Tricounty News

2009 in Review - May

The Kimball All-City Garage Sale was held May 2.

Watkins Lions held a chili and soup cook-off May 2 to raise money for the new skating rink.

South Haven Fire Department held their annual smelt fry May 2.

Jon Albert became Senior Pastor at the Kimball Church of Christ May 3.

The KAHS Fine Arts Department presented the spring band concert and art show May 5.

May 6 Kimball native CDR Sean Liedman took command of the Fighting Tigers Navy Patrol Squadron. On April 8, Liedman was the Executive Officer on the reconnaissance plane that was the first military unit to reach the hijacked ship Maersk Alabama.

By early May the H1N1 novel influenza virus was the subject of the Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner's column.

The Kimball Express held their 23rd annual Mother's Day dinner at Generations Ballroom in Kimball May 10.

KES students presented their outdoor spring concert May 11 behind the school.

At the May 11 Kimball softball game, coach Gary Riess reached his 1,000th game coached during his 35 years at Kimball.

The Kimball Area Ministerial Alliance held a dodgeball tournament at KAHS May 13.

A popular and visible eagle nest near Co. Rd. 48 near Marty was destroyed during a wind storm in mid-May, killing the two eagle chicks. Violent winds blew down the tree in which the eagles had a nest for several years.

May 15 marked the grand opening of Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery, 7 miles south of Kimball on Hwy. 15. Begun in 2006, the opening was indeed a celebration of three years of hard work.

The Kimball Dollars for Scholars Gala was held May 16. This year's theme was "Fantasy Island." 31 scholarships were awarded.

Chuck Sterling of Kimball was crowned state king of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) at the TOPS convention May 16 in Hinckley. Sterling reached his goal of a 50-pound weight loss.

Kimball Community Playhouse held auditions for "Camelot" May 19-21.

KAHS' Tommy Linn was among 14 high school seniors within Michele Bachmann's congressional district to receive a Congressional Certificate of Merit. The award was presented at a program May 22 in Monticello.

The annual Memorial Day service was held May 25 at KES.

KES second-graders spent the day May 27 at the Old Meyer Schoolhouse in St. Augusta. They dressed in period clothes, had period lessons in the one-room schoolhouse, and played period games in the school yard. Marcia Janski Rosha, a student at the school "way back when," talked to students about school life.

At the Section 5A meet May 27, junior Macki Nelson was the only EV-W-K track team member to advance to state competition; her pole vault at the meet broke the school record. She would place 13th in the state meet June 6.

The Kimball Area Fire Department was called to a treehouse fire that damaged part of a warehouse building across the fence at Arnold's of Kimball in the early evening May 28.

Kimball Area High School held its graduation ceremony May 28; 54 seniors received diplomas.

Deb Libbesmeier joined the Watkins Area Medical Clinic in May as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Paynesville Area Health Care Systems would announce the clinic's closure in December.

May Arrivals: Peter Theodore Newman was born in May to Troy and Christy (Zutz) Newman of Courtland, Kan.

Leah Caroline Massmann was born in early May to Brent and Nicole (Krueger) Massmann of East Grand Forks.

Departures: Harold Elliott, 76, died May 6.

Doris Nelson, 74, died May 15.

Myrtle Pherigo, 89, died May 19.