Community calendar for Aug. 17, 2017


Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, in St. John Lutheran Church for a program explaining Rock Steady Boxing.

MS Support Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug 17, at Southwest Health and Human Services in Luverne. All persons with MS, family and friends are invited. For info call 283-2069 or 283-2964.

United States Bowling Congress (USBC) meeting will be at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in Luverne Lanes.

Rock County DFL Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Human Services building on Roundwind Road. Everyone welcome.

Meditation and Mindfulness Practice meets at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday in the lower level of Hilger Commons at 215 N. Cedar Street in Luverne. For more information call Kim at 507-353-0041 or email

Hardwick Goal Seekers meet every Monday in Hardwick City Hall for the purpose of support and encouragement for weight loss journeys. Weigh-in begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Call Glenda, 449-0568, with questions.

Narcotics Anonymous will meet every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Steen Reformed Church. Contact Robert for more information 507-329-2642.

Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Mondays in the United Methodist Church.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Fridays and for basic text study at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the basement of St. Catherine Catholic Rectory, 203 E. Brown St., Luverne. Use east door. For more information call 507-220-0137.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in the United Methodist Church, Luverne. Call 605-321-4324.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 8 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in Runals Memorial Hall, Edgerton. Call Naomi, 507-215-2956.


Public meetings for water plan set

Two public meetings are scheduled to gain Rock County residents’ input in the One Watershed-One Plan initiative.

Each meeting consists of a 30-minute information session followed by self-guided information stations on various conservation measures and focuses.

Participants vote for their top concern or focus for the final comprehensive water plan being assembled by area soil and water conservation districts located in the Missouri River Basin Watershed, including all of Rock County.

The first meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Hickory Lodge, 2015 N. Humiston Ave., in Worthington.

The second meeting is from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Pipestone County Emergency Services building, 811 Fifth St. SE, Pipestone.

For more information contact the Rock County Land Management Office, 507-283-8862.


Road closure from Manley to I-90

County Highway 17 (20th Avenue) between Manley and I-90 is closed for the construction of a new bridge over the Beaver Creek. The project will take 10-14 weeks. Motorists should use County Highway 4 to Manley during the closure. Call 507-283-5010 with questions.


Register new students to Luverne schools

New residents to Luverne School District 2184 should come to respective school offices and register students for the 2017-2018 school year. To register for the high school/middle school, call for an appointment at 507-283-4491 for students in grades six-12 this year.

The elementary school will be open for new students to register starting Monday, Aug. 7. Parents with elementary students may call 507-283-4497. School starts Tuesday, Sept. 5.


Food ministry Aug. 17

New Life Celebration Church monthly food ministry will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, in the Luverne Senior Center for those having trouble putting food on the table. Children are asked to wait outside. Call 283-4366.


‘Sounds of Strings’ at Hinkly House Aug. 17

Harold Tilstra will perform “Sounds of Strings” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Hinkly House. A reception will follow. Freewill donations are appreciated.

The Victorian home is also open from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays during the summer.



Learn about mammals of the Mounds Aug. 18

Learn about the tracks and trails of common mammals at Blue Mounds State Park. Meet at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, in the amphitheater at Blue Mounds State Park. Bring a camp chair or blanket.


Historic quarry hike Aug. 19

Learn the history behind man’s relationship with the rocks of Blue Mounds with a  slow-paced hike of less than a mile with some rocky areas and stepping down required. This guided tour will explore the Historic Quarry Trail on the south end of the park. Meet at the climbers’ parking lot, (second parking lot on County Road 8) at 10 a.m. Aug. 19.


UMC Community Meal will be Aug. 23

The United Methodist Church in Luverne will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m.


Build a Bison: Hooves to Horns on Aug. 25

Help a naturalist “build” a bison by transforming an audience member through dress-up. This program is for youth of all ages to learn the anatomy of a bison and what makes this animal perfect for the prairie. Meet at 7 p.m. or Friday, Aug. 25, in the ampitheater at Blue Mounds State Park. Bring a chair or blanket.


Prowling the Prairie Aug. 26

Join a park naturalist for a hike across the prairie to look for tracks, trails and other signs of wildlife. This two-mile hike will take visitors out to the bison viewing area and back. Meet at the visitor’s center parking lot at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.


GEP auditions

Aug. 27-28

Green Earth Players will host auditions for their November production, “Miracle on 34th Street” from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, and from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in the GEP building on Edgehill Street in Luverne.  Roles include three men, two women and one girl plus several extras.

Performances are set for Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 16-19 at the Palace Theatre.


Library hosts singer-songwriter Marian Call Aug. 28

Singer-songwriter Marian Call will play a family concert at the Rock County Library at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28.  She entertains with songs about science, spaceships, princesses, avocados, love, etc. All ages are welcome at the free event. Tips are appreciated. To see some of Call’s videos, visit


Climate Change Book Club meeting

Rock County Community Library will host a three-part event on climate change this fall.

An information meeting will be 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the library.

The event is free and open to the public.

Participants read three books about three weather-related disasters. Library staff and two weather scientists will lead the discussions and preventive measures.

For more information or to sign up for the book club, contact library director Serena Gutnik at 507-449-5040.


Walking Military Memorial downtown

More than 40 Luverne businesses are participating in a Walking Military Memorial on Main Street. The displays, presented by Remember Rally, include photos, banners, information and uniforms, as a way to thank all our military. The displays will remain until fall.


Community Ed

Community Education Summer Office hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, closed on Fridays.

Discovery Time Preschool registration for Fall 2017 is open. Call 283-4724 for more information.

Defensive Driving refresher classes are Aug. 24. The next full eight-hour class is Nov. 6 and 13.

Preschool Classes for ages 3–5 is now opening registration for Fall of 2018.

Half day Preschool classes are offered during the school year for children who are 3 years old up to kindergarten age. Enrollments are accepted throughout the school year.

Age is determined as of Sept. 1 of school year. Free or reduced rates are available if income guidelines are met. Call 283-4724 for more information.  New addition is 5 days of preschool for children age 4 and older.

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