Community Calendar Jan. 26, 2023

Virtual author tour in February

The libraries of the Plum Creek Library System will offer “Wrapped in Reading Author Tour,” a series of four virtual programs throughout February.

Four regional authors were selected for the tour from library patrons.

•Feb. 7, mystery writer Jeanne Cooney

•Feb. 14, novelist Lorna Landvik

•Feb. 21, paranormal researcher and author Chad Lewis

•Feb. 28, mystery thriller writer Brian Freeman

For more information about each virtual visit, contact the Rock County Library.

Preregistration is required for each of the free programs through­creekvirtualauthortour

For more information contact the Rock County Library at 507-449-5040 or


Nutrition Assistance for seniors Feb. 2

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 & older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, as a drive thru distribution in parking lot off Maple Street on the east side of the Generations Event Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.


H-BC FFA chili cook-off Feb. 6

The Hills-Beaver Creek FFA Chapter is sponsoring a chili cook-off and silent auction fundraiser Feb. 6, beginning at 5 p.m. in the secondary school commons.

Chili cook-off participants are sought. Call 507-962-3240 ext. 33 to enter the cook-off.


Sno-Masters rides Feb. 4 and Feb. 11

 The Rock County Sno-Masters are planning two rides for February.

The Memorial Ride for Terry “Butch” Con­nell will be Feb. 4. This is not a poker run. Any vehicle is welcome. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Sno-Masters clubhouse at 206 SE Park St., Luverne. Route includes Bea­ver Creek, Hardwick, Trosky, Hardwick, Take 16 and Howling Dog in Luverne and back to the clubhouse. A meal will be served. Bring­ your own beverages. A bonfire will be outside the clubhouse.

On Feb. 11, the Sno-Masters will host a Fun Run (poker run). All vehicles welcome. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the clubhouse.  Stops include the Ea­gles Club (Luverne), Take 16 (Luverne), Hardwick, Trosky, Beaver Creek, Hills and the Luverne Country Club. Five stops are neces­sary for a hand. Bring your own beverages.


Community Ed

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

 Cellphones and Parenting – Oh My! will help parents understand recommended settings to keep children safe. This is a virtual class offered through Zoom on February 2. Join us at Community Ed or attend from your home or office. Fee is $20.

Taking Defensive Driving Classes allows adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums. After the beginning 8 hour class, every 3 years drivers a required to take a 4 hour refresher class to maintain the savings.

The schedule for Luverne classes follows: Beginning 8 Hour Class – April 17 and 24 (4 hours each evening) the Refresher 4 Hour Classes are February 13, March 13 and April 3.

Students in grades 3-5 are invited to Yoga for El­ementary Children at Healing Path Counseling and Wellness. This four-week series starts on February 6. Fee is $40.

Catchers and pitchers (experienced or inexperienced) in grades K- 8 are invited to learn and practice their skills at a 4 session Softball Camp beginning on Feb. 16. Sign up by February 6 at the lower fee of $40.


Free bake-at-home pizzas distributed Feb. 11

The Christian Motorcyclist Association will offer free bake- at-home Luverne Pizza Ranch pizzas at 9:30 a.m. until gone, Saturday, Feb. 11, at Celebrate Church in Brandon. No signup necessary. Call 605-366-9942 with questions.


Free tax preparation at library

AARP volunteers will offer free tax preparation for low-income individuals and seniors at the Rock County Library on Mondays starting Feb. 13 through April 15.

Call 507-449-5040 for appointments. Bring documents, including last year’s tax return and a form of identification to document social security number. Tax returns for 2021 will be prepared if requested.


Library Happenings

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

Story Time with Bronwyn is 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17 through April 25, and at 10 a.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 20 through Apri/ 28. Stories and make-and-take crafts are the same at either event.

Winter Book Club is currently being organized to meet at different local restaurants during January, February and March.

The 50 State Challenge for adults and older teens is currently underway where patrons are encouraged to read a book set in one of each of the 50 states. The challenge ends Jan. 1, 2024.

The annual Plum Cleek Library System winter reading program, “Get Wrapped in Reading,” goes now until March 31.

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.


Community Ed announcements

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

ECFE Classes for children ages 0-5 years and parents offers information and support to parents and provides activities for parents and children to explore together through classes that meet once a week throughout the school year. 

New Residents: Census Information Needed for Preschool Children. Call 507-283-4724 with information for children ages 0 to kindergarten. The school district uses the information for planning purposes, mailing out information on school events, including the state-mandated Preschool Screening for all 3-year-old children.


Food Shelf evening hours

The Rock County Food Shelf is now open for an additional evening shift from 5 to 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Call Mary at 507-227-5548 or Katie at 507-227-3531.


CoffeeBreak Bible Study meets Tuesdays

CoffeeBreak Bible Study meets each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. There will be StoryHour Bible stories and playtime for ages 3 to kindergarten, and a nursery is available. It’s free for all faiths and no prior Bible knowledge is necessary. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 or email at


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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