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Remember When Dec. 9, 2021

10 years ago (2011)
•A Luverne High School student is finding success in the film industry in the Twin Cities.
His latest work, “In Harm’s Way,” will premiere at the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne at the end of the year.
Mason Makram, who graduated from Luverne High School in 2008, was part of the movie crew that filmed a feature film primarily in the Twin Cities locations.
He started working with the crew two years ago as a film student, and now the finished product had its world premiere at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis on Nov. 17.
Makram is the film’s editor and assistant director and also has a very brief cameo appearance. He also designed the film’s website,
“He was an amazing editor and did all the artwork,” said producer Brandon Van Vliet. “It was phenomenal stuff.”
25 years ago (1996)
•Ice and snow may slow construction, but it hasn’t stopped action in Luverne.
The Luverne City Council approved the preliminary and final plat for the Sater’s Creek Addition. The plat was called the V. J. Christensen Addition and was first approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission in October.
The area is being developed by the Christensen Corporation and includes the Magnolia Steak House, the Super 8 Motel, and the Elmen property. The new Pamida building and additional areas for development are part of the property.
The 28.34-acre property is named for the drainage waterway that runs through it. According to Christensen, Minnesota Department of Transportation maps of the area gave the waterway that name.
50 years ago (1971)
•In a letter to the City Council last week, the Central Natural Gas Co. informed them that there will be an increase in the natural gas rates to their consumers in Luverne effective with the December billing.
The increase would be a result of Northern Natural Gas Company’s increase in wholesale gas rates on Nov. 14, according to Superintendent Jerry McGuire. “Northern was allowed this increase by the Federal Power Commission under the Natural Gas Act and Phase II price under control regulations,” he said.
McGuire added that the increase is again subject to refund and should the rate finally settled upon be less, a refund will be made by Northern to Central and consequently by Central to their customers.
75 years ago (1946)
•Authorities suspect “local” talent of having stolen $853.70 from the Magnolia Bar and Lounge some time after 2 a.m. Sunday. Entry was made by prying open the front door. The loot was taken from the cash register and a counter drawer.
While they have uncovered no clue as to who it might have been, Sheriff Roberts stated, evidence at hand indicates that the “job was pulled” by someone familiar not only with the place, but familiar with habits of those associated with the business. …
It was evident that after entry was made, the money was taken in a hurry and a hasty exit made.
100 years ago (1921)
•Final touches were given last week to Beaver Creek’s splendid new school building, erected at a cost of $70,000, and school opened in the building Monday morning. The new building is one in which the people of Beaver Creek may well find justifiable pride, for it is one of the finest and best equipped school buildings to be found in the state insofar as the smaller villages are concerned, and its construction bespeaks the interest in education taken by Beaver Creek citizens.
The following excellent write-up of the building is furnished by the Herald’s regular correspondent at Beaver Creek:
“No children of Rock county ever had so fine a school building, and with such pleasant surroundings excellent work should be accomplished. Work was begun last May and the building was finished in record time.”

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