Tricounty News

Research Center Workshops Dec. 18

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m. at Stearns History Museum

Have you ever wondered what resources are available in the Research Center and Archives of the Stearns History Museum? Come and find out. The Stearns History Museum is offering a new monthly class to highlight the many resources available and show you how easy they are to access. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, our archivists will teach an Introduction to the Research Center and Archives workshop. We will show patrons how to use our archives and all of the different databases and collections that are available.

Join us at the Stearns History Museum for a Research Center Workshop at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. The workshop will consist of an Introduction to the Stearns History Museum Research Center/Archives. Whether you are a seasoned research veteran interested in genealogy, or you are researching town histories or the history of a local business, or just a beginner, this class is for you. Please RSVP to (320)
253-8424, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Founded in 1936, the Stearns History Museum has focused on preserving and interpreting the history of the region for 77 years. The mission of the museum is to engage people in the exploration of the County’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspectives on the present, and inspiration for the future. The Stearns History Museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Keyboard That Killed Cursive

The Cokato Museum announ-ces the opening of its latest temporary exhibit, The Keyboard That Killed Cursive.

At one time, the Palmer Method of penmanship and cursive writing was the norm. Now our communications are essentially the clicking of keystrokes and the hitting of the “Send” button. How we progressed from that rigorous standard of precise penmanship to cursive being a lost art is the focus of this display – starting with a look at the Palmer Method and ending with the formative years of business/personal computer applications.

Nearly two dozen typewriters, ranging from the late nineteenth century through the late 1980s are featured, along with some early desktop computers that will leave you shaking your head in amazement. Exhibit patrons can try their hand at a penmanship exercise, or see how their typewriter skills have held up after all these years.

The Keyboard That Killed Cursive officially opened Tuesday, Dec. 10, and runs through March 22, 2014.

The main exhibit gallery is also festively decorated for the holiday season. We even have Santa checking his Naughty & Nice list as he sorts mail in the post office display.

For more information, please contact the museum at (320) 286-2427, on the web at, or check out their Facebook page.

The Cokato Museum is a cooperative effort of the City of Cokato and the Cokato Historical Society.

EV-W FFA fruit sales are a success

W-fruitThe Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter would like to thank everyone who purchased fruit, meat, and cheese this year. We had a very successful sale of more than $30,000 worth of product. Twelve pallets of fruit arrived Thursday, Dec. 5, and was unloaded by 42 FFA members. The top three sales people this year were Dillon Blonigen, Mandy Molitor, and Arnie Gruenes. Thanks again for your continued support of the Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter.

Mrs. Tracy Huhn

EV-W FFA Advisor

Top sales persons for the EV-W FFA fruit sales are Dillon Blonigen, Mandy Molitor, and Arnie Gruenes. Submitted photo.




4-H project donates birthday bags to food shelves

Youth donate more than 75 birthday bags to area food shelves

Children laughing and having fun, decorations, a cake with candles, and presents are all hallmarks of most children’s birthday parties. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for all families. Celebrating a birthday is a big occasion for any family, but one that is made much more stressful and at times, impossible for some families. The Meeker County 4-H Program has helped to make this possible for more than 75 more children.

One hundred youth from four area school districts, including: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Eden Valley-Watkins, Kimball, and Litchfield, participated in a 4-H Holiday Gift Surprises class during December. This class was made possible through a partnership between Meeker County 4-H and local Community Education Programs.


Forest City Stockade's 18th annual Pioneer Christmas

Santa and Mrs. Claus had a historic setting for photos with kids at Forest City Stockade’s 18th annual Pioneer Christmas Saturday, Dec. 7. Staff photo
by Anton Matua.

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