Winterfest

Bryce Niessink and Janice Fick played the roles of Santa and Mrs. Claus Saturday for photo sessions with Myhre Studio during Winterfest activities at the Luverne Elementary School Saturday. They’re pictured here with the Larsen children (from left) Maddox. Lucy, Willow, Harper and Ella.
Luverne’s Winterfest celebration over the weekend featured all the classic holiday activities, plus several new ones. The Friday morning Puppet Show Story Hour at the Rock County Library started the weekend Friday morning. The Historic Hinkly House was open to the public Friday and Saturday (see...
Eighteen four-person teams competed in the first session of “Pizza, Pitchers & Puzzle” Saturday afternoon during Flannel Fest at Big Top Tents and Events in Luverne. Teams had two hours to complete a 300-piece puzzle, drink 12 beers and eat one large pizza.
Carolyn Diedrich of Luverne took top honors at the inaugural Flannel Fest chili cook-off Saturday at the Big Top Tents & Events. Diedrich bested six other competitors in the fundraiser for the Luverne Hockey Association. “The whole day was a great turnout,” said Amber Lais with the Luverne Area...
Bronwyn Wenzel reads “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas” as an opener to the puppet show.
The Winterfest puppet show and the in-person visit by Santa Claus returned, after a two-year hiatus, to the Rock County Library Friday morning in the library basement. Children’s librarian Bronwyn Wenzel explained that the puppet show called “What?! Santa Retires?!” needed to be recorded “because...
Winterfest 2021 represented a return to normal after the pandemic had stymied community celebrations. The 2022 version of the celebration this weekend will feature all the classic Winterfest activities, plus several new events. “We are looking forward to a more normal Winterfest this year,” said...
Local musicians directed, accompanied and performed Saturday night’s "Breath of Heaven" Community Christmas Cantata in the school’s performing arts center. The performance, produced by Luverne Street Music, featured a vocal Christmas message accompanied by brass, woodwinds and strings. Proceeds from the event benefited the Rock County Food Shelf.
Luverne’s annual Winterfest celebration returned over the weekend, live and in person following last year’s pandemic-restricted events. Many traditional Winterfest offerings returned on deck, including arts and crafts, Santa at school, the nutcracker scavenger hunt, Christmas Cantata, Hinkly House...
Luverne’s annual Winterfest celebration returns this weekend, live and in person following last year’s pandemic restricted events. “We haven’t done it for a year, and people have kind of forgotten what to do,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere. “But we’ve had a lot of people step up, and...
Luverne’s annual Winterfest celebration, like many other community events this year, will be altered by the pandemic. However, Luverne Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere is determined to rally the community around projects that can lift Christmas spirits, despite social distancing requirements...
Among the members of Saturday night’s Carnegie Minstrels Choir are (front, from left) Marlene Wassenaar, Luella Voigt, Denice Dirks, Betty Mann, Sue Skattum, (second row) Katie Overvaag, Christy Loosbrock, Linda Iverson, Janice Nelson, Nancy Huisman, Dolly Talbert, (third row) Jane Wellington, Haylee Overvaag, Gayle Stegemann, Shannon McCary and Karen Jepperson.
About 70 local musicians from 15 to 89 brought their talents to the Winterfest stage Saturday night with their community cantata, “Sing Christmas,” in the American Reformed Church sanctuary. Greg Spath and Terri Ebert narrated between numbers. “What better way to express joy than through singing...
Ninety children and 40 adults kicked off the Winterfest weekend celebration in Luverne Friday morning by watching the puppet show at the Rock County library. Library staff performed “Reindeer Trouble,” a show written by Glenda Bremer and Barb Verhey about who is going to replace an ill Rudolph in...

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