Happy Winter to All from the Central Lakes Snowmobile Club. We are once again in full swing with Club activities preparing for another great year. Our club maintains more than 30 miles of trails in the Watkins, Kimball, Pearl and Grand Lake areas as well as Kingston. We would like to express our gratitude to the many landowners and dedicated club members that make YOUR trail system possible.
We have recently been out on our trails putting up signs, clearing brush and in some places, re-routing new trails. You will now find a new trail through the city of Watkins as well as north of Powder Ridge, so pay special attention to the signs in those areas.
The Kingston Lions are hosting a benefit for Dennis Anderson and his family to help with medical expenses. A pot roast dinner is planned from 4-7 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 10, at the Kingston Community Center. Free will donation.
Donations can be dropped off at, or mailed to the Dassel Branch of Farmers State Bank of Darwin, PO Box 160, Dassel MN 55325. All checks should be made out to the Kingston Lions Club.
Supplement funds applied for through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Chapter 31309.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m. at Stearns History Museum
Have you ever wondered what resources are available in the Research Center and Archives of the Stearns History Museum? Come and find out. The Stearns History Museum is offering a new monthly class to highlight the many resources available and show you how easy they are to access. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, our archivists will teach an Introduction to the Research Center and Archives workshop. We will show patrons how to use our archives and all of the different databases and collections that are available.
Join us at the Stearns History Museum for a Research Center Workshop at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. The workshop will consist of an Introduction to the Stearns History Museum Research Center/Archives. Whether you are a seasoned research veteran interested in genealogy, or you are researching town histories or the history of a local business, or just a beginner, this class is for you. Please RSVP to (320)
Founded in 1936, the Stearns History Museum has focused on preserving and interpreting the history of the region for 77 years. The mission of the museum is to engage people in the exploration of the County’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspectives on the present, and inspiration for the future. The Stearns History Museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Cokato Museum announ-ces the opening of its latest temporary exhibit, The Keyboard That Killed Cursive.
At one time, the Palmer Method of penmanship and cursive writing was the norm. Now our communications are essentially the clicking of keystrokes and the hitting of the “Send” button. How we progressed from that rigorous standard of precise penmanship to cursive being a lost art is the focus of this display – starting with a look at the Palmer Method and ending with the formative years of business/personal computer applications.
Nearly two dozen typewriters, ranging from the late nineteenth century through the late 1980s are featured, along with some early desktop computers that will leave you shaking your head in amazement. Exhibit patrons can try their hand at a penmanship exercise, or see how their typewriter skills have held up after all these years.
The Keyboard That Killed Cursive officially opened Tuesday, Dec. 10, and runs through March 22, 2014.
The main exhibit gallery is also festively decorated for the holiday season. We even have Santa checking his Naughty & Nice list as he sorts mail in the post office display.
For more information, please contact the museum at (320) 286-2427, on the web at www.cokato.mn.us, or check out their Facebook page.
The Cokato Museum is a cooperative effort of the City of Cokato and the Cokato Historical Society.
The Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter would like to thank everyone who purchased fruit, meat, and cheese this year. We had a very successful sale of more than $30,000 worth of product. Twelve pallets of fruit arrived Thursday, Dec. 5, and was unloaded by 42 FFA members. The top three sales people this year were Dillon Blonigen, Mandy Molitor, and Arnie Gruenes. Thanks again for your continued support of the Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter.
Mrs. Tracy Huhn
EV-W FFA Advisor
Top sales persons for the EV-W FFA fruit sales are Dillon Blonigen, Mandy Molitor, and Arnie Gruenes. Submitted photo.