The public is invited to join in the grand opening celebration for Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event will be held at the main parking area at the junction of Sauk River Road and Glacier Road. We are celebrating all of the work done this summer to add trails, bathrooms, an equestrian area, a group campsite, a bridge over the creek for snowmobiling, and interpretative signs. Come experience the newest addition to the Stearns County Park system. After the ceremony you may hike with naturalists, ride your horse through the park, go on a trail run, go geocaching, or fish.
A few members of thePantowners car club of St. Cloud brought three classic cars to Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins last Thursday, Sept. 12. Reflections are crystal clear in a perfectly restored 1949 DeSoto. The breezy but sunny day was perfect for the 1965 Camaro convertible, especially in red. The other car (not visible in this photo) was a 1967 Plymouth Baracuda. Residents and staff enjoyed viewing the classic cars, asking questions, and even checking out the engines. Hilltop has had a number of activities for residents lately, making the most of summer weather while it lasts.
Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News, will deliver the seventh annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture titled “Conscience and Courage in Public Life” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 18, in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater on the St. John’s University campus.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend. Tickets are available at the Benedicta Arts Center Box Office on the College of St. Benedict campus or by calling (320) 363-5777. Box Office academic hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Kid tractor pull and fireworks to be Friday, Aug. 30
Valley Daze has rescheduled their Kid tractor pull and fireworks that had to be cancelled during the Valley Daze celebration because of weather. They are going to have them both on Friday, Aug. 30. The kid tractor pull registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and the pull starts at 7 p.m. for ages 4-11. The Fireworks will be at dusk at the Eden Valley Elementary School.
Detour signs went up Monday, Aug. 26, and work began the next day. Contractor Kuechle Underground began work Tuesday removing the existing Highway 22 roadway from Highway 55 north to Stearns Avenue.
The $3 million project was delayed this spring by late MnDOT approval. It was bid out in June, and awarded to the lowest of 6 bidders, Kuechle Underground of Kimball.
Planned as a one-season project, it will now be completed in two parts. This year, the project will complete a four-block section of TH22 and two blocks of Central Avenue in downtown Eden Valley.