10 years ago (2012)
•The “Luverne’s Got Talent” night at the American Reformed Church drew 220 people to the supper and 19 participants in the talent show. The event, which was a fundraiser for an upcoming Haiti mission trip, yielded nearly $3,300 for the cause.
Fourth-place talent entry was the ARC Mixed Quartet of Jim Jelken, Joe Dorhout, Bonnie Shelton and Kathy Jacobsma singing “Joy In The House.” Third-place winners were Jim and Paula Jelken singing “Can He? Could He? Would He? Did He?” Second place was Nathan Fransman singing “Lean on Me,” and first-place honors went to Anika Gust and Jadyn Anderson, who sang “Imagine.”
All winners donated their winnings ($100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third) to the Haiti mission fund. Master of ceremonies was Sara Sandbulte and judges were Ryan Johnson, Mike Altena, LaDonna Van Aartsen and Shelley Sandbulte.
25 years ago (1997)
•In one of the biggest prescribed burns in years, the Blue Mounds State Park staff burned off prairie grasses from Highway 75 to the Interpretive Center Tuesday afternoon.
Prairie resource staff periodically conduct prescribed burns to encourage native prairie plants to flourish.
The burn was successfully completed, except flames jumped the border on the north, and the Luverne Fire Department was called to assist in protecting buildings on Rollie Miller’s property.
50 years ago (1972)
•What does it take to be named Rock County Rural Homemaker of 1972?
Well, this year it took Sally (Mrs. Russell) Olson, and as she says, “A lot of help from my family (four children and husband Russ), my co-members of the Domestic Engineers Extension Club, my darling students at school and just about everybody else who touches my life each day.”
“I never really expected to win. Though the gals had nominated me from our club, I just never expected to win. But it’s wonderful!”
Expect it or not, Sally (her true name is Olga, although almost nobody calls her that) Olson did win, and will represent Rock County at the annual Rural Homemaker Day in Sioux City, Iowa, on June 6.
75 years ago (1947)
•Announcement was made this week that A. P. Fitzer and C. B. Rolph have been appointed local distributors for Stran-Steel buildings. Their company will be known as the Luverne Steel Company, and they will specialize in the sales and erection of Stran-Steel “Quonset” buildings.
100 years ago (1922)
•Through the remarkable work of Lloyd Ohs, the Senior Class was an easy first-honor winner in the interclass track meet of the Luverne high school held last week.
From the start it was thought that the Seniors held the advantage over the other classes and their victory was conceded when Ohs won all dashes.
This young athlete is conceded to be the greatest track man that has ever attended the Luverne high school, and his feat of winning seven first honors and one second, carrying credits of thirty-eight points, stamps him as a star. Paul Parr, of the Freshman class, was the next highest man in point of achievements, scoring eleven points.
Remember When April 28, 2022
10 years ago (2012)