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Remember When March 3, 2022

10 years ago (2012)
•If all goes well, a $750,000 expansion project will begin this spring at the Blue Mound Ice Arena in Luverne.
Fundraising is under-way “in house” with hockey and figure skating families make their pledges now.
Donations will also be sought from alumni, private individuals and corporations. The Luverne Hockey Association is a 501(c) 3 organization, so donations are tax deductible.
Interior improvement plans include a two-story 112-by-32-foot addition that will be connected to the north side of the existing rink. The concession stand will be expanded to meet code and to provide more serving space for food items and more seating for diners.
A hockey dryland training room will allow for off-ice workouts for stick handling, plyometrics and cardiovascular work. Two handicap-accessible rest-rooms will be constructed off the lobby.
The expanded lobby will create better travel into and out of the building and an upper mezzanine area will be available for community gatherings or as a workout area for athletes.
The expansion plan also includes additional locker rooms that will allow boys’ and girls’ varsity teams to leave gear at the facility.
25 years ago (1997)
•The Luverne School Board added another five acres to the high school campus and sold two houses to be moved on its existing property to Loren Forrest.
At the board meeting Thursday, the district’s attorney Don Klosterbuer said he and Supt. George Maurer had negotiated a tentative agreement with Julie Schuur for the five-acre parcel west of the bus garage on Dodge Street. The district agreed to pay $68,500 for the land, which is the appraised value.
The purchase price does not include the house and two garages, which were sold in a separate arrangement between the Schuur family and Loren Forrest.
50 years ago (1972)
•Three Luverne seniors have become finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition, according to Dale Knoll, Luverne High School counselor.
Names as finalists were James. A. Golla, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Golla; Dennis T. Olson, son or Mr. and Mrs. Toby Olson and Wendy J. Wildung, daughter of Mrs. Robert Wildung.
To become a finalist, a semi-finalist must be endorsed by school officials, complete informational forms, confirm high original test scores by their performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test and plan to attend an accredited United States College.
About 14,750 finalists remain in the Merit scholarship competition throughout the nation for the coveted 3,000 scholarships, Knoll said. The winners of scholarships will receive notification between March and May.
Finalists rank in the top one-half of one per cent of the graduating secondary seniors in the nation.
75 years ago (1947)
•Mr. and Mrs. Ben Padilla assumed ownership Monday of the Coffee Shop, operated the past several years by Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McDonald. They bought the business from the McDonalds who left Tuesday, accompanying Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Norelius, for California.
100 years ago (1922)
•Rock county motor vehicles were taxed $44,428 and $205,175 of trunk highway money has been used to date cock Good Roads plan. Only state money is included.
The automobile tax total is from the report of Mike Holm, secretary of state, and the Highway figures are certified by G. W. Brown, state public examiner. The figures reflect early benefits to this locality from Minnesota’s new highway development plan.
Rock county tabulations show that $193,173 of the 1919 and 1920 work is charged to the state fund for reimbursement and that $12,002 was used last year.

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