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Remember When Nov. 11, 2021

10 years ago (2011)
•Rock County members of the local National Guard unit received a really big message from home last week.
A 600-foot roll of paper containing hundreds of handwritten messages to soldiers arrived at the Camp Patriot base in Kuwait on Friday.
According to First Sgt. Robert Newman, the service men and women unrolled the letter and enjoyed reading the messages, some of which were directed to individual soldiers. …
The letter arrived along with 30 boxes of care packages sent from volunteers with Rock County’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Campaign.
25 years ago (1996)
•Luverne Elementary School hums with activity. The old brick building, with its cozy rooms and decorated halls, provides a welcome atmosphere for young learners.
From the top of the three-story structure to the depths of the boiler room, every possible corner has a function … or two or three.
While education is the obvious priority in the building, a closer look indicates why the District 2184 School Board believes it’s time to replace the 71-year-old building. Board members have wrestled with shortages of classroom and playground space, leaking roofs, limited handicap accessibility, aging plumbing, technology development and energy efficiency.
The board believes the most cost-effective solution for the district is a new building. A $12.5-million bond election for a new elementary school attached to the west end of the existing high school will go to the voters Dec. 9. The district’s goal is to have an informed and supportive electorate by that date.
50 years ago (1971)
•Faye Knutson, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Knutson of Magnolia, was named first place winner in the “Sub-Deb” Division at the Make-It-With-Wool Contest in Marshall on Oct. 30.
Faye competed with six other girls in her division at the district contest which involves about nine counties in Southwest Minnesota. …
Faye made and modeled lined wool slacks for the contest. She was given a Coats & Clark Sewing Book for winning in her division.
75 years ago (1946)
•Plans for a grand homecoming for Cedric Adams at Magnolia this evening are complete, reports Supt. R. M. Brynelson.
The Minneapolis newspaper columnist and radio news reporter will be the main attraction at the Magnolia school carnival which will be held tonight in the high school gymnasium. He will be master of ceremonies at a program to be given from the stage before his 10 o’clock news broadcast over WCCO. …
The money from this event will be used to further student activities such as athletics, visual education, music, and other student aids.
100 years ago (1921)
•A double program, consisting of Earle Williams in “The Purple Cipher,” and Alice Joyce in “Slaves of Pride” will be the offering at the Palace Theatre for next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
The “Purple Cipher” is by Will F. Jenkins and the star has a role of the type which has been largely instrumental in winning him his following. He plays the part of a resourceful young American who frustrates the designs upon himself, his sweetheart, and his friends, of a blackmailing Chinese tong. Creepy mystery runs through the production, and the surprise finish takes place aboard a submarine in the Pacific ocean. …
Miss Joyce is cast in the role of Patricia Leeds, a girl, who under the importunities of an ambitious mother, becomes the bride of Brewster Howard, a man of excessive wealth.

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