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Remember When Nov. 24, 2021

10 years ago (2011)
•The U.S. Postal Service is broke, and closing post offices is one way to streamline business.
“It’s not so much a money thing as it is about the fact that if not as many people are coming into these places, then why are they still open?” said Pete Nowacki of the USPS in Minneapolis.
There are more than 3,000 post offices now on the chopping block in Minnesota, and that doesn’t count the first round of closures already underway.
In Rock County, the Kenneth and Steen post offices were open for their last day of business on Friday, Nov. 18.
Also under consideration for closure are Hardwick, Beaver Creek and Magnolia.
25 years ago (1996)
•Possible plans for sprucing up Main Street drew a group of about 20 interested people to City Hall Monday.
Fred Sabongi, representing Sabongi Consulting Group, Eagan, said his company could coordinate plans for downtown revitalization in Luverne. He is an architect who specializes in historic preservation.
He proposes to work with the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, LEDA, HRA and business owners to coordinate a unified plan for long-term development of the downtown area.
He illustrated his proposals with pictures and drawings from completed projects in communities such as Red Wing and Minneapolis and showed proposals for buildings in St. James and Windom. He is currently working with Adrian and Worthington, also.
50 years ago (1971)
•More efficient service without spending more money than is absolutely necessary is the goal of the U. S. Postal Service, said Howard J. Wood, who spoke to Rotarians here Monday. Wood is the manager of Sioux Falls District No. 974 of the Central Region of the U. S. Postal Service. The district covers all South Dakota, the southwest corner of Minnesota and the northwest corner of Iowa. Included in the area are 11 sectional centers and 619 individual post offices.
“All we ask is that you give us time”, Wood said. “We’re going to be wrong or partially wrong from time to time. Just give us a chance to correct our mistakes. We are going to try to give efficient service without spending thousands and thousands of dollars to do it.”
75 years ago (1946)
•An oversized motor scooter was received here last week at the city light and power plant. A need for a vehicle of this kind has been felt for a long time, says Supt. Elmer Thon, who said it will be used for a number of different purposes, such as errands from the plant up town, for meter work about town, and similar work.
In reality, it is more than a motor scooter, it is a package car. A large compartment is built over the front, and can be used for such things as carrying tools, and supplies. It differs from the smaller type “scooters” which have been a common sight around town for the past few months in that is has two front wheels instead of the conventional one. It has only one rear wheel, however, and the motor is mounted under the seat.
100 years ago (1921)
•The Luverne high school football team closed its interscholastic schedule Friday, when, by a dazzling aerial attack that completely overwhelmed the opposition, they defeated the Pipestone Indians 76 to 6. Luverne showed greater strength in this game than they have at any time heretofore this season, and played flashy, consistent football.
In the first quarter, Luverne only scored one touchdown, as they were a trifle slow in starting, but with the ending of the initial period, they struck their stride and began an open game. During the game, many passes of 40 and 50 yard length were completed.
The Indians played a gritty game, but were outweighed and outmanaged. Their lone touchdown came in the final period, when their left-half-back broke through the Luverne line into a comparatively open field and crossed the line.
Practically every senior on the Luverne team carried the ball for one touchdown, even Haakenson, playing center, being called back to carry the ball. Ohs’ line smashing was another feature of the Luverne play, he being called on for gains and downs time and again and always “coming across.”

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