Tricounty News

Award-winning talent at Minnesota Bluegrass Festival

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival has been nominated three times as Event of the Year (2005, 2007, 2010) by the International Bluegrass Music W-Junior-Sisk--Ramblers-ChoiceAssociation (IBMA) in Nashville. It is no surprise then that the 2013 MBOTMA Festival will feature the IBMA Entertainers of the Year; The Gibson Brothers. Other award-winning acts on the 2013 line-up include Darin & Brooke Aldridge (Emerging Artist nominees), Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist nominee), The Claire Lynch Band (Female Vocalist of the Year 1997 & 2010), and Bigfoot (Appalachian Stringband Festival Traditional Old-Time Band Champions). Fourteen more acts on the main stage and another 10 groups on various other stages completes this award-winning line-up for this annual music and camping festival at El Rancho Mañana in Stearns County Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8 through 11.

When it comes to sustainability and stability, a career in music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for Eric and Leigh Gibson. But despite being from New York and geographically removed from the genre’s Appalachian roots, they have made a name for themselves in bluegrass music over the past two decades, playing more than 80 shows and festivals a year. They have gradually built a deeply dedicated, nationwide fan base with their spellbinding harmony singing, which can reach the high lonesome notes of Bill and Charlie Monroe, and capture the tenderness of pop/country crooners The Everly Brothers.


Kimball Days are Aug. 9-11

The 32nd annual Kimball Days will be held at various locations in Kimball, and events are sponsored by a number of organizations.

Here is a list of activities scheduled during Kimball Days.

The Kimball Area Historical Society’s exhibit in City Hall is “Main Street Memories,” open 4-8 p.m. Friday, 9-4 Saturday, and 9-3 Sunday.

Friday, Aug. 9

5-8 p.m. Supper in the Park

6-9 p.m. Food stand at ball field

7 p.m. Softball tournament

7 p.m. Little Miss Kimball parade from KES to KAHS

7:30 p.m. Little Miss Kimball coronation at KAHS

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Karaoke at Main Street Pub


Kraut ’N Wurst is Aug. 2-3

Kraut ’N Wurst is again sponsored by the Watkins Fire Department which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Let’s all make this year’s festival the biggest and best ever! Unless noted otherwise, events are in or near McCarthy Park in Watkins.

Here is a list of activities scheduled during the Kraut ’N Wurst festival in Watkins:

Friday, Aug. 2

• Beer and hamburger stand is open from 7-10 p.m.

• Little Miss Watkins Pageant is at 7:30 p.m.

• Cow Drop is at 9 p.m.


Dozens enjoy 'free' swim in Watkins

Watkins mayor Dennis Loch (inside the basket “cage”) sponsored a free swim afternoon at the Watkins Pool Sunday, July 28. More than 60 W-DSCF0966-croppedindividuals enjoyed the refreshing afternoon, and treats too. Another free swim is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, followed by a teen swim. Only a few weeks left of swimming season at the pool. For the latest pool info., call 764-SWIM. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


South Haven celebrates

Saturday, July 27, the city of South Haven celebrated South Haven Days with parade, variety entertainment, professional wrestling, and their W-DSCF0792
annual car show. Large crowds were on hand to enjoy the festivities.