Tricounty News

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.


Aug. 17: Second Annual Deegan’s Drive for Donors


In memory of Deegan Johnson-Pramann, son of Bailey Johnson and Josh Pramann.

This event is for bike, hot-rod, and street car Sunday, Aug. 17, at Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty.

The run will leave the Pearl Lake Lodge at noon with check-in beginning at 10 a.m. The plan is to return to the Pearl Lake Lodge between 2:30 and 3 p.m. for food and fun with the Smok’n Guns Band. No wheels, no problem. Come join us for dinner, drink and dance.

Food will be served from noon to 6 p.m. The band will perform from 3-7 p.m. There’ll also be a silent auction and meat raffle with the majority of proceeds going to benefit Mylee Scapanski, and the rest to Life Source, which is an organ placement organization.

For questions, please call Brenda at (320) 266-1636, or Bailey at (320) 266-4974.

Deegan’s special story is at Mylee’s special story is at