Tricounty News

Frilly's Place now open in Watkins

Jim and Terry Frilstad (at right) opened to the public March 1 in the building shared with Watkins Liquor Warehouse (formerly MT Plates, and before that Family w-Frillys-PlaceInn).

The restaurant is open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week. They feature home cooking with bread baked fresh daily, homemade soups and chili, fresh burgers with homemade buns, homemade salads in the salad bar, and daily specials. (The caramel rolls and French toast with caramel sauce are to die for!) They hope to add a breakfast buffet soon. They serve fresh ice cream by the scoop.

Both Jim (who will keep his job as Chief of Police in Kimball) and Terry have a good deal of experience in the food industry.

Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


Kim-Built Country Store to open soon

The long construction phase is  finally over, merchandise is being stocked and gasoline tanks filled. 

Kim-Built has installed a Tesoro gas station, and built a convenience store called Country Store & Deli. Besides convenience items, Country Store & Deli will w-Kim-Builtoffer Champs Chicken, Teco’s Tacos, and Slammerz Pizza.

Kim-Built Country Store & Deli plans to open this week or next. They are hiring cashiers and deli workers, so stop in to apply. 

Kim-Built Country Store & Deli is located on the corner of Highway 15 and 135th Street on the north side of Kimball.

Kim-Built Country Store and Deli will open any day now. (Kim-Built Propane is still operating on the back of the property.) Staff photo by Anton Matua.


Local grocery stores face uncertain times

When Ed and Cindy Stein started Stein’s Thriftway Foods in Watkins back in 1981, three stores lined the same side of the town’s main drag.w-Valley-Meats

Today, Stein’s stands alone in the community, as do Valley Meats & Grocery in Eden Valley, and Gohmann’s Foods in Kimball.w-Steins

In addition, as all business owners in small communities know, it’s not easy to stay afloat.

“It’s not what it once was,” Ed Stein said reflecting on the past 33 years. “Sometimes it seems business was better when there were three (grocery) w-Gohmannsstores in town. Back then, if someone came in here and I didn’t have something, they knew they could walk down the street.”

Today, folks think nothing of jumping in their cars and trucks to head into bigger towns with bigger stores to save a little extra money.  


Avoid IRS insurance tax penalty

Next year, when you file your income taxes, you have to prove to the IRS that you have been insured all throughout 2014. Are you ready? If you aren’t, you face tax penalties. No one wants to owe money to the IRS.

If you haven’t done it yet, you should enroll in a health insurance plan right away, because after March 31, you can’t get insurance until Jan. 1, 2015.

Everyone is learning it’s complicated to find an affordable health plan to fit their needs. You can get help, however, at no cost to you by contacting a licensed health insurance agent. Agents are trained to guide you through the process and help you make a good choice.

Closed enrollment might leave you without coverage

Your chance to enroll in health insurance closes on March 31, 2014. That’s the day when open enrollment becomes closed enrollment.

The law states that everyone must have health insurance after April 1, 2014. If you do not, you will have to pay a tax penalty to the IRS in 2015.

Except for what the IRS calls “life events” (such as marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, moving to a new residence, or loss of a job), you will not be permitted to buy health insurance until October of 2014. And your new insurance will not be effective until Jan. 1, 2015.

You can get help at no cost to you while enrolling in a health plan. Licensed professional health insurance agents are ready to help.

Kimball emergency meeting

Mayor Konz has called an emergency meeting of the Kimball City Council, per Minnesota Statute 13D.04 Subd. 3, for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss frozen water lines. The emergency meeting will be held at City Hall, 1 Main St. N., Kimball MN.

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.