Remember When

10 years ago (2011) •The year was 1962 when three teenagers from Pipestone and Luverne formed a group called The Starflies. They were lead singer and guitarist Steve Ellis, Pipestone, drummer Butch Hatting and guitarist Jim Brandenburg, both of Luverne. The band was widely known in its day, and on...
10 years ago (2011) •Officials from Sanford Health attended Luverne’s City Council meeting Tuesday to discuss the logo change on the water tower north of the hospital. The water tower was erected in 2003 to serve the needs of the new hospital and residents in northern neighborhoods of Luverne. It...
10 years ago (2011) •Since the spring of 1979, Rock County Highway Department Maintenance Supervisor Walter Stearns has worked through more than three decades of Minnesota season changes. Friday, April 29, is his last day at the highway department, which concludes 32 years of work for the county in...
10 years ago (2011) •Many of Rock County’s bridges are nearly 70 years old, and those structures are not only showing wear, but they’re not safe for heavy loads. During Tuesday’s Rock County Board meeting, commissioners received a list of bridges that are posted as unsafe for heavy loads. Of the...
10 years ago (2011) •A decade-long coaching run officially came to an end during a meeting of the District 2184 School Board Thursday. The board accepted the resignation of Jason Phelps as Luverne High School’s head girls’ basketball coach. Phelps has been head coach since the 2001-02 season. “It’s...
10 years ago (2011) •Blue Mounds State Park manager Rick White has been retired since December, so he’s had some time to reflect on his 34 years in the state park system. “I enjoyed the buffalo,” he said. “If you have a prairie and no buffalo, you really don’t have a natural prairie. Under White’s...
10 years ago (2011) •Even after moving into a bitter cold, snow-filled winter, prior Georgia residents Pastor Billy Skaggs and his wife, Cindy, have a fire in their hearts for their new church home in Luverne. “It’s the people here,” Skaggs said about being senior pastor of Living Rock. “There are...
10 years ago (2011) •Local Green Earth Players community theater actors are rehearsing for their upcoming musical performance of “Gilligan’s Island.” … “Phil Voigt plays Mr. Howell,” Ceynowa said. “Normally he plays more conservative roles, but for this, he’s just a riot.” Some scenes call for Mr....
10 years ago (2011) •Just over a year ago, retired optometrist George McDonald spent a week in Mexico helping more than 550 patients get eyeglasses. In February 2010 he traveled south through the Volunteers in Optometry for Service to Humanity (VOSH) organization, along with his daughter Julie...
10 years ago (2011) •The Polar Plunge team of Evan Verbrugge, Daryl Fuerstenberg, Dan Nath, Chris Harnack and Michael DeJong doubled their goal of raising $750 before their plunge Saturday, Feb. 12 Through the Polar Plunge, the Rock River Shivers’ $1,480 donation directly benefits Special Olympics...

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