Tricounty News

Kimball DU holds seventh banquet

About 165 individuals came out for this year’s Ducks Unlimited banquet, Kimball chapter. This was the seventh year of the banquet, the fifth at Powder Ridge.

W-IMG 8087The event raises an average of $20,000 each year for conservation projects, mostly in South Dakota where duck hunting is still good.

“I feel sorry for kids now,” said founder Bill Liedman. “Ducks here are bad,” he added. But they used to be good. Now the best duck hunting is in South Dakota, and Ducks Unlimited works hard to keep it good.

Liedman noted that what’s good for ducks also is good for turkeys, pheasant, deer, and more; and vice-versa. Conservation benefits everyone.

Brandi Schiefelbein (left) and Ali Bonham have been the Kimball Ducks Unlimited chapter “Duckettes” each of the past seven years they’ve held their annual banquet. They mingle with participants raffling off decoys and other smaller items. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


Kruisers 4-H visits the goats

The Kimball Kruisers held their April meeting Sunday, April 6, with the Goats. They met at the Donnay Dairy Farm and were hosted by the Brad Donnay W-4-H -Donnay-Farm-DSC 0665-1Family. 4-H members learned about taxidermy, cheese making and how to milk a goat. The highlight was when everyone got to pet a goat also. Thanks so much for the Donnay family for the great experience.

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April 9: NARFE to meet

The National Active and Retired Federal Employee’s (NARFE) will be meeting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9,at Whitney Senior Center in
St. Cloud. The presentation will be on “Farming Today” by Eric Kuehl.


IMPACT Family Reading Night

Thursday, March 13, IMPACT hosted a Disney-themed Family Reading Night at the Eden Valley Elementary School. We had a guest reader, made crafts, and W-IMPACT-20140313 173105served a healthy meal for families. Every child also received a prize. Thank you to everyone who participated. Our event was sponsored in part with a grant from the Stearns Electric Association Trust. Thank you for helping make this fun family event possible.


Why should you attend Ducks Unlimited?

For many years local hunting enthusiasts attended Pheasants Forever and Deer Hunting banquets. In the past 20 years, Elk Banquets and Turkey Banquets have also joined the scene. Each of these banquets really has the same theme. That theme is to support conservation.

Supporting conservation is so important for the generations to come. Clean water, habitat, and predator control are so important today and in future years.

With conservation in mind the Maine Prairie Ducks Unlimited Chapter #312 was started in 2007. Since then, six annual banquets have been held raising money for Ducks Unlimited and local projects.

After that first event, I was so glad to hear that finally the Kimball Area had its own banquet. Many hunters and fisherman have enjoyed the more than $95,000 in prizes. Each event has shared the great feeling of promoting conservation.

Friday, April 11, the Maine Prairie DU Chapter will hold its 7th Annual banquet at Powder Ridge. Come join the event and help support conservation. Call Bill Liedman, (320) 398-5523, for tickets. There are a limited number of tickets available.