Community Calendar Jan. 27, 2022

H-BC chili cook-off Feb. 4

The Hills-Beaver Creek FFA Chapter will host a Chili Cook-off Friday, Feb. 4, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Vote for the hottest chili, judges’ choice and fan favorite. The event, which includes a silent auction, raises funds for the chapter’s trip to the state convention this spring and the national convention this fall.


Free bake-at-home pizzas distributed Feb. 12

The Christian Motorcyclist Association will offer free bake-at-home Luverne Pizza Ranch pizzas at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Living Rock Church on East Main Street in Luverne. The drive-through style event is CMA’s gesture to “share the love of Jesus” with the community.

This year, more than 400 pizzas are available until they’re gone to anyone in the community who wants one. No sign-up necessary. Call 605-366-9942 if there are questions.


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 the Rock Ranch near Hills. Organizers are seeking individuals interested in selling horse-related items or sharing business or service information by reserving a booth. The free-will donation 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 postponed

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


Free tax preparation

AARP volunteers will offer free tax preparation for low-income and seniors at the Rock County Library on Mondays starting Feb. 9 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 required.


Online mental health classes

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will offer free online mental health classes for January and February.

 Among them are suicide prevention classes called QPR – Question, Persuade and Refer — plus a special one for ag communities.

The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers and also for the general public. Go to and click on Classes.”


Community Ed
Call Cindy at Community Ed, 507-283-4724, to register for classes.
Community Ed website is

Winter Session of Student Driver Education begins Jan. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. The fee is $355, which includes 30 hours of classroom and six hours of behind the wheel instruction.

Register by Feb. 1 for Pretty Princess Gala on Feb. 15, a fundraiser event sponsored by the FFLCA club for girls age 4 through grade 3, featuring a tea party, manicures, crafts, photo shoot and more. Fee is $20.

First Aid/CPR/AED Certification Class is Feb. 3.  Fee is $58. Do the online portion ahead of Feb. 3 at and take that certificate to class. Manikin practice and written test will be Feb. 3.

Valentine’s Day Kids in the Kitchen is Feb. 3 for students in grades K-5. Fee is $16 (or $28 for two).

Softball Camp begins on Feb. 10 for six sessions for girls in grades K-8 who are interested in being catchers and pitchers to learn and practice their skills (experienced or inexperienced). Sign up by Feb. 1 at the lower fee of $60.

Valentine Painting for students in grades 1-4 will meet Feb. 10 at Coffey Contemporary Arts to create a painting and enjoy yummy snacks. Fee is $33.

Try your hand on a pottery wheel at Give Spinning a Try on Feb. 12 for grades 5 through adult. You will have plenty of time to play with the clay. Fee is $15. (If you do want to take your piece of clay home at the end of class, bring $10 to give to instructor.)

Defensive Driving Refresher 4-hour class is Feb. 17 for those who have taken the beginning 8-hour class and need to renew certification.

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

Students ages 3-12 years old will learn to play the orff instruments (smaller version of xylophone) at Melodious Mallets. Class begins Feb. 4 and culminates with the Luverne Street Music Spring Showcase in May. Fee is $100 for 16 lessons.

Register by Feb. 9 for the ACT Prep class that begins Feb.24 for juniors and seniors. Fee is $125.


Happenings at the Rock County Library

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.

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.


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


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.


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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