Groups and individuals from around the area joined Kimball elementary and high school students Tuesday, March 25, to pack 50,000 meals to be sent to a country where people are literally starving. Every day in the world, about 25,000 people die of starvation, 18,000 of them are children. This hands-on, global service project helped students to grasp the concept of world need. Kimball students and local organizations raised more than $9,000 for Kimball to be a meal-packing site. Volunteers worked in one-hour shifts, packing about 9,000 meals each hour. The Wirth Gym was full the entire day, with people packing, boxing and loading rice/chicken meal bags as part of the Impact Lives program. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua; watch for more next week.
While Central Minnesotans may have had their eyes glued to televisions the past couple of weeks watching coverage of the missing Malaysian jetliner, one local
man had his eyes riveted on the actual search.
Navy Capt. Sean Liedman, son of Bill and Barb Liedman of Kimball, is the leader of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing -11 aboard Jacksonville Naval Air Base now situated in Perth, Australia. One of the unit’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft is one of the primary U.S. planes searching the southern quadrant for Flight 370.
Meanwhile, Capt. Liedman’s parents, Bill and Barb Liedman, have been following their son’s activities with great interest and pride.
“He still considers himself a kid from Kimball,” his father said last week. “He considers Kimball his home.”
“It’s unbelievable how he’s climbed the ladder so fast,” Bill Liedman said of his son’s assent in the naval ranks.
The Maine Prairie Cemetery Association will hold their annual meeting at Hendricks Bus Service office at 7 p.m. Thursday,
All interested parties are urged to attend.
The 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade was held Saturday, March 15, with a big crowd even in the cold weather. The parade is often billed as the parade so good you get to see it twice, as the parade route starts at the former lumberyard and goes up to the school, then turns around and returns on the same route. Staff photo by Anton Matua.
Stormwater from the city of Kimball is about to become a whole lot cleaner, thanks to a partnership between the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) and the city of Kimball, and funding from state agencies.
Stormwater from the city of Kimball drains into Willow Creek, a designated trout stream and important park space for the community. Before the projects, high-temperature stormwater runoff, laden with nutrients, drained untreated into Willow Creek. Trout don’t like high-
temperatures; and too many nutrients can cause algae blooms in downstream lakes. Too much algae can make swimming and fishing unpleasant. The city also struggles with small-scale flooding during storm events.