Community calendar Aug. 25, 2022


Springwater Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the township hall.


Harvest alert: Pears ready at Prairie Ally

Harvest alert! Pears are ready for picking at the Prairie Ally food forest on N. Blue Mound Avenue. The flavor on this variety is best when there is a bit of red coloring and they are crunchy. All produce in the public food forest is free for the public to harvest from and enjoy. Bring a bag. Donations welcome at


UMC community free meal Aug. 24

The United Methodist Church will host its Wednesday night free community meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. A pick-up option is available by calling 507-283-4529.


Airport fly-in and drive-in pancake breakfast Aug. 27

The Luverne Municipal Airport will host fly-in or drive-in pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27. The event will feature inflatables for kids, Skydive Adventures and aircraft and air ambulance on display. Pilots and classic car drivers and owners get free breakfast.


Back-to-school meal Aug. 31

A barbecue sandwich meal will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (or until gone) Wednesday, Aug. 31, at a food truck in the south elementary school parking lot during Luverne’s back-to-school open house. The meal, open to the community, includes a barbecue sandwich, chips, cookie and water for $5. Ben Franklin Lodge #114 is hosting the event to benefit Luverne Community Education and Summer Rec programs.


Musical lunch break at Plaza on Main Sept. 1

Luverne Initiatives for Tomorrow Plaza Committee will host another Musical Lunch Break Concert at the new Plaza on Main Thursday, Sept. 1.

Wildflowers mobile coffee boutique will serve from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Ron and Jane Cote will provide music from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the plaza lot east of the History Center on East Main Street.


SAIL class starts Sept. 2

Another Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL) will begin Friday, Sept. 2, at First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. The strength, balance and fitness program is offered at no cost through A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota.

The 24 classes will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 to 11 a.m. through Oct. 28. Sheila Stegenga is the volunteer class leader. For more information or to register, contact Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.


‘Out of the Darkness’ walk Sept. 10

Luverne will host the second annual “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walk on Saturday, Sep. 10, at the Luverne City Park. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will be from 9 to 11 a.m.

This event raises money for research to end and prevent suicide and to show community support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide or have struggled personally with suicide. To pre-register for the walk and to learn more, visit


Optimist Club Fishing Derby Sept. 11

The Luverne Optimist Club Kids Fishing Derby will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Veterans Pond in Luverne for ages 15 and younger accompanied by an adult. There will be food and prizes. Contact Travis Pierce, 507-220-5191, or Stan Steensma, 507-227-0681.


Book sale slated for September

The Friends of the Rock County Library annual book sale is Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Sept. 17. Times are from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15; from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p. m. Saturday, Sept. 17 (bag sale).

Book donations must be dropped off at the library before Sept. 14. A members-only night will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. For more information, contact the library at 507-449-5040.


Register students new to Luverne district

Families with children who are new to the Luverne School District can set up an appointment to register for the 2022-23 school year.

Call the Luverne Middle School/High School, 507-283-4497, or the elementary school, 507-283-4497. Both offices are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Community Ed

Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.

Taking Defensive Driving Classes allows adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums. The eight-hour beginner Defensive Driving class will be offered on Nov. 7 and 10.

Register now for Discovery Time preschool starting in September for your child ages 3-5 years of age. There are openings in all sections. Early Learning Scholarships may be available to those who qualify.



Library Happenings

For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email

Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Take 16 in Luverne. Team registration begins at 6 p.m.

Reminiscence Kits are available featuring various topics such as gardening, pets, baking, sewing, farming and hunting. The kits are designed to use with a loved one experiencing memory loss, encouraging the loved one to open up about activities they once loved in the past.


Prairie Ally seeks workers

Volunteer workers are needed from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Prairie Ally public food forest for a variety of maintenance tasks. No RSVP necessary. Other work opportunities are available by appointment by contacting Donations are also welcome for Prairie Ally, which is located along Blue Mound Avenue in Luverne.


A.C.E. respite care available, volunteers needed

A.C.E. of SW Minnesota (A.C.E.) offers respite care services in Rock County for those needing a break from caring for a loved one.

The respite program offers short-term (1-3 hours), temporary care for families and caregivers by providing a brief period of reprieve from the daily cares they provide to their loved one.

Volunteers provide non-professional supportive services to caregivers to give them time for themselves, relieve their stress and help them remain healthy.

Respite care volunteers are also needed. Trained A.C.E. volunteers provide respite care to family caregivers of adults age 60 and older who are suffering from long-term health conditions.

Contact Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064 or

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