Tricounty News

Great turnout, great community

Last Saturday's Business and Community Expo over at Kimball high school was another success. Lots of exhibitors, and lots of visitors, all meeting and talking to each other. There were some new faces, like the vintner (wine maker) whose vineyard just south of Kimball will open this summer. And Soapbox Laundromat's new owners, Mark and Cindy Erickson. Sen. Michelle Fischbach, Rep. Larry Hosch, and a representative from Sen. Michele Bachmann's office were there to meet with constituents. A number of vendors held drawings for a wide variety of items. Here are some of the winners. • Images By Marguerite: $100 gift certificate to Sue Erickson of South Haven; $75 certificates to Linda Mies of Kimball, and Adam Kuseske of Kimball; $25 certificates to Pam Schindele of Clearwater, Marlys Loch of Cold Spring, Leah Tadych of Clearwater, and Denise Schmidt of Annandale. • Thomes Insurance: Lawn chairs and table to Barry and Laura Hans; picnic basket of goodies to Karen Mozena of Kimball; ladder game to Alex Thurber of Kimball. • Soapbox Laundromat: large bottles of Cheer and Snuggle went to Theresa Schefers of Kimball, Alice Scheeler of Kimball, Pat Peters of Watkins, and Harlen Nolan of Annandale. • Paynesville Area Health Care System: basket of soups, jams, wine, crackers to Trisha Mayer. • Land O'Lakes Oil & Propane: rabbit to Anne Donnay; carbon monoxide detector to Chris Hunt. • Kimball Church of Christ: scripture artwork to Margaret Grams of St. Cloud. • Lake Union Covenant Church: "Facing the Giants" DVD to Heather Olson; music CD to Peggy Lahr; Bible to Cheryl Garding; blue New Testament to Erin Buermann; pink New Testament to Anika Konz; music CD to Sarah Pauly; "Narnia" DVD to Caleb Rhodes; Bible to Jaden Weisman. • Kimball Golf Club: 18-hole green fees for four with power carts to (1) Tess Vossen and (2) Adam Garding. • Tri-County News: one-year subscriptions to (1) Junice Anderson of Kimball, and (2) Noney Plantenberg of Eden Valley; plus a number of two-month trial subscriptions. Someone from a much larger town told me she'd never seen such a thing, and wished her town would put on a community expo. She lamented, though, that it wouldn't happen. The Expo is our community treasure, no matter what your zip code happens to be. We can pull together for something good. And we have a wealth of hard-working businesses, literally at your service!