Community Calendar Sept. 9, 2021


Rock County People First will meet Monday, Sept. 13, in Luverne Pizza Ranch for a 5:30 p.m. meal and 6:30 p.m. meeting.

Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the township hall.

Battle Plain Township Board will meet 7:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the home of Justin Prins.

Vienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Kenneth Community Center.


‘Programming Outside the Library Walls’ event Sept. 9

The Rock County Library received a grant through the American Library Association to develop programming outside the walls of the library. Rock County Library Director Calla Jarvie will lead discussion about how to use lessons from the pandemic to continue offering library resources online for those who can benefit from it. Community members are encouraged to be part of the conversation, “Programming Outside the Library Walls,” set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.


Hospice memorial service Sept. 9

Sanford Luverne Hospice will host a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Luverne City Park to remember those who died under the hospice program August 2020 through August 2021.

Family and friends are invited to attend the service, which will include a butterfly release. Call 507-283-1805 with questions.      


Friends of Library book sale starts Sept.16

The Rock County Community Library will offer a fall book sale from Thursday, Sept. 16, through Saturday, Sept. 18, in the library basement. Hours on Thursday are 10 a.m. to 7 :30 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Saturday bag sale is from 10 a.m. to 1 :30 p.m. A special time of 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday is open for Friends of the Library to shop. Anyone wanting to join Friends of the Library may do so at the door Wednesday evening and take advantage of early shopping. Books may be donated to the library any day the library is open. Not accepted are encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest books and VHS or cassette tapes.


Free food offered Sept. 16

New Life Celebration Church will offer free food at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Generations Building on East Lincoln Street in Luverne. Vehicles should enter the west parking lot from Lincoln Street and drive to the double glass doors on the west side of the building where volunteers will load groceries into cars. Walkers should receive their pre-packaged groceries on the east side of the building. Call 507-283-4366.


Free food for seniors offered Sept. 16

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, Sept. 16, as a drive thru distribution in the parking lot at  319 E. Lincoln, Luverne. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for more information. Pre-registration is required


‘Out of the Darkness’ walk and Kevin Hines speaker Sept. 18

Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk will be at Saturday, Sept. 18, on the Luverne High School track with registration and open comments at 7 a.m. and walk starting at 8. Suicide survivor Kevin Kines event was postponed until Sept. 18 when he will speak that evening in the new Luverne High School performing arts center. It’s free and open to the public.

Register for the walk at Money raised through the event will be used for community education and training about suicide prevention research.


Blue Mound Church Fall Festival Sept. 19

The Blue Mound Lutheran Church annual fall festival will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the rural church northeast of Luverne. It’s the 149th anniversary of the founding of the church. Guest pastor is the Rev. Craig Grams from Sioux Falls. A catered dinner will follow the worship service. All are invited. Call Dick and Dolly Remme, 507-283-8966, with questions.


New school open house and tours Sept. 19

The community of Luverne, the Luverne School District and surrounding area are invited to the Luverne School District open house of the newly remodeled areas and new construction from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. With construction nearing final completion, the Board of Education will showcase the additions, remodeling and new learning spaces. Guided and self-guided tours will be available. Light refreshments will be served.


Historical Society Sept. 20 event features story of Dick Wildung and Minnesota Gophers 

The Rock County Historical Society annual banquet and program will be Monday, Sept. 20, in Luverne. Social hour is at 5:30 and the meal is at 6 p.m. at Sterling’s.

The 7:15 program at the Palace Theatre features author and journalist Danny Spewak who shares the story of the 1941 Gopher National Championship football team. His book, “From the Gridiron to the Battlefield,” chronicles Minnesota’s March to a college football title and into World War II.

Two-time All-American and Gopher great Dick Wildung, a Luverne High School grad, is part of the program. Reserve banquet tickets by Sept. 17 at the History Center, 507-283-2122, or email The program at the Palace is free.


Luverne Community Education

Luverne Community Education will offer the following classes and activities. Call 507-283-4724 or visit the website:

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes designed for parents and children birth to age 5 begin meeting for their Fall Session on Sept. 12. Choose from three morning classes and one evening class. Meet other families and learn more about child development and tips to help you as a parent.

Fall gymnastics for participants ages 4 through grade 6 will be Sept. 13-16. Fee is $50 for K-6 and $36 for preschool.

Vinyasa Flow Express yoga meets at 5:30 p.m. beginning Sept.13 for 6 weeks. Fee is $48.

Junior Cardinal Cross Country Team for students in grades K-6 is from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on Sept. 14. Participants will run their own race at the end of the home cross country meet on their last day.

Grades 1-4 Volleyball will teach basics of volleyball on Sept. 20, 23, and 27. Fee is $15.

Pick up your chunk of clay the week of Sept. 27 for Distance Learning with Clay. Take it home with instructions to create your bowl, plate, animal, cup, etc. Then schedule your appointment at Deuschle Studio from Oct. 4-16 to color and fire your project. Fee is $20 which includes all materials.

Parents with children ages 0-5 will enjoy the animals and activities at Fall Time Fun at Harmony Gardens Tuesday, Sept. 28. Registration is required by Sept. 21. Fee is $9/child.

Grades 5-6 Volleyball begins Sept. 30 for eight after-school sessions. Fee is $25.


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. Nominees should also exhibit quality in character and action as to be outstanding role models for the county’s citizens. 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.


Take and Make bird treat kits

Stop by the Luverne Area Chamber at 213 East Luverne Street to pick up one or more Take and Make bird treat kits. Kits are free, but a $5 to $10 donation is welcome to benefit Project Food Forest in Rock County. (Or donate online at

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