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10 years ago (2011) •Director Terrie Gulden is retiring after 15 years at the helm of the county’s Heartland Express public transportation program. Gulden said he considers the completion of the Heartland Building at 1011 North Blue Mound Avenue as a career highlight. “This building has been a huge...
10 years ago (2011) •It was 1968. Magnolia High School graduate Jerry Hoff had been home from Vietnam for three days when Smith Furniture owner Larry Brinkman called him with a job offer. Hoff learned how to install flooring while working at Smith Furniture for the next five years. When Bob Davis...
10 years ago (2011) •City union workers agreed to a “soft pay freeze” for next year, according to the terms of a contract recently negotiated between the local AFSCME Union and city leaders. At their meeting Tuesday night, Luverne City Council members approved the labor agreement, which calls for a...
10 years ago (2011) •A Luverne High School student is finding success in the film industry in the Twin Cities. His latest work, “In Harm’s Way,” will premiere at the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne at the end of the year. Mason Makram, who graduated from Luverne High School in 2008, was part of...
10 years ago (2011) •Singer and songwriter Doug Spartz will bring his holiday show, “Almost Home, an Americana Holiday Concert,” to the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne Friday, Dec. 2. … Spartz, who has family ties to Worthington, performs with a seven-piece band, the members of which have their...
10 years ago (2011) •The U.S. Postal Service is broke, and closing post offices is one way to streamline business. “It’s not so much a money thing as it is about the fact that if not as many people are coming into these places, then why are they still open?” said Pete Nowacki of the USPS in...
10 years ago (2011) •The record price paid for Rock County agricultural land at a public auction jumped to $12,4000 Thursday, Nov. 10, as land owned by Robert Kitchenmaster was offered for sale. The sale broke the $9,050-per-acre record paid for 160 acres in Mound Township Aug. 24. Ron Van Ruler...
10 years ago (2011) •Rock County members of the local National Guard unit received a really big message from home last week. A 600-foot roll of paper containing hundreds of handwritten messages to soldiers arrived at the Camp Patriot base in Kuwait on Friday. According to First Sgt. Robert Newman,...
10 years ago (2011) •The Luverne Fire Department was called to the Blue Mounds State Park late Monday afternoon to assist with a controlled burn that got out of control. The park conducts annual prescribed prairie burns in different areas of the Blue Mounds to control non-native species and to...
10 years ago (2011) •City of Luverne Public Works Department employees this week have been preparing a large wall of a downtown building for a mural. The mural will go on the west wall of 123 West Main St., greeting motorists as they drive east from Highway 75. Sioux Falls sign painter and artist...

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