Tricounty News

Mozenas: Kimball Grand Marshals

Dean and Karen Mozena were nominated to be this year's Kimball Days Grand marshals. Both have been integral parts of the Kimball community for many years. Congratulations to them both! The Kimball Days parade is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Watch for the Mozenas to lead the parade.

Dean and Karen Mozena will lead the Kimball Days parade at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 11 … in a school bus.w-Mozenas

That’s appropriate as Dean was recently celebrated for having been a bus driver in Kimball for 55 years. This coming school year, both Dean and Karen will drive for Hendricks Bus Service.


Minnesota National Guard 849th Mobility Augmentation Company deploys

Tuesday, July 16, morning, the 849th MAC reserves left Willmar for deployment. Ninety-five soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are leaving Minnesota for training, then for a one-year deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These soldiers will be assigned to the 878th Engineer Battalion, which is headquartered in Augusta, Ga.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the name of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. These soldiers will conduct route clearance missions to ensure mobility of coalition forces. In addition to this primary mission, they will also conduct limited infantry operations.

The soldiers represent communities throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin:

Albert Lea, Atwater, Burnsville, Clearwater, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Eden Valley, Fargo, Farmington, Grove City, Isanti, Kenyon, Lakeville, Litchfield,
Mankato, Monticello, New Richmond, Wis., Osseo, Owatonna, Proctor, St. Cloud, St. Louis Park,
St. Paul Park, Sauk Rapids,
Shakopee, White Bear Township, and Woodbury.


Minn. Pioneer Park hosts artisan expo

Saturday, July 27, Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale will sponsor an area artisan expo from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Artisans will demonstrate, display and sell their work in many of the museum’s historic buildings. Come and experience a wide variety of art including painting, blacksmithing, wood carving and chipping, pottery, photography, spinning, quilting, weaving and more. Musicians will perform in the Finnish Church. Summer-time food favorites also will be available including our famous root-beer floats.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, & under age 5 Free.

Minnesota Pioneer Park is located just east of Annandale on Highway 55. (320) 274-8489 or

Upcoming programs at Kimball Public Library

The Kimball Public Library is offering the following programs.

Art In a Bottle – July 15: Children age 7-12 are invited to make Art in a Bottle at the Kimball Public Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 15. All materials will be provided to create a beautiful bottle of art using colored sand. The attendance limit is 12 and preregistration is required. Walk-ins will be welcome if the registration limit isn’t filled.


Yellow-ribbon send-off for troops

A Yellow Ribbon parade send-off will be held along Main Street (Highway 12) in Litchfield starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, in Litchfield for 95 troops headed to Afghanistan by way of Texas. Of these 95, 35 are from Meeker County and five are from the Eden Valley area.

Flags can be picked up at the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce.

Here’s your chance to participate in a local send-off, whether you know any of the 95 troops or not.