Tricounty News

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival returns


El Rancho Mañana Campground‎ in Richmond, Minn., Aug. 7-10

Nominated three times as Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the Festival offers music and activities for the whole family, including concerts by national and regional bands, demonstrations and hands-on workshops, contests, crafts, games, and special stage shows for children.

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival provides an inexpensive daytrip or weekend just 85 miles from the Twin Cities. Nominated three times as Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, it offers music and activities for the whole family: more than 30 hours of concerts by national and regional bands, including Russell Moore (IBMA’s most-awarded male vocalist) & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Grammy-nominated The Boxcars, more than 20 hours of demonstrations and hands-on workshops, and old-time dances. Kids will enjoy more than 20 hours of activities, including contests, crafts, games, and special stage shows. Many attendees bring instruments for around-the-clock jamming, both organized and impromptu.


Red Cross Bloodmobile in Kimball July 30

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Kimball, Wednesday, July 30. The Bloodmobile is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and will be held at the Kimball American Legion Club rooms located on South Main Street from 12 noon until 6 p.m.

Summer donations are always down. If you could find just an hour to donate blood in the Kimball Community, it would be greatly appreciated. Your blood donation could save a life.


D-C Theatre’s production ‘Les Misérables’ opens July 19

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, “Les Misérables” is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The world’s longest running musical sweeps audiences through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation seething with revolution. The magnificent score of “Les Misérables” includes the classic songs I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Do You Hear the People Sing? and many more!

Six performances are scheduled over two weekends: Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m.; Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m.; Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 27
at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the air conditioned, 800-seat, Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center located at the D-C High School.

Reserved seat tickets are $7 for youth (18 and under) and $15 for adults. Tickets may be purchased online at, or in person or by phone through the Dassel-Cokato Community Education office at (320) 286-4120. Tickets will also be available at the door, beginning one hour prior to each performance.


Beauty and the Beast this week


Kimball Community Playhouse has a tradition of bringing to life great stories. From “Annie” to “The Adventures of W-BeastBellTom Sawyer,” from “Bye Bye Birdie” to “Footloose,” the process begins with selecting a great story, develops with building sets, creating costumes, and casting talented actors, culminates with the drawing of the opening night curtain, and ends with the closing night finale.


Blood Drive in Watkins July 23


The American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Watkins City Hall. Callers are scheduling appointments from the list received from the Red Cross. Double red machines will be available.

During the summer, blood donations often decline because of people vacationing or working late hours, but the need for blood remains constant. New donors are always needed, so encourage someone to come with you. If unsure about your eligibility, donor health representatives at (800) 733-2767, can answer any questions you have about travel, medications or health conditions that may affect your ability to donate.

Donors, now is the time to start eating iron-rich foods. Before the event, get a good night’s rest, eat a good breakfast and lunch, drink extra water and fluids to replace the volume you will donate, and avoid caffeinated beverages.

Appointments can be made at, or by calling 764-9152 or 764-9163. Many of our donors no longer have a land line so please schedule an appointment on line or by calling.

Bring a photo ID or Donor Card with you when you come. Please take the time to save a life by donating blood. All types are needed.