Community events


Springwater Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the home of clerk Teresa Kramer.

American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the home of Dianna Tomlinson, 507-283-1934.

Town and Country garden club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the American Reformed Church parking lot to carpool to Worthington for a peony garden tour. To reserve a spot, call 507-597-6378.

Lady Luverne Red Hats will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, at St. Catherine’s east parking lot to carpool to the Butterfly House in Sioux Falls with lunch at Culver’s. Call Connie, 283-8470, by June 6 to RSVP.

Pink Ladies will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Hospice Cottage for a tour and meeting. Call Alvina, 283-2297, with questions.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 7 to 8 p.m. four days a week at St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne. Sundays — Big Book Study (open meeting); Tuesdays — Big Book Study (closed); Thursdays — 12-step study (closed); and Fridays — speaker meetings (open). Those with one year of continuous sobriety are invited to share their stories as a Friday speaker. Call 605-951-5264. (Note: No May 25 meeting due to statewide AA gathering.)

Narcotics Anonymous meets at a new time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the basement of St. Catherine Catholic Rectory, 203 E. Brown St., Luverne. Use east door. Call 507-220-0137 with questions.

Meditation and Mindfulness Practice meets the second and fourth Wednesdays in Hilger Commons at 215 N. Cedar Street in Luverne. For more information call Kim at 507-353-0041 or email

Hardwick Goal Seekers meet every Monday in Hardwick City Hall for the purpose of support and encouragement for weight loss journeys. Weigh-in begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Call Glenda, 449-0568, with questions.

Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Mondays in the United Methodist Church.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in the United Methodist Church, Luverne. Call 605-321-4324.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 8 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in Runals Memorial Hall, Edgerton. Call Naomi, 507-215-2956.


Blue Mound Quilters host quilt show at Hinkly House

The Blue Mound Quilters  will host a quilt show at the Hinkly House in Luverne during Buffalo Days weekend. Special showings are from 4-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

The regular meeting of the quilters will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the Hinkly House so members can pick up their quilts. New members are welcome.


Veterans Home program May 30

The Minnesota Veterans Home Memorial Day program will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the dining room. Chaplin Tom Voigt and featured speaker Staff Sergeant Darcy Lowman-Craig will present the program, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 123 and VFW Post 2727 of Luverne.


Men’s Community Prayer Breakfast is June 1

All men of the area are invited to the sixth annual Men’s Community Prayer Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne for good food, fellowship and prayer. Cost is $10 per person.


‘Tales from the Graves’ June 3

“Tales from the Graves #7” and a homemade pie and ice cream social will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the History Center on East Main Street. The event will take place at the History Center this year because the featured individuals are not buried in local cemeteries. Re-enactors will  again share their stories.

The homemade pie and ice cream social for a freewill donation will help support the work of the Rock County Historical Society.


Community Blood Drive June 4

Sanford Luverne and Community Blood Bank will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3-6 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Sanford Luverne. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parent consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. An I.D. is required. Donors will receive an All-Amercan Blood Drive T-shirt and a free meal. For more information visit or call Sanford Luverne at 507-283-2321.


Feedlot implant clinic June 5

Binford Feedlot will host an implant clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at 1377 170th Avenue, Luverne. It’s a free, hands-on demonstraton about proper implant management strategies. The event, sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health and Form-A-Feed, will also demonstrate chute side implanting on live cattle.

The clinic qualifies for Minnesota Beef Quality Assurance recertification. Rock Nobles Cattlemen will serve lunch. Register by June 1 at or call 605-999-8564.


Luverne Farmers Market starts June 7

Luverne Farmers Market will be from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday from June 7 through Oct. 25, rain or shine, at Redbird Field just south of East Main Street.

Vendors now accept debit cards, credit cards, SNAP and EBT.

Kids are again welcome to participate in the Power of Produce Club. New vendors are always welcome. Register at the Luverne Chamber office, 283-4061.


Nature walk at Touch the Sky June 9

Ethno-botanist Jeffrey Emmel will host a nature walk at Touch the Sky Prairie at 1023 171st Street north and west of Luverne beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9. The first 100 children in attendance will receive a free butterfly net, courtesy of the Luverne Convention and Visitors Bureau. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.


