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Community events Jan. 4, 2023


Beaver Creek Township  Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Township Hall in Beaver Creek. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held via Zoom. Contact 507-227-2061 for details.

Vienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the Kenneth Community Center.


Community Ed

The new Winter Brochure was included in the Luverne Announcer the weekend of New Year's Day. Registrations may be made by calling the Community Education office at 507-283-4724.

Defensive Driving schedule for Luverne classes follows: Beginner 8-Hour Class  Feb. 5 and 12 (4 hours each evening). The next Refresher class is at 5:30  Monday, Jan. 22.


Nutrition Assistance Program offered by A.C.E

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, Jan. 4 with a drive-thru distribution in parking lot off Maple St., at office location on east side of Generations Event Center. Pre-registration required call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.

SAIL Classes in Luverne

A.C.E. is offering a total of 24 classes on Monday and Thursday mornings from 10-11 a.m., from Jan. 8-March 28, at Generations Event Center, 105 S. Estey Street, Luverne. For information or to pre-register contact Linda Wenzel (507-283-5064). Pre-registration is required.

Blue Mounds State Park offers event

Winter is a great time to practice your birding skills. Join the naturalist from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, for the winter birding session. Meet at the picnic shelter to learn more about our resident winter birds and practice using binoculars. If weather permits, we will spend the last 30 minutes outdoors looking for birds so dress accordingly. *A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow, so bring your own if you have them.


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:

•Jan. 8: “The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot” by Marianne Cronin.

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

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

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

The 50 State Challenge for adults and older teens ended Dec. 31. Readers have until Jan. 6 to turn in their reading logs to be eligible for prizes.

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.

SAIL Classes in Magnolia

A.C.E. is offering a total of 24 classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-2 p.m., from now until Feb. 22, at Magnolia Palace (old Magnolia School) 401 W. Luverne Street, Magnolia. For information or to register contact Connie Frahm (507-220-3584) or Diane Strassburg (507-290-0011).

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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