Event connects people to the Mississippi River while celebrating Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary
One of the premiere outdoor events in central Minnesota will return for its fifth consecutive year on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Stearns County’s Mississippi River Park.
Take a Day OFF* (Outdoor Family Fun) on the Mississippi River will provide families from the Stearns and Benton County area with a chance to experience a variety of outdoor recreational and nature-educational activities while celebrating Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary. The event will include canoeing, fishing, geocaching, archery, live native animals, make and take projects for kids and much more. No experience is necessary, all equipment is provided, and activities are free.
Central Minnesota veterans and their families are invited to Rendezvous for an afternoon of music, fun, and connection to fellow veterans and the St. Cloud VA and its programs, from 1 to
4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Circle Parking Lot on the campus of the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
“In naming this event, we chose Rendezvous for some of the symbolism it conveys, but the number one thing we want to provide is an opportunity for veterans to connect with each other in a relaxing, fun and welcoming environment,” said Brett Jagodzinski, a VA employee organizing the event.
The Watkins pool has been opened since June 3. The first two weeks were chilly and weather closed the pool 5 days. However, since that, the pool’s attendance and concessions are increasing every week. They Reached a total of 96 swimmers Monday, June 24. Many other days have been close as attendance for just open swim continues to see high numbers. Thanks also for the weather cooperation. With swimming lessons in session and open swim following, the pool has been busy. This is an amazing site as you drive by to see the kiddie pool full with children and mothers having fun in the sun at the Watkins Swimming Pool.
Monday, July 15, the second session of swimming lessons is still in session. The swimming lessons are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this group. Open swim is from
3-8 p.m. The last session of swimming lessons will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22-25 and
July 29-Aug 1. This year the total number of children enrolled is 300. This is a little higher than last year’s.
My goal is to see the Watkins Pool increase that number substancially next year. The feedback from the parents this year is positive, and while learning the ins and outs of what lessons consist of, I feel next year will be even better. When the pool opened, it was in need of pool toys and items to help instructors teach their students. Pool toys have been purchased with money from the fundraiser. When
I arrived at the pool one evening from purchasing these items, the staff was so excited that they said it felt like Christmas (smile inside).
Sgt. Joel Engler presented the Sheriff’s report at the council’s July 11 meeting. Deputy Josh Case, who usually polices Watkins, is out on two weeks leave after the birth of his baby. Engler and other deputies will patrol Watkins until Case returns. The Sheriff’s office will again host a National Night Out event in August.
The council voted unanimously to have Faber Building Supply install a steel roof on the Village Hall after Kostreba does tuckpointing and other work. Loose brick and cracks in the building will be repaired before putting on the roof. Faber will install a new handicap ramp on the side of the building once the tuckpointing is completed. Waterproofing will include cement work at the base of the building, before the new ramp is installed, to stop the years-long flow of water into the basement. It was mentioned that the siren on the roof of the Village Hall no longer rotates; the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office will have it checked so that it can be repaired.
The council unanimously approved a formal request by Mies Outland for tax abatement on their proposed 3,000-square-foot Indian Motorcycle showroom addition. Mies is working with the city, the Economic Development Authority, and Meeker County on this.
After the resignation of Tony Stanley, the South Haven City Council has a vacancy. The council may appoint a qualified individual to take that seat on the council until the next regular election. Qualifications include being 18 or older, a citizen of the United States for more than three months, live within South Haven city limits for at least 30 days, and be a registered legal voter in the precinct. Anyone interested should contact the city office or the mayor.
As of July 1, the municipal liquor store no longer sells tobacco products.