10 years ago (2012)
•An era will end at the 2012 Hot Dog Nite when Renfro Variety Store – the only remaining business present at the first Hot Dog Nite 50 years ago – serves its last hot dog. The store will close Aug. 31.
At age 96, Renfro owner Margaret Vegge is ready to retire and has begun clearing the shelves and has marked everything down by 50 percent in honor of the 50th anniversary of the event.
25 years ago (1997)
•In a mad scramble of last-minute decisions, the Rock County Highway Department ended up with a relatively new machine shed from the Luverne School District for only the cost of moving it — about $7,500.
At the close of their regular County Board meeting Tuesday, commissioners had turned down an offer by the district to sell the building to the county for $18,000. …
Wednesday morning, however, County Administrator Kyle Oldre received a better offer from district Supt. George Maurer, explaining that he needed to get the building off school property for dirt movers, asked if the county could take it off the district’s hands for nothing.
The building is a 42-by-68-foot brown and beige Morton metal building that the school constructed in 1993 for equipment and storage. It has two garage doors, one automatic and one manual, and the ceiling is insulated.
50 years ago (1972)
•Former residents of Hills, who were at one time members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, will be coming back home this week to join in the observance of the church’s 100th anniversary.
The original church, built on the site of the present magnificent edifice, was the first building to be erected on what is now the townsite of Hills. The frame structure was erected in 1885, and from that date until late in 1889 was the only building to occupy the townsite of Hills. The original congregation, known as Immanuel Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, was organized in 1872, and held services in various farm homes until the church building was completed thirteen years after their organization. …
Over the years these three congregations were again united and this week will together celebrate the anniversary of the first parent organization from which eventually sprang the congregations which make up the present Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
75 years ago (1947)
•Henry C. Wuertz has been named a member of the Agricultural Committee of the Minnesota Bankers Association for 1947-1948 by John Garlander, Faribault, president of the association.
Dr. J. W. Hawkinson will move from his present office to new quarters in the new Fitzer building, south of Nelson Brothers. He will be located there by Tuesday morning of next week.
100 years ago (1922)
•Thirteen innings were required to decide the game between Luverne and Lismore, played Sunday afternoon at Athletic park, and Lismore was the winner, with the result of 5 to 3.
A base on balls and a single gave Lismore their first score in the third inning, and three hits produced Luverne’s first run in the fifth inning. Lismore annexed two more runs in the eighth, and three hits in one, two, three order in the ninth enabled Luverne to tie their opponents.
The next three innings produced no run for either side, but in the first half of the thirteenth, Lismore shoved across two scores. In the last half of this inning Luverne was unable to circle the diamond.
Breitenbach, pitching for Luverne, is credited with having struck out fourteen men; his delivery was found for only four hits, and he walked one. King, in the box for Lismore, struck out eight men, walked one and was found for eleven hits.
Remember When July 7, 2022
10 years ago (2012)