Community calendar March 17, 2022


Compassionate Friends will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the Luverne Area Community Foundation Office next to the Palace Theatre. The group provides support, understanding and hope to grieving parents and grandparents after a child dies — of any age and any cause. The meetings are free, confidential and open to anyone interested. Call 605-254-2072 or email

Town and Country Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Presbyterian Church Friendship Room for a program on propagating plants. Call 507-597-6378 for more information.


Library hosts Farm Week

Rock County Farm Bureau and the Rock County Library have teamed up for “Farm Week at the Library” March 21-25 to celebrate local farmers.

•Monday, March 21: Giveaways and forms given out for the coloring contest. Patrons are encouraged to bring in farm toys and/or wear farm shirts and tell library staff about the items.

•Tuesday, March 22: Farm scavenger hunt at the library.

•Wednesday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. story time with special guest and local farmer Peter Bakken.

•Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. farm movie “Charlotte’s Web,” a 94-minute animated movie. Snacks are provided.

•Friday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. story time with Bronwyn. Coloring contest winners will be announced along with book giveaway winners.


Free food for seniors March 17

A.C.E. of SW MN will offer Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) 60 and older from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in a drive-through format in the parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln, Luverne. Household income guidelines have changed. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for more information. Pre-registration is required.


New Life offers food at ATLAS March 17

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, March 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.


Community Ed seeks info by March 21

The summer Luverne Community Education brochure will be published in May, and those with ideas for requests for classes should email or call 283-4724. Those wishing to teach a class or update information for class should email

All information is due by March 21. The most recent brochure (and past brochures) is at under the Community Education tab.


Kindergarten Round-Up is March 24

Luverne Kindergarten Round-Up will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Luverne Elementary School. Parents and children will participate in an informal “meet and greet” open house. A staggered schedule is as follows:

•5:30 to 6 p.m. for last names beginning with A-G

•6 to 6:30 for last names beginning with H-M

•6:30 to 7 for N-Z

Children must be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2022, to register for kindergarten. Call 507-283-4497 with questions.


‘More than Sad’ suicide information March 28

Cassie Linkenmeyer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be in Luverne again from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Luverne Community Education. Parents, educators and students will learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate conversations and get help. Register by calling 507-283-4742. Fee is $5.


Free tax prep at library

AARP volunteers offer free tax preparation for low-income individuals 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.


Mobile dental clinics scheduled

Mobile dental clinics will be in Luverne Wednesday, 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 100. 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.

Students in grades K-12 can sign up now for summer community ed T-ball, baseball or softball before March 28. Fees are lower in March and this ensures placement on a team.

Children ages 2-5 with parent will enjoy Open Gym on March 18. There is no fee, but registration is required.


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 is at 10:30 a.m. Fridays through April 29.

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.


Sanford Health accepting scholarships

Students in select Sanford Health Network locations are invited to apply for a health network scholarship. The $2,000 scholarships are for students pursuing a post-secondary degree in a health care-related field. Each participating Sanford network facility will sponsor one student with a scholarship. Email for info.


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.


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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