Remember When

10 years ago (2009) •As students left for summer Wednesday, Cloyce Smith left her art classroom for the last time. After 39 years in education, Smith is now beginning a new project, retirement. “You know when you are ready to be done,” she said. “The time is right.” According to the back of her “...
10 years ago (2009) •A first-ever Memorial Candlelight Vigil unfolded Sunday night in pristine weather on the Rock County Courthouse lawn. It was a last-minute idea that attracted a modest crowd for a poignant ceremony at sundown. About 100 people gathered by candlelight around the stately Rock...
10 years ago (2009) •Papik Motors in Luverne learned last week that it survived the latest round of cuts announced by General Motors. Last week the automaker notified 1,100 dealerships — 18 in Minnesota — that it will pull its brand off their lots. Papik Motors in Luverne is not among the...
10 years ago (2009) •Luverne High School senior Skyler Hoiland plans to one day open his own five-star restaurant. Hoiland took top honors in a culinary event Saturday in the Twin Cities, and professional chefs agree his plans will likely materialize. “I wouldn’t doubt it for a second,” said Kevin...
10 years ago (2009) •When Luverne’s airport reopens this summer, the runway will be twice as long, and it will have hangar space for up to 24 aircraft. Anticipating increased air traffic and service business, Luverne’s new fixed based operator and management team are already preparing for opening...
10 years ago (2009) •Clear your calendars Saturday, May 9. Dancing with the Rock County Stars at the Palace Theater is a show that will not disappoint. “The whole night is going to be fun,” said Sue Sandbulte, service excell- ence representative at San- ford Hospital Luverne. … This year’s gala is...
10 years ago (2009) •It’s easy to look past the green sign above the office door on South McKenzie Street in Luverne. In much the same way, it is easy to look past domestic and sexual violence, according to Raevette Loonan, Rock County advocate of the Southwest Crisis Center. “Secrecy keeps...
10 years ago (2009) •The Rock County Commissioners are taking steps to address budget shortfalls for 2009 and coming years. “The board is aware there is a problem and is taking early steps to solve it,” said County Administrator Kyle Oldre. After several financial retreats involving the board and...
10 years ago (2009) •The city of Luverne may have to pay $40,000 to help clean up contaminated soil in Raleigh, N.C. The city became part of federal Superfund litigation because more than 25 years ago Luverne did business with a company that sold and serviced oil-filled electrical transformers....
10 years ago (2009) •City officials learned this week that Luverne’s drinking water is safe, despite the fact that it was exposed to a material that’s now considered hazardous. For the past several weeks, health officials have been investigating whether drinking water in 15 Minnesota cities is...

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