Community Events


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.

Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Call 507-530-3307 with questions.

MS Support Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Southwest Health and Human Services building in Luverne. All persons with MS, family and friends are invited. Call 283-2069 or 283-2964 with questions.

Battle Plain Township will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the home of Aaron Sandbulte.

Meditation and Mindfulness Practice will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, 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.

Meditation and Mindfulness Practice meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in Hilger Commons at 215 N. Cedar Street in Luverne. For more information call Kim at 507-353-0041 or email

Narcotics Anonymous will meet every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Steen Reformed Church. Contact Robert for more information 507-329-2642.

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.


Free food Jan. 18

New Life Celebration Church will offer free food — fresh produce, bread and meat — from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Luverne Senior Center for those having trouble putting food on the table. Bring your own bags or boxes. Call  283-4366 with questions. (Note the new time.)


Boys’ and girls’ free throw contest this Sunday

The St. Catherine Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a free throw championship from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Luverne Cardinial Gym. The event is free for boys and girls ages 9-14 (as of Jan. 1, 2018). Register at the door 15 minutes prior to event. Make-up date is Jan. 28.

Call Mike Smith at 605-864-1148 with questions.


Blood drive at Grace Lutheran Jan. 22.

The Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. A blood drive has been scheduled for 1-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church, 500 N. Kniss Ave., Luverne.

Donors can schedule an appointment by using Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-733-2767.


Pork Producers annual banquet Jan. 22

The Rock County Pork Producers will host their annual banquet Monday, Jan. 22, at the Grand Prairie Events in Luverne. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and entertainment to follow. This year’s entertainer is Tim Harmston, a stand-up comedian. Tickets are $15 at the door. The public is welcome.


Free community meal Jan. 24

The Luverne United Methodist Church will serve a free community meal beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the church.


Public invited to Jan. 25 workshop on social media dangers

Nationally known author Alison Feigh of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center will present “Forensic Aspects of Online and Social Media Usage” at Grand Prairie Events from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.

Goal of the training session is to help participants understand why youth are susceptible to online and social media dangers and how to reduce their risk. Cost of the workshop is $50 and includes lunch. Continuing education credits are available. The event is partially funded with a grant from the Luverne Area Community  Foundation.


Fifth-sixth grade basketball tourney Jan. 27

Luverne Community Education is hosting a basketball tournament at the Luverne Elementary Cardinal Gym on Saturday, Jan. 27, for fifth- and sixth-grade boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. All teams are guaranteed to play at least two games.

To register, visit the school website www.isd2184 under “Community Education” or call 507-283-4724. Entry fee is $125 per team payable with registration.


Sign up by Jan. 30 for Tai Ji Quan

Seniors are encouraged to improve their strength, flexibility and balance through a 12-week program of Tai Ji Quan through ACE Southwest Minnesota in the Luverne Senior Center. The class is adaptable to all levels of agility — including those with walkers or those who must sit. Sign up through Luverne Community Education, 283-4724. Cost is $75 for the twice weekly classes Feb. 6 through April 26.


Bank Night movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Feb. 1

The free Bank Nite Disney movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” rated PG, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Palace Theatre in Luverne.

Sponsored by First Farmers & Merchants National Bank and Papik Motors, a free, family-friendly movie is shown on the first Thursday of every month as it was done for “Bank Nite” in the 1930s. A cash prize drawing will follow the movie. Must be present to win.


Library offers winter/spring Story Hour/Laptime

The Rock County Library will offer Story Hour for children ages 4-5 Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. from Thursday, Feb. 1, through Thursday, April 5. Story hours include stories, songs, crafts and more.

Laptime for children from birth through age 3 will meet every Friday morning from 10:30 to 11 a.m. beginning Feb. 2 through April 6. Laptime fun includes stories, songs, crafts and more.


Driver Education class begins Feb. 5

Students in the Luverne School District in grade 8 or above may sign up for a student driver education class to begin on Feb. 5.

The fee of $325 is due at the time of registration. Contact Community Education at 507-283-4724.


Rock Nobles Cattlemen’s banquet Feb. 5

The Rock Nobles Cattlemen’s annual banquet will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by guest speaker John Phipps, former host of US Farm Report. He has written award-winning humor and commentary for Farm Journal and Top Producer magazines since 1994.


Growing soybeans workshop Feb. 22

The University of Minnesota Extension Service will host “Strategic Planning: Growing Soybeans that Out-Compete Weeds” workshop at 10 locations in January and February.

The nearest workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton.

Lunch is included.

To register or for a list of other locations go to

For more information contact Liz Stahl, Extension educator, at 507-372-3900 or


Community Ed

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

Sister Act at the Chanhassen is Feb. 10.  Fee is $110.  (register by Jan. 10.)

Register now for summer baseball and softball – for students in K-12.  Deadline is March 19.

17 weeks of ECFE classes begin the week of Jan. 18 for parents with children ages birth to 5 years.  Babies class meets Monday mornings.  Classes for 1-2 year-olds meets Thursday mornings.  Class for ages 2-5 years meets Tuesday mornings.  There are 2 classes for ages 0-5 year-olds — Thursday morning or Tuesday evening.  Call 283-4724 for more details.

Men’s Basketball begins on Wednesday, Jan. 24.  Enjoy playing 5 on 5 or 3 on 3 games.  Fee is $30 paid ahead of January 22.

Just basic sewing skills and an old sweater will be required to make your own unique Mittens and Boot Toppers on Jan. 22 (evening) or Feb. 3 (morning).  Fee is $13.

Six evening sessions of Yoga begin on Jan. 22 with instructor Stephanie Hoven.  Fee is $48.

Build a Bison class Jan. 25 is for students K-3.  Fee is $4.

Hockey 101 Jan. 25 will help you better understand the game of hockey.  Fee is $10.

Windbreak design and maintenance for an acreage or farm will be highlighted at the Trees & Windbreaks Class on Monday, Jan. 29.  All participants are welcome that want to learn more about picking the right tree and caring for trees.  Rock County Soil and Water Conservation will take orders at class.

Preschool Classes for ages 3–5 is now opening registration for Fall of 2018.

Half day Preschool classes are offered during the school year for children who are 3 years old up to kindergarten age. Enrollments are accepted throughout the school year.

Age is determined as of Sept. 1 of school year. Free or reduced rates are available if income guidelines are met. Call 283-4724 for more information.  New addition is 5 days of preschool for children age 4 and older.

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.

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