Tricounty News

Two ‘random’ lives come together to work for good

Life often throws people together from random places and life paths. This is the case for Gavin Hill and Rosie Hartwig.

The two met 18 years ago online, when Rosie was given less than 30 days to live, and Gavin gallantly offered to write her a poem each day for the remaining few days of her life. After 200 days (and Rosie was still alive), Gavin began to re-think his promise.

They finally met in-person just four years ago. Rosie lives in Litchfield, and Gavin, originally from England, lives in Sweden. They recently published a book together.

There is a lot they could relate to in each other’s lives, even at first.

Rosie was diagnosed to die soon, after suffering from undiagnosed celiac disease for many years. As a young boy of 5, Gavin too was diagnosed to die, not expected to make it through the night at one point.


South Haven Days were picture-perfect


Kids lined the streets early for candy. Here the South Haven Fire Department  portion of the parade passes through town. This year marked the 20th for W-DSCF4010South Haven Days. Staff photos by Anton Matua.



A number of family games and events were held at the church following the parade. Everyone enjoyed the incredibly beautiful Saturday for daytime activities and the street dance. Thanks to all who helped to make it happen again. 




Thanks for Watkins Blood Drive July 23


Thank you to all those who donated at the Red Cross Blood Drive in Watkins July 23. There were 71 units collected, which exceeded our goal of 68. Of the 68 donors, there was 1 first-time donor, 4 deferrals, 8 double red donors and 55 whole blood donors.

Congratulations to these donors who earned pins: Darlene Phillipp for 9 gallons, Karen Gebhardt for 4 gallons, and Joan Zongo for 2 gallons. All of you donors made a difference in saving lives.

With the help of community members, this drive was successful. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked as a team for this event, to the organizations who donated, prepared, and served the snacks to the donors and the meal to the Red Cross workers, and to those who set up and took down all the equipment.

Promoting this was very important. Thank you to the Tri-County News and The Eden Valley Watkins Voice for publishing articles these past weeks.

If you were unable to give this time, check your local papers or, for upcoming drives.


St. Wendelin’s Parish Bazaar July 27


Hundreds gathered on a beautiful Sunday, July 27, for the annual Parish Bazaar at St. Wendelin’s Church in Luxemburg. The day featured BINGO, of W-DSCF4139course, and other games, music, several raffles, quilt auction, silent auction, and their famous chicken and ham dinner. Staff photo by Anton Matua.




Milz celebrates 20 years at St. John's


Pastor David Stephen Milz was ordained and installed at
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball Sunday, July 10, 1994. Present at that service 20 years ago were Rev. Dave Strohschein of St. Cloud, Rev. JohnW-img 1900Streit of Detroit (Milz’ pastor when he was growing up), Rev. Harvey Ehlers, Rev. Donald Kirsch of St. Cloud, and other guest pastors. Lori Rippentrop was the organist, and a trio of Milz’s mother and two sisters (Margie Milz, Elaine Gavin, and Amy Milz) sang, accompanied by G. David Milz (Pastor Dave’s father) on the piano.