Community Calendar April 23, 2020

A note about community events:

The Announcer and Star Herald will not list the activities and events that are canceled; it is assumed that most planned gatherings are canceled, per CDC mandates for safe social distancing. However individual inquiries should be directed toward appropriate planners. See, for the latest coronavirus coverage.


Spring weight restrictions lifted

Spring weight road restrictions on Rock County roadways were lifted April 20. Call Rock County Highway Engineer Mark Sehr at 507-283-5010 with questions.


Community Education Summer Brochure

Luverne Community Ed Summer Brochure will be inserted in the April 26 Luverne Announcer.  Peruse the classes and activities, but WAIT to register until Monday, May 5, the date that school is set to resume.   Things may change. Community Education follows the state and school guidelines and make adjustments as needed that will be posted and announced.


Volunteers needed for ‘Minnesota Responds’

Minnesota Responds is a partnership of local and statewide volunteers to assist healthcare systems in emergencies that can overwhelm hospitals and clinics and improve overall response capabilities.

Minnesota Responds is recruiting medical (RNs, LPNs, CNAs) and others with medical type backgrounds, such as veterinary, dental, chiropractor and others. “Non-medical” volunteers are also needed to contribute skills and expertise during the COVID-19 crisis. We are looking for individuals that are working or retired and willing to offer assistance. An individual DOES NOT HAVE to be in the health care field. Anyone interested in helping the community is encouraged.

To to register, have your personal information, licenses, certifications, competencies, and contact information available.

Contact the Minnesota Responds Volunteer Coordinator, Jen Nelson, at Southwest Health & Human Services at 507-829-0227. To register on-line, go to and click on “Register Now.” For the organization information, click on the county in which you live and select SWHHS MN Responds Volunteer Group.


Help others struggling with coronavirus challenges

In response to residents and organizations overwhelmed by challenges related to the coronavirus, the Luverne Area Chamber is lining up volunteers to shop and/or deliver for those individuals who are unable to leave their homes.

The intent is to coordinate this as a service to residents supporting our local businesses. A protocol will minimize contact between volunteers and people requesting services. To join the list of volunteers, call the Chamber at (507)-283-4061.


Hospice dinner and auction rescheduled

       Sanford Luverne Hospice Dinner and Auction scheduled for April 18 has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29. Ticketholders should save their tickets to use at the rescheduled event. Raffle drawings for the Blue Mound Quilters quilt and the cash raffle have been rescheduled for Aug. 29 also. Call the Hospice office at 507-283-1895 or email Helen Saum at with questions.





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