Tricounty News

Santa goes on 'trial' in Watkins

The 30th anniversary Holiday play presented in WatkinsW-DitC 5937-croppedsized

Shortly after Halloween, five members of the Watkins Theatre Group sat down and began work on this year’s Christmas production, which was presented last weekend at the Village Hall.

The play, “Disorder in the Court,” was written by those members: Sue Unterberger, Jerry Oster, Connie Mathias, Kay Kielty and Alice Coe.

Unterberger got the idea for the play after looking for suggestions online. The group needed something with a simple set so they could pull it all together in a little more than two months.


Rudy’s Bucket Brigade

Local man helps others with their Bucket Lists

W-Santa-RudyThe Christmas season is full of Holiday spirit, giving presents and spreading cheer.

But for one local man, that spirit is a year-long quest.

It was last July when Tom “Rudy” Ruether, owner of the Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty, was reading a story about a woman who had cancer and had started a Bucket List of things she wanted to do before she died.

Some of the things were simple – like spending a weekend at a cabin. Ruether realized that he could help this woman scratch off at least that item from her wish list.
So he called the reporter who wrote the story and offered his cabin for her use. The reporter called the woman Michalene Sullivan of Hillman, and told her of Ruether’s offer.


CP Rail's Holiday Train 2013

The temperature was 2 below, but there was an ample crowd to greet the 2013 CP Rail Holiday Train Sunday night, Dec. 15.W-HolidayTrain 6106

Tracey Brown, Willy Porter, and The Claytones performed a number of Christmas numbers as Santa worked the crowd.

A spokesman for Canadian Pacific Railroad presented the Kimball Area Food Shelf with a check for $4,500, accepted by mayor Tammy Konz and Jennifer Schiefelbein.

This is the 15th year of the Holiday Train. CP Rail has donated more than $7 million during the past 15 years. This year it will donate $1 million to food shelves along the train route.


Teen Challenge choir to perform in St. Cloud

Inspiring choir is composed of teens and adults recovering from drug and alcohol addiction

The Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MnTC) Choir will perform during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 15, at the St. Cloud Salvation Army, 400 Highway 10 South.

The MnTC Choir includes teens and adults who are recovering from a chemical addiction. The choir is known statewide, having performed at more than 230 churches in 2012.

The choir’s contemporary Gospel and Praise songs will be accompanied by inspiring client stories of addiction recovery. Afterward representatives from the program will be available to answer questions about the programs of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge.

This free event is open to the public. For more information, call Major Lee Morrison at (320) 290-8150. 

Local women make cookies for the troops

Holiday cookie exchange brings tasty treats and love to those serving in the armed forces overseasW-Cookies-for-Troops-photo-1

What started as a group of friends gathering nine years ago to make Christmas cookies for family and friends has turned into an event that helps soldiers away from home during this joyous season taste some Holiday love.

Jean Reinert of Watkins first organized a cookie exchange for the purpose of socializing before the “Holiday craziness,” she said. “That first year I had 30 people
attend, each baking 12 dozen cookies.”

However, as the years passed, so did the mission.