Tricounty News

St. John’s Prep students earn top scores in national Spanish exam

The Spanish Department at St. John’s Preparatory School is honored to announce the award recipients for the National Spanish Exam. There were more than 2,300 students in Minnesota who took the exam. Other schools represented in Minnesota include: Blake, Breck, Benilde-St. Margaret, Wayzata, Moundsview, Coon Rapids, and Stillwater, to name a few.

All awards are based on national performance. Gold Medalists ranked above the 94th percentile, Silver Medalists above the 84th percentile, Bronze Medalists above the 74th percentile, and Honorable Mentions from the 50th to 75th percentile.

The Gold Medal Winners (there were only 90 in the state) were honored at a banquet at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul this Saturday, May 18th.

Level 3, Bronze Medal - Ellen Arnold, sophomore, daughter of John and Margaret Arnold of Kimball


Piano students present an imaginative recital

Music has the ability to transport us to the far reaches of our imaginations. This certainly was the case at a Spring Piano Recital which took place at Ostmark Lutheran Church, Watkins, Sunday May 5. The music-makers are students of local teacher, Barb Root. Family and friends enjoyed the elementary students’ musical depictions of such things as a pony, a cat, a puppy, a lady bug, a song of joy, fun in the backyard, a music-box dancer and a festival and a roller-coaster ride. High School students shared selections from The Phantom of the Opera and The Exodus. Renditions on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano and a Bridge to Forever were performed. Chopin’s E-flat Nocturne and “A New Hiding Place” by 20th century African composer, Harry Burleigh, concluded the program.


Two weeks later, the Lake Area Music Teachers’ Forum held four Honors Recitals. The first two took place Friday, May 17, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Dassel, followed by two on Sunday afternoon, May 19, at the First Baptist Church, Cokato.



SCSU to offer Youth Wrestling Camps in summer 2013

St. Cloud State University will offer two youth wrestling camps during the month of June 2013. A Mini Intensive Camp for grades 7-12 will be offerend June 16-21, while a Youth Camp for wrestlers in grades K-6 will be offered on June 24-26.

The Mini Intensive Camp costs $400 and it includes three all-you-can-eat meals, a camp T-shirt and first class wrestling instruction from the SCSU coaches. Participants will train like a Husky wrestler and this will include instruction in the latest techniques, drills, live wrestling, conditioning workouts, weight training tips, dieting and nutrition sessions and sports psychology sessions.


Meeker County 4-H Dairy Bowl teams compete at state competition

What two ways are amino acids supplied to the small intestine?  What are the two purposes of an inflation? How many pounds of milk does it take to make a pound of
W-dairy-bowl---alll-membersbutter? Name five macro minerals? These are a few of the questions that the Meeker County 4-H Dairy Project Bowl Teams had to answer correctly at the State Project Bowl Competition held in Foley on April 20th. Meeker County had one Senior and two Junior Dairy teams that competed in this event. All of the Meeker County teams
finished within the top three teams.

The project bowl competition is designed to test the participants’ knowledge in all facets of the dairy industry. The participants spend many hours studying periodicals and other resources getting ready for the contest.


School of Fish

Date change for class to May 16

The Kimball Rod and Gun Club, Kimball Legion, Kimball Lions, and Kimball Fire Department are sponsoring a fishing class called the School of Fish. This class is targeted towards youth but adults can take the class as well. It will teach the fundamentals of fishing. This includes fish identification, shoreline fishing opportunities, and how to tie a knot. 

The class is $25 per student and includes a workbook, Northland Tackle Pack, Shakespeare Rod & Reel Set, T-Shirt, and a snack bag ($62 value). The class will be held after school, from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 16. If anyone is interested in signing up or volunteering, please contact Kimball Community Education (320) 398-7700, ext. 112 or Rob Kuechle (320)