Community calendar for Aug. 31, 2017


Luverne Special Oympics Bowling is from 3 to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 5 at Luverne Lanes.

Springwater Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the home of Township Clerk and Treasurer Teresa Kramer.

The Green Earth Players annual meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Green Earth Players building at 401 West Edgehill Street in Luverne.

Sanford Luverne Pink Ladies will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Blue Mound Room at Sanford Luverne Hospital.

Rock County VFW Post 2757 will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Rock County Military Museum.

American Legion and Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the post home.

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.


Watch for Fall Community Ed brochure

The Community Education Fall brochure will be published in the Luverne Announcer Labor Day Weekend.


Donate books for Friends of Library sale

The Friends of the Library are now collecting books until Sept. 16 for the upcoming book sale Sept. 20-23 at the Rock County Library. Accepted items include audio tapes, records, CDs, hardcover and paperback books. Items not accepted are encyclopedias and textbooks. 


Soil health and cover crops info day Sept. 5

Rock County SWCD, NRCS, Express Ag and the University of Minnesota Extension will host a cover crop, soil health and livestock information day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Tom Fick Family Farm at 1157 110th Ave. near Luverne. Lunch will be available per RSVP to Rock County Soil and Water Conservation Office by Aug. 31. Call 507-283-8862.


Bank Night movie ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Sept. 7

The free Bank Nite movie, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid — The Long Haul,” rated PG, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Palace Theatre in Luverne.

Sponsored by First Farmers & Merchants National Bank and Papik Motors, a free, family-friendly movie is shown on the first Thursday of every month as it was done for “Bank Nite” in the 1930s. A cash prize drawing will follow the movie. Must be present to win.


Cardinal Gold’n Bowl football Sept. 8

Luverne Cardinal football players will face Jackson County Central Friday, Sept. 8, on the Luverne High School football field.

Grilled chicken sandwiches and chips will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. for $3 as a fundraiser for Luverne athletics programs and the Luverne Area Chamber. Chicken is donated by Gold’n Plump and buns and chips are donated by Teal’s Market.


Help design Luverne’s downtown plaza

The Committee working on Luverne’s downtown plaza concept will meet again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the lower level of the Chamber. The Plaza Committee is tasked with developing a concept for size, type, possible locations, amenities and possible programming, and public input is needed in the process. Anyone is welcome to attend and share ideas.


Could Luverne be a nutcracker destination?

The committee working on Luverne’s destination branding is focusing on how to build Luverne as a nutcracker destination. The public is encouraged to help with the process at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Chamber in the lower level.  This meeting will focus on expanding the nutcracker theme this holiday season and working on ideas for making Luverne a nutcracker destination.


Labor Day weekend at the Blue Mounds

Friday, Sept. 1:

•Mammals of the Mounds – Learn about common mammals at Blue Mounds State Park. Meet at 4 p.m. in the campground amphitheater and bring a camp chair or blanket as seating is limited.

•Twilight to Starlight: Moonlit Hike – Meet at 8 p.m. at the picnic area at the end of the main park road (left when leaving the campground and cart-in sites) for a 1.7-mile loop hike during dusk and twilight where we will look and listen for critters of the night by the light of the moon.  Bring along a headlamp or flashlight comfortable shoes. Trail is a bit uneven in places.

Saturday, Sept. 2:

Geology ROCKS!

Meet at 10 a.m. at the visitors center parking lot off County Highway 8 for a less-than-one-mile, slow-paced guided hike with an emphasis on the geology at Blue Mounds State Park. Bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water. The trail may be rocky and uneven and require stepping down and up.

Bison Tales: The Story of the Blue Mounds Bison – Learn how the bison herd at the park began and what the future may hold for the Blue Mounds star species. Meet at 6 p.m. in the campground amphitheater and bring a camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited. 

Sunday, Sept. 3

Build a Bison: From Hooves to Horns – Help a naturalist "build" a bison by transforming an audience member through dress-up. Meet in the amphitheater and bring a camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited. This program is tailor-made for youth of all ages to learn the anatomy of a bison and what makes this unique animal perfect for the prairie.

Gimmie S’More Campfire Stories! – Nothing says Labor Day weekend like s’mores and a campfire! Join the park naturalist for some tasty, melty s’mores! We’ll talk about the history of Blue Mounds State Park and about the park’s star attraction, the American Plains Bison. Meet at 8 p.m. in the campground amphitheater and bring a roasting stick and a camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited. Unable to accommodate special diets.


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.

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

Parents with children ages 0-5 are invited on Tuesday evening (Sept. 5) to ECFE classroom which includes art, sensory areas, puzzles, games, dramatic play and manipulatives. On Thursday morning (Sept. 7), dress to have fun in the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.  No fee, but registration requested.

Cheer Camp will be held for students in grades K-5 on Friday, Sept. 8.  Fee is $12.

Basketball for grades 4-6 traveling team registration needs to be done by Sept. 9 this year.  Parents will do an online registration and pay the fee online.  More details will be in the brochure.

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