Remember When

10 years ago (2008) •Rock County’s first murder trial in 30 years — possibly ever — got underway this week with jury selection starting Tuesday. South Dakota’s Randy L. Swaney, 37, is standing trial for the murder of Luverne’s 20-year-old Carrie Nelson in the Blue Mounds State Park office on May 20...
10 years ago (2008) •Removal of the low-head dam on the Rock River near Luverne City Park will be delayed until next year in order to study its effect on city wells. The dam will be replaced by a system of nine rock weirs that will be installed starting north of the Main Street bridge and continue...
10 years ago (2008) •The Luverne Economic Development Authority approved a commercial demolition application for property on Highway 75 and West Warren Street. The developer, Schelling Construction, Sioux Center, Iowa, is purchasing the property and wants to demolish a small brick structure on the...
10 years ago (2008) •A Monday morning power outage left dozens of businesses and residences in the dark in the south and southwest portion of Luverne. According to city line superintendent Rick Hoftiezer, the outage occurred shortly after 9 a.m. and was caused by three “over the hill” Mylar party...
10 years ago (2008) •At the end of Luverne’s Hatting Street, where the Rock River and Poplar Creek meet, sits a former dumping ground. From the 1940s to the 1960s the city of Luverne used the dump, and people could bring anything and everything there. “Back then they burned everything,” Doug Bos,...
10 years ago (2008) •Luverne dentists Dave Paquette and Mark Bierma announced big news this week to their patients and to the community.  After 28 years of practicing dentistry out of his home on West Lincoln Street, Paquette is buying Bierma’s business and the two are merging practices. Bierma set...
10 years ago (2008) •Work on Luverne’s airport runway expansion is set to begin Monday, and the Luverne Township road, 91st Street, will close within a couple of weeks after that work begins. City Council members took action Tuesday to secure state and federal funding for the project with a...
10 years ago (2008) •Luverne already has nine homes with residential services for disabled adults, but another is in the works specifically for those with traumatic brain injuries. The board of Rock County Opportunities Inc. (formerly the Developmental Achievement Center) recently approved the...
10 years ago (2008) •The recent robbery at the Minnwest Bank in Luverne called attention to the need to improve emergency call and notification lists, according to Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge. In the instance of the April robbery, the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce notified some Chamber...
10 years ago (2008) •The high price and low supply of steel is causing Rock County Commissioners to consider postponing a major project — the Rock River Bridge reconstruction. The Rock River Bridge crosses the river on Luverne’s Main Street. The lowest of three bids for the bridge was from Duininck...

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