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  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    September 24, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on September 7, 1967.   Crowds Throng Here To Make Centennial Whopping Success          Luverne’s 100th anniversary birthday party was a whopping success.          Young and old alike came to celebrate ­— many in costume, many in whiskers, the rest in modern day garb appropriate for the occasion.          It was a fun event for three days and…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    September 03, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on August 17, 1967.   Fairgrounds Barn Leveled In Spectacular Blaze   Costly Fire Hits One Week After The Fair          Two boys, ages 9 and 10 admitted to the deputy state fire marshal and local police that they had been smoking in the livestock barn at the fairgrounds before it was destroyed by fire Sunday evening.          Deputy Marshal…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    August 27, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on Aug. 5, 1965.   OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY- Kanaranzi Bank Has Served Community Half A Century Open house will be held Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. at the First Farmers State Bank in Kanaranzi, commemor-ating the 50th anniversary of the bank’s founding. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served during the afternoon to visitors, and a number…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    August 20, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 8, 1965   First National Bank To Open In New Location On Monday Moving day for the First National Bank of Luverne is this weekend. First National will move to its new building at Main and McKenzie over the July 10 weekend and will be open for business as usual at the new location Monday morning. The Grand Opening is scheduled for July…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    August 13, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 8, 1965.   Weather Slows Work On County Highway Projects   Maintenance Work Behind Schedule, Too          The county highway department’s 1965 road building program is being delayed by wet weather, County Engineer Julius Brown said yesterday.          In fact, he said, the wet weather is also slowing up the county’s normal maintenance…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    August 06, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 1, 1965.   TALK ABOUT A WET SPRING- She Pumps Water Every Morning At 3 A. M. To Keep Well From Getting Too Full          “It’s the absolute truth,” says Mrs. Elsie Herschberger, Kenneth.          “It’s been so wet this spring that I have to get up every morning at 3 o’clock to pump out my well, or it gets too full.”          It’s no…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    July 30, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 1, 1965.   Record Crowd Attends Hills 75th Jubilee          Biggest crowd to gather in Hills during its 75-year history was on hand for the Diamond Jubilee cele-bration Tuesday night.          Parking space for late comers could be found only at the village’s extreme limits. Weather cooperated, and now it was a day of fun and interest…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    July 16, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on June 17, 1965.   Odd Jobs Club Now Open From 9-11 On Week Days          A plan to operate the Odd Jobs Club from the Luverne Community Center was announced this week by Rev. Wayne Hoffman, chairman of the Center.          A telephone and desk, to be manned by volunteer help, has been installed for coordinating work with employers and…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    July 09, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on June 10, 1965.   Three Stores Hold Grand Openings New Fronts Give Main St. New Look          Grand opening days will be held this week at three Luverne businesses with more than a thousand dollars in free merchandise prizes to be given away Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Along with this issue of the Star-Herald is a special commemorative…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    July 01, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on May 27, 1965.   OLD GN RESERVOIR IS: Hills’ Recreational Area          Give the people of Hills a worthy project for the community and you need not search far for helping hands. Such is the unanimous opinion of Bud Bush, Dennis Ronning or Fred Nuffer, who comprise the members of the Hills Village Council.          The three members of the…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    June 25, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 13, 1967.   Ordinance Gives City Authority To Remove Trees          Under authority given by an ordinance adopted by the city council Tuesday night, city workmen yesterday began removing the elm tree at 516 N. Cedar, diagnosed as having Dutch elm disease.          The ordinance, passed under emergency powers provided by the city…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    June 18, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on April 17, 1958.   Luverne Lions Club begins          The Luverne Lions Club came to life officially last Wednesday night when John Lutter, Lions District Governor, presented the new group’s charter to its president, Donald Stoterau, at left. Charter members of the Luverne Lions Club and their wives attended the charter banquet. The…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    June 11, 2019
    Only 15 cities with more than 2,500 population in the State of Minnesota have a lower tax rate than Luverne. Only one of them is in southwestern Minnesota.          According to an announcement by the Minnesota Taxpayers Association, Luverne’s tax rate for 1957, payable in 1958, is 180.36 mills, which is lower than its neighboring cities.          Nearby cities that have a higher tax rate include…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    June 04, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on April 10, 1958.   County Road Improvement Contracts Total $162,437          Rock county’s Board of Commissions Tuesday awarded a total of $162,437.27 in three contracts for road improvement this year.          Major projects will be the installation of a gravel base and bituminous surface costing $102,898.67 for 10.7 miles on C.S.A. No. 5.…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    May 28, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on April 10, 1958.   Phone Subscribers Will Get Call Explaining Dial System          Starting Monday, April 14, Northwestern Bell Telephone Company will start calling all Luverne telephone customers, according to N. C. Johnson, local manager.          “The reason for these calls is to explain the new dial service which will start Sunday, May 4…
  • By Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society
    May 14, 2019
    The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on April 10, 1958.   Past Week’s Precipitation Totals 1.14 In. After an unusually dry period the first three months of 1958, Rock County came in for some brisk rainfall in the past week. Starting last Thursday and continuing intermittently through Sunday a total of 1.14 inches of moisture was recorded at the Luverne precipitation gauge. The…
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