Tricounty News

American Legion membership dinner in Watkins

The Watkins American Legion membership dinner is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 5. Social hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. The dinner is free for members, their spouses, and new members.

The meeting is planned for
8:30 p.m. Spouses are welcome, as well as anyone interested in joining our Legion Club.

The Watkins American Legion would also like to extend a special invitation to the spouses of our deceased Legion members. Please  join us for the social hour and a free dinner.

Watkins Legion donating profits to fund baseball field

Watkins Kraut & Wurst Days are Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3. Please note that all profits made at the Watkins Legion Club in July and August will be given to the Watkins Baseball Association to help fund the improvements to the baseball field. Watkins will be hosting the state tournament in 2015. The legion is open Sundays and Kraut & Wurst Saturday.


Kimball Rod and Gun makes national news

w-Rod--GunKimball athletes compete at Alexandria

Kimball had 13 youth athletes compete in the 104th Minnesota State Shoot. Youth shooters competed Monday, July 7, against other youth shooters from across the state. The Minnesota Trap Association donates the first 100 rounds of ammo per youth shooter.

Athletes who competed in the 200-bird event were: Sam Ehlinger, Isaiah Ehlinger, Matt Donnay, Tanner Schreifels, Jack Knaus, Zach Stein, Jake Borman, and Logan Schlueter

Athletes who competed in the 100-bird event were: Josh Donnay, Austin Donnay, Noah Young, Casey Gohmann, and Kurtis Kunkel

Monday, July 7, the Kimball Rod and Gun Club aired on the Sportsman Channel. They were interviewed by the show Cam & Co. They highlighted our Club’s trap field improvements, recent NRA Grant, and also our Kimball Area High School Clay Target Team. You can find the video on their Facebook page at, and

American Legion has a history


Centralia Massacre

The American Legion was born in Paris, France. It was weaned in St. Louis, Mo., and it was baptized in the blood of martyrs at Centralia, Wash., on the first anniversary of Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1919.

The newly organized Grant Hodge Post 17 at Centralia was marching in its first annual Armistice Day parade when it was fired upon from ambush by
members of the Industrial Workers of the World, a radical organization incited by the propaganda of class hatred. Four Legionnaires, including Post Commander Warren O. Grimm who was leading the parade, fell dead in the hail of bullets.

The tragic news reached Minneapolis as the American Legion was marching in a snowstorm on its own first national convention parade. Word that their new organization had suddenly become a target, not for words, but for bullets, stunned the delegates. It brought home to the baby American Legion the full evil potential of subversive and un-American elements then inspired by Bolshevism and later by Fascism, Nazism and Communism.


Firearms Safety Classes begin Aug. 11, in Eden Valley


The EV Sportsmen Club and Meeker Pheasants Forever are co-sponsoring the DNR firearms safety class in Eden Valley beginning Monday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. in the EV Library at 306 State St. N.
Students must be at least 12 (or turning 12 during this calendar year) before taking the course. The FAS Certificate becomes valid at age 12. The class is open to the first 35 students to enroll on the first night.

Persons 18 or older may take the course work on line, but must take the written test and perform the field test Aug. 21, to obtain their certificate. Talk to Gary if you are interested in that option.