Community Calendar May 28, 2020

A note about community events:

The Announcer and Star Herald will not list the activities and events that are canceled; it is assumed that most planned gatherings are canceled, per CDC mandates for safe social distancing. However individual inquiries should be directed toward appropriate planners. See, for the latest coronavirus coverage.


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.


H-BC summer recreation 2020 canceled

Hills-Beaver Creek Community Education summer recreation for grades 3 and up has been canceled. All activity fees will be refunded. Personal checks will be destroyed and cash payments will be credited to the family lunch account. 

Please notify the elementary school secretary if a refund check is desired, 507-673-2541.


Drive-by farewell planned for H-BC Elementary

Hills-Beaver Creek families are welcome to attend the drive-by farewell for all H-BC Elementary staff and students from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, around the elementary school in Beaver Creek. Teachers will stand on the west lawn. A special focus will be on fifth-grade teacher Jason Blosmo and paraprofessional Ashley Syndergaard, who will leave H-BC. Participants are asked to stay in their cars.


Luverne blood drive June 1

The Community Blood Bank and Sanford Luverne will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at Sanford Luverne.

All donors will receive an event T-shirt and a $5 McDonald’s gift card.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 507-449-2321 or signing up online at: go/luvernecommunity.

Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health.

Only donors with scheduled appointments will be accepted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Community Education Summer Brochure

Luverne Community Ed is taking registrations now with payment – Use drop box to left of outside door or mail to 709 N. Kniss.

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.

Coffey Contemporary Arts Classes page 11

Paint & Plant; Story Writing & Illustrating; Cool Off & Paint

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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