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Remember When Aug. 27, 2020

10 years ago (2010)
•There was a time in Rock County when pioneer families didn’t have insurance to protect them financially from the devastation of natural disasters.
The founders of Beaver Creek Mutual Insurance Company recognized a need for protection, and back in 1885 the business was established in Beaver Creek.
The company, now located on Main Street, Luverne, will observe its 125th anniversary Thursday, Aug. 26.
25 years ago (1995)
•An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Luverne has hospitalized more than 21 people since Sunday, and four others have apparently died from complications involving Legionnaires’ symptoms.
The earliest death traced to Legionnaires’ disease was in July, though health officials aren’t yet sure that death is related to the three since Sunday.
State epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, said given the incubation period of the infection, these cases are only the first of many likely to be reported in the next week to 10 days. …
Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterial infection causing flu-like symptoms. The incubation period varies between two to 10 days, but is usually five to six days.
Early symptoms of the disease typically include a run-down feeling, muscle aches, dry cough and a slight headache — without the usual cold and sore throat of flu.
50 years ago (1970)
•Nine new high school teachers and five new elementary teachers will begin their duties as members of the Luverne faculty next week.
High school teachers who are new on the staff include Bruce Phelps, Alexandria, vocal music; Emerson Russman, Little Rock, Ia., industrial arts; Linda Johnson, Onawa, Ia., instrumental music; Andria Gudahl, Oldham, S.D., Spanish; Tom Serie, Luverne, junior high math, and head wrestling coach; Catherine Hewitt, Hecla, S.D., girls’ physical education; Douglas Gunderson, Clear Lake, S.D., social science, Ronald Jansen, Tri-mont, junior high math, assistant football and assistant basketball coach; and Mrs. Dolly Siler, Belgrade, junior high vocal music.
New elementary teachers include Ivan Vust, George, Ia., physical education; Julie Schuur, Chandler, sixth grade; Mrs. Jane Gropel, Ivanhoe, kindergarten; Sheila Pederson, Sherman, first grade, and Mrs. Janet Cappts, Newcastle, Wyo., fourth grade.
75 years ago (1945)
•Installation of the turbo-generator, purchased by the Luverne city council for use in the power plant here, was begun this week.
The engine part of the equipment was brought here by truck from Canby, Minn. Tuesday, and the rest of the machinery will be here by the end of the week, according to Superintendent Thon.
The turbine will be set east and west in front of the two steam power units now in the plant. No addition to the building will be necessary. Installation will be done by the Pratt Express Co., of Minneapolis.
Supt. Thon said that he expects that it would be “some time in the spring” before it would be put into use.
100 years ago (1920)
•The Luverne Herald recently installed a Goss Comet press, capable of printing 3,500 copies of the paper per hour. This is a splendid improvement and one not often added by small city weeklies. The Luverne Herald, however, is in a class by itself as a country newspaper, and the fast press was much needed to care for its large circulation.

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