Tricounty News

10th Annual School of Rock brings Central Minnesota youth the rock band experience

For the 10th year in a row, Central Minnesota kids with a musical spirit will join together in a band. Make that; several bands. The School of Rock is underway this week and 60+ kids are hauling guitars, drums and keyboards to what, in most cases, is their very first gig.

Each year, The Wirth Center for the Performing Arts immerses kids in the experience of being in a band; from picking members, naming the band and compromising on song selection, to photo shoots, rehearsals and performances. The two-week program culminates with a huge concert Thursday, Aug. 7, where each band covers two songs, on stage, in front of a crowd. Over the next two weeks, the kids and their instructors are rehearsing at Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud to prepare for the concert. Last year 650+ family, friends, and music lovers packed the house.


Scouts attend Many Point

Four Scouts of Troop 357 attended Many Point Scout Camp near Park Rapids the week of July 13. W-Many-Point-100 06291Everett Eken completed Archeology, Climbing and Radio Merit Badge. Jarett Edwards completed Orienteering, Photography and Public Speaking. Riley Matthiesen completed Shotgun and Wood Carving. Brice Nehring completed Environmental Science, Fishing and Weather.

Henry Loebertmann completed the BSA Mile Swim for the ninth time. Scouts and adults had a great time with beautiful weather.

Scouts are pictured together after Camp Many Points. They are, from left to right, Brice Nehring, Riley Matthiesen, Everett Eken, Jarett Edwards, and Marlowe Lexvold. In back is scout leader Bill Liedman. Submitted photo.


4-H Fashion Revue & Clothing Judging results


 The Meeker County 4-H Fashion Revue and Clothing Judging Day was held Tuesday, July 15, at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. This year, clothing judging was a new and exciting addition to the day’s judging activities. The Fashion Revue and Clothing Judging Day Committee helped 

W-Clothing--Fashion-Revue-Participantsto plan this event. This year’s Fashion Revue theme was “Flash from the Past”.


Fashion Review (Judging of the garment as worn on the 4-H’er and their knowledge)

Purchased garment:

Grades 3-5 Champion Jordyn Donnay; Reserve Champion Abigail Truenow

Grades 6-8 Champion Bailee Schiefelbein

Grades 9-12  Champion Shelby Schiefelbein

Constructed garment:

Grades 3–5 Champion Gretta Lemke;  Reserve Champion Madelyn Hunt

Grades 6-8 Champion Adrienne Lipinski, Reserve Champion Cailyn Kuechle


4-H Camp ‘Science Seekers’ learn and make new friends


This year’s 4-H Residential Camp theme was “Science Seekers.” There were 131 youth from 12 counties attending the annual 4-H Camp. Campers had the opportunity to pick one of five track choices. They included: learning about aerospace and rockets, learning about Residential Camp Campers-RGBresearch and planting strawberries, learning about sewing, learning about engineering and catapults, and learning about photography. They also played games, learned songs, and developed new friendships. The 4-H camp was three days and two nights for youth who had completed third-sixth grades and was held at the University of Minnesota – Morris campus. Twenty-three youth in seventh-12th grades were trained to be 4-H camp counselors and provided leadership to the camp.


Firearms Safety Classes begin Aug. 11, in Eden Valley


The EV Sportsmen Club and Meeker Pheasants Forever are co-sponsoring the DNR firearms safety class in Eden Valley beginning Monday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. in the EV Library at 306 State St. N.
Students must be at least 12 (or turning 12 during this calendar year) before taking the course. The FAS Certificate becomes valid at age 12. The class is open to the first 35 students to enroll on the first night.

Persons 18 or older may take the course work on line, but must take the written test and perform the field test Aug. 21, to obtain their certificate. Talk to Gary if you are interested in that option.