Community Calendar July 8, 2021


Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 12, in the township hall. 

Blue Mound Cemetery Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, for a potluck supper at the Blue Mound Church.

Vienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, in the Kenneth Community Center.


Prairie Ally tree care workshop July 10

Prairie Alley Outdoor Center and Project Food Forest will host a free tree care workshop from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at 308 N Blue Mound Ave, Luverne.

AmeriCorps Community Forestry Corps member Berty Stearns lead the workshop, which will address a variety of topics, from selecting the right trees to problems that may arise over time. RSVP through Donations welcome at


Summer beef tour July 13

Rock and Nobles county cattlemen will host the 40th Annual Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Summer Beef Tour Tuesday, July 13, to showcase local livestock innovations and to educate the public on sustainable and environmentally sound practices.

Participants from all backgrounds — farming or non-farming, are encouraged to register at or by contacting Bakken at

Tour buses will stop at the operations of Grant and Eric Binford, Luverne; Glen and Matt Boeve, Steen; Brad VanDeBerg, Hills; Dave Mente, Adrian; Ryan Thier, Rushmore; Russ and Brian Penning, Wilmont; Brake Feedyards, Wilmont; and Bullerman (3B Farms) Adrian.


Athletic events coming in July

Registration is open for the following events:

•July 10, Tour de Donut Minnesota: 7 a.m. 55-mile start, 7 :30 a.m. 35-mile start, and 8 a.m. 10- and 19-mile starts.

•July 15, Wienerman World Championships, compete as an individual or a four-person, relay team during Luverne’s Hot Dog Night, 7 p.m. start.

To register go to and www.

For more information contact Dave Duffy at or call 507-920-3345.


Free food for seniors July 15

A.C.E. of SW MN will offer its Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 and older from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 15, in the parking lot at  319 E. Lincoln, Luverne, as a drive-through distribution. Call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064 to pre-register and for more information.


Free food offered July 15

New Life Celebration Church will offer free food at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 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. 


Community Education announcements

Luverne Community Education will offer the following activities and classes in coming weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to sign up. See to view the brochure and list of offerings.

Create three wooden games at Beginning Wood Working on July 6 and 8 and then enjoy playing the games at class.  Open to anyone grade 2 (completed) through adult. Fee is $25.

Friday morning Adventure Day Camps will be at the Rock County Fairgrounds this summer. Events included July 9, Go for the Gold, and Aug. 13, End of Summer Fun. Fee is $15 per day. Limited to 15 students in grades 1-4 as attended during the 2020-21 school year.

Reclaimed Wood Art class on July 13 will give you an opportunity to make an unique “string art deco” piece to enjoy a home or give as a gift. Open to any grad 2 through adult. Fee is $18/person.

Have fun cooking at Kids in the Kitchen this summer for grades K-8. New added classes include Snack Attack, July 15, and Bakery Fun, Aug. 19. Fee is $16/child.

Crazy About Science on July 19, 20 and 21 will be filled with exciting experiments. Open to students who attended grades 1-4 during the past school year. New classes added. Fee is $30.

Kids in grades 1-3 (completed) can sign up for Paint and Snack Classes on July 22. Fee is $33.

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

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.

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.

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 6, Evergreen Park, North Blue Mound Avenue.

•July 13, Kolbert Park, 801 W. Warren St.

•July 20, Veterans Park, 1211 N. Elm St.

•July 27, Hawkinson Park, East Adams Avenue.

Zoom Man @ the Park takes place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 22, at Hawkinson Park.

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


Southwest Crisis Center offers trauma-informed yoga

The Southwest Crisis Center yoga support group is expanding this summer to weekly sessions from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays through July 13 at the Luverne City Park. Bring a yoga mat as limited qualities will be available. Sessions are directed by Rock County advocate Jennifer Lindsey and is free and open to the public. Contact Lindsey at 507-283-9917 or with questions.


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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