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Remember When Sept. 9, 2021

10 years ago (2011)
•Gary Holmgren held up a training manual the size of a big phone book and said, “This is the basic EMT training manual.”
Holmgren has spent the past 19 years making sense of that manual for emergency medical technicians (and several other manuals) during his tenure as the director of the Rock County ambulance program.
His job has included everything from driving an ambulance and quickly assessing a patient’s condition to understanding state and federal laws and doing payroll. In addition, he coordinated monthly training sessions and stayed current on ambulance technology.
After Friday, Sept. 2, Holmgren said his “job” will be to spend time with his wife and grandkids doing “whatever they want.”
25 years ago (1996)
•Though the lease agreement has not been finalized, several city sources have confirmed Pamida’s plans to relocate and expand south of Interstate 90.
Luverne Economic Development Authority and the Luverne City Council approved early steps for the project, which is being developed by Virgil Christensen of The Christensen Corporation.
The current Pamida store on East Main street is about 22,000 square feet, and the new facility will be about 45,000 square feet with parking for about 200 cars.
50 years ago (1971)
•Rock County will have one of its earliest corn harvests in years, due to the dry weather the past month.
David Wessels combined 66 bushels of corn Tuesday, Sept. 7, on the Fred Wessels farm in Clinton township, and already the moisture content is down 27 per cent.
Scattered showers have fallen here the past week, bringing .27 inches of moisture. Only .49 inches of moisture was recorded in August. Since July 10, total rainfall recorded in Luverne is .88 inches.
The lack of moisture will have serious effects on both the corn and soybeans. One farmer said that the absence of rain the last two weeks in August will cut the yield of his corn by 25 bushels to the acre.
75 years ago (1946)
•Bob Westerbur, who has been employed at Marty’s Market for the past eight months, has purchased the business from Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Jensen. He was given possession Monday. The business will hereafter be known as Bob’s Market.
He and his wife will operate the business and will be assisted by Holger Westergard, who has also been employed by the Jensens. Both Mr. and Mrs. Westerbur have had previous experience, Mr. Westerbur having been employed in the meat department at the Worthington Creamery and Produce company, and Mrs. Westerbur having worked in the grocery department at Nelson Brothers store.
100 years ago (1921)
•The Luverne public schools will open for the fall term next Monday, Sept. 12. During the forenoon of that day the teachers will hold a meeting and organize for the work of the term, and all pupils who expect to attend school this fall are to report at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon.
The task of moving and refinishing the old Central school building was completed by the contractors, Loeffler & Jensen, the fore part of the week, with the exception of a few minor details, such as covering the pipes and refinishing the radiators, and it was expected that the building would be accepted by the school board either yesterday or today.
While the building has no better light or ventilation nor more convenient arrangements than heretofore, it is otherwise in much better shape for occupancy than it has been for a number of years.
The interior of the building has been refinished and repapered, and the rooms in both the Central and high school buildings will be in good condition for occupancy by the opening day.

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