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Community Events March 28, 2024


Blue Mound Cemetery Association will meet at the Dick Remme home at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. All interested in joining are welcome to attend.

Pleasant View Cemetery Association annual meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the home of Richard and Ruth Opsata. Call 605-929-1593 with questions.

Maplewood Cemetery Association annual lot owners will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at American Reformed Church, 304 N. Fairview Drive, Luverne. The Maplewood board of directors will meet following the lot owners meeting.


Special Olympics practice starts

Special Olympics track and field program will begin Monday and Wednesday practices March 27, weather permitting.

Practices will start at 5 p.m. at the Luverne Public Schools track and field area.

For more information, contact Evie Kephart, 507-220-0805, or Shelly Mallon, 507-820-1819.


UMC Free Community meal March 27

The United Methodist Church will host its Wednesday night free community meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. A pickup option is available by calling 507-283-4529.


Easter egg hunt March 30

The Denver Go-Getters 4-H Club is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Hardwick City Park.

Ages 0-10 are welcomed to take photos with the Easter Bunny and participate in the hunt.

If inclement weather, the event will take place in the Hardwick Community Hall.


Widow Wednesday April 3

Dingmann Funeral Home will be offering a second meeting of Widow Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne. This month we welcome Betty Mann and Corrine Bonnema who will be sharing about the history and current activities at Generations. After that, we will share in fellowship before decorating cookies to be donated to local businesses. Again, all are welcome!


Nutrition for seniors April 4

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, April 4, as a drive-thru distribution in the parking lot off Maple Street on the east side of the Generations Event Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.


Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Spring Rally April 6

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Spring Rally is Saturday, April 6, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fulda. The Pipestone Zone rally involves Lutheran churches in Luverne, Hardwick, Jasper and surrounding counties. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the rally starts at 9:30 followed by a luncheon. Speaker is Pam Lienemann with her Gideon Comfort Dog. RSVP to Wendy Buschena at  or 507-360-7869.


Veterans banners applications open

Applications for the 2024 Main Street Veterans Banner Project are being received now through May 1. There are 82 spots available.

Cost is $125. One side of the banner will have the photo of the veterans and the other side states, “Thank you for your service.”

The 2024 banners will be hung on Main Street prior to July 4 and remain until early fall.

The project is coordinated by the LIFT committee in partnership with the city of Luverne and Luverne Area Chamber. The application form is available online at Call 507-283-4061 for more information.


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 Easter treats on March 28. Fee is $26.

Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of using trusts at Understanding Trusts on April 4. Fee is $5.

Register by April 5: Students (grades K-6) can learn to decorate Spring themed cookies like a professional at B's Bakehouse

on April 13. 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 3 years drivers take a 4 hour refresher class.  The schedule for Luverne classes follows: Refresher 4 Hour Classes – April 8, May 13.

Children ages 0-5 with an adult are invited to Pages by the Poolside at Luverne Aquatics & Fitness on April 9. Enjoy story time and swim
time at this fun event! No fee but registration is required.

Cooking with herbs and spices is a great way to add flavor to your meals. Join the Master Gardeners and Registered Dietician, Mary Aukes, at Spice Up Your Kitchen on April 15 to learn how to grow your own
herbs and make your own spice mixes. Fee is $15.

Students (grades K – 3) can join a Blue Mound State Park Naturalist at Who Gives a Hoot on April 16 to learn more about what sets owls
apart from other birds in Minnesota. Fee is $5.

Kids in the Kitchen (grades K-6) will make Springtime Treats on April 18. Fee is $26.


Blue Mounds State Park offers events

Did you know the United States has to national animals? Meet at the picnic shelter from 2-3:00 p.m. for American Icons Saturday, April 13. Once faced with near extinction both the bald eagle and the bison are symbols of freedom, strength, and resilience. Discover the iconic comeback stories of these two majestic species.

Do you hear that? Spring is in the air with the sounds of migrating birds. Join the naturalist for a two-mile Spring Birding Hike along the Mound Creek Trail from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. Meet at the picnic shelter as we practice our birding skills. Dress for the weather including good walking shoes. Bring your binoculars if you have them (some will be available to borrow). All ages and experience levels welcome!

Slap! Come learn about American’s largest rodent for Beavers: Nature’s Engineer from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Meet at the picnic shelter to discover how these persistent critters use their unique adaptations to impact the landscape. Program will conclude with a short walk (about 3/4 mile) down to the creek to look for beaver activity. *Come prepared for the weather.

If you need an accommodation, please contact park staff at or 507-283-6051, two weeks prior to the event.


Library Happenings

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

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.

Evening Story Time 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

Author visits are planned for:

•Doug Ohman “They Chose Minnesota,” 6 p.m. Monday, April 1.

•Candance Simar, an award-winning Minnesota author, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.

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.


Nominations sought for

Alumni Hall of Fame

The Luverne Alumni Hall of Fame committee is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2024 until April 30.

Nomination forms and more information can be received from Hall of Fame secretary Jane Lanphere at 507-920-5197.

The induction ceremony takes place annually on the day of the LHS football homecoming game.


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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