Tricounty News

2013 Pedal Pilgrimage to the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring Aug. 15

St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Forest City is organizing a pedal pilgrimage to the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring. The trip combines spiritual and physical exercise. Bikers gather at 3 p.m. Monday,
Aug. 15, for prayer at St. Gertrude’s with additional prayer stops along the way. The pilgrimage concludes with Mass at the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring. 

The Grasshopper Chapel, formerly known as Assumption Chapel, was built upon Chapel Hill overlooking Cold Spring in thanksgiving for relief from the devastating Minnesota Grasshopper Plagues of the 1870s. While the prayer of the pilgrimage reflects the Catholic tradition, people from all faith traditions are invited to participate in this 20-bike ride.

To  receive a registration form, contact St. Gertrude’s Church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , include “Pilgrimage” in the subject; or go to
CATHSGCCS to print out a registration form. Pilgrims may want to make arrangements to return to St. Gertrude’s after Mass. Registration fee of $10, optional tee shirt $12, and optional pizza and drink in Cold Spring after Mass. St. Gertrude’s Church is located at
31608 650th Ave. Litchfield, Minn.

Christian Women meet Aug. 8

Are you one that loves to spend a relaxed day with a great book, your lawn chair, sunglasses and hat? Then you’ll love the “Summertime … and the Reading is Easy” brunch held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Reichel’s Event Center in Annandale. Friends of the Annandale Library will be featured along with lovely harp music by our young friend Kathryn Strand. The morning will be topped off by Mona Bean from Backus speaking about finding joy after years of angry living. Make reservations by calling Sheree at (320) 963-6625 before 8 p.m., or Dawn at (612) 723-3905, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This event is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.


Buddy Walk and Roll Aug. 14

Arc Midstate will be hosting its 14th annual Buddy Walk and Roll and picnic. The purpose is to promote awareness and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities. Come for fun, music, and food.

This will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Sauk Rapids Municipal park, with registration at 5 p.m.

For more information, call at (320) 251-7272, e-mail at info@,
or visit us on the web at

Children present ‘Good Samaritan’

Sunday, July 14, Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley did a debut of their first “Living Homily.”  Children of the church brought to life the parable of the Good Samaritan. Pictured are the thieves (Alex Haag, Trevyn Ludwig, Skyler Field, and Mallory Evens) attacking and robbing a man (Jack Evens). As the story unfolds the injured man is W-33-Living-homilyignored, snubbed, and left for dead until a Good Samaritan (Alaina Stommes) comes by. With her compassionate kind heart, she attends to his wounds and brings him to an inn for rest and healing. This very moving performance brought home the meaning of loving your neighbor as yourself.


AgVenture Gives awards winner

In this photo, Mary Loch from Ponies & Pals DayCare Center nominated TruHaven Ranch for the AgVenture Gives Contest. W-AgVenture-Donation-1072158 625849557440081 1523096064 oShe is accepting the check from Sandy Hansen along with some of her daycare kids. Submitted photo