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Remember When Oct. 7, 2021

10 years ago (2011)
•Judge Timothy Connell wears a black robe over a white collar, but he said ruling from the bench is rarely as simple as black and white.
“It’s not a one-size-fits-all sort of thing that comes with experience.”
After 35 years of practicing law, Connell has acquired a voice of experience.
He’ll retire next week after 24 years as Rock County’s Fifth Judicial judge, but his roots in Luverne go deeper than that.
25 years ago (1996)
•New homes are going up. Luverne contractor Okie Honken started work Friday on the first house planned for the Sybesma Subdivision, located on the west side of Luverne. He has signed an agreement with the Luverne Economic Development Authority to build three homes on the lots before Dec. 31, 1998.
Two other area contractors, Bruce Dysthe and Darrel Van Aartsen have also each committed to build houses on three lots in the area. If grants are awarded, four additional lots are spoken for, and another was sold Monday.
Of the 35 lots available in the area, 14 were spoken for, as of Tuesday.
50 years ago (1971)
•A small “twister” is reported to have been the cause of between $500-1,000 damage on the north edge of Luverne last Thursday evening.
A small hog confinement area owned jointly by Bob Juhl and George Edmonds received considerable damage between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. during a period of wind and rain last Thursday evening.
Most of the damage was to an open barn-type building used to house livestock.
Edmonds had been working close to the vicinity at the time of the “touchdown.” He had heard a strange noise, but never suspected anything until he came upon the damaged area.
The location of the damaged property is just south of the Catholic Cemetery.
75 years ago (1946)
•The Frederick Kahl estate farm in Springwater township, sold at auction Friday, brought $151.50 per acre. Successful bidder was Edwin Swanson, Springwater township farmer. Despite the rainy weather, about 150 persons were present and there were a number of bidders. Opening bid was $125 per acre.
100 years ago (1921)
•At the Methodist Episcopal conference held at Waseca last week, Rev. H. Hugh Gower, of this city, was assigned to the M. E. church of Tracy. He and his family expect to leave next week for their new home, and Rev. Gower will deliver his farewell sermon next Sunday.
Mr. Gower has been pastor of the Luverne church for the last three years, and from the outset has taken an active interest in public affairs, and has been prominently identified with practically all reform movements. He is one of the city’s most energetic opponents of Sunday amusements.

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