Allie Powell (at left), a 2013 graduate of Apollo High School, joined active duty in the Air Force, taking the oath Tuesday, Jan. 28. Her basic training started the same day, at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Allie is the daughter of Connie (Knaus) Powell of St. Cloud and Robert Powell of Clear Lake, both of whom were security police in the Air Force. She is the granddaughter of Ron Knaus of Kimball.
It should be noted that Allie is the third member of the Knaus family to take the military oath, along with her mother Connie and great-grandfather Carlyle (who was in the Marines). Allie’s oath was taken on the seventh anniversary of Carlyle’s death.
and thank you!
Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-3 p.m. the Kingston Lions held their 26th annual fishing contest at the northwest side of Lake Francis.
Fish winners are
First – Bailee Hedke of Litchfield
Second – Cody Mackereth of Kimball
Third – Shannon Caughey of Duluth
Crappie – Jeff Lloyd of Rogers
Sunfish – Cody Mackereth of Kimball
The Monticello Camera Club is currently accepting submissions for the 11th Annual Monticello Photo Show Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30 in River City Extreme’s newly remodeled banquet room.
Photographers of all skill levels are invited to enter, and information on submissions can be found at www.monticameraclub.com/photoshow. Entries are due no later than March 1.
Admission to the photo show is free, and everyone is welcome to attend and vote for their favorite entries.
For more information, visit www.monticameraclub.com, or call Bob Somerville at (763) 295-3179.
Sun dogs at dawn Monday morning, Jan. 27. Along Highway 15 near Kimball, it looks like a desolate, god-forsaken place. Add the 20-below temperature and about 45-below wind chill and it feels desolate too. What you can’t see here are the many areas along Highway 15 that had 5- to 6-foot snowdrifts. The highway was closed for several hours Sunday afternoon after a 10-car pileup caused by poor visibility. Sunday afternoon, MnDOT pulled its plow trucks off the road until morning, and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office asked everyone to stay off the road entirely. Schools in the area were cancelled Monday and Tuesday because of the bitterly cold temperatures and bad road conditions. Each district makes the call to delay or cancel school, and each will have to determine when those days will be made up. Staff photo by Anton Matua.
(The sun dog phenomena occurs when temperatures are very cold and there is moisture in the air. Sunlight is refracted off of ice crystals in the air to form a sort of parentheses around the sun. This can happen with moonlight, too, as moon dogs.)
Five members of the Litchfield-based Minnesota Guard 849th Mobility Augmentation Company were injured in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan last week (Jan. 20).
One man was airlifted to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He was identified as Litchfield native Staff Sgt. Robbie Sheets. He was hit in the leg and back by shrapnel, and is expected to return to his unit in Afghanistan.
The four other members of the unit who were injured were not identified. They are recovering in Afghanistan.
One American soldier, Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, of Monterey, Calif. was killed in the attack.