January 2009 in review, taken from the Tri-County News in 2009

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January

Kimball postmaster Scott Lindemann retired Jan. 2; clerk Patty Nelson was appointed Officer In Charge (OIC) until a permanent replacement is named.

A fuel spill in South Haven Jan. 6 was contained before the 200 gallons of gasoline reached Clearwater Lake.

"Monster" Mike Schultz was featured in the Jan. 8 Tri-County News after his Dec. 13, 2008, snomobiling accident. Three days after the accident, Mike's left leg was amputated above the knee. With wife Sara by his side, Mike made a quick recovery and he was back racing again soon.

Kimball Community Playhouse held auditions Jan. 13 and 14 for their winter dinner theater production, "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie.

Students and staff of St. Wendelin School brought their Christmas program to retired Sisters at St. Scholastica in early January.

Kimball resident Diane Gavin retired Jan. 8 from nursing after 41 years, 28 of them at Buffalo Hospital.

Fairhaven native Zelda Stein turned 106 in mid-January at Cokato Manor. (photo at right)

Ben Serbus won the National Geographic Bee in Kimball. Tommy Lochen won the Bee at Holy Cross School.

Jan. 20 was the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., and Kimball seventh-grader Ben Serbus was there ... almost. Crowd control kept him from the actual location, but he and his group - Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference - did find a place to watch it.

A Kimball Bloodmobile was held Jan. 20 at St. Anne's Church.

The Kimball Elementary youth wresting club participated for the first time in an exhibition match against St. Cloud Tech's elementary program Jan. 20.

Andrew Dingmann and Bridget Gohmann were named to Region 5A with Triple "A" Awards (Academics, Arts and Athletics). Their awards banquet was Jan. 21 in Paynesville.

SPC Ryan Merrill visited Mrs. Herrington's fifth-grade class Jan. 21 at KES while on leave from Iraq. She told students about her life as a soldier, and answered dozens of questions. She also taught them how to properly salute. Ryan presented the school with a U.S. flag that had flown over Iraq.

State Rep. Larry Hosch told the Kimball City Council Jan. 20 that the city escaped the governor's "unallotment" and loss of local government aid this time, but would not be so lucky at the next budget go-around.

The Kimball Fire & Rescue Department hired two new members, Kevin Sommers and Aaron Dahlinger. John Arnold and Ed Maus retired after 20 and 24 years of service, respectively.

A change of ownership was announced for Ertl Hardware Hank in Watkins in the Jan. 22 Tri-County News. Dave Knutson purchased the business from Tom Ertl in Dec. 2008, and the name of the business would remain the same.

Mill Creek Dairy (brothers Tom and Ed Gregory, Tom's wife Donna and son Nick) were named outstanding conservationists of the year by Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District. They received their award in December; it was announced in the Jan. 22 Tri-County News.

The Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce held their 7th annual Vegas Night at Generations Ballroom Jan. 24, a night of socializing and fun.

Cary Maus was awarded the Kimball Fire Department Chief's Award for his 26 years of service on the department.

Principal Jon Clark announced a change in kindergarten at KES, specifically an end to the free all-day every-day for everyone option; the changes would take effect during the 2009-10 school year.

The Tri-County News received two awards at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention in late-January, one for a Gaylen Bicking photograph and another for a Sue Hughes ad. TCN editor/publisher was named to two state committees: advertising, and new media/technology.

Katie Stewart-James was invited to a Timberwolves Game Jan 30, and got to go out mid-court during the second quarter as part of the FastBreak Foundation and HopeKids organizations to help children with chronic illness. Katie had leukemia.

Arrivals: Julia Lynnae and Jared Matthew Brutger (twins) were born in Dec. 2008 to Jeremy and Melissa (Anderson) Brutger of Hanover.

Noah Daniel Stueber was born in December 2008 to Dan and Becky (Kuechle) Stueber of Mora.

Elizabeth Grace Donnay was born in January to Kevin and Erin (Schiefelbein) Donnay of Kimball.

Kylie Ann Van Nurden was born in January to Travis and Kristin Van Nurden of Kimball.

Alexis Marie Barto was born in January to Eugene "Bud" and Emily (Jobes) Barto of Johnstown, Pa.

Macy Maria Hilsgen was born in January to Jana and Troy Hilsgen of Kimball.

Departures: Mary "Ann" Ashwill, 86, died Jan. 1, 2009.

James Cleveland, 73, died Jan. 3.

Virginia Newman, 86, died Jan. 7.

Norbert Winter, 86, died Jan. 8.

Harris Nelson, 94, died Jan. 9.

Viola Anderson, 94, died Jan. 20.

Henry Ewers, 83, died Jan. 23.

Tresa Young, 89, died Jan. 28.