aid are coming up more frequently in conversations at Luverne City Council meetings. At Tuesday’s meeting, unallotments came up during discussion about routine street maintenance. The city had let bids for sealcoating streets...
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...
10 years ago (2010) •Just in time for the summer tourism season, Luverne’s travel and information center is ready for visitors on South Highway 75. Vance and Becky Walgrave gave their business, Those Blasted Things, a makeover with a new façade of rustic cedar, reminiscent of a Black Hills lodge....
10 years ago (2010) •Forty years equals 1,920 weeks, 14,600 days and 322,560 hours. Rewind that many years, weeks, days and hours — the Rock County Highway Department’s building is 5 years old, and its new office manager is Ed Kraayenhof. Back to the present, Kraayenhof is getting ready for his...
10 years ago (2010) •As the maiden voyage of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota takes off this weekend, it will carry 110 veterans from Rock, Nobles, Pipestone and Murray counties. Honor Flight exists to ensure World War II veterans have a chance to see the national World War II memorial that was...
10 years ago (2010) •A rural Beaver Creek man said he’s grateful to be alive after surviving a grain bin accident Wednesday afternoon. Beaver Creek fire and rescue crews were the first on the scene of the Everett Vande Voort farm where a 911 call from his wife, Jeanette, said he was trapped in the...
10 years ago (2010) •Eleven of the 16 plots in Luverne’s new community garden have been spoken for, and there’s still time for latecomers to get in the game. Community garden volunteers Deb DenHerder and Vicky Henderson attended Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Luverne Economic Development...
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...
10 years ago (2010) •Duane and Mary Pike don’t have business degrees, but they’ve more than paid their dues for college tuition. After 40 years of buying and selling new and used furniture, they’ve learned what sells and what doesn’t. For example, they once found an overstuffed couch on a rummage...

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