Tricounty News

Hilltop residents learn about robotic milking

Hilltop Health Care Center residents toured Steve and Lori Dockendorf’s farm this fall. They learned about their robotic milking system. The residents were amazed that milking cows has progressed from their days of milking by hand, to milk machines and now to a robotic system.W-Hilltop-Healthcare--Dockendorf-Barn-1


Ronald Wendroth, 83

Ronald Wendroth of Watkins died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at the Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins. He was 83.W-Ronald-Wendroth-picture

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Church of God in Eden Valley. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Fort Ripley Veteran’s Cemetery Friday, Nov. 1.


St. John’s Prep hosts Open House

Families interested in learning about the innovative curriculum, in grades 6-12, and other opportunities at St. John’s Prep, are encouraged to attend the Fall Open House at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the school.

The information session will include a general overview of the 6th-12th grade curriculum, programs and activities, and transportation options. Although not required, RSVPs are encouraged by contacting the Admission Office at (320) 363-3315, Option 3. Because of limited space, interested families are encouraged to apply early for the 2014-15 academic year.

Founded in 1857, St. John’s Prep is a Catholic/Benedictine, co-ed, private day and boarding school, providing students of all faiths in grades 6-12, with a college-preparatory curriculum. For more information, visit, or call (320) 363-3315.

Eden Valley fills one council seat

Tuesday, Sept. 10, was a special election in Eden Valley to fill one of the two vacant seats on the council. Sixty votes were cast: 34 for Jeff Bradshaw, who was duly elected to the council; there also were 21 votes for Robert Bischof, and five for Daniel Schmitt.

The remaining vacancy will be filled in a special election Jan. 28, 2014.

The council held a special meeting Monday, Sept. 16, to canvass the election.

They also discussed financing of a portion of the TH 22 construction project with Todd Hagen, the city’s financial advisor from Ehlers. Ehlers had been authorized to solicit proposals for the sale of $1.055 million general-obligation improvement bonds; the council’s Oct. 9 meeting was the date set for considering proposals and awarding sale of the bonds.


Kuprava accepted to Med School

Shota Kuprava, exchange student at Kimball Area High School during the 2011-12 school year, has been accepted to Tbilisi State Medical University on full scholarship. He completed his high school courses and exams in Georgia this summer. Completing the six-year program, Kuprava will earn both a bachelor’s and M.D. degree.w-Kuprava-Shota

Kuprava came to Kimball from the Georgian Republic, through the FLEX program sponsored by the United States Department of State, and his host family was Anton, Jean and George Matua.