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10 years ago (1995)
Luverne will get an ethanol plant, called Agri-Energy, which will have 35 new jobs and add $3 million to the local economy.
Ellsworth voters approved a $100,000 referendum to maintain school operations. It passed with 353 yes votes and 146 no votes. The excess levy referendum replaces the existing $70,000 referendum that expired.25 years ago (1980)
Rock County Commissioners set the 1981 tax levy at a 14.8 percent increase over the 1980 levy. The levy is $1,575,817.
Except for voters in Adrian, Magnolia and a part of Luverne, Rock County area residents voted Republican. The state overall went Democratic. President Carter conceded the election, and the Reagan-Bush ticket won.
Harold Deuschle won the election for mayor of Luverne again.50 years ago (1955)
"I never read the Lost and Found want ads, but today I sure did and am I glad I did," said Mrs. L.L. Frisbey. What made Mrs. Frisbey glad was the sight of the want ad "Found: Partial denture by Remme’s restaurant. Owner claim and pay for ad.""We were coming back from Sioux Falls and I took that plate out and wrapped them in my handkerchief and put them in my pocket. I thought I had lost them in Sioux Falls."
The Rock County Board of Commissioners is looking into a two-way radio system to serve the city of Luverne and Rock County.75 years ago (1930)
The 1930 drive for Red Cross memberships in Rock County will be launched on Armistice Day and continue until Thanksgiving as part of the annual nation-wide program. Rev. E.C. Teachout, of the Luverne Methodist Church has been named chairman of the drive.
An unmistakable indication that the helpful, neighborly spirit that was common to all communities in the pioneer days still exists was illustrated when fully 30 neighbors and friends came to the assistance of Russell Scott and staged a very successful corn husking bee. Mrs. Scott passed away after spending six weeks in the hospital and Mr. Scott had been giving her and their three-year-old daughter his attention and had fallen behind in his work.
Persons who have purchased stock in the gold mine, which the State Securities Commission has branded as worthless, include quite a number of residents of Rock, Pipestone, Lincoln, Lyon and Nobles counties and other communities in Southwest Minnesota. 100 years ago (1905)
The John A. Dix Women’s Relief Corps of this city has undertaken the furnishing of a room in the new home for the wives, widows and mothers of old soldiers of the Civil War, which is being erected by the state at Minnehaha Falls.
About 20 farmers and business men gathered at the court house Saturday afternoon in response to the call for a public meeting for the purpose of considering the question of organizing a county fair association. The matter of organizing a fair association is too important to be undertaken without expression of opinion from the farmers throughout the county.
The formal opening Monday evening of the new Luverne hospital which has been erected during the past season by Dr. A.E. Spalding, is an event of more than passing interest and importance. It is an event, in fact, that stands out now as the most important in the record of Luverne’s progress and development to date.

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