Tricounty News

2013 in review - February


The EV-W FFA received a $2,500 grant as part of the “FFA: Food For All” program. 

Feb. 1 was a “Lock-in” at KES for Girl Scouts of Kimball, Eden Valley and Watkins; the event kicked off their annual cookie sale.

Feb. 2 was the 25th annual Kingston Lions Fishing Contest held on Lake Francis. 

Feb. 2 was the KAHS alumni basketball tournament. Team 2006-07 won (for the fifth time in six years); team 2008-10 took second, and team 1994-97 took third place.

Feb. 2 the Kimball one-act play “Cyrano de Bergerac” was performed in Section 2A competition at LeSueur-Henderson High School.

Feb. 3 was the Catholic United Financial matching-grant breakfast at Holy Cross Catholic School in Marty.

Feb. 4 was “Bingo for Books” at the Kimball Elementary gym.

Feb. 6 the monthly knitting group was launched at the Eden Valley Area Library; they’re still going strong thanks to Sandy Millerbernd’s leadership. Ten individuals attended the first meeting. They meet from 12-3 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Library.

Feb. 6 was the Spelling Bee at EV-W. Sixteen students represented grades 5-8; seventh-grader Shelby Kuechle won, and seventh-grader Emily Laumer was runner-up. The regional bee was Feb. 21 at St. John’s University.

Feb. 7 at Howard Lake, Travis Wills received his 100th career wrestling win and Marcus Hamer got his 175th career; both wrestle for the Kimball Cubs.

Feb. 7 was “Bingo for Books” at Eden Valley-Watkins schools.

Feb. 9 was the annual “Benefit for Life” bake and craft sale and luncheon at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley.

Feb. 9 was the South Haven Sportsman’s Club’s 30th annual ice fishing contest on Lake Francis near Kingston.

Feb. 9 was the Pearl Lake Fishing Contest.

Feb. 10 St. Wendelin’s held a parish breakfast in Luxemburg.

Feb. 10 was scheduled for the 9th annual KAHS Speech Sweetheart breakfast; it was rescheduled to Feb. 24 because of bad weather.

Feb. 10 was the scheduled Grand Opening of the Eden Valley Area Library. Horrible weather postponed the event to March 10.

The Feb. 12 meeting of Maine Prairie Township took place in their brand-new town hall on Highway 15 near the historical monument of the original Maine Prairie settlement.

Feb. 14 the Watkins Senior Citizens held their Valentine’s Day Party at St. Anthony Manor. Caroline and Leo Wieneke were crowned Queen and King.

Feb. 15 was the Kimball Lions’ fish fry at the Kimball Legion Club.

Feb. 16 was the 4th annual Woodchuck Bocci Tournament at the skating rink in Watkins, sponsored by the Watkins Lions.

Feb. 16 was Eden Valley’s annual community fundraiser and raffle, at the new Eden Valley Event Center/Library.

Feb. 16 was the Fairhaven Lions ice fishing contest and raffle on Clearwater Lake.

Feb. 17 was the Knights of Columbus fundraiser breakfast at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kimball.

Feb. 16-17 was the EV-W alumni basketball tournament at the high school; team 2008 won.

Feb. 21 Tri-County News featured a story on “The Royal Boyz,” two EV-W students who compose and perform their own rap music. The group is now on Facebook, nas recorded CDs, and is on iTunes.

Feb. 22 Dr. Kurt Helgeson and Chuck Hentges came from SCSU to teach KES students in grades 5 and 6 about CAD software and 3-D design.

Feb 24 the Kimball Kruisers 4-H Club won first place in the Share the Fun Awards program in Litchfield; they also performed at the State Fair. The Valley Victors 4-H Club also participated, and were voted Most Humerous.

Feb. 24 was the 7th annual Elmer Garding Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Cancer Run; Pearl Lake and Kimball were both filled with hundreds of vintage snowmobiles for a time.

Feb. 24 was the Kimball Area Dollars for Scholars “Cabin Fever” fundraiser at Millner Heritage Winery.

Feb. 25 “Wills for Heroes” came to Kimball, helping firefighters and other first-responders to prepare wills. The volunteers were from Quinlivan & Hughes law firm.

Feb. 26 Minnesota author Will Weaver visited KAHS to help celebrate the “All-School Read” there.

Feb. 26 the “Luxemburg Ladies” visited at Hilltop Health Care Center to quilt with some of the residents.

Feb. 26 was the KES concert for grades 4-6; the concert included a band performance. Artwork by KES sixth-grade students, done with visiting artist John Heckman, also was on display.

Feb. 26 the Kimball Area Historical Society presented “More Than a Name,” a talk about the pioneer Kersten family who helped establish the town of South Haven.


Feb. 2, Roger Eckhoff, 74, of South Haven.

Feb. 2, Ann Thiel, 96, of West St. Paul (formerly of Kimball).

Feb. 5, William Maurer, 82, of South Haven.

Feb. 7, Lorenz Seutter, 97, of Shoreview (formerly of Fair Haven).

Feb. 8, Michael Johnson, 53, of Clearwater.

Feb. 8, Mia Nistler, 69, of Anchorage, Alaska.

Feb. 10, Leonard “Len” Kenning, 64, of St. Augusta.

Feb. 11, Shirley Olson of Shoreview.

Feb. 20, Alice Martin, 70, of Mesa, Ariz.

Feb. 21, Lew Ahrens, 71, of Paynesville.

Feb. 22, Rev. Virgil Braun, 79, of Eden Valley.

Feb. 26, Anthony “Tony” Deladi, 41, of Watkins.

Feb. 27, Janet Eckman, 72, of Kimball.


Roger and Maxine Doran celebrated their 50th anniversary in February.

Kate Bischof and Aaron Hesse had a bridal shower Feb. 23.