Bus trip to Twins game June 23

Luverne Community Ed still has nine seats available on a bus to the Minnesota Twins game Saturday, June 23. Seats are in rows 1-4 in the shaded family section straight out from third base. Tickets include a hot dog and soda at the game. The bus will stop for breakfast at McDonald’s in Mankato and for supper at the Pizza Ranch with those meals at individual cost. Cost is $96 per person. Call 507-283-4724 to reserve seats.


Rock County Library announces summer reading program

The Rock County Community Library is excited to launch its 2018 summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” The program is open to ages Pre-K through grade 12.

During June and July the library will host a variety of events for families to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants will win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

Registration starts Tuesday, May 29. For more information call the library at 507-449-5040.


Wanted: Community service projects

Rock County youth are setting aside June 25-29, 2018, for “Service Over Self” to assist individuals and/or organizations with projects around Rock County. If you have a project, call 507-283-9664.


Train to become a youth firearms teacher

The Minnesota DNR needs more youth firearms instructors to offer youth gun safety classes in Rock County. Training class to become a certified volunteer instructor to teach the field day for the online firearms safety course, as well as to teach in the classroom, is offered through the DNR. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check. Register for this class at Go to the Education and Safety Tab, click on Safety Training Instructors. Call Com. Ed. at 283-4724 to carpool to July 30 class in Marshall. Contact jennifer.mueller@ with questions.


Register for 2018-19 Little Lambs Preschool

Little Lambs Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration materials may be picked up at the preschool or at St. John Lutheran Church office, at 803 N. Cedar Street in Luverne or online at at Little Lambs link. Call 283-2316 with questions, or email Little Lambs is an Equal Opportunity preschool.


Community Ed

Community Ed contact info: or 507-283-4724.

Summer Community Ed hours:  7:30 to 4:00 Monday through Thursday.  Closed on Fridays.  Closed July 16-27 (last 2 weeks in July).

The Luverne Community Education summer brochure is online at the Luverne School websiteSign up for summer rec activities like morning rec, arts & crafts grades K-3, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, track.

Learning to Budget class is June 6 to find out tips to develop a plan to manage your money. Class is offered at noon or at 6 p.m., so you are welcome to bring your lunch/dinner to eat while you are at class.   Fee is $5.

Michelle Schuman from Prairie Rehab offers a 10-Minute Trainer Summer Exercise Challenge that begins Wednesday, June 6.  Fee is $15 for 8-week challenge.

We’re Going on a Scavenger Hunt is a Friday morning, June 8, adventure day camp put on by 4-H members.  Fee is $15 for students who attended grades 1-4 during the past school year.

Introduction to Horsemanship for students who attended grades 3-6 will be June 11 or June 22. Dress to interact with horses. Fee is $15 for one session.

Make a Reclaimed Wood Project on June 14.  Fee is $18.  Open to adults and children who attended grade 2 and older. 

Send your child grades 1-5 (as attended during 2017-18) to Make a Mess Science class June 18-20.  Fee is $30.

Rock County Master Gardeners will host a Garden Tour on June 19. Fee is $10 prepaid by June 14.

Two different 6 session clay classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 19.  Students grades 5–adult who would like to learn hand building and wheel throwing may register for Play with Clay. Fee is $49, plus a $15 material fee.  Students in grades 4–adult will learn hand building techniques creating pinch pots and slab thrown trays and pots at Pinch, Pull, Pat With Clay.  Fee is $35 plus $15 material fee.

Sanford Power camp for grades 7-11 (as attended during 2017-18) in Luverne from June 18 through July 26.  Fee is $80.

More stone pavers will be placed this summer at the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.  Pavers may be engraved to honor someone or in memory of someone and may include a design.  Please place your order prior toJune 1 by going to  Call 283-4724 for more details.

Census Information is needed for preschool children in families new to the community. In order for the district to connect with families about school events and the state-mandated preschool screening for all 3-year-old children. Families with 4-year-old children who have not been screened should call 283-4724 to be screened prior to kindergarten.

Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom is open to families, daycares and visitors to play and learn. The classroom, located on the southwest side of the Luverne school, is designed for preschoolers to learn by discovery and exploration.  Additional pavers will be added each spring. Call 283-4724. Times can be reserved for field trips to the classroom also.


