Tricounty News

Stearns History Museum to participate in Blue Star Museums

Today Stearns History Museum announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

The Stearns History Museum will officially launch the program with a Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 31st, from
10 a.m.-5 p.m..  On this day, all veterans and their families, as well as all active duty military and their families, are offered free admission to the Stearns History Museum’s exhibit galleries, children’s play room, and research center. The Stearns History Museum thanks you for your service.

Neisen, Donnay honored for Legion membership

At right, Ed Neisen was presented a 60-year certificate of membership in the American Legion during the Memorial Day ceremonies Monday in Watkins.w-Ed Neisen




At left, Jim Donnay received a 50-year certificate at the same time. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.


May 28-29: Great River Chorale auditioning

Great River Chorale, a select, auditioned 45-voice choral ensemble based in St. Cloud, announces auditions for the 2014-15 concert season. The chorale rehearses Sunday nights and holds extra rehearsals prior to concerts. Members are skilled professional and avocational musicians and choral enthusiasts who desire to sing high quality repertoire at the highest level of excellence. Audition dates for the 2014-15 concert season are:

Wednesday, May 28, Thursday, May 29, Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, all at 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Auditions are at Salem Lutheran Church at 90 Riverside Drive SE, in St. Cloud. 

To schedule an audition, go to For more information, contact GRC business manager, Deb Ferrell, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (320) 515-4472.


Memorial Day services at KES

The public is invited to take part in the Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, in the Kimball Elementary School auditorium. The flag will be raised outside the school after the American Legion marching units arrive.




Watkins Legion Memorial Day Program

• Prayers at five war memorials led by Fr. Jerome Naduvathaniyil 


• Commander Alvin Jungles presents 50- and 60-year certificates to Jim Donnay for 50 years and Ed Niesen for 60 years

• Mass led by Fr. Jerome and Fr. Gross


• “Taps” played by Maria Holdvogt and Andrew Schlangen