Despite the coronavirus pandemic, there are several safe opportunities to celebrate the Independence Day holiday in Luverne.
Dave Duffy is bringing back the July 4 Davis Lake Triathlon, which will be divided into two races.
The Minnow Race begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes a quarter-mile kayak course, a two-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run.
A July 11 fireworks display at the Hills Rez Park is intended to promote a sense a community — at a safe distance.
Howie Vis is an organizer with Helping Build Communities Stronger, a community club focused on promotional activities in Hills, Beaver Creek and Steen.
The group annually hosts the Hills Friendship Days during the second week in June.
School officials are taking a short break before tackling plans for the 2020-21 school year amid uncertain pandemic precautions.
“We are taking about two weeks to just breathe and close out this school year,” Luverne Schools Superintendent Craig Oftedahl told board members at their June 25 meeting.
Beaver Creek Township Board
Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 13, in the township hall.
Water rescue training July 7
The community is invited to observe a water rescue training Tuesday evening at The Lake in Luverne.
Sanford Luverne Ambulance (Rock County Ambulance) and the Luverne Fire Department will drill for water rescue training starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.
“Kayaking is popular on the river and there’s a lot of people using The Lake in Luverne,” said local paramedic Jill Johnson.
Early absentee voting began Friday for the Aug. 11 primary election in Minnesota, and by law any eligible Minnesotan can vote early by mail or in person, but mail ballots are encouraged to minimize contact during the coronavirus pandemic.
An unexpected career change in the mid-1980s led Cathy Mulder to work 35 years in Luverne Public School lunchrooms.
In May Mulder quietly exited the elementary school kitchen, where she had spent the majority of her time preparing and serving breakfasts and lunches.
She hung her apron a final time in a silent kitchen.
The Luverne School Board approved a new three-year contract with Superintendent Craig Oftedahl that includes a 2.5 percent pay increase following a favorable yearly review.
For the 2020-21 school year Oftedahl will receive $141,282, followed by $144,674 in 2021-22, and $148,435 for the 2022-23 school year.