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Community events Jan. 25, 2024


Green Earth Players will meet for their annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the Green Earth Players building on Main Street in Luverne.


UMC Free Community Meal Jan. 24

The United Methodist Church will host its Wednesday night free community meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. A pick-up option is available by calling 507-283-4529.

Candlelight hike at Blue Mounds State Park Jan. 27

The Blue Mounds State Park will host its annual Candlelight Hike from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.

The self-guided 1.75-mile trail starts at the picnic area parking lot and is suitable for beginner-level hikers of all ages. Stop by the picnic shelter for hot cocoa and cookies near a bonfire.

Hikers are encouraged to buy vehicle permits in advance at the park office or online at and carpool to the event.

Call 507-283-6050 or check visitor alerts at for weather-related upated.


Bloodmobile in area

It will be in Edgerton from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at First Reformed Church, 230 Maple Street.

It will be in Pipestone from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 415 South Hiawatha.

Schedule appointments online at or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


Nutrition for seniors Feb. 1

 Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 & older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN, will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, as a drive-thru distribution in the parking lot off Maple Street on the east side of the Generations Event Center. Pre-registration required by calling Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.


2024 Rock Nobles Cattlemen’s Annual Banquet

The 2024 Rock Nobles Cattlemen’s Annual Banquet  will be at the Worthington Event Center Saturday, Feb. 3. Social hour at 6 p.m., steak dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed with comedian Tim the Dairy Farmer. Tickets will be available at the door - $30/plate.


Winter 2024 Basketball Tournament

The Winter 2024 Basketball Tournament, hosted by Luverne Basketball Association, will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Luverne Public Schools. There will be more than 50 teams from Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa. For more information:


UMC 16th Annual Chocolate Buffet and Spaghetti Dinner

The United Methodist Church will host its 16th Annual Chocolate Buffet and Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at the LUMC Fellowship Hall.

Treats to go will be available. Everyone welcome –  bring a friend – free will donation. Proceeds will go to the LUMC Compassion Fund to help those in need locally.


Luv1LuvAll Cookies for a Cause

Cookies for a Cause - $5 jumbo 5”x6” frosted heart-shaped cookies. All proceeds will go toward financial support for mental health counseling sessions for Rock County youth. The deadline to order is Wednesday, Feb. 7. To order, call 283-4061 or stop by the Luverne Area Chamber. Payment due at time of placing order. Cash, check (to Luv1LuvAll), credit card ot Venmo (@Luv1LuvAll). Free delivery to Luverne Schools only. Pick up between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Luverne Loop Trailhead (former Casey’s on East Main), 601 E. Main Street, Luverne. Call 507-227-1978 if other arrangements are needed.

Community Ed

Register for the following classes and activities by calling the Community Education office at 507-283-4724.

Kids in the Kitchen (grades K-6) will make Sleepover Snacks on Jan.
25.  Fee is $26.

Students in Grades 3-5 are invited to join Mrs. Elbers at Book Club. Participants will meet after school for four sessions starting the week
of Jan. 29. A snack and book will be provided. Fee is $30. Contact Community Ed for more details.

Children ages 0-5 years and parent are invited to come and enjoy Preschool Fun Time on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1.  No fee, but please register for a morning or evening play time.

Students (grades K – 3) can join a Blue Mound State Park Naturalist to learn about woodchucks and their relatives at How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck? on Feb. 1. Fee is $5.

Children ages 0-5 with parent will enjoy Open Gym on Feb. 2 or March 8. Registration required, but no fee.

Register by Feb. 2: Students (grades K-6) can learn to decorate
Valentine's Day themed cookies like a professional at B's Bakehouse on Feb. 10. Fee is $35.

Taking Defensive Driving Classes allows adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums. After the beginning 8-hour class, every three years drivers take a 4- hour refresher class. The
schedule for Luverne classes follows:

Beginner 8-Hour Classes – Feb. 5 & 12

Refresher 4-Hour Classes – March 11, April 8, May 13.

Students in grades 7-12 can join retired Spanish teacher, Jody Von Holtum, at Spanish for Teens to supplement their knowledge of the Spanish language on Feb. 5 and 12. Fee is $15.

