10 years ago (2012)
•Luverne native Anthony Nelson has published a name for himself on Mars, literally.
Nelson, a 1993 Luverne High School graduate, is a member of the team of scientists and engineers who worked on the space rover, “Curiosity,” that landed on Mars Monday.
Nelson’s name appears on an instrument panel on the rover that is now crawling over the planet’s surface.
His parents, Lyle and Gloria Nelson, Luverne, traveled to Cape Canaveral, Fla., last fall when the rover was launched into space.
“The launch was exciting in itself,” she said, “But to have a successful landing is even more exciting.”
Footage broadcast on television networks around the world showed scientists and engineers celebrating Curiosity’s landing in the wee hours of Monday morning.
25 years ago (1997)
•Luverne Go-Kart driver Brett DeJager will bring an impressive tag with him into Friday’s grandstand show at the Rock County Fair.
DeJager, an 11-year-old Junior One competitor, earned the nickname national champion during the Go-Kart Nationals staged at Thunder Hills Speedway Mayetta, Kan., last week.
One of 40 entries in his class, DeJager earned the pole position for a 30-kart feature race for the national title staged Wednesday, July 29, and DeJager completed the run without losing the lead.
DeJager is expected to compete on his home track during the fair races tomorrow night.
50 years ago (1972)
•Larry Rolfs has been appointed mayor of the village of Hardwick to serve until the next village election. The village council made the appointment following the resignation of William DeBates who resigned when he was elected to the school board of District 671 One year of his term still remains, so the person elected in November will be elected for the unexpired portion of that term.
75 years ago (1947)
•Youngsters taking part in the summer recreation program will hold a “soap box derby” tomorrow afternoon on Lincoln street, in front of the grade school building. The races will begin at 2 o’clock, and all children are urged to have their racers in readiness, according to James Reinertson, who directs the program.
In last Friday’s pet parade, John and Billy Martin won first prize for having the most unusual pets. They displayed three ducks. Scott Reinertson won second with his white dog, “Keeno,” which he had in a cage. Roger Van Roekel, who had a dog on a leash, won third for having the best trained pet.
100 years ago (1922)
•Eleven Rock county farmers and one school district have agreed to co-operate with the forestry division of the University of Minnesota in the establishment of demonstration windbreak plantings of trees.
Trees for this purpose are furnished by the forestry division and those upon whose farms the windbreaks are being located are O. I. Godfrey, and Roy Cummings, of Beaver Creek township; O. L. Sexe and Schellhouse Brothers, of Martin township; Wm. Soutar and Ole Gabrielson, of Luverne township; Ole Gysland, F. A. Turner and Rudolph Dirkson, of Magnolia township; Wm. Perkins, of Vienna township; Hoime Bros. of Battle Plain, and the Magnolia consolidated schools.
Remember When Aug. 11, 2022
10 years ago (2012)