History Center open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The new History Center on East Main Street in Luverne will be open regularly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 283-2122 with questions.


Join Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library invite the public to join in support of the Rock County Community Library as members of the organization. A single membership is $10 and family memberships are $15. Stop in the library for more information.


Respite care available

for caregivers

Respite care is available for caregivers who need a break to maintain their own physical and emotional health. Respite services provide temporary comfort, supervision and care for loved ones to give caregivers time for other responsibilities. To arrange for respite care, call 283-5064, A.C.E of SW Minnesota, Rock County.


Big Buddies

seeks mentors

Rock County Big Buddies needs adult volunteers to mentor students in kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information contact Lisa J. Nath at 283-9165.




FamilyU has openings

Children in grades K-5 in the Luverne School District may enroll in FamilyU for after-school care. Snacks, games and activities, in and outdoor play and help with homework are provided. Priority is given to full-time students, but part-time openings may be available. Call 283-4724.


Goodwill Ambassadors needed

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Goodwill trailer when it comes to Luverne. If interested in helping or for information, contact Jenny Lindgren toll-free at 877-608-7776, ext. 1310.


Discovery Time openings

Luverne Community Education has openings for the Fall 2016 Discovery Time preschool classes for children ages 3, 4 and 5. Call Community Ed at 283-4724 for more information.


Don’t overlook historical treasures

Tours of local historical treasures are available for   Saturdays, but Historical Society staff welcome requests for scheduled tours. Call Lee Alexander, 283-9476, to schedule a tour and learn more about the roots of this community.


Unable to shop or cook on your own?

Luverne Senior Dining prepares and serves nutritious meals every weekday and provides frozen meals for weekends. According to the Older Americans Act, senior citizens may contribute what they can afford for one meal per day up to seven days per week. Call 283-9846 for information and to make reservations.


Senior swim days

The Luverne Senior Citizen Center reminds area residents that the Rock County Pool and Fitness Center Senior swim times are from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Non-members pay $1.50.


Home delivered meals available to rural residents

Luverne Senior Dining and Nutrition Services Inc., Waseca, offers home delivered meals to local rural residents 60 or older or to disabled younger residents. Call Neva, 283-9846, to order or to volunteer delivery services. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed mileage.


Cash for Kids recycling program

Luverne Elementary School, along with Parents: Partners in Prevention, requests free support from the public in its Cash for Kids recycling program that receives cash for old cell phones, laser cartridges and inkjet printer cartridges. Place the used items in their original containers or in a resealable plastic bag and drop them off at participating businesses or at the elementary school. Call Lisa Dinger at school, 283-4497, with questions.


VA benefits available to Iraq veterans

Veterans recently discharged from combat operations can have free medical care for two years for conditions related to their service, regardless of income status. Call Rock County Veterans Services Officer Dave Haugom, 283-5061.


Medical equipment available to public

The Rock County Retired Senior Volunteers Office has medical equipment available for use free of charge. It’s the equipment that the VFW used to loan out. A $25 deposit, which is refunded upon return of the equipment, is required. Call Greta, 283-5064, to inquire.


Need help with prescriptions?

Senior LinkAge Line has staff and community volunteers available to assist individuals one-on-one in finding programs that may help them pay for prescription costs. The phone number is 1-800-333-2433. The LinkAge Line, a program of the Southwest Minnesota Area Agency on Aging, connects seniors to services such as transportation, in-home services, insurance and finances. Prescription assistance, however, is the most common reason for calling the LinkAge Line.


L.O.T.S. of ways to help in Rock County

The following organizations offer Local Opportunities To Serve in volunteer capacities: Luverne Senior Dining, 283-9846, needs a dining room assistant; Hospice of Luverne Community Hospital, 283-1805, needs a patient care volunteer and clerical and fund-raising help; Good Samaritan Communities of Luverne, 283-9261, needs an advisory board member, special event assistant and computer user/typist; Southwest Crisis Center, 283-9917, needs an on-call advocate and office assistant; American Red Cross, 372-4702, needs health and safety instructors, bloodmobile volunteers and military communications coordinators; and Pinnacle Programs Inc., 283-4425, needs an AA/NA sponsor, mentor and arts and crafts assistant.

Call Retired Senior Volunteers (RSVP), 283-5064, for more information on local volunteer opportunities.


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