Tricounty News

The story behind the poppy

Each year around Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The program provides multiple benefits to the veterans and to the community. The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage, which helps to supplement their incomes and makes them feel more self-sufficient. The physical and mental activity provides many therapeutic benefits as well. Donations are used exclusively to assist and support veterans and their families. The poppy also reminds the community of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our veterans. The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn to honor the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.


Kimball Legion Auxiliary May 8

The Kimball American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Legion Club. A potluck is planned.


Erin Diffley chosen for Girls State

The Kimball Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 is proud to announce that Kimball Area High School junior W-Erin-DIffley205Erin Diffley was chosen to be sent to Girls State at Bethel University for one week in June.

Best wishes for your experiences at this function.

Erin is the daughter of Tim and Cecilia Diffley of Kingston.

Meeker Cooperative holds 78th Annual Meeting

A total of 950 members and guests came together April 8 for the 78th Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Assn. Annual Meeting held at its Litchfield headquarters.

The theme was “Powering and Empowering Members.” A three-person panel consisting of Jon Brekke, vice president of member services from Great River Energy, Jeff Nelson, general manager of East River Electric Power Cooperative and Jim Bach, field representative for Western Area Power Association, spoke about the challenges of delivering power, including legislated renewable energy mandates and distributed generation policy that have a negative impact on electric costs, the retirement of experienced and talented cooperative employees at a time when technological advances require seasoned personnel, and the future of generation resources as 20 percent of existing coal plants could be shut down by 2016. 


Project New Hope to be presented April 13

Kingston Lions have asked Don Pals of Project New Hope to come and speak about Project New Hope retreats at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Kingston Community Center. Everybody is welcome to come and hear him; there is no charge.

Offering new hope to veterans and their families through weekend retreats. At Project New Hope, we are driven by our mission: To provide veterans and their families the education, training and skills necessary to manage their lives after wartime service.