Community Calendar August 18, 2016

MS Support Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, in the Southwest Health and Human Services in Luverne. All persons with MS, family and friends are invited. Call 283-2069 or 283-2964.

Thrivent Financial Board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at The Bluestem.

Luverne Bowling Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at the Luverne Lanes. Leagues are available and all bowlers are welcome.

Grand Prairie Cemetery Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Grand Prairie Cemetery. In case of rain, the meeting will be in the back room of Orv and Sons Plumbing in Ellsworth.

Green Earth Players annual meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the Green Earth Players building at 401 W. Edgehill St., Luverne.

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 basement. Use the east entrance.

Al-Anon meets from 6:30 to  7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Buffalo Ridge Meeting Room (lower level) at the Sanford Medical Center in Luverne. Call Stephanie at 507-449-1246.

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 and Al-Anon meet from 8 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in Runals Memorial Hall, Edgerton. Call Naomi, 507-215-2956, with questions.

Luverne Lions will meet at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Blue Mound Banquet Center.

Mah Jongg Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rock County Community Library for all ability levels (including beginners).

Sound Cascade Sweet Adeline Chorus rehearses at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Washington Crossing Senior Living in Sioux Falls (east side of Sioux Falls). Call 507-597-6288 with questions.

Luverne Rotary meets at noon every Tuesday at the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne. Call Emily Crabtree at 220-2424.

Luverne Optimist Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month in the Howling Dog Saloon, Luverne.

Denver Township meets at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday each month at the City Hall in Hardwick.

Luverne Township Board meets at 9 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month in the Rock County Community Library.

Mound Township Board meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday each month at the Rock County Highway Building, Luverne.

Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Habitat Office located in the alley entrance of 126 East Main Street. Visitors are Welcome. Call 507-215-2091 for further information.


Hwy. 15 closed for bridge construction

Rock County Highway 15 (61st Street) will be closed 1 1/2 miles east of Kanaranzi for new bridge construction over Kanaranzi Creek. Construction began Aug. 9, and a signed detour will be in place during the 10 to 14 weeks of construction. For more information contact engineer Mark Sehr at 507-283-5010.


Museum closed for move to History Center

The Rock County Museum on North Freeman Avenue is now closed in order to move displays to the new History Center opening this fall in downtown Luverne. The Rock County Historical Society can still be reached at 283-2122 and at

To volunteer help with the move, contact Historical Society President Betty Mann at 283-2913.


Luverne School District #2184 registration for 2016-2017 school year

New residents to Luverne School District #2184 should come to respective school offices and register students for school year 2016-2017.

The High School/Middle School Office is open for new students to register. Call 507-283-4491 to make an appointment for grades 6-12.

The Elementary Office is now open for new students to register. Parents of elementary students grades K-5 can call 507-283-4497.

School starts Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.


Hinkly House summer night of music Aug. 18

Trumpeters David Nelson and Hans Bakken will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Hinkly House on North Freeman Avenue. The event is part of the Hinkly House Summer Night of Music series.

The Victorian period home is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays through the month of August.


Library book sale Aug. 18 and 19

The Adrian branch of the Plum Creek Library System has hundreds of books to sell.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 19, at the old coop building at the corner of Maine Avenue and First Street. Cash and checks only.


Parkinson’s disease seminar set for Aug. 19 at St. John

In an effort to raise public awareness and improve services for those with Parkinson’s disease in the Luverne area, a free seminar is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at St. John Lutheran Church, 803 N. Cedar Street, Luverne.

Rose Wichmann, manager of the Parkinson’s Center, and Joan Gardner RN, clinic supervisor, will provide an update on Parkinson’s disease symptoms, treatment and practical strategies for coping with common challenges. Call Dianne Karlstad at 507-530-3307 0r 507-283-4255 to register.


Monarch butterflies deadline Aug. 19

Anyone interested in applying for the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project on private lands should contact the local NRCS District Conservationist, Kurt Halfmann, at 507-283-9146, Ext. 3, to submit an application by Aug. 19.


Transfer station open Saturday, Aug. 20

The Rock County Transfer Station will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Questions can be directed to the Rock County engineer Mark Sehr at 283-5010.


Rock River Beer Fest Aug. 20

Rock River Beer Fest celebration of craft beers and regional wines will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Blue Mound Ice Arena, Luverne. The event features beer and wine samples, a home brew contest (enter by Aug. 12), local foods and a stein-holding contest sponsored by the Star Herald.

Tickets and information are available at, in addition to the Luverne Chamber, Blue Mound Liquor and Take 16 Brewing Co., Luverne.


Luverne High School fall play tryouts Aug. 24

Luverne High School fall play auditions for “The Case of the Missing Gobbler” will be from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Luverne High School theater.

Contact Sharon Boltjes at with questions.


Free community meal Aug. 24

Serving will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne for the Fourth Wednesday Free Community Meal.


Afternoon Escape movie ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Aug. 25

The Palace Theatre will show “Eddie the Eagle” as the Afternoon Escape movie at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Admission is $5. The event is sponsored by Hartquist Funeral Home and Sterling’s Café and Grille.


Wood sculpture exhibit display exended to Aug. 29

The wood sculpture exhibit by sculptor Fred Cogelow of Willmar has been extended to Aug. 29, due to its popularity. It can be seen at the Brandenburg Gallery at 213 East Luverne Street, Luverne, through Aug. 29.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 507-283-1884 with questions.

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