Tricounty News

They started work together, will retire together


w-Steve--Ann-Palm197After applying for the same jobs, they met on their first day of work in 1977w-Palms

Kay Douglass, then principal of Kimball Elementary School, hired Steve Palm and Ann Downham. It didn’t matter a lot to either one which of the two positions they filled, but Steve was hired first for fifth grade (where there was a student who required physical help every day) so Ann got the second/third-grade class.

They met for the first time on the first day of school.

Over the years, they became friends, took bartending jobs at the V.F.W. in St. Cloud together and, in their words, “started hanging out and doing stuff together.” They became engaged in February 1981 and were married that July. No one knew they’d even been dating. They remembered the day their boss found out: Kay Douglass came rushing into the lounge exclaiming, “I’m a matchmaker, I’m a matchmaker!”


Musician takes early retirement





His last high school concert as conductor was Monday, May 19, 2014w-140519-haake-last-concert-011

When Keith Haake arrived to teach at Kimball, in 1984, he already had his Master’s degree, had taught college for two years, and had been performing professionally for years.





“I never thought I’d stay here,” he says. He thought Kimball would be a brief stop on his pro- fessional path. After a few years, he decided that little schools deserve good and consistent music programs too. Thirty years later, he retires leaving an incred- ibly strong music program here.

Haake had shoulder replace- ment surgery just after the winter concert, and was out for three months recovering. He’s returned, part-time, with the long-term substitute Laura Bolliat covering afternoon classes.

He's gone backward, pain-wise, though. He came back to conduct- ing too soon. This is why he’s retir- ing now, and will spend the summer months recovering more.


EV-W-K track/field teams compete


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The Central Minnesota Conference Track & Field Championships took place at Maple Lake, Tuesday, May 13. All-conference honors are as follows: Boys: Deshaun James (100-meter dash); Cody Schlangen (shot put); Girls: Raevon Willner (discus, shot put champion); Emily Donnay (800-meter run); Abbey Straley (100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles); Ariel Laabs (shot put).


Zipoy to attend Boys State


James Herda of the Frederick A. Metcalf Post 261 of the American Legion in Kimball, announces that at a recent Post meeting it was voted to send Ted Zipoy to the W-Ted-Zipoy-Legion-Boys18866th annual American Legion Boys State, to be held on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall,
June 15-21, 2014.

Roseann Petty was named Post Boys State Chairman.

Scholars to Boys State must be juniors in high school. They are singly honored in view of the outstanding qualifications set forth as requirements in selecting them. They are named through cooperation of the Post, high school faculty, and leading citizens in the community.


K-EV-W boys’ golf team has good showing at Pierz

Pierz Golf Course was the site of the Central Minnesota Conference golf meet Thursday,
May 15. The competition resulted in co-Meet Medalists; Rockford’s Brody Harstad and Ty Griffin, who each shot a net 40.

Meet Results/Team: first, Rockford, 169; second, Osakis, 176; third, Maple Lake, 188; fourth, B-B-E, 189; fifth, K-EV-W, 190; sixth, HL-W-W, 201; seventh, Pierz, 224.

Meet Results/Individual: Rockford, Brody Harstad, Ty Griffin, 40; Osakis, Joe Garcia, 43; B-B-E, Jackson Gregory, 43; K-EV-W, Tommy Wuertz, 42; HL-W-W, Jacob Tintes, 45; Pierz, Josh Rocheleau, 44; Maple Lake, Brandon Borrel, 43.