Community calendar July 29, 2021


Springwater Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 3, in the township hall.

Parkinson Support Group will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Poplar Creek apartments in Luverne. Masks must be worn.


Highway 91 bridge near Adrian now open

The Highway 91 near Adrian opened at traffic and detours were removed Friday.

The $1.9 million replacement over Interstate 90 began on April 12 and was completed by Redstone Construction of Mora. The project that replaced the bridge, guardrails and improve the drainage from the structure was originally scheduled to be completed next month.


Nominations sought for Rock County Hall of Fame

The Rock County Historical Society’s Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the 2022 induction of current and former residents. Nominees must have a significant identity with Rock County and have made an exceptional contribution to society, achieved exceptional success, and brought honor and prestige beyond the borders of Minnesota. Nominees should also exhibit quality in character and action as to be outstanding role models for the county’s citizens. Nominations are accepted now through Feb. 28, 2022. Forms are available at The History Center, Luverne Area Chamber or online at or An awards presentation is scheduled for July 17, 2022.


Manure Demo Day and commercial recertification Aug. 10

The Rock County Soil and Water Conservation District will be part of a first-ever Manure Demo Day Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.

The morning session for commercial animal waste technicians (CAWTs) begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes lunch. Space is limited to the first 100 people for the CAWT session. Pre-register by Aug. 3, by visiting

In-field demonstrations — free and open to the public — will begin at 1:15 p.m. Exhibitors and vendors will be on site to answer questions and provide product information. Rock County SWCD/Land Management can be reached at 507-283-8862 or


Blue Mound Quilters host ‘trunk’ show Aug. 2

The Blue Mound Quilters will host a ‘trunk’ show featuring quilts from Betty Pomerenke of Worthington and Becky Berning of Sioux Falls. The show begins 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, in the Rock County Library basement. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Any questions can be answered by calling 605-212-3219.


Dental clinics come to Luverne Aug. 4

The next dental clinics will be held on Tuesday, Aut. 3, and Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Rock County Health and Human Services. These clinics, organized by #Luv1LuvAll's Rock County Oral Health Task Force, provide dental care for all ages. Call 612-746-1530 to schedule an appointment or stop by Rock County Health and Human Services for assistance in scheduling. All forms of insurance accepted.


‘Pint for Pint’ blood drive at Take 16 Aug. 6

The Community Blood Bank and Take 16 Brewing Co. will host a “pint for a pint” community blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Take 16 on East Main Street, Luverne. Donors are encouraged to give blood to help Take 16 Brewing Co. in the competition against Remedy Brewing Co. of Sioux Falls to win the traveling stein for the most blood donations. For information log onto All who donate receive an event blood donor T-shirt and a pint of beer. To schedule an appointment, log onto, select Friday, August 6 and Take 16 Brewing Co. or call 605-331-3222.


School office open for registration

Families interested in registering their students for the 2021-22 school year are encouraged to call Luverne School District to set up an appointment. The Luverne Middle School-High School office is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the phone number is 507-283-4491. The Luverne Elementary School office will open Aug. 2 and the phone number is 507-283-4497.


Community Education announcements

Luverne Community Education is closed for the final two weeks of July and will reopen Aug. 2. Registrations for the following classes can be taken at that time. Call 507-283-4724 to sign up. See to view the brochure and list of offerings.

Friday morning Adventure Day Camps End of Summer Fun will be Aug. 13 at the Rock County Fairgrounds. Fee is $15 per day. Limited to 15 students in grades 1-4 as attended during the 2020-21 school year.

Have fun cooking at Kids in the Kitchen this summer for grades K-8 includes Bakery Fun Aug. 19. Fee is $16/child.

Students ages 8-13 may attend Boot Camp the week of Aug. 2-6. Learn how to muster, march and drill, about military history and the American flag, complete service projects, hear guest speakers who were in the military and more. Cost is $60.

Art Camp is three days of creativity for students who added grades K-5 during the past school year. Dates are Aug. 10, 11 and 12. Cost is $100.

Grades K through adult will Learn to Play Chess on Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 26. Use grade attended through the 2020-21 school year. Last class is a tournament. Great adult/child activity. Fee is $15.

Taking Defensive Driving Classes allow adults aged 55 or older to save on insurance premiums. After the beginning eight-hour class, a four-hour fresher class must be taken every three years to receive the reduced premium benefit. Beginning class is Nov. 11 and 18. Four-hour refresher is Sept. 16


Library Happenings

The Rock County Library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For additional questions, contact library personnel at 507-449-5040 or

Story Time at the Park will feature songs and stories with children’s library Bronwyn Wenzel each Tuesday through June and July at a different park in Luverne. The events begin at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. The schedule will be:

•July 27, Hawkinson Park, East Adams Avenue.

Toby Kid presents “Color Your World” with interactive comedy, magic, puppetry and silliness at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at library.

Children’s Summer Reading Program, “Reading Colors Your World,” registration is now along with the adult summer reading program. Pick up a reading log at the library. Program ends Friday.

The Adult Summer Reading Program continues through Aug. 15. For every five books read, an prize slip is earned for one of several gift baskets.

Monthly trivia nights with locally written questions are the first Thursdays of the month at Take 16 on East Main Street in Luverne for teams of one or more individuals. No pre-registration is necessary. Library personnel conduct the event.


Explore Prairie Ally

Free guided tours at Prairie Ally Outdoor Center (308 N. Blue Mound Avenue in Luverne) are Thursdays at 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. through August or by appointment. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays from 10a.m. to noon and Thursdays at 5:30 June through September. A workshop on edible perennials will be Aug. 19. Contact:, 605-951-0227. Also, visit


Take and Make bird treat kits

Stop by the Luverne Area Chamber at 213 East Luverne Street to pick up one or more Take and Make bird treat kits. Kits are free, but a $5 to $10 donation is welcome to benefit Project Food Forest in Rock County. (Or donate online at

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