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Remember When Aug. 12, 2021

10 years ago (2011)
•Luverne’s new airport manager is enjoying steady business since taking over the reins on May 1.
Ben Baum moved his business, Sierra Delta Aviation, LLC, from Custer, S.D., to Luverne when he assumed management and fixed base operation duties at Quentin Aanenson Field.
Since then, he and his wife, Lori, and their four boys, have been settling into their new home, new school and new life.
25 years ago (1996)
•A brand new billboard along Interstate 90 is giving Luverne a leaner, sharper image.
“It’s just beautiful,” said Sandra Dowie of the Luverne Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re trying to attract more tourists off the highway into Luverne.”
The bureau, which takes credit for the new billboard, is comprised of three hotel owners, three members from the business and nonprofit community, and one representative each from the city, chamber and Blue Mounds State Park.
The 14-by-48 billboard went up July 19 at a cost of $5,000 to replace the former Luverne billboard, which was more than eight years old. Money for the billboard was raised through the new lodging tax the city implemented last year. The new billboard is located about one-quarter mile west of the Luverne exit on the north side of the freeway. It has a simpler design with larger print and an extra-large photograph of the Blue Mounds State Park buffalo. The state park is featured on one side and the services Luverne offers are listed on the other side.
50 years ago (1971)
•The Luverne school board Tuesday night set Sept. 13 as the date to open bids for a computer for the school. …
Decision to call for bids for a used computer was made after a board study committee consisting of Erling Tofteland, D. M. Lippi and Elmer Piepgras made a recommendation that such a move be taken. Whether or not they will make the purchase depends upon the bids submitted, the board indicated in their discussions Tuesday night.
Supt. Harvey Eitreim said that plans are moving ahead for a state-wide computer set-up for schools. If a machine is purchased for Luverne, it would be used for training in the business education department, as well as for handling payroll, scheduling, making up report cards, and for classroom instruction in other fields of study.
75 years ago (1946)
•Earl Chizum and Ralph Kvaas have purchased the Chez Paree Café from the former owners, Pederson and Minnes, and have taken possession of the café which is located south on Highway 75.
The two young Luverne men plan to open the café at noon every day and operate until the early hours of the morning, featuring a complete menu of steaks and home baked pastries as well as a variety of sandwiches, short orders and lunches.
A filling station will be operated by Chitzum and Kvaas in connection with the café and later they plan to install a line of tires and auto accessories.
100 years ago (1921)
•The 8th annual commencement exercises of the schools of Rock county will be held on Tuesday evening, Aug. 23rd, at the consolidated school building at Magnolia, as ample quarters for the exercises are not available in this city.
At that time a class of sixty-three eighth grade graduates from semi-graded and rural schools of the county will be awarded their diplomas by County Supt. Edia A. Headley.
The class will be the largest that has been graduated in the history of the county, and the number is considered especially noteworthy as it does not include graduates from the high or graded schools of the county. Murray county, for instance, with practically twice the number of school districts to draw from, has only fifty-seven graduates this year.

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