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Community Events Jan. 5, 2023

MeetingsVienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Kenneth Community Center.
Ag webinars coming in January
The University of Minnesota Extension is presenting four webinars on introductory farm transition and estate planning each Wednesday in January.
Topics include:
•Jan. 4: Developing farm transistion goals and assembling your “team.”
•Jan. 11: All things tax: gifting, selling and transferring.
•Jan. 18: Wills, trusts, ownership titling — what does it all mean?
•Jan. 25: Putting the basics together: estate, retirement, health care and business transfer planning.
Register at Registration is necessary to receive a link to each session.
For more information contact Dave Bau, extension educator, ag business management, Worthington, 507-372-3900 ext. 3906.
Blue Mounds State Park offers January activities
•Meet in the Picnic Shelter from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, to learn about beavers, nature’s architects and America’s largest rodents.
Discover how these critters use their unique adaptations to play a valuable role on the landscape. The program will conclude with a short walk down to the creek to look for beaver activity.
•Meet in the Picnic Shelter from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, for Winter Birding: Owls. Winter can be a great time to view owls. Find out what makes these wonderful birds so special and discover what species are in the backyard.
Library launches 50 States Book Challenge
The Rock County Library will launch its “50 States Book Challenge” beginning Jan. 1.
Library staff challenge residents to read 50 books in a yearlong challenge. Each book’s setting must be in a different state.
Various prizes are available based on the number of books read. Any reader who completes the 50 states will earn a grand prize.
Library staff have a list of book suggestions as well as log sheets available beginning Jan. 1.
Nutrition for seniors Jan. 5
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 & older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SWMN, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5.
The drive through distribution will be in the parking lot off Maple Street at the new A.C.E. office on east side of Generations Event Center. Pre-registration is required. Call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.
Community Ed
Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.
Registration for classes in the new Winter Brochure is now open.
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. 
Defensive Driving 8-hour class provides a 10 percent premium discount on auto insurance to anyone 55 years of age or older. The 8-hour class needs to be taken once and the insurance discount is good for three years.  A 4-hour refresher class can be taken every three years to remain eligible for the insurance discount.
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. If your child is 4 and has not been screened, call to complete the screening before kindergarten.
Library Happenings
For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email
Winter Book Club is currently being organized to meet at different local restaurants during January, February and March.
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.
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
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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