Long-time Kimball resident Jane Pickle (third from right) and members of her family participated in the May 12 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Mall of America. This was the fifth year they’ve done the 5K walk (about 3 miles). Pictured are Pat Heeren holding 2-year-old Cooper Heeren, Kate Heeren (Jane’s granddaughter), 10-year-old Caden Bruckschen (Jane’s great-grandson), Jane Pickle (37-year breast cancer survivor), Susan Pickle Hoese (Jane’s daughter and herself a three-year breast cancer survivor, and Tim Hoese (Susan’s husband). Jane and the Heerens live in Glencoe; Caden lives in Hugo. Submitted photo.
Watkins American Legion commander Don Kadelbach (left) presented a Certificate of 60-Year Membership to Joe Nistler during Monday’s Memorial Day services at St. Anthony Church. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
The Kimball Legion and Auxiliary hosted a Memorial Day service again this year at Kimball Elementary School. The Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion, and Junior Auxiliary marched to the school from the Legion Club. The Auxiliary did the "Empty Chair" ceremony, and demonstrated the folding of the flag. A "gravesite" service was held outdoors at the school. (All local Legions and Auxiliaries are looking for young people to join their ranks; ask any dcurrent member about it.)
The Kingston Legion and Auxiliary, and the Kingston community choir presented this year's Memorial Day service in the new Veterans Memorial park. Mike Kingery was the guest speaker. (Additional photos from all four Memorial Day services that we covered can be found in our Photo Gallery at www.tricountynews.mn.) Local residents enjoy their Veterans Memorial Park, next to the cemetery, and people come from near and far for the annual Memorial Day service there.
After parading up Central Avenue, the Watkins Legion, Wat-Kim-Valley V.F.W., the POW/MIA Honor Guard, and the Eden Valley-Watkins high school band entered St. Anthony Church for the service and Mass. Watkins held all their services indoors.