Remember When

10 years ago (2006) •A local committee is putting together a variety of activities that will prelude and accompany the PBS documentary on World War II, which in part will feature Luverne. “It occurred to us that we really haven’t done enough to honor our World War II veterans,” said Ben Vander Kooi...
10 years ago (2006) •Bill and Nancy Frakes offered to open their home to the public as part of Winterfest activities. The Frakes live in and are restoring and remodeling the former Manitou Hotel on Main Street and Freeman Avenue. The Frakes are friends with the Braa family and their late patriarch...
10 years ago (2006) •Kenneth native Paul Vande Velde has been playing piano since the age of 5, and he’s no stranger to the stage. He plays the piano regularly at Jake’s, a five-star restaurant owned by Kevin Costner in Lead, S.D., where he lives. In the past two years, he’s played for the governor...
10 years ago (2006) •The Luverne City Council formally received word that the Minnesota Historical Society awarded a state grant of $100,000 for restoration work in the Palace Theatre. … Most of the money will go toward new seating. BMAT President Ben Vander Kooi said at the Tuesday council meeting...
10 years ago (2006) •The Luverne City Council formally received word that the Minnesota Historical Society awarded a state grant of $100,000 for restoration work in the Palace Theatre. … Most of the money will go toward new seating. BMAT President Ben Vander Kooi said at the Tuesday council meeting...
10 years ago (2006) •Evan Verbrugge won by a nose in Tuesday’s election for Rock County Sheriff. When all the precinct votes were tallied, Verbrugge had 54.54 percent of the votes and incumbent Mike Winkels had 45.17 percent in the final 2,253-1,866 tally. •The Rock County Sheriff’s Office has a...
10 years ago (2006) •In this quarter of 2006 Sheriff Mike Winkels said crime in the city has been similar to recent quarterly reports. He shared those numbers with the Luverne City Council during its regular meeting last week. … Assault – 2 in this quarter, 11 in all of 2005. Disorderly conduct – 2...
10 years ago (2006) •For more than 20 years ice cream lovers have enjoyed Dilly Bars and specialty Blizzards at the Dairy Queen on Main Street and Highway 75. But a sign in he window now says “Closed. Thanks for your business.” Owner Marian Halverson operated the Dairy Queen for 12 years and said...
10 years ago (2006) •They didn’t plan the training to coincide with National Prevention Week, but members of the Luverne Fire Department handled three house fires in two days this week. They burned down a rural house Monday night as part of a training exercise, but at 1 a.m. and about 7 p.m....
10 years ago (2006) •Rock County Commissioners Tuesday approved a variation of a plan to improve the Rock County Highway Department building. Heartland Express is using a state grant to construct a new office space and garage area, or “bus barn,” next to the Highway Department. As that work was...

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