A new sales tax took effect in Minnesota July 1; it's now 6.875 percent.
After 20 years, the "hands" mural on the south side of the laundromat building on Main Street was painted over, to the surprise (and distress) of some residents. The brick work was repaired and the entire wall was painted a deep sky blue. Advertising signs were added later in the summer.
Sixteen Little League teams competed for the crown in a tournament in Luxemburg July 10-12; the Kimball Gold team took first place, and the Kimball Black team took third.
In his first race since losing his leg in a snowmobile accident in December, "Monster" Mike Schultz took second place in a motocross race June 11 in Michigan. He would race again in the ESPN X Games in Los Angeles July 31. He has designed his own prosthetic leg for racing.
Holy Cross Parish in Pearl Lake expanded their annual festival to two days, July 11 and 12.
The Kimball Community Playhouse performed "Camelot" July 16-19.
Millner Heritage Winery held their grand opening celebration July 17-19.
Ostmark Lutheran Church held its homemade ice cream social July 19.
The KAHS class of 1979 held its 30th reunion July 24 at the Great Blue Heron in Cold Spring.
Old Timers and Old Friends held their annual gathering at Willow Creek Park July 25. A group photo was featured in the July 30 TCN.
St. Wendelin's held their parish bazaar July 26.
Hilltop Care Center (formerly Good Samaritan) in Watkins celebrated its 30th anniversary July 30. A heavy rain storm only slightly dampened the festivities.
Kimball's Tom Marquardt was featured in the July 30 Tri-County News after being named one of four men in the state named to the 2009 Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kimball hosted a Red Cross Bloodmobile July 30 at the KAHS cafetorium.
The 137th annual Meeker County Fair was July 30-Aug. 2.
The Dennis and Gretchen Kuseske family of Kimball was named Stearns County Farm Family of 2009. They were among only 73 farm families in the state so honored.
Watkins' Kraut n Wurst festival was July 31-Aug. 1.
Arrivals: Addelyn Ann Rossmann was born in May to Adrian and Kelly Rossmann of St. Joseph.
Aubrey Elizabeth Pannhoff was born mid-June to Deb Kersten and Spencer Pannhoff of Robbinsdale.
Tyler Edward Kiffmeyer was born in late July to Brian and Megan Kiffmeyer.
Departures: Bernadette "Bernie" Woodford, 74, died July 2.
Margaret Klein, 77, died July 4.
Charlie Dick, 16, died July 22.