Tricounty News

Smithsonian Institution comes to St. Cloud

One of Minnesota’s premiere museums partners with the world’s largest cultural institution

The Stearns History Museum, the museum of the Stearns County Historical Society, is announcing that it has been accepted to join a small group of leading national museum and cultural organizations as an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Of the 562 museums in the State of Minnesota, the Stearns History Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate.

The Smithsonian Affiliations program allows selected organizations to have greater access to the millions of artifacts in its renowned collections and to the distinguished educational resources of the 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities of the Smithsonian Institution. Established in 1996, the Affiliations program has built partnerships with more than 180 museums, educational and cultural organizations in more than 40 states, Panama, and Puerto Rico. It allows Affiliates to obtain long-term loans of art, artifacts, and books from many of the Smithsonian’s collections. It also fosters resource sharing, educational initiatives, scholarly exchange, and research efforts. Affiliate organizations are selected for their record of presenting high-quality exhibitions, scholarship, museum educational programs, and professionalism.


Christmas gathering at Heritage House Dec. 7


A resident-family Christmas gathering at Heritage House of Kimball will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. 

Come to celebrate with residents. It’s a time of fun, time to visit, and there is always plenty of food and goodies to go around.

Please RSVP by Dec. 1, call (320) 398-8643. Only one invitation issued per resident family, so spread the word.



St. Benedict’s Senior Comm’y celebrates Nov. 14

35 years with open house

The public is invited to celebrate 35 years of exceptional senior living at St. Benedict’s Senior Community during an open house from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Bonn Great Room, St. Benedict’s Senior Community, 1810 Minnesota Blvd. SE. Enjoy music by Andrew Walesch, refreshments, tours and visiting with staff. No RSVP needed. For more information, please call (320) 252-0010.


‘A Bluegrass Christmas with Monroe Crossing’

The Midwest’s premier bluegrass and gospel quintet, Monroe Crossing, will be in concert at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center in Cokato with “A Bluegrass Christmas with Monroe Crossing” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.

Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor-sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States, Canada and Europe.

The Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center is located at the D-C High School, 4852 Reardon Avenue SW in Cokato. Tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for youth (ages 18 and younger) and are available at the Dassel-Cokato Community Education office, by calling (320) 286-4120, or order online at

Monroe Crossing is touring in support of their brand new CD, “The Road Has No End.” This, their 12th CD, features the songwriting talents of band members Derek Johnson, Mark Anderson and Lisa Fuglie. While the evening’s program will include songs from this latest recording, “A Bluegrass Christmas with Monroe Crossing” prominently features selections from their seasonal sampler “The Happy Holidays.”


Museum for the Fallen

Breakfast Club, 9 a.m. Nov. 13

Laura Becker-Pallister’s son Shawn joined the Marines and during his first deployment to Afghanistan she began to understand the full scope of being a military parent. After his deployment, Shawn returned to his base in North Carolina, but 17 Marine families were not so lucky. When St. Cloud lost one son, a young man who had attended Shawn’s high school, it was then that Laura’s idea began to take shape.  A “Museum for the Fallen” is Laura’s dream to honor those who died in service to our country and to ensure they would never be forgotten. The museum would provide communities with a living history of heroes, and in addition to learning the names of those who gave their lives; visitors would get to know them through visuals, stories, and memorabilia.

Come to the Stearns History Museum for Breakfast Club, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13,  to hear presenter Laura Becker-Pallister’s dream to create a Museum for the Fallen to memorialize the service and sacrifice of Minnesota’s military. This event is free to members, non-members $5.