10 years ago (2012)
•Gary Papik of Papik Motors, Luverne, has been selected as the 2013 Time Quality Dealer of the Year nominee representing Minnesota.
The Time Magazine Dealer of the Year Award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted awards for new car dealers.
Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who have also demonstrated a long-standing commitment to effective community service.
The award is presented in partnership with Ally Financial and in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealers Association.
25 years ago (1997)
•A Luverne man raced his way to a national championship during last week’s International Motor Contest Association Super Nationals staged at Boone, Iowa.
Brett Stegenga, an IMCA sprint car driver from Luverne, captured a huge purse by winning the 20-lap championship race for his class Thursday. The victory earned the local driver $1,800 and $1,000 in prizes.
For Stegenga, Thursday’s national title was the second one he has earned in his career. His first sprint car national championship came in 1992.
50 years ago (1972)
•Luverne police are investigating a break-in at Ohlen’s Corn Crib sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The burglars netted about $50 to $75 in change, most of it obtained from breaking into a cigarette machine.
The burglary was discovered around 4:05 a.m. when Orville Ohlen stopped at his business to pick up some keys before leaving on a business trip.
Entry was gained by breaking into the side door.
75 years ago (1947)
•The Rev. T. A. Rodsater, who for more than a half century has been a Lutheran minister, preached his farewell sermon last Sunday at the Bethlehem Lutheran church where he served as pastor nearly 44 years. Although he resigned on January 1, he continued to serve until his successor, the Rev. Erling Thompson, was called. The new minister will conduct his first services in his new parish this coming Sunday.
The Rev. Rodsater was ordained at the West Lutheran church, Manchester, October 1, 1896. His first parish was at Anaconda, Montana. From 1899 to 1908, he served at Forest City, Iowa, going from there to Brandon, S.D. where he was pastor from 1908 to 1913. From Brandon, he went to Hills, where he has since served the Bethlehem congregation. He also served as pastor of the Palisade church for a number of years.
100 years ago (1922)
•Preparations are now being completed by the Quartzite Quarries, Inc., for touching off the largest blast of dynamite in the history of the company. This will be done the first of the week, either Sunday or Monday.
The charge will consist of 7,000 pounds of dynamite, which will be placed in seven eight-foot holes and all ignited at the same time. It is expected that this explosion will push out a ledge of rock equivalent to 35,000 tons.
In the notable blast of August 1921, five thousand pounds of dynamite were used, five holes being used at that time for the planting of the explosive at a depth of about 75 feet. The coming blast will be planned along the same lines as last year, a thousand pounds of dynamite being placed in each of the seven holes.
The Dupont Power Co., of Minneapolis, will make a special delivery of the dynamite to be used, either today or tomorrow, making the delivery by motor truck.
Remember When Sept. 15, 2022
10 years ago (2012)