Community Calendar June 11, 2020


Grand Prairie Cemetery Association annual meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Grand Prairie Cemetery. In case of rain, the meeting will be in the office room of Orv and Son Plumbing in Ellsworth. Social distancing will be observed. Call 507-290-0368.


Senior nutrition

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 and older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in the parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln in Luverne. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for more information, pre-registration required, if not already enrolled.


New Life Celebration food giveaway June 18

The monthly food give-away sponsored by New Life Celebration Church will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in the Generations parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln St, Luverne.

Recipients are asked to stay in their vehicles and drive passed the double glass doors on the building’s west side. Volunteers will load the groceries.

Recipients who walk are to go to east side of the building, where volunteers have pre-packed bags for pickup. For more information, call 507-283-4366.


History Center opening with limited hours

The Rock County History Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday starting June 2. Some safety precautions — with masks and gloves available — will be in place to protect against the spread of coronavirus. The phone number is 507-283-2122.


Community Education

Luverne Community Ed is taking registrations now with payment. Use drop box to left of outside door or mail to 709 N. Kniss Ave. Call 507-283-4724.

School of Fish - June 12, page 8 for students who have completed second grade and older, with or without a parent - moved to Elementary Commons for social distancing.

Register by June 16 for Paint & Plant; the Story Writing & Illustrating; Cool Off & Paint from 5 to 7 p .m. June 24 at Coffey Contemporary Arts.

Free Technology Classes page 12 … iPhone/iPads, Live Streaming, Computer Safety, Emotions and Money

Play Dates in the Park page 8 NEW START DATE June 15

Refresher Class Defensive Driving on June 25 see page 17

Wait to register for summer rec (Pages 20-33) and other Com Ed Classes (pages 8-17) that are not mentioned above. Larger group activities will not be held in June. T-ball, baseball, softball and possibly a few other activities will be offered July 6-31, along with soccer in August. Registrations will begin the week of June 22, if allowed.

Watch Facebook, website, local radio and newspaper for updates and any revised class dates.

These classes are canceled: Morning Rec, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Science Day Camp, Garden Tour, Twins Trip & Music Man Trip.

Things may change. Community Education will be following the state/school guidelines. Watch for future announcements on website, Facebook, newspaper and radio.


Volunteers needed for ‘Minnesota Responds’

Minnesota Responds is a partnership of local and statewide volunteers to assist healthcare systems in emergencies that can overwhelm hospitals and clinics and improve overall response capabilities.

Minnesota Responds is recruiting medical (RNs, LPNs, CNAs) and others with medical type backgrounds, such as veterinary, dental, chiropractor and others. “Non-medical” volunteers are also needed to contribute skills and expertise during the COVID-19 crisis. We are looking for individuals that are working or retired and willing to offer assistance. An individual DOES NOT HAVE to be in the health care field. Anyone interested in helping the community is encouraged.

To to register, have your personal information, licenses, certifications, competencies, and contact information available.

Contact the Minnesota Responds Volunteer Coordinator, Jen Nelson, at Southwest Health & Human Services at 507-829-0227. To register on-line, go to and click on “Register Now.” For the organization information, click on the county in which you live and select SWHHS MN Responds Volunteer Group.


Help others struggling with coronavirus challenges

In response to residents and organizations overwhelmed by challenges related to the coronavirus, the Luverne Area Chamber is lining up volunteers to shop and/or deliver for those individuals who are unable to leave their homes.

The intent is to coordinate this as a service to residents supporting our local businesses. A protocol will minimize contact between volunteers and people requesting services. To join the list of volunteers, call the Chamber at (507)-283-4061.


Hospice dinner and auction rescheduled

Sanford Luverne Hospice Dinner and Auction scheduled for April 18 has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29. Ticketholders should save their tickets to use at the rescheduled event. Raffle drawings for the Blue Mound Quilters quilt and the cash raffle have been rescheduled for Aug. 29 also. Call the Hospice office at 507-283-1895 or email Helen Saum at with questions.

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