Tricounty News

Dreams come true in Watkins



Hilltop Health Care Center has made dreams come true for more than 50 residents since the start of the program in September 2012. Some of the dreams that have come true over the course of the program include: A Hawaiian day, a special-made puzzle with a picture of the lake a resident grew up on, going to a parade in the resident’s w-Hilltop-Dream-Program-DSCN3388-RGBhome town, local baseball games, making a venison meal, visiting a deer farm, and visiting old friends. These dreams have become reality, thanks to many wonderful volunteers, families, the community and staff.


St. Anthony's is 125

The steeple of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Watkins can be seen for miles as you approach town. It is the most prominent feature in town; the most recognizable and

perhaps the least changed over the years.w-StAnthony-frontpage

The parish originated in 1889, and the current church building was begun in 1912 (finished in 1913). As with so many projects

in Watkins, it was a true community effort that built the church, and that keeps it alive and vibrant today.

A special Mass was held June 1 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church. 

The parish will celebrate its annual festival with a picnic June 21, in McCarthy Park.

Bishop John LeVoir (center) participated in a special Mass celebrating the 125th anniversary of St. Anthony’s Parish in Watkins Sunday afternoon, June 1.
Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.



VBS at Kimball United Methodist

The Kimball United Methodist Church invites all area young people (preschool through grade six) to the 2014 Vacation Bible School to be held June 9-12. Beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, there will be a light supper for families followed by music, Bible lessons, crafts, fun play and group activities. We will conclude at 8:30 p.m. with our themed group activity entitled “We are Disciples.”

Thursday night there will be a family potluck supper followed by a “show and tell” program.

Friday, our Bible School will have a special activity to celebrate our time as disciples. We will also be asking for clothes or personal items that can be used for our Many Gifts church mission project. There will be a cart to drop off items each night.

We look forward to a great VBS week. For questions, please call Marilyn at (320) 453-2541.


June 12: Fun, Food, and Fund Day

This is for all Catholic women in the St. Cloud Diocese: Do you have a hat you’ve been waiting to show off? You can do just that at the 24th Annual Fun, Food and Fund Day, sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The event, hosted by the Little Falls Deanery, will be held June 12, at St. Michael’s Church, 9251 Hwy 25, Buckman, Minn. The theme is “The Many Hats Women Wear,” so plan to don your favorite fedora. The event begins with registration from 8-8:30 a.m., Mass at 9:30; also includes refreshments, silent auction, games, entertainment, lunch and door prizes. 

Tickets are $15 before June 5; $20 after; please contact your parish president, or send registration to Lora Knafla; 11719  16th Ave. NW, Rice, MN 56367.   

For more information contact: Linda Scepurek, (320) 632-4805.

June 1: Farewell for Steve Rowland

Pastor Steve Rowland has resigned as Pastor of Family and Youth Ministries at the Kimball Church of Christ. He has accepted a position with a church in Des Moines, Iowa, and will be ending his service in Kimball Sunday, June 1, 2014. The Rowlands have been active in the Kimball community for the past 9 and 1/2 years.

The Kimball Church of Christ invites the community to come to a Farewell Celebration for the Rowland family from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in the Kimball Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy a dessert, express your thanks, and be a part of the Rowland’s Farewell.