Tricounty News

Region officers provided with premier training for year of service ahead

Sixty-four region officers from eight different regions across Minnesota all traveled to Hackensack, Minn., Tuesday, June 10, to attend Providing Officers With EssentialW-FFA-Region-5-Officer-Team-14 Resources, or POWER, leadership training. Officers from Region Five included Sienna Kampsen–New London-Spicer, Sarah Eggert–Hutchinson, Kirsten Barott–Glencoe/Silver Lake, Garrett Moorse–Minneota, Kayla Kutzke–ACGC, Zach Pierson–Glencoe/Silver Lake, James Gathje–Eden Valley-Watkins, Emily Amundson–Dassel Cokato, and Joelle Edwards–Kimball.


St. John’s Prep announces spring 2014 Honor Roll students

St. John’s Preparatory School is pleased to announce the following Kimball and South Haven students in grades 6-12 have achieved the Honor Roll for Spring Semester, 2014. Students attaining the Headmaster’s Honor Roll have earned a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher and those on the Principal’s Honor Roll have a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.4999.


Anderson becomes area's newest Eagle Scour

Caleb Anderson of Pearl Lake became the newest Eagle Scout in the area during an Honor Court ceremony Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross School. Pictured above is Caleb (center) his W-IMG 9423proud parents Julie and Ralph Anderson.

Caleb’s Eagle Scout project was to install a pavered patio to the west of the church overlooking the cemetery (below left), and a Mary garden on the east side (below right). He enlisted donations and helpers, and coordinated both projects to their completion. Anderson is part of Troop 15 out of Cold Spring.Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.

DARE graduates 123 students

Sheriff Jeff Norlin announces that the 2014 DARE classes have been completed and that he would like to congratulate the 123 DARE graduates for year 2014 from the W-DARE-DSC 0062 1Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and the Eden Valley-Watkins Schools.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office has been a participant in the DARE program for more than 20 years and has been taught by Captain Jon Thoma for the last seven years. DARE is a collaboration between the school and law enforcement to bring a uniformed officer into the school to teach students decision-making skills and consequences about drugs and alcohol. DARE also helps to build students’ self-esteem to stay out of risky situations and to avoid peer pressure.

Captain Jon Thoma said he was glad he could arrange the motivated and influential speaker Anchorman Randy Shaver from KARE 11 News to be the keynote speaker for the 2014 DARE graduates. Shaver gave the graduates a powerful message that “it only takes one time.” The meaning to this phrase is that they now have the knowledge about drugs, alcohol, marijuana and peer pressure decision making and how one bad decision could affect them for the rest of their lives.


Meeker County 4-H Dairy Bowl

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Meeker/Kandiyohi County 4-H Dairy Project Bowl Teams came back after each losing matches early in the contest to successfully defend their state title at the state 4-H project bowl competition. The contest was held in Sauk Rapids Saturday, April 5.

Meeker/Kandiyohi County had one Senior- and one Junior-Dairy team that competed in this event.

The senior team lost to Carver County by five points early in the contest, but came back to defeat them twice later in the contest to win the senior division. Likewise, the junior team lost to Watonwan County, but fought hard through the loser’s bracket and defeated Watonwan twice to win the contest.