Tricounty News

American Legion Auxiliary State Convention at Mahnomen

The 94th State Convention for The American Legion Auxiliary was held July 18-20, at Mahnomen, Minn.

Auxiliary member from Kimball, representing the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #261 was LuAnn Marschel.

Raleen Tolzman of Cleveland, Minn., State President of the American Legion Auxiliary, presided. American Legion Department Commander Don Pankake from Hutchinson brought greetings. Martin Warnsholtz, the mayor of the city of Mahnomen, and White Earth Reservation Tribal Council Secretary/Treasurer Robert J. Durant welcomed everyone to Mahnomen. Incoming Honorary Department Junior President, Kaitlin Fernlund, a member of the Waite Park Unit #428, brought greetings from the Junior (members who are under the age of 18) Auxiliary.

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‘Out of the Blue’ at Stearns History Museum

Scott Thoma authored the book “Out of the Blue” about the F-5 tornado that swept through Tracy, Minn. This book will be featured at Breakfast Club 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 14 at Stearns History Museum and Research Center at 235 33rd Ave S., St. Cloud

On June 13, 1968, at 7:04 p.m., the first recorded F-5 tornado in Minnesota history swept through the small southwestern town of Tracy. The massive tornado destroyed several city blocks, killed nine people and injured more than 100 others. Scott Thoma, who was a little boy at the time, writes the story about a family who suffered through the storm. In Scott’s book, “Out of the Blue”, he describes the harrowing events Linda Vaske and her family endured. Linda was in the process of finalizing the adoption paperwork on two-year-old Nancy when this storm tragically changed their lives. Come to the Stearns History Museum for Breakfast Club on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m., to learn more about the heartbreaking events of this storm. This event is free to members, non-members $5.

Founded in 1936, the Stearns History Museum has focused on preserving and interpreting the history of the region for 77 years. The mission of the museum is to engage people in the exploration of the County’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspectives on the present, and inspiration for the future. The Stearns History Museum and Research Center is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Kimball Saddle Club Show

The Kimball Saddle Club will have their open horse show Sunday, Aug. 11. This will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be at the Willow Creek Arena. You can find this 1 and 1/4 miles southwest of Kimball. Watch for signs.

Join them for a fun day!

Flower Show Aug. 8 in Dassel

The annual Dassel Flower Show will be Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Dassel History Center from 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The theme of the show this year is, “Occasional Pleasures,” a celebration of the Dassel vendors and artisans who are only open for business on an occasional basis.

In addition to viewing the flower show, there will also be a professional flower arranging tip session at 2:30 p.m. with Chuck Ortquist of Chuck’s Floral, Cokato. Music will be provided by Gregory Serving, and a floral quilt exhibit by the local Sew Friendly Quilt Guild will be on level four of the Museum.

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Antique Car Run coming to Kingston

The 27th Annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run is taking shape to again be a premiere veteran car touring event in Minnesota. The Antique Car Run is Saturday, Aug. 10, with pre-tours in the New London area Aug. 7-9.

You are invited to join the Kingston community for a pork sandwich and sweet corn dinner from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Wally Pikal (& his trumpets) is the special guest.

Spectators will see 60+ veteran cars from 1908 and earlier and one- and two-cylinder cars through 1915. They will tour more than 120 miles, recreating the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England.

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