Tricounty News

2013 in review - February


The EV-W FFA received a $2,500 grant as part of the “FFA: Food For All” program. 

Feb. 1 was a “Lock-in” at KES for Girl Scouts of Kimball, Eden Valley and Watkins; the event kicked off their annual cookie sale.

Feb. 2 was the 25th annual Kingston Lions Fishing Contest held on Lake Francis. 

Feb. 2 was the KAHS alumni basketball tournament. Team 2006-07 won (for the fifth time in six years); team 2008-10 took second, and team 1994-97 took third place.

Feb. 2 the Kimball one-act play “Cyrano de Bergerac” was performed in Section 2A competition at LeSueur-Henderson High School.


2013, the year that was - January


Perhaps the biggest story of January 2013 was the merger and renaming of four branches of two banks into the new Harvest Bank to be based in Kimball. The former State Bank of Kimball and Atwater State Bank were merged in 2013, and reorganized under the name Harvest Bank. Keith Markwardt was named president of the new entity, with headquarters at the Kimball office. The change became official Feb. 11.

It can be noted that 2013 started out much as it’s predicted that 2014 will begin, weather-wise: C-O-L-D, with wind chills in the -25 to -35 degree range.


Jan. 7 Blood Drive at St. Anne’s

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Kimball 1-7 p.m. Jan. 7, at St. Anne’s Church.

If you are able to donate and have not been contacted to schedule an appointment, you may call Joann at (320) 398-2691. If you are unsure of your time schedule, you may come in any time and we will get you in as soon as possible. All donors should bring in a photo ID or your blood donation card.

The importance of a diverse blood supply

While many people share similar blood types, there are some with more rare types. It’s important for donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of the population in order to help meet the needs of as many patients as possible.

• Some blood types are unique to ethnic groups, making it essential that the donor’s and patient’s types are a match beyond their ABO blood type for some health conditions.

• Certain blood types are more common in some ethnic groups than others. For instance, about 70 percent of African Americans have type O or B blood, the types that are typically the first to run out during a shortage.


Three vie for open seat on Eden Valley City Council

Special EV City Council Election

A special election is set for Tuesday, Jan. 28, to fill a vacancy on the Eden Valley City Council.

Three men are vying for the seat.

Brent Bengtson, 40, grew up in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1992. He is employed as an IT Architect at United Health Group.

He and his wife of 10 years,
Stacey, have a son, Isaac, who is in fifth grade. Bengston is currently the Cub Master for Pack 363 and Assistant Scout Master for Troop 363 in Eden Valley/Watkins.


Auditions scheduled

Auditions scheduled for Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre’s winter production “The Foreigner”

Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre is posting an audition call for its winter production of “The Foreigner,” a hilarious play that demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a foreigner who, they think, knows no English. This production will be directed by David Metcalf and is sponsored by Dassel-Cokato Community Education.

Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. or Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., at the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum, 901 First Street North, Dassel. Those interested are welcome to come to either audition time and should bring their calendar and winter conflict schedule.