10 years ago (2011)
•The year was 1962 when three teenagers from Pipestone and Luverne formed a group called The Starflies.
They were lead singer and guitarist Steve Ellis, Pipestone, drummer Butch Hatting and guitarist Jim Brandenburg, both of Luverne.
The band was widely known in its day, and on April 16 it was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.
Hatting — who still lives in Luverne and who still plays drums — is the only one of the original three Starflies who was available to accept the honor on behalf of the band in Sioux Falls. …
Brandenburg was unable to attend the induction, but he told the Star Herald he wishes he could have been there. …
Ellis died in a motorcycle accident in 1967, and the Starflies group members included other band members who came and went.
Several of those musicians attended the ceremony and were able to perform some Starflies numbers on stage. That included bass guitarist Mike Mulligan, Luverne, who joined the group in later years.
25 years ago (1996)
•The third year of Raku Madness drew about 25 potters and interested artists form the tri-state area to the back yard of the Carnegie Cultural Center last weekend.
For two days, they shaped and fired pots. With two tophat kilns going in the backyard of the Center, the group completed nearly 60 posts by Saturday evening and enjoyed the social aspects of shared meals and work.
Michael Hill, an art instructor at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, demonstrated the Raku process and helped participants remove glowing pots from the kiln and manipulate flames to achieve just the right desired effect.
The Rock County Fine Arts Association, which sponsors the event, is already planning a fourth Raku Madness in 1997.
50 years ago (1971)
•Federal funds totaling $280,000 have been approved for a water and sewer system for the village of Magnolia, Congressman Ancher Nelsen’s office notified the Star Herald this week.
The Farmers Home Administration Tuesday approved a loan of $180,000, and an outright grant of $100,000 for the project, which will include the installation of water and sewer system to serve 75 homes and business establishments in the community. The Farmers Home Administration, a Department of Agriculture rural credit service, has set 40 years as the period over which the loan must be repaid. The interest rate has been set at 5 per cent.
When work will commence is not known, Mayor Eldor Olson said, “Even though the grant has been approved, there’s a lot yet to be done before we can go ahead with it.”
75 years ago (1946)
•A new firm, Leuthold & Bauer, will open for business in Luverne September 1 in the Hudson building. The firm will feature clothing, furnishings and shoes for men and boys.
The new owners will take possession of the building July 1. Mr. Hudson said his plans for the future are indefinite.
100 years ago (1921)
•The newly organized Beaver Creek American Legion base ball club will open the season next Sunday afternoon with a game with the Hardwick base ball team to be played on Dunn’s field, two miles east of Beaver Creek.
The line-up for the Beaver Creek team is Dell McCoy, left field; Frank McGee, first base; Jack Hall, catcher; C. C. Lauxman, third base; Euell Linnell, shortstop; Celos Hettinger, center field; W. M. Roberg, right field; Louis Jansma, second base, and Ed Grimm, pitcher.
This club has received new suits from the Spaulding Co., which are of blue gray with blue trimmings, and embellished with the American Legion emblem. Under the management of Mr. Hall it gives promise of playing a prominent role in the house ball circles of this section this season.
Remember When April 29, 2021
10 years ago (2011)