Tricounty News

Valley Daze 2014 is another success


Everyone expected severe thunderstorms all weekend. But, other than a gully-washer Thursday night,
the weather was great. That evening’s family kick-off event was moved indoors (see bottom, far right) into the Event Center, which seemed to work quite well, especially after the rains started.W-DSCF3599

Friday’s activities included lots of food and beer, of course. The Business Expo and Healthy Communities silent auction went on Friday and Saturday inside the Event Center (Library). Annandale Paintball had a big set-up across from city hall where kids could practice shooting, or take on opponents inside a closed course, both Friday and Saturday. Inflatable bouncers, sponsored by Arvig, were up for kids both days too.DSCF3821-RGB



Congratulations, Fair Haven Royal Ambassadors


It nearly didn’t happen.For awhile it looked as though the Fair Haven Old Settlers Picnic wasW-109-fhos running out of steam. Like so many things in small towns, those who had led it for many years were tired and quitting. It was difficult to get contestants to enter; last year there was no queen program in Fair Haven.

This year, with new blood infused, the Old Settlers Picnic joined the Royal Ambassadors program. The four girls who applied this year had to complete an essay about the community’s history, and create a cover letter and résumé. This year marked the 88th year of Old Settlers.


National publication recognizes St. Cloud Hospital

St. Cloud Hospital has been designated one of the nation’s “100 Great Community Hospitals” by Becker’s Hospital Review. The list is based on hospitals’ accolades, quality of care and services provided.

The hospitals featured on the list have fewer than 550 beds and offer small teaching programs.
(St. Cloud Hospital is licensed for 489 beds and operates the University of Minnesota/St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency program.)

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, CareChex and American Hospital Association. Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders.

Valley Daze Car Show June 28


The 16th Annual Valley Daze Car Show in Eden Valley, MN will be Saturday, June 28, at the Eden Valley Elementary at 901 Stearns Ave E. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Show participants are $10, Spectators are FREE. Awards will be at 2 p.m. Concession stand on grounds, door prizes all day. First 150 participants receive a free goodie bag and a free pork chop supper ticket. The Grand Prize is valued at $500. Games throughout the event. First and second place trophies will be awarded for each category. Show Categories are: Cars Stock 1900 to present, Sports Compact, Modified 1951 to present, Cars & Trucks Race, Street Rods, Rat Rods, Corvettes, Convertibles 1900 to present, Trucks 1900 to present and modifies, Stock Trucks 2x4, 4x4 and Motorcycles. Trophies also for Winner’s circle, Most Popular Ford, Most Popular GM, Most Popular Mopar, Best of Show, Largest Club Participation, Merchant Award and Most Outrageous. Check us out at: Any questions, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Sixth annual EV Fire & Rescue Bean Bag Tournament

Valley Days event

Sign up at the Fire & Rescue Beer Garden before 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

• 32-team tournament (2 players per team)

• $10 entry fee per person

• 100 percent payout (based on 32 teams)

First place - $250

Second place - $150

Third place - $125

Fourth place - $75

Fifth place - $40

• Sign up at the Fire & Rescue Beer Garden before 1 p.m.

• Limited to the first 32 teams

• Play will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Fire & Rescue Beer Garden