Tricounty News

Kimball Library history

The Kimball Library will officially open Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. Hours will be from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Friday’s hours will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Mrs. Evelyn Ellis has been hired by the village council to serve as the librarian. She will be trained by the St. Cloud library staff. The library, which will be located in the council room at the village hall, will replace the visits of the Stearns County Bookmobile.w-Evelyn-Ellis-Library197

Above reprinted from the Tri-County News, June 7, 1962.

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The Stearns County Branch Library opened Friday afternoon at 3  p.m. Eighty-five registered the first two days and 190 books have been checked out.

The public is urged to take advantage of the 1,073 books on the shelves. There is reading material for all ages. Everyone is invited to visit the library and enjoy with others the Golden Picture Atlas, 1961 World Almanac and Book of Facts, Minnesota Legislative Manual, the Picture History of America, Facts on Sports, Webster’s Dictionary, and Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia.


Circle Me History

Save the date Wednesday, April 24

Join others at Circle Me History, the Stearns History Museum’s second annual fundraiser held at the Gorecki Center on the College of St. Benedict campus.

The following are part of the program:

• Bert Blyleven, keynote speaker

• Some memorabilia from the
St. Cloud Rox, 1946-1971 on display

• Scrumptious dinner

• Live and silent auctions


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago March 11-17, 1863 March 4-10,1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, March 11, 1863

Federal gunboats and troops moved through the tangle of bayous and overgrown waterways from Yazoo Pass off of the Mississippi River to the Yalobusha River, 90 miles from Vicksburg, Miss. Confederate Major General W.W. Loring was sent to construct Fort Pemberton near Greenwood, Miss. The fort, built of earth and cotton bales on flooded ground, successfully repelled the first of several attacks by Union gunboats seeking passage.


Excitement over a car in 1911

Today when we want to hop in the car, insert the key in the ignition and fire up the engine we take it all for granted. But it was
w-packard-thirty-runabout-from-1911-old-caras little as 100 years ago when cars were a novelty in central Minnesota and especially the rural areas.

One of the first accounts written of the automobile’s emergence to the Watkins area was penned in 1911 in the diary of the late Rev. Nicholas Donnay, who grew up on a farm near town. Excerpts from that diary were published in the Watkins Centennial history book entitled “The First 100 Years.”


William Bros farm is one of best in great dairy realm

John Steman is manager of big tract in Maine Prairie Townw-Green-Farm195

Text taken from the Daily Journal-Press, St. Cloud, March 20, 1928. Reprinted from the Tri-County News Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001.

Stearns County boasts of many wonderful farms equipped with every facility to properly conduct such institutions.

Among these, none are more worthy of commendable mention than that of Wm. Bros, located on Trunk Highway 24, a mile northeast of what is known as Maine Prairie Corners. This farm comprises 480 acres, and is given over largely to the raising of blooded milk strain short horn cattle. This farm is probably one of the best in the county, and is under the capable management of John Steman, a practical farmer who has spent all of his life in this branch of husbandry. He is a native of Minnesota, and was raised in Meeker County, locating on the Bros farm some six years ago.