Relay for Life

Rock County Relay for Life cancer survivors release balloons at the end of Thursday’s Block Party event at Take 16 Brewing Co.
The 2019 version of Rock County’s Relay for Life unfolded under pleasant weather conditions with healthy participation at its new location at Take 16 Thursday night. “I hope everyone enjoyed the change to a block party,” said Lisa Ehlers, local Relay for Life chairwoman. “It was nice to have...
Kim Schmidt is the 2019 Relay for Life honorary chairman. He retired from education in 2014. His wife, Maggie, is this year's honorary caregiver.
Rock County’s Relay For Life will be using a new format for its June 13 fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Teams and supporters will gather at Take 16 Brewery on East Main Street in Luverne for the event that supports cancer survivors and to remember those who died of cancer. “We couldn’t...
Rock County’s Relay For Life will use a new format this summer for its June 13 fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Teams and supporters will gather at Take 16 Brewery on East Main Street in Luverne for the event that also serves to support cancer survivors and to remember those who died of...
Katie Walgrave is an honorary Relay for Life chairperson and her husband, Russell Forrest, is this year’s honorary caregiver. Both will speak at the June 7 event.
  A new location, a new day and new honorary chairpersons will greet those who attend this year’s Rock County Relay for Life event in Luverne next week. Scheduled for Thursday, June 7, the event begins with the 5:30 p.m. supper and the 7 p.m. opening ceremonies in the Luverne Elementary School....
In her address at Friday night’s 2017 Relay for Life event at the Luverne City Park, Honorary Co-chairwoman Fawn Rustand remembered the late Merecie Domalaga, who offered Rustand support as both battled cancer. Domalaga died earlier this year. Co-chair Staci Zwaan (seated) also shared her story of cancer. Kelly Gates (left) emceed the event with Whitney Lafrenz (not pictured).
With a full moon rising over the Luverne City Park Friday night, Relay for Life participants were reminded of last year’s chairperson Merecie Domagala. “It was like she was looking down at us,” said this year’s chairperson Lisa Ehlers. Domagala often used the expression, “Love you to the moon and...
Staci Zwaan
The 2017 honorary Relay for Life co-chairwomen will share their stories at Friday night’s event in Luverne City Park. Fawn Rustand is being treated for breast cancer, which was diagnosed last year. Staci Zwaan has been cancer-free since a 2009 double mastectomy. Fawn is a 31-year-old business owner...
When Luverne’s Maryln Van Grootheest joined First Farmers and Merchants Bank’s Relay for Life team to raise funds to fight cancer nine years ago, she did it for her late grandmother’s battle with skin cancer. “That motivated me to be involved,” she said. “She (my grandmother) always told me ‘...
More than 950 luminary bags lined Luverne City Park Friday night for the 16th annual Relay for Life of Rock County. The bags were decorated with messages in memory or in honor of someone with cancer.
Efforts to revitalize fundraising for cancer research may have wilted Friday as the Relay for Life of Rock County fell short of surpassing last year’s amount. As of Monday, the group of 11 teams comprising 126 individuals raised $27,784 with some donations still expected. “We are confident we will...
Brenda Winter, Luverne, is the 2016 Rock County Relay for Life honorary chairwomen, and her husband, Jim Juhl, is the event's first-ver honorary caregiver. The two speak at the American Cancer Society fundraiser, which begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday in the Luverne City Park.
Jim Juhl and Brenda Winter believe cancer has strengthened them — both in their Christian faith and in their relationship with each other. As Rock County Relay for Life honorary chairwoman and caregiver, they’re looking forward to sharing this message during Friday night’s event in Luverne City...
Brenda Winter
This year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Rock County is Friday, June 10, and guess who’s the honorary chairperson? Yup. I am. When Merecie Domagala (the real chairperson who does all the work) asked me if I’d accept this honorary position, without hesitation I offered an enthusiastic “...

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