Community Calendar


Luverne Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at the Pizza Ranch in Luverne. Guests are welcome.

American Legion Post 123 and Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Post home.

Vienna Township meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Kenneth Community Center.

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.

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

Al-Anon meets from 6:30 to  7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Buffalo Ridge Meeting Room (lower level) at the Sanford Medical Center in Luverne. Call Stephanie at 507-449-1246.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Fridays and for basic text study at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the basement of St. Catherine Catholic Rectory, 203 E. Brown St., Luverne. Use east door. For more information call 507-220-0137.

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

Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meet from 8 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in Runals Memorial Hall, Edgerton. Call Naomi, 507-215-2956, with questions.


One-Act Play performance is Thursday

Luverne High School students will perform the one-act comedy “Teachers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, in the high school auditorium.

The performance is open to the public.

Luverne will also perform the same comedy during the subsection one-act play competition Saturday, Jan. 28, at Pipestone Area Schools.


Celebration Jan. 29 for St. John’s 125th

St. John Lutheran Church invites the community to worship at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, in honor of the church’s 125th Anniversary. The event, which features 1959 Luverne High School graduate Rev. Dan Schmalz, will be a kickoff celebration that will continue throughout the year.


Kids’ Free Throw Championship Jan. 29

Boys and girls ages 9-14 (as of Jan. 1) are invited to participate in free throw championships at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Luverne Cardinal Gym. Registration is at the door. The free event is sponsored by St. Catherine Knights of Columbus. Call Mike Smith at 605-864-1148 with questions.


Pie and Piano music  Jan. 30

The public is welcome to come to Poplar Creek at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, for a slice of pie and some beautiful piano music.


Bloodmobile in Luverne Jan. 30

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Luverne from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church. All donations are appreciated.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767. Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.


First Luverne Schools public meeting Jan. 30

Luverne Public Schools will conduct community listening sessions on Monday, Jan. 30, and Monday, Feb. 6, at the Luverne Elementary School commons.

The hour-long listening sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.

The sessions are an opportunity for the public to share thoughts, ideas and vision for the district’s long-term education and facility needs.

Consultants from Foster, Jacobs & Johnson of Sioux Falls conduct the sessions.


Free tax help available at library

Volunteers through AARP will provide free tax services at the Rock County Community Library in Luverne starting Monday, Feb. 6. Call the library, 449-5040, to make an appointment. Appointments are required. Evening appointments are also available.

The service is free for any private individual with a simple tax format. It’s not for commercial, farming or investment taxes.


History Center open for visitors

The History Center on East Main Street in Luverne (in the former Ford dealership) is open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and by appointment on Saturdays. Call 220-1070 for information or to schedule a Saturday visit.


New ECFE session begins

A new session of Early Childood Family Education (ECFE) classes in Luverne is beginning and continues into spring. Classes for parents along with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers provide an opportunity to learn and grow together. Parents also receive encouragement and support and connect with other parents. Sessions are free or at very low cost. Call Community Education at 283-4724 to enroll.


‘Getting Ready for the Next Generation’ Jan. 31

The Blandin Foundation and Southwest Regional Development Corporation have combined with other area groups to bring Tom Hubler (known as the “dean” of family businesses) and Steve Coleman (facilitator of business transition forums) to present Succession Planning: Getting Ready for the Next Generation.  This five-session evening class begins Jan. 31.  The first three sessions will split into two groups — one being the business owner looking at change, and the other being the prospective small business owner down the road.  The last two classes combine both groups to work on business plans, sale packets, financing and other issues with local experts.  The fee is $95.


Register by Jan. 30

for Driver’s Ed

Students in eighth grade and older may register for Student Driver Education class by Jan. 30 for the class that begins Feb. 6 or by June 12 for the class that begins June 19.  Limited seats available. Fee is $325 due at the time of registration at the Luverne Community Education office. 


Bank Nite movie ‘Secret Life of Pets’ at Palace Feb. 2

The free Bank Nite movie, “Secret Life of Pets,” rated PG, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 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.


Music Boosters Winter Carnival set for Feb. 4

Luverne Music Boosters’ annual Winter Carnival will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Luverne High School gym for families and children of all ages. The event, which raises money for music programs in Luverne schools, features carnival-style games, prizes, Bingo, raffle drawing, cake walk, cotton candy, root beer floats, pizza and more

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