Tricounty News

Neisen, Donnay honored for Legion membership

At right, Ed Neisen was presented a 60-year certificate of membership in the American Legion during the Memorial Day ceremonies Monday in Watkins.w-Ed Neisen




At left, Jim Donnay received a 50-year certificate at the same time. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.


May 28-29: Great River Chorale auditioning

Great River Chorale, a select, auditioned 45-voice choral ensemble based in St. Cloud, announces auditions for the 2014-15 concert season. The chorale rehearses Sunday nights and holds extra rehearsals prior to concerts. Members are skilled professional and avocational musicians and choral enthusiasts who desire to sing high quality repertoire at the highest level of excellence. Audition dates for the 2014-15 concert season are:

Wednesday, May 28, Thursday, May 29, Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, all at 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Auditions are at Salem Lutheran Church at 90 Riverside Drive SE, in St. Cloud. 

To schedule an audition, go to For more information, contact GRC business manager, Deb Ferrell, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (320) 515-4472.


Memorial Day services at KES

The public is invited to take part in the Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, in the Kimball Elementary School auditorium. The flag will be raised outside the school after the American Legion marching units arrive.




Watkins Legion Memorial Day Program

• Prayers at five war memorials led by Fr. Jerome Naduvathaniyil 


• Commander Alvin Jungles presents 50- and 60-year certificates to Jim Donnay for 50 years and Ed Niesen for 60 years

• Mass led by Fr. Jerome and Fr. Gross


• “Taps” played by Maria Holdvogt and Andrew Schlangen 

Memorial Day, Kingston

Kingston will celebrate Memorial Day in a service at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Kingston Veterans Memorial Park. Don Dufner, Meeker County Veterans Officer will be the speaker, and Pastor Orval Wirkkala of Kingston will officiate. Refreshments will be at Kingston Community Center afterwards.