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The cast of “Footloose!” wowed audiences in three performances last week. Cast, crew and musicians spent half their summer working hard in rehearsal. The Kimball Community Playhouse summer musical production was in part made possible by Legacy funding. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.





Kingston Johnson-Kelly American Legion Auxiliary, June 25

Members met for their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 25, at Kingston Johnson-Kelly Hall. Meeting called to order by president Lauri Wills. Prayers by chaplain Chris Jeppesen. The members of the Kingston Johnson-Kelly post 483 joined the auxiliary members for opening exercises, all repeating the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and repeating the Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion and Auxiliary. Separate meetings were then held. Secretary Judy Compton read minutes of the last meeting, and roll call showed 15 members present. Unfinished and new business were discussed.

Installation of officers for the 2013-14 year took place with Alice Root, past president, assisting. President Micki Turja, First Vice President Marie Williamson, Second Vice President Jessica Campbell, Third Vice President Lois Wills, Sergeant at Arms Linda Atkinson, Secretary Rose Olson, Treasurer Mary Jane Arens, Exclam. Chris Jeppesen and Ann Hamilton, Historian Chris Jeppesen, Public Relations Ann Hamilton.

Alice Root is on record for being the first president of the Auxiliary when it was formed May 21, 1962.

Annual memorial service also was held, presented by our chaplain Chris Jeppesen, honoring all our deceased members.

Sandy Smith and Micki Turja attended the annual spring American Legion Auxiliary Convention Saturday, June 8 at New London. The day consisted of business meetings with information for the American Legion and Auxiliary for the year, including the consideration of resolutions from Auxiliaries and the election of officers. The past district president was Jodi Meckle, and new president for 2013-14 will be Pat Ecker.

The department American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary convention will be held at Mahnomen, Minn., July 18-20. The Auxiliary convention will be highlighted by a visit from Northwest Division Vice President Doris Ann Werlinger of South Dakota. Our department president Raleen Tolzmann should be present at the American Legion Auxiliary convention.

Friday, June 14 was Flag Day. Were you patriotic and flew your flag?

Girls State was held at Bethel University June 9-15. It was the 67th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Minnesota State, with about 370 women learning about Minnesota government by actually running a government.

A delicious lunch was served by Alice Root and Barb Root.

The members of the Kingston Johnson-Kelly American Legion, Honor Guard and Kingston Johnson-Kelly American Legion Auxiliary will be present in Litchfield Tuesday, July 16, to see off three busloads of Litchfield area National Guard members who are being deployed to Afghanistan; these 99 Guard members will be on their way to Texas for training. Buses will leave the Armory at 9 a.m., drive through Litchfield main street, then travel past Darwin and Dassel. We all wish them a safe trip, and keep them in our thoughts as they serve.

Let’s all fly our flags, also in their honor, and remember all the service men and women wherever they are serving.

The next meeting of the Kingston Johnson-Kelly American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary will be Tuesday evening, Aug. 27. Our membership dues will be due that evening.

Enjoy the Fourth of July, and fly your flags.

Public Relations, Ann Hamilton

Footloose opens July 12

W-footloose-HeroFootloose cast members Virginia Block, Ariel Laabs, Holly Dahlinger, Kenzie Traurig and Chelsey Maus rehearse "Holding Out for a Hero" for the upcoming Kimball Community Playhouse production of "Footloose." A cast of nearly 50 talented youth and adults will wow you with their performances! The summer musical opens at 7 p.m. Friday July 12. Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13 and at 2 p.m. Sunday July 14. Tickets are available at the door $10 ($8 for seniors/students). Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.

Veterans rendezvous planned (2)

Central Minnesota veterans and their families are invited to Rendezvous for an afternoon of music, fun, and connection to fellow veterans and the St. Cloud VA and its programs, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Circle Parking Lot on the campus of the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.

“In naming this event, we chose Rendezvous for some of the symbolism it conveys, but the number one thing we want to provide is an opportunity for veterans to connect with each other in a relaxing, fun and welcoming environment,” said Brett Jagodzinski, a VA employee organizing the event.

“During the fur trade era of the early nineteenth century, the ‘Rendezvous’ was an annual gathering where trappers traded their fur pelts for goods and supplies, and engaged in fellowship and camaraderie after a long, often lonely year spent trapping in the mountains,” explained Jagodzinski. “In the military, a rendezvous point is often a prearranged meeting place where troops know they can meet up with one another if they get separated during battle. This event sort of blends both of those ideas together.”

Planned activities include live music concerts, food, and family games, Jagodzinski said. A variety of Veteran-focused VA information booths will also be available during the event.

“The musical performers will be high quality, national touring shows,” Jagodzinski said.  Performers will be announced on the St. Cloud VA’s Facebook page at

The event is open to all residential Veterans, to Veterans throughout Central Minnesota, and their immediate families.

Financial and volunteer support is being provided by the Clearwater Legion Riders, Minnesota Patriot Guard, Clearwater American Legion, Weber’s Deck, and White Oak Realty.

Kimball FFA members attend five day conference in Deep Portage (2)

W-Joelle-Edwards-FFA-camp-pictureLeft to right: Dalton Kampsen, Region V President, Kimball FFA members Joelle Edwards and Sami Reinert and Brandon Roiger Minnesota State FFA Reporter. Submitted photo.Kimball FFA members Sami Reinert and Joelle Edwards spent five days at the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack, Minnesota for annual State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) June 24 - 28. 

SGLC is a conference held once a year for first year FFA members. The five day camp consists of team building activities, and individual activities that focus on the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Through the week, many obstacles were faced, from losing your name tag and having to sing in front of everyone to get it back, to building each individual’s leadership and confidence, and spending time with other FFA members from all over the state.

These experiences have impacted these students and they brought back great ideas and stories for their own chapter.

“Fuel your Fire” is the theme this year for the Minnesota FFA. The Kimball FFA would like to thank everyone who has supported them throughout the years and encourages individuals to “Fuel your Fire” with the Kimball FFA.