Perhaps the biggest story of January 2013 was the merger and renaming of four branches of two banks into the new Harvest Bank to be based in Kimball. The former State Bank of Kimball and Atwater State Bank were merged in 2013, and reorganized under the name Harvest Bank. Keith Markwardt was named president of the new entity, with headquarters at the Kimball office. The change became official Feb. 11.
It can be noted that 2013 started out much as it’s predicted that 2014 will begin, weather-wise: C-O-L-D, with wind chills in the -25 to -35 degree range.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Kimball 1-7 p.m. Jan. 7, at St. Anne’s Church.
If you are able to donate and have not been contacted to schedule an appointment, you may call Joann at (320) 398-2691. If you are unsure of your time schedule, you may come in any time and we will get you in as soon as possible. All donors should bring in a photo ID or your blood donation card.
The importance of a diverse blood supply
While many people share similar blood types, there are some with more rare types. It’s important for donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of the population in order to help meet the needs of as many patients as possible.
• Some blood types are unique to ethnic groups, making it essential that the donor’s and patient’s types are a match beyond their ABO blood type for some health conditions.
• Certain blood types are more common in some ethnic groups than others. For instance, about 70 percent of African Americans have type O or B blood, the types that are typically the first to run out during a shortage.
Special EV City Council Election
A special election is set for Tuesday, Jan. 28, to fill a vacancy on the Eden Valley City Council.
Three men are vying for the seat.
Brent Bengtson, 40, grew up in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1992. He is employed as an IT Architect at United Health Group.
He and his wife of 10 years,
Stacey, have a son, Isaac, who is in fifth grade. Bengston is currently the Cub Master for Pack 363 and Assistant Scout Master for Troop 363 in Eden Valley/Watkins.
Auditions scheduled for Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre’s winter production “The Foreigner”
Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre is posting an audition call for its winter production of “The Foreigner,” a hilarious play that demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a foreigner who, they think, knows no English. This production will be directed by David Metcalf and is sponsored by Dassel-Cokato Community Education.
Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. or Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., at the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum, 901 First Street North, Dassel. Those interested are welcome to come to either audition time and should bring their calendar and winter conflict schedule.
The 30th anniversary Holiday play presented in Watkins
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.