The following text was originally printed in the Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1985, and Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, issues of the Tri-County News.
If it were not for the interest and promotion of the Jacobs brothers, there would be no skating rink in Kimball today. They had long been interested in providing a rink and developing hockey players in the community.
Their dream became a reality through a great deal of work. The rink is being well used by many young people. The Jacobs boys have continued their work instructing would-be hockey players.
One end of the rink is used by those playing hockey and the other by figure skaters.
Lights are on between 6 and 10 each night that it is not snowing or too bitterly cold. Snow hitting the light bulbs shortens their lives.
The first step in producing the rink was in securing funds for making it. Jeff Jacobs has taken the lead in soliciting funds as well as the building of the rink. Donations of $500 each were received from the Community Club, the Rod and Gun Club, the Lions Club and the Legion Club. The Jacobs brothers themselves earned more than $800 towards the project through a breakfast and a raffle. The City donated the use of a lawn mower and gas to operate it, the light bill, and insurance. Fred Jacobs donated the use of his truck and many others helped to make the rink a reality.
The brothers have spent much time at the rink helping the young skaters learn to play hockey. Generally there is someone in their age bracket at the rink overseeing its use.
The parents of the skaters are very grateful to the Jacobs brothers for providing the rink and helping their children.
Jeff states that next week he will have a card of thanks for all who have contributed to the rink.
Jeff Jacobs still maintains the hockey and ice staking rinks in 2005, as he has since its beginning.
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"Retribution" follows the War of 1862, and if you weren't there, you missed the rest of our own area history from 148 years ago. Historian, teacher, author Dean Urdahl was our Feb. 23 gifted program speaker whose great-grandfather actually supervised the first Forest City Stockade during that time in the 19th century.
Calendar Mar. 27, 2010. It's the seventh annual Kimball Community Expo 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. held at Kimball Area High School. Our society celebrates its 10th anniversary and you're invited to stop at our booth. Register for prizes and enjoy dozens of other fabulous booths of great varieties and interest. Details will continue in the Tri-County News each week prior. Be sure to attend. It's free.
We're deeply grateful for generous support through memberships in this historical society and the restoration of Kimball's historic city hall, with Phase 5 in progress, as the completion continues. Did you know our city hall is the only national landmark that Kimball has? And you can get involved with tax-deductible benefits.
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