Tricounty News

Como Conservatory Bus Trip

Are you sick of snow and dreary weather?  Brighten up with a trip to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo in St. Paul 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 6. The cost is $55. Even if it’s still cold outside (we hope not!), the temperature inside these glass rooms is always tropical. Vibrantly colored flowers bloom in the multiple gardens, including the Ordway Gardens, a $2.8 million building and landscape addition that opened April 19, 2013. After our visit to the Conservatory, we’ll stop at Bachman’s Floral to admire, perhaps even purchase some flowers and plants for our home gardens.

The bus will leave the Stearns History Museum parking lot at 9 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. Coffee, cookies, and great conversation on the bus. Lunch not provided (lunch/coffee room at Bachman’s). All this fun for only $55! RSVP by April 29.

Relay for Life Bake/Garage Sale May 2-3

The Relay for Life Bake/Garage Sale is planned for Thursday,
May 2, and Friday May 3, at the National Guard Armory, 525 Gilman Ave N., Litchfield. Tastefully Simple products, Women’s S-3XL, Men’s, girls/boys clothes, household items, plants, and baked goods. Proceeds to go to Relay for Life-Meeker County: American Cancer Society.

The Relay for Life of Meeker County Event will be Friday,
June 14, at Meeker County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 4 p.m. Come and help us celebrate more birthdays! Survivor Ceremony is at 7 p.m. with lighting of luminary bags at
9:30 p.m. Food and games are available at teams’ campsites.

Any questions, please call (320) 260-7970.

Valley Daze are coming soon

Valley Daze will happen June 20-23. There will NOT be a parade this year (the Kiddie Parade WILL still happen) because of road construction. But many other events remain the same. 

There again will be a Thursday evening family kickoff in the park, and a Business Expo Friday and Saturday. The craft fair and the car & tractor show are still being held. And, naturally, lots of food, entertainment and fun for the whole family.

The Valley Daze Committee is hard at work planning some new and exciting events for this year (in part to compensate for there being no parade this year). Watch for details here. Be sure to plan to come out and support Valley Daze, June 20-23!

Photographing wildflowers at Lake Maria S.P.

“Skills in Photographing Wildflowers” will be the topic of a program at Lake Maria State Park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, in the park’s nature

Leading the session will be veteran professional photographer John Pennoyer of Maple Grove, who has conducted workshops for many organizations and is a member of the Nature Camera Club.


St. Cloud Hospital NICU celebrates 25 years

Celebrate a quarter century of outstanding care for the tiniest and sickest of infants at our NICU reunion from 2-4 p.m. Sunday,
May 5, in the St. Cloud Hospital Conference Center. If your child stayed in our NICU, join us for children’s activities, refreshments, visiting with staff and construction updates on our new NICU with all-private rooms scheduled to open this summer. For more information, please call (320) 229-5139.