Tricounty News

2013 in review - March


EV-W sent four wrestlers to State: Zach Blonigen, Cain Renner, Austin Peterson, and Luke Kuechle. The tournament was Feb. 28-March 2 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Kimball sent five wrestlers to the State tournament: Timmy Konz, Travis Wills, Marcus Hamer, Quinten Berres, and Blane Tschida. Berres would be state champion at 126 pounds.

In March, Holy Cross School in Pearl Lake announced their new principal, Amanda Steichen.

The Watkins Post Office hired Kim Maurer as the new PSE clerk.

Jim Rademacher retired from the Eden Valley Fire Dept. after 35 years of service; he was presented a plaque. A number of other members received certificates for 5, 15, 25, and 35 years of service.

Alex Peterson and Jamie Scherer, EV-W students, were selected to attend the 2013 Boys and Girls State.

Alex Harter completed his Eagle Scout project through the Kimball Boy Scouts (Troop 357). He built an aluminum can recycling trailer and cage.

March 1 was the Kimball Legion’s 4th annual fish fry.

March 3 was the Knights of Columbus benefit breakfast at St. Anthony Parish Center in Watkins.

March 7 a brand-new fire truck arrived at the Eden Valley Fire Dept. That evening, firemen came to check out and practice on the new equipment.

March 8 was the Watkins Legion fish fry at the Village Hall.

March 9 Lake Union Covenant Church held a spaghetti supper and silent auction to raise money for members to attend Lake Beauty Bible Camp.

March 9 was the ham bingo and sloppy Joe supper at St. Anthony Church in Watkins.

March 10 was the Grand Opening of the Eden Valley Area Library (rescheduled from Feb. 10 because of weather). Minnesota author William Kent Krueger was the guest speaker. This event marked the culmination of about two years of hard work by a large group of dedicated volunteers.

March 11 was the EV-W Elementary concert (for grades 1-3 and the grades 5-6 choir) at EV-W high school.

March 11 was the Kimball Band concert (grades 7-12) at KAHS.

March 12 marked township elections in Minnesota. Most townships also held their annual meetings that evening. Eden Lake elected Jonathan Schaumann as supervisor, Nicholas Thielen as treasurer. Fair Haven elected LeRoy Rose supervisor and Steve Wills treasurer. Forest Prairie Richard Streit was elected supervisor, Rosella Nistler treasurer. Luxemburg elected Rick Utecht supervisor, Jeff Theis treasurer. Maine Prairie elected Ron Kuechle supervisor. Manannah elected Steve Kraushaar supervisor and Janine Shepersky treasurer.

March 14 was the first meeting of the new Book Club at the new Eden Valley Area LIbrary.

March 15 was the Kingston annual fish fry at the Kingston Community Center, co-sponsored by the Kingston Legion and Kingston Lions.

March 15 was the Assumption Church Lenten Fish Fry in Eden Valley.

March 17 the Wat-Kim-Valley VFW held a benefit breakfast and “Baskets of Hope” silent auction with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

March 17 as the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Marty (Pearl Lake).

March 21 Heritage House of Kimball was awarded the Champion of Caring Award from Heartland Hospice for 2012.

March 21 was the EV-W National Honor Society spaghetti supper, at the high school.

The 2013 Progress Issue of the Tri-County News came out March 21, distributed to nearly 6,000 addresses in the area. An evolution from the Business Issue we used to do, this focused on changes in businesses, government and organizations in our communities.

March 22 was the annual St. Anthony Church Lenten Fish Fry at the Parish Center.

March 22 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley held a smelt fry and fish fry at the church.

March 23 a trio of EV-W ninth-graders sang the national anthem at Target Center for the boys’ basketball tournament there: Heidi Geislinger, Julia Stotz, and Jasmine Miller.

March 24: 1,249 people were served at the Kimball Area Firemen’s Breakfast at the fire hall Palm Sunday.

March 25 was the Kimball Lions annual awards banquet at Powder Ridge. Bill Liedman received the Helen Keller Award. Dean Mozena, Gene Gohmann,
Ben Lutgen, and Carl Hoffman
each received a 30-year certifi-

March 29 the Kimball chapter of Ducks Unlimited held their 6th annual Sportsman’s Night Out gun raffle and dinner at Powder Ridge.

March 30 was the annual Easter Egg Hunt in South Haven, and also in Watkins.


March 2, Neil Henry Wotrang was born to Amanda and Chris Wotrang of Kimball.

March 13, Delilah Diane Decker was born to Lacey and Joe Decker of Fairhaven.


March 1, Fredinand “Fred” Marquart, 78, of Kimball.

March 3, Joan Pauls, 85, of Richmond (formerly of Watkins).

March 9, James Becker, 74, of San Diego, Calif. (formerly of Kimball).

March 10, LeRoy Boline, 77, of Watkins.

March 10, James Thurston, 92, of Watkins.

March 17, Marvin May, 85, of Watkins.

March 18, Lester Buckman, 77, of Robbinsdale.

March 19, Mary Kay Shir, 71, of Kimball.

March 24, Loretta Brutger, 93, of Watkins.

March 26, Ella Leanhart, 77, of Clearwater.

March 30, Blanch Orth, 91, of Pearl Lake (Marty).

March 31, Lola Heinrichs, 97, of Litchfield (formerly of Watkins).


Kimberly Gross and Justin Rademacher had a bridal shower March 3; they were married
April 27.

Barb (Donnay) Kalkbrenner and Betty (Donnay) Kelm celebrated their 70th birthdays March 23 at the Manannah Shelter.

Emily Reid and Jeff Schmidt announced their engagement; June 29 wedding planned.