Animal Tracking Feb. 10

Need something to get you out of the house this winter? Meet at the picnic shelter at the park for Animal Tracking from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, to learn a new skill! Learn the basics of animal tracking along with some other tips to unlock the clues left behind by those who share our landscape.


Bobcats and Coyotes Feb. 24

Meet at the picnic shelter at the park for Bobcats and Coyotes from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, to learn about the trials and tribulations of two predators that call the Blue Mounds State Park home. With big teeth and sharp claws, predators often get a bad reputation. However, they play an important role in our ecosystem.


Ice Fishing Derby Feb. 17

Get hooked at the Ice Fishing Derby at The Lake from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Pre-registration: adult-$25 & youth-$15. Pre-register for a chace to win! Day of Registration: adult-$30 & youth-$20. Registration and badge pickup open at 11 a.m. Over $6,000 in prizes! 40+ prizes for youth and adult; largest fish for adult and youth. Win $2 in Carp Cash. Free rods and reels for youth until gone. Register at Luverne Area Chamber and CVB, 283-4061; 213 E. Luverne Street, Luverne.


Don’t be a target of Medicare and consumer fraud  

Learn how to protect, detect and report Medicare and consumer fraud and abuse through an online class, “Don’t be a Target of Medicare and Consumer Fraud.”

The virtual class is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Register at or call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 for help


Free tax preparation at library

AARP volunteers will be offering free tax filing at Rock County Library again. You must schedule an appointment by calling the library, 507-449-5040. Make sure to have all documents including last year’s tax return. Volunteers will prepare a tax return for 2022 if requested. You must bring all documents for both years (2022-23). You will need a form of identification as well as being able to document your social security number(s).

Appointments will start at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12 for every Monday through April 15. Additional appointment days may be added if necessary.


Mobile Dental Clinic in Luverne

The mobile dental clinic will be in Luverne on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the
Health and Human Services Community Room, 2 Roundwind Road. This
clinic provides dental care for adults and children ages 0-100+. CALL
612-746-1530 to schedule an appointment. All forms of insurance accepted. Organized by #Luv1LuvAll's Rock County Oral Health Task Force.

Library Happenings

For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email

Books on Tap book club meets once a month to discuss a selected book. The events takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Take 16 Brewery in Luverne. Each month’s book is available to check out at the library. Book include:

•Feb. 5: “Run Rose Run” by Dolly Parton and James Patterson.

•March 4: “The 19th Wife” By David Ebershoff.

Story Time with Bronwyn is Friday mornings from 10:15 to 10:45 now through April 26. Story Time, complete with a story, songs and a craft, is conducted in the library basement.

The Winter Reading Program 2024 is currently underway. “Read-a-Latte” encouraged patrons to check out and read at least 12 books by March 31. Those who complete the program receive prizes.

Fourth-graders can receive a free one-year National Parks pass. The pass is good from Sept. 1-Aug. 31 of the fourth-grade year. Visit the website

Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Take 16 in Luverne. Team registration is at 6 p.m.


Census info needed for preschoolers

Families new to the community are encouraged to call Luverne Community Education at 507-283-4724 with information on children ages 0 up to kindergarten.

The district uses the information for planning purposes and to alert families about school opportunities. Families with 4-year-olds not yet screened for preschool should call to schedule a screening prior to kindergarten.


A.C.E. respite care available, volunteers needed

A.C.E. of SW Minnesota (A.C.E.) offers respite care services in Rock County for those needing a break from caring for a loved one.

The respite program offers short-term (1-3 hours), temporary care for families and caregivers by providing a brief period of reprieve from the daily cares they provide to their loved one.

Volunteers provide non-professional supportive services to caregivers to give them time for themselves, relieve their stress and help them remain healthy.

Respite care volunteers are also needed. Trained A.C.E. volunteers provide respite care to family caregivers of adults age 60 and older who are suffering from long-term health conditions.

Contact Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064 or


CoffeeBreak Storyhour meets Tuesdays

CoffeeBreak meets at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday to study the Bible, starting with Mark 9-16. StoryHour is for children 3 years old through kindergarten. Nursery is available for the littlest ones. There is no charge or no prior Bible knowledge is necessary. All faiths and all ages are welcome. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 with questions, or email


Food Shelf evening hours

The Rock County Food Shelf is open for an additional evening shift from 5 to 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Call Mary at 507-227-5548 or Katie at 507-227-3531.

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