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Remember When Dec. 8, 2022

10 years ago (2012)
•More than $900 was raised for the Rock County SHARE program during photos with Santa at the Winterfest Craft Show Saturday at Luverne Elementary School. Rodger and Dianne Ossenfort played the part of Santa and Mrs. Claus for their 26th year. They posed for pictures, listened to requests for gifts and gave treats to children who came to see Santa. One child said, “Kind of,” when Santa asked him if he had been a very good boy.
25 years ago (1997)
•The early-morning breakfast crowd got a rude awakening Wednesday morning when they met at Hardee’s for coffee. On the door, a black and white sign read, “Sorry. We are closed. Thanks for your local patronage.”
According to District Manager Tarryl Olson, the restaurant closed Tuesday afternoon. In a brief interview with the Star Herald Tuesday night, Olson said only that the business was closed and he was in the process of cleaning it out.
He would not comment on why the restaurant closed.
50 years ago (1972)
•Residents of Rock County received an early Christmas gift this week — compliments of Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Schoneman, Luverne.
The Luverne couple this week turned over 34 acres of land in Luverne Township to be used as a county park.
The donated land is located two miles south of Luverne near Highway 75 and runs south to CSAH 16. Seven acres is to be developed outright including the south edge of the southern most pond. The remaining acres have been deeded to the county, but the Schonemans will retain gravel rights there. The only other stipulation in giving the land to the county is that no admission be charged once the park is developed.
Schoneman is a retired veterinarian who has resided in Luverne since 1947.
75 years ago (1947)
•The local school board last week approved a “cost-of-living” salary increase of $125 each to all Luverne teachers. Representatives of the Luverne Educational association met with the school board, pointing out that the cost of living had increased about five per cent since they signed their contracts. After some discussion, it was agreed to grant each teacher an increase of $125, which represents on the average a five percent salary increase.
100 years ago (1922)
•Gratifying progress is being made by the committees of Dell-Hogan post and the Women’s  Auxiliary  of the American Legion, in charge of the different phases of work connected with the indoor circus which will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9. The list of varied attractions they have already arranged for promise to make it equally as good, or probably it will even excel every carnival project that has ever been held here.
The armory will be lined on all sides with booths and stands, about fourteen or fifteen in all, each featuring a different attraction. There will be “raffle” stands, side show tents, lunch counters, and shooting galleries.
The circus will be held on the evening of each day. At eight o’clock the band will begin to play, starting the good time which will last far into the night. A boxing match between the two Davies boys of Magnolia will be put on at about nine o’clock, followed by several other exhibition attractions of much merit.
The greatest curiosity will undoubtedly be the old time bar and dance hall, a rejuvenation of the days of ’49, when the dances were held in the bar rooms and thirst was slackened after each dance. Thirty masked girls, each a proficient dancer, will be in attendance.

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