April EV-W alum Mark Froehling was given the 2012 Power of Influence Award by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. Froehling is the Farmington High School football coach. KAHS junior Erin Diffley was selected by the Kimball Legion for Girls State 2013. Maria Donnay, a KAHS alumna, was named Stearns EV-W music teacher Kathy Pauls was selected to be a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. She is one of 80 in the country selected for the honor, a $1,200 stipend to attend workshops July 14-19 in New Bedford, Mass.
County Dairy Princess for another year (2013-14).
EV-W alum Mark Froehling was given the 2012 Power of Influence Award by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. Froehling is the Farmington High School football coach.
KAHS junior Erin Diffley was selected by the Kimball Legion for Girls State 2013.
Maria Donnay, a KAHS alumna, was named Stearns
EV-W music teacher Kathy Pauls was selected to be a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. She is one of 80 in the country selected for the honor, a $1,200 stipend to attend workshops July 14-19 in New Bedford, Mass.
April 1 Kimball got a new Postmaster: Rachel Christensen.
April 2 was the annual Ag Department awards banquet at Ridgewater College-Willmar. Three KAHS alumni received awards: Abigail Konz, Matthew Massmann, and Taylor Petty.
April 4 was the Speech Subsection competition. EV-W took first place; KAHS took second.
April 4 the new and improved Kingston Mini Mart opened in May. A grand opening was held May 18. New owners are Jim and Kristie Orn.
April 5 was the 75th anniversary of the South Haven Sportsmen’s Club fish fry.
April 6 was the Kimball Area Business and Community Expo, at the KAHS gym and cafetorium. AM Maus & Son and Dodge sponsored a fundraiser test-drive during the Expo, raising $4,500 for Kimball Area High School.
April 6 the city of South Haven held an open house at their new city hall/community center building.
April 6 was the annual 4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day in Litchfield. 4-H clubs in Meeker County competed and dozens of young people took home awards.
April 6-7 was the NYWA state wrestling tournament in Rochester. Kimball wrestler Zackary Holtz took first.
April 7 was the Assumption Church Spring Brunch in Eden Valley.
April 8 was Section and State competition for large-group band and choir. The EV-W band took “State Excellent.” The EV-W women’s choir and mixed choir each took “State Superior,” the highest ranking. The KAHS choir and band each took “State Superior.”
Four KAHS math students competed as a team in a national math and science competition, Moody’s Mega Math. They spent a full day solving a problem (how to reduce the amount of plastics that end up in landfills). Although they passed the first elimination, they learned April 8 that they were not selected for the next level of competition and scholarship prizes.
April 10 busload of residents from Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins came to Kimball Elementary School for several hours. Part of the KES Intergenerational Program, the group was hosted by KES fifth-graders who gave them school tours, played games, and visited with them.
April 11 a bill to rename part of State Highway 23 near Cold Spring passed both the House and Senate at the Minnesota Capitol. The 11-mile stretch between Cold Spring and Richmond was named “Tom Decker Memorial Highway.” It was signed into law by Gov. Dayton April 16.
April 11-12 was the State Speech Tournament in Blaine. Logan Bartholomew of KAHS took second in State for Drama.
April 13 was the Section speech tournament at New London-Spicer. Three EV-W students advanced to State: Dylan Butterfass and Patrick Latcham in Duo Interpretation, and Matt Benson in Discussion. Four KAHS students advanced to State: Logan Bartholomew, Camen Miles, Alissa Jones, and Olivia Straley.
April 13 was the annual Ham Supper at St. Matthews United Church of Christ in Forest City.
April 13 Kimball Youth Wrestlers competed in the St. Michael-Albertville Tournament of Champions. Zack Holtz took first, Carter Holtz took first, and Ashton Hanan took second.
April 13 was the Holy Cross School annual dinner and auction. “A Night in New Orleans” was this year’s theme.
April 13 the Kingston Lions hosted Don Pals of Project New Hope, a program that provides veterans and their families help in managing their lives after wartime service.
April 13 the Wright County Swapper’s Meet was scheduled to open for the season. It actually opened two weeks later because of bad weather.
April 14 Eric Marx was installed as the new pastor of Lake Union Covenant Church in rural South Haven, followed by a welcome lunch.
April 19 was the annual Watkins Chamber meeting.
April 19 was “Hawaiian Day” at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins; Johnny Pineapple provided a program of appropriate music, and special food and drink was prepared for residents.
April 20 the EV-W class of 1967 held a reunion at Dino’s Lakeside Club.
April 20 was the launch of the seed exchange program at Eden Valley Area Library.
April 22 St. Anthony Manor held a big party to celebrate their volunteers.
April 23 KAHS senior Austyn Schlueter broke the 1976 school record for shot-put for the EV-W-K track team; he broke his own new record two days later at Maple Lake.
April 23 the Kimball Area Historical Society presented “Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad.”
April 24 Hilltop Health Care Center hosted a lunch at Wally’s Café in Watkins to celebrate their 55 senior volunteers.
April 24 was the annual Resource Training & Solutions Students of Excellence awards banquet. Four EV-W students were recognized: Patrick Latcham, Kaylee Forcier, Deborah Holdvogt, and Kirby Knutson. The four KAHS students recognized were: Jonathan Bisila, Paiten Schreiner, Katelyn Lichte, and Hannah Zipoy.
April 26 Hannah Zipoy was presented the Congressional Certificate of Merit by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
April 27 was the annual Kingston clean-up day.
April 27 was the 3rd annual Watkins Lions Club bean-bag tournament, at the Watkins skating rink.
April 27 the Fair Haven Lions celebrated their 50th anniversary with a banquet at Generations Ballroom. Members of Lions Clubs from far and wide came to honor the Club. Bob Harms of Kingston was the guest speaker, sharing slides and memories of his legendary lawnmower ride, from the Canadian border down to Iowa, at exactly 7 m.p.h.
April 27 was the annual Kimball Area Dollars for Scholars Gala. A total of 31 scholarships totaling $18,800 were awarded that night to graduating KAHS seniors.
April 27 was EV-W Prom. “Rolling in the Deep” was their undersea theme.
April 28 was a benefit for Sharon (Jewison) Skuza at the Kimball Legion Club.
April 8, Avery Lee Kieke was born to Josh and Katrina Kieke.
April 23, Madison Yvonne Shonyo was born to Jessica Channell and Brandon Shonyo of Kimball.
April 4, Fern Wittenberg, 83, of South Haven.
April 5, Gerald “Jerry” Raskie, 72, of Litchfield.
April 5, Sharon Weizel, 73, of Clearwater.
April 10, Kelly Hartneck, 46, of Annandale.
April 15, Barbara Riley, 77, of Kimball.
April 17, Arnold Vandenheuvel, 83, of St. Cloud (formerly of South Haven).
April 18, Paul Wilfahrt, 65, of Sartell.
April 24, Roger VanNurden, 70, of Watkins.
David and Karen Peterson celebrated their 25th anniversary April 13 at Lake Union Covenant Church in South Haven.
Alvina Berscheid celebrated her 90th birthday with an open house April 13.
Ken and Lois (Eckman) Wills celebrated their 60th anniversary with an open house May 19 at the Kingston Community Center.
Ashley Davidson and Sam Haag had a bridal shower May 19 at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah.
Kristen Ann Longanecker and Ryan Timothy Rice announced their engagmeent; a June 29 wedding was planned.
95th birthdays were celebrated for Sister Marie Theis and Paul Kerzman, May 19 at Dino’s Eden Lakeside Club.