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Remember When July 8, 2021

10 years ago (2011)
•The Luverne Area Chamber invites everyone to visit Luverne for its annual customer appreciation event, Hot Dog Night.
In its 49th year, Hot Dog Night features local Chamber members giving away more than 12,000 hot dogs and 350 gallons of drinks.
Hot dogs and beverages will be served from 6 p.m. Thursday until they’re gone at participating Chamber members all over Luverne.
The event has grown to include several major competitions and entertainment events.
25 years ago (1996)
•Tim Anderson, Luverne, placed among the top 20 in Phase I of the Buick Technician Shooting Competition. Because of his high score on a test, he will advance to Phase II competition at the GM Training Center in Kansas City. He is employed by Papik Motors, Luverne.
50 years ago (1971)
•Ben VanderKooi Jr., 1971 Luverne High School graduate, found the competition rough at the National Forensic League Tournament held at Stanford University last month.
VanderKooi was eliminated after three rounds in the extemporaneous speaking category, but he was eligible for the radio speaking competition where he went on to place fourth in a field of 130 contestants.
75 years ago (1946)
•Flying received an added boost this week when it was announced that Hardwick’s Air Strip will be opened for the first time. The Air Strip is located on the Pete Hansen farm located a mile east and one mile south of Hardwick. Government licensed instructors and new Aeronca planes will be furnished for flying instructions, and rides, by Earl McDowell’s Sky Ranch.
The strip is sponsored by the Archer Petroleum Co. which is sponsoring scores of air strips throughout the Midwest area in order to provide additional facilities for those who want to fly.
Pete Hansen is the representative of Archer Petroleum Co. for Rock, Nobles and Murray counties.
The strip is 3 rods wide and 130 rods long on nice, level ground and to date about a dozen flights have been made off the strip.
100 years ago (1921)
•Chas. Sarver, of Hardwick, last week purchased an aeroplane from Donaldson Bros., of Milford, Iowa, and plans to take up the calling of an aviator as a business proposition.
The machine bought is a Curtiss, one passenger, and during the coming fair season, which starts the first of next month and extends through September, Mr. Sarver will become a part of the Donaldson Brothers’ organization.

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