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Remember When Oct. 31, 2019

10 years ago (2009)
•Heartland Express drivers, administration and buses moved into their new building near the Highway Department Monday.
The 5,300-square-foot building includes about 1,700 square feet of office space, and the remainder is garage space.
Heartland Express has four buses, but the new building has room for eight. This would accommodate growth and plans for an indoor wash bay, if future budgets allow.
The new building cost roughly $600,000 with 80 percent of that cost covered by a federal grant through the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
25 years ago (1994)
•Luverne High School’s new gymnastics head coach is Phoebe Johnson.
At their Oct. 27 meeting, Luverne School Board members approved hiring Johnson for the 1994-1995 season at a $2,800 salary.
Johnson, a 1987 Luverne High School graduate, is one credit short of completing her education degree, but she does have her coaching certificate. The state has granted the school a variance to hire her minus the degree, but they can only do so at one-year commitments.
Johnson’s position includes coaching varsity and junior varsity gymnastics.
50 years ago (1969)
•Two boys have admitted starting the garage fire at the Neil Dohlman residence in Magnolia last Wednesday afternoon, according to Magnolia’s fire chief Paul Donth.
“The boys were playing in the garage and poured gas on three tires, which were stored in a corner. The boys then went home and watched television and returned to the garage later and started the fire,” Donth told The Star Herald.
Magnolia’s postmaster Bob Davis noticed smoke coming from the garage and turned in the alarm.
Only the shell of the garage remains and the building is considered a total loss.
75 years ago (1944)
•Dedication of the newly acquired church home, the former Jones residence on the corner of Estey and Bishop streets, will be held tomorrow evening at 8 o’clock, Rev. Paul De Koekkoek, acting pastor of the Luverne Christian Reformed congregation, announced.
Rev. A. Wassink, pastor of the Inwood Christian Reformed church, will give the dedication address.
The congregation purchased the building this summer, and since that time, the first floor has been remodeled into an auditorium. The second floor will be used as a parsonage as soon as a permanent pastor is secured.
100 years ago (1919)
•The $50,000 damage suit brought by A.C. Finke in United States district court against twenty-one residents of Rock county has been dismissed and presumably abandoned. The case was cited for trial at the federal term of court which opened at Mankato Tuesday, but when the case was called Tuesday afternoon Finke’s attorney entered a motion to dismiss the suit and the motion was granted.
Finke’s suit was based on his removal from Hills to Sioux Falls last summer, he claiming in his complaint that he was forced to sell his banking and other interests in Hills and move form the county because the defendants had injured his business and standing in that community. The case grew out of the loyalty campaigns conducted during the war, when Finke’s loyalty was questioned and public sentiment in his community was so strong against him that his place of business was painted yellow one night early in 1918 by unknown persons. Finke charged in his complaint that the sentiment against him was due to the activities of the defendants, the majority of whom are residents of Luverne.

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