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Community Calendar Dec. 3, 2020

Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in the township hall in Beaver Creek.
Vienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Kenneth Community Center.
Zoom chat with Santa Saturday, Dec. 5
The Luverne Area Chamber will host Zoom chats with Santa and Mrs. Claus at their North Pole workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5.
Children and families are encouraged to click the Zoom link on the Chamber’s website and Facebook page to chat with the jolly couple online.
Local businesses host Angel Trees for
SYS students
The annual Southwestern Youth Service Angel Tree in the front lobby will not be accessible to the public this year, due to pandemic restrictions.
Instead, Angel Trees will be located in Lewis, Bomgaars, Sunshine and the Magnolia Cafe. The trees are decorated with cards with requests from SYS students, and churches, families, individuals, organizations and businesses collect the cards to fulfill wishes.
Follow the SYS Facebook page and people can call SYS at 507-283-4425 for gift ideas.
Gifts can be dropped off at the west door of the facility by pressing the doorbell for staff to accept the items.
Reading tutor wanted for H-BC Schools
 AmeriCorps is seeking one reading tutor for the Hills-Beaver Creek School District. Application is open until Dec. 18 at or by calling 866-859-2825.
After training through the AmeriCorps program, the tutor will work in the school district helping students develop fundamental reading skills. For more information, visit www.
‘Read with McKenzie’ available Wednesdays
A work study student is available to help individual students with reading skills in 10-minute sessions on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The literacy program is called “Read with McKenzie.”
Contact the Rock County Library, 507-449-5040, to schedule a time. Masks are required.
Compassionate Friends candle -lighting Dec. 13
Compassionate Friends worldwide candle lighting event is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Participate by lighting a candle on your doorstep or in your home to honor the memory of a child/children who have died too soon. A virtual 24-hour wave of light will be created as it moves from time zone to time zone. For more information email
Wednesday meals at Generations
Free, healthy meals are available through Lutheran Social Services at Generations thanks to a Covid-19 grant through the state of Minnesota. Anyone in Minnesota in need of nutrition can receive up to five meals plus snacks at each event on a first-come first served basis. Food can be picked up for others in a household at no cost.
Meals are available Wednesdays Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 319 E. Lincoln. Call 507-283-9856.
Share names by
Dec. 7 for holiday Tree of Lights
Remember loved ones during this Holiday Season by lighting a light on the Tree of Lights at Highway 75 and Main Street in Luverne.
There will be no public ceremony this year, but names received by Dec. 7 will be printed in a Holiday Remembrance in newspapers at Christmas.  Forms are available thru area churches, LACF and the Hospice office. 
Drop off or mail to Sanford Luverne Hospice at 304 N. McKenzie St. Luverne.  (A $5 per name donation is suggested)  Call 283-1805 with questions. 
Free food Dec. 17
New Life Celebration Church will offer free food at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Generations Building on East Lincoln Street in Luverne. Vehicles should enter the west parking lot from Lincoln Street and drive to the double glass doors on the west side of the building where volunteers will load groceries into cars. Walkers should receive their pre-packaged groceries on the east side of the building. Call 507-283-4366 with questions.
Decorate Christmas trees in Kenneth and Hills
The Kenneth Community and the Hills Build Communities Stronger committee are inviting local residents to decorate the community Christmas tree with donated ornaments in memory of loved ones.
Bell ringers needed for Kettle campaign
Volunteer bell ringers are needed for the 2020 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign through Dec. 24 at Sunshine Foods in Luverne. A mask in required and hand sanitizer will be provided. Sign up for a two-hour slot at or call Carrie Soto, 507-220-8897 with any questions.
Food Shelf cold weather procedures
As of the first week in November, the Rock County Food shelf has changed its curbside process. Wait in line to park in one of the two parking spaces closest to the building.
One at a time, enter the building (masks and distancing required) to register and pick up vouchers. Be prepared for volunteers to put pre-boxed groceries in the car. As the parking spaces empty, the next cars can pull in.
The process will require patience. See the Rock County Food Shelf Facebook page for updates. Thanksgiving week schedule will be 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Help write 9/11 history
The Minnesota Military Museum is seeking stories for a statewide initiative to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The goal of the project is to look at the impact of the horrific events of that day through a Minnesota lens, and researchers are inviting stories from Rock County.
For example: How did your county respond to the attacks immediately afterward? Have local residents served in the resulting Global War on Terror? What are their stories? Have there been events to remember 9-11 over the years since? Stories can be shared directly at Click on “exhibits, test-gallery and share-your-story.”
Coffee Break and StoryHour meets Tuesdays
Coffee Break Bible Study and StoryHour meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Luverne Christian Reformed Church, 605 North Estey Street. StoryHour involves playtime and Bible stories for children ages 3 through kindergarten. Nursery is available for littlest ones. There is no charge and no Bible knowledge is necessary. All faiths and all ages are welcome. Invite a friend for fellowship and refreshments. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 or
Meals on Wheels continue in Jasper
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) has provided Meals on Wheels in Jasper through the Sunrise Village, which is now closed. Going forward, meals will be prepared at the LSS Luverne site and delivered to Jasper City Hall twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. There is also an option to add frozen meals for delivery with the hot meals.
Inquiries about LSS Meals on Wheels can be made by calling the LSS Meals Luverne Kitchen toll-free at 866-985-8509.