Tricounty News

St. John’s celebrates five years in new building

You’re invited!

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its new building with a picnic on the church lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. All members of the community are invited to be guests. There is no cost, and guests need not bring anything – except maybe a lawn chair. There will be games and activities for all ages.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over five years since folks were driving by to check out the progress of the construction of
St. John’s new building in the Greely Edition. But it took a lot longer than five years to reach the point when, in August of 2009, many members of the community attended the open house and dedication of the new facilities.


Aug. 31: Holy Cross Parish Breakfast

Holy Cross Parish plans a breakfast benefiting Holy Cross School 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Aug. 31. They’ll be serving scrambled eggs with all the fixings (peppers, onions, cheese, ham, salsa), Knaus sausage, pancakes, hash browns, breakfast rolls, milk, juice and coffee.

Cost for adults is $7 and children $5. Children younger than 5 are free.

Holy Cross School is located at 10651 County Road 8 in Marty (Pearl Lake).

Aug. 15: Church of Our Lady ice cream social

An ice cream social is planned at the Church of Our Lady, Manannah, at 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. There will be barbecues, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, pie, ice cream and beverages.

Also planned is a Country Store with baked goods and garden produce. All for a free-will offering.

Mass for the Holy Day is at 8 p.m. 

The Fair Haven Ladies still get together

Pictured from left to right are Sandi Nyren Ransom, Helen Kothe Larson, Betty Fieldseth Manke, Evelyn Salmela Weisman, Ardis Salmela Hammer, Elaine Salmela Johnson, Sharon Wesloh Brown, Karen Nyren Cleveland, Verna Lea Stuve Salmela and LaVonne Schauer Kadlec. These Ladies of Fair Haven attended Fair Haven W-Fair-Haven-Ladies-IMG 0294Public School and later Kimball High School classes of ’56, ’57, ’58 and ’60. They have remained in close contact with one another all through the years, and whenever Sharon Wesloh Brown is here visiting from Reno, Nev., they try to get together. They met Tuesday, July 29, at the home of Verna Salmela, and then spent the afternoon remembering old times and viewing the flower gardens of Verna, Vanessa Schlueter, and Evelyn Weisman. Nothing like Old Friends. Submitted photo.




Aug. 15: Pedal Pilgrimage

Friday Aug. 15, a Pedal Pilgrimage to the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring is planned.

St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Forest City is again organizing the annual pedal pilgrimage to the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring. This 20-mile bike ride combines spiritual and physical exercise. Bikers gather at 3 p.m. Friday for prayer at St. Gertrude’s with additional prayer stops along the way. The pilgrimage concludes with a Mass at the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring.

To receive a registration form, contact St. Gertrude’s Church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , include “Pilgrimage” in the subject, or go to, to print out a registration form.

Aug. 15, 2014, is the Feast of the Assumption in the Roman Catholic Calendar. While the prayer during the pilgrimage will reflect this theme, the pilgrimage is open to people of all faith traditions. If St. Gertrude’s is contacted by Aug. 7, arrangements can be made to get back to Forest City. Without pre-arrangement, pilgrims are responsible for getting home once at Cold Spring. The Registration fee of $10. Early bird registrants will receive a Pedal Pilgrimage Tee shirt. Pilgrims and their families are welcome to an optional $5.75 pizza dinner in Cold Spring before returning to Forest City. St. Gertrude’s Church is located at 31608 650th Ave. Litchfield MN 55355.

Mike McNeil

Pastoral Associate,

St. Gertrude’s