Remember When

10 years ago (2008) •It was about 12 a.m. on Friday when Rock County Court Administrator Sandy Vrtacnik began reading the verdict in the courtroom. “In the case of the state of Minnesota vs. Randy Lee Royal Swaney, we find the defendant guilty …” Vrtacnik began, and she proceeded to read the jury’s...
10 years ago (2008) •Minnesota soldiers returning from service outside the Unites States in the past two years are eligible for free hunting and fishing licenses from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Returning soldiers, including those who served in the National Guard, may fish...
10 years ago (2008) •The Luverne City Council handled some issues this week that will keep up the progress in the new industrial park. The city approved the preliminary plat Tuesday for Special Industry First Addition, which has been surveyed, platted and certified by a licensed land surveyor. In...
10 years ago (2008) •A team representing Tollefson Publishing emerged as champions of the Rock County Kids Golf Scrambler played Monday, Aug. 4, at the Luverne Country Club. The 11th version of the nine-hole event attracted 21 four and five-person teams. … The Tollefson Publishing squad consisting...
10 years ago (2008) •Luverne School Board members reported on performance appraisal of Superintendent Gary Fisher. The board reported that Fisher met and exceeded all expectations in ten different areas of responsibilities. They were pleased with Fisher’s focus on the quality of educational...
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,...

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