Community Calendar Feb. 17, 2022


The Town and Country Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the First Presbyterian Church friendship room in Luverne. Louella Voigt is in charge of the meeting about online resources to answer gardening questions. Call 507-597-6378 for more information.


New Life food giveaway moves to ATLAS

New Life Celebration Church’s third Thursday monthly food giveaway is now at the ATLAS building at 101 W. Maple Street in Luverne. The next distribution is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.

Enter from Maple Street and stay along the WEST side of the building. (Do not block the Redeemed Remnants parking lot.) Food will be loaded into vehicles which will then exit via the alley going WEST toward Estey Street. Call 507-283-4366 with questions.


Food for seniors Feb. 17

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) 60 and older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN, will distribute food from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, drive-thru style in the parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln, Luverne. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 to register.


Community meal is Feb. 23

The Free Community Meal is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Luverne United Methodist Church, 109 N. Freeman Ave. A pick-up option is available. For more information contact the church office at 507-283-4529.


Blood drive Feb. 22 in Luverne

The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Living Rock Church fellowship hall. NOTE the new location. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: LuverneMN.


Mobile dental clinics scheduled

Mobile dental clinics will be in Luverne Wednesdays, March 9 and April 6 and Thursday, April 7, at the Rock County Health and Human Services community room. These clinics provide dental care for adults and children ages infant through age 17. Call 612-746-1530 to schedule an appointment. All forms of insurance accepted. The clinics are organized by the #Luv1LuvAll initiative, Rock County Oral Health Task Force.


Community Ed

Call Cindy at Luverne Community Education, 507-283-4724, to register for classes. Community Ed’s website is, select Luverne Community Education under schools.

Register now for the Defensive Driving Refresher class to be held on Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm. $28.

Register by Feb. 25 for Footloose at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre on March 26. Fee is $115/person for this chartered bus trip.

Family Game Time for kindergarten through Grade 12 is Feb. 24 at the Library. Fee is $10 per family.

Weight Lifting Intro will have class instructor Courtney DeBoer introduce various entry/moderate level lifts and exercises along with proper technique. Class conducted in the new middle-high school weight room. Cost is $10.

Students in grades 5 – 8 that are interested in acting or working behind the scenes can sign up for Intro to Theatre on Feb. 24. $12.

Ambulance Tour & CPR Class is Feb. 28. Hands-only CPR training will also be taught during class. Fee is $5.


Rock County Library Happenings

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

The 2022 Winter Reading Program, “Catch a Keeper at your Library,” is currently under way and goes through March 31. Read or listen to 12 books checked out from the Rock County Library and win a fabulous prize. Winter Reading Bingo will also be played. Bingo sheets are available now at the library.

Story Time with Bronwyn takes place 10:30 a.m. Fridays through April 29. No story time on Feb. 18.

The last of the three-part Seed Saving is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19.

Who says kids get to have all the fun? An Adult Show and Tell will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Take 16. Bring an item (or items) to tell us about or perhaps a story or two. It will be a fun and relaxing evening of sharing tales of local brews.

Bring your creative selves to Bad Art Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Take 16, and compete to see who can make the worst piece of art with provided supplies. The less artistic ability you have, the better. Prizes will be awarded.

Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Take 16 in Luverne. Team registration begins at 6 p.m.

Reminiscence Kits are available featuring various topics such as gardening, pets, baking, sewing, farming and hunting. The kits are designed to use with a loved one experiencing memory loss, encouraging the loved one to open up about activities they once loved in the past.


Free tax preparation at library

AARP volunteers will offer free tax preparation for low-income and seniors at the Rock County Library on Mondays through April 15. Call 507-449-5040 for appointments. Bring documents, including last year’s tax return and a form of identification to document social security number. Masks are required.


Goehle gym open Sundays through March 27

The Hugo Goehle gymnasium in Hills is open for public recreation from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays now through March 27.


Tack swap March 5 at Rock Ranch

A tack swap benefit is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Rock Ranch near Hills. Organizers are seeking individuals in selling horse-related items or sharing business or service information by reserving a booth. The event is a fundraiser for two area 4-H families: Mark and Lisa Ehlers of Luverne and Wyatt and the late Tanya Fey of Woodstock. Call Kris Vanderbrink at 507-350-9209 to reserve a booth.


Winter Carnival scheduled for March 5

Luverne Music Boosters Winter Carnival, which was scheduled for Jan. 22, is tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, March 5.


Online mental health classes continue

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will offer free online mental health classes in February. The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with mental illness, service providers and also for the general public. Go to and click on “classes.”


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


Nominations sought for Rock County Hall of Fame

The Rock County Historical Society’s Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the 2022 induction of current and former residents.

Nominees must have a significant identity with Rock County and have made an exceptional contribution to society, achieved exceptional success, and brought honor and prestige beyond the borders of Minnesota.

Nominations are accepted now through Feb. 28, 2022. Forms are available at The History Center, Luverne Area Chamber or online at or An awards presentation is scheduled for July 17, 2022.


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