KAHS math teacher Bill Liedman retired this year. He taught in Kimball for more than 30 years.
May 1 Joanne Hendricks was honored for her 40+ years of driving students for Kimball Schools. Dean Mozena was honored for his 55 years of driving. This was during Awards Day at the high school.
A very wet spring led to numerous high school sports postponements. Activities directors were busy rescheduling events, often several times. Everything finally caught up, of course, but sometimes it seemed as if summer would never arrive.
Dakota Bridge of Mies Outland in Watkins received a $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association. The award was granted to six students furthering their education, as part of the Ken Austin Memorial Education Fund.
Tom Ehlinger received the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification from American Family. He has been an American Family agent since November 1994. He has won this award every year since 2005. It honors only the top 20 percent of agencies nationwide.
AgStar Financial Services awarded Erin Wicker of KAHS a $1,000 scholarship, one of 20 given.
The Carbon Cutting Club at EV-W won “Big Bang” recognition for their work getting a used oil recycling tank installed on city property (near the city maintenance garage south of Highway 55), and because the community has received it well.
May 2-3, the EV-W Drama Club performed “Leaving Iowa.”
May 3 was the annual Spring Fling at Lake Union Covenant Church in rural South Haven.
May 3 Connor Wittenberg broke the 1981 KAHS school record for 110M hurdles at the
St. John’s track meet; he broke that record four days later, along with the 300M hurdle record. Austin Pelkey broke his own 400M record, and the 4x800 relay team broke the EV-W-K school record.
May 4 was the Ken Helling Golf Scramble. Champions were “The Nuts” (Jason Huschle, Butch Stang, Dan Stang, and Tyler Stang).
May 4 was the South Haven Fire & Rescue annual Smelt Fry at the fire hall. They tied the attendance record with 650 meals served.
May 4 was Kimball clean-up day.
May 5 was the annual EV-W FFA awards banquet, held at the Eden Valley Event Center. Joe Gathje received the American Degree, awarded to fewer than 1 percent of FFA members. Joe Schmitz received the State Degree; his father John also holds the State Degree; together they are the only father-son combination from EV-W FFA to hold those degrees. The EV-W FFA also received a $2,500 “Food For All” grant to plant 40 apple trees creating a 2-1/2 acre school orchard.
May 6 the Old Coots (Kimball alumni from 1950-63) met again at Triple R in Kimball.
May 6 the EV-W kindergarten classes performed their annual program. This year’s theme was “By the Beautiful Sea.”
May 6 Kimball third-graders
had a special visit from NHL player Ben Hanowski.
By May 6 Central Minnesota went from snow-covered and sloppy-wet to having burning restrictions imposed. Although the burning restrictions were lifted by May 21, it would be a long fire season.
May 7 was a retirement celebration for Larry Schneider, Kimball postal carrier, who retired after 34 years of delivering mail.
May 8 was the third annual EV-W 5K walk/run. Starting at the EV-W Elementary, the pack of students (grades 6-12) and staff ended at Assumption Church. The 5K is part of Meeker County’s Statewide Health Improvement Program. Top finishers for girls were Brittany Hesse, Jamie Scherer, and Elaina Stommes and Madeleine Geislinger. Top boys were Shad Callahan, Alex Nesenson and Tyler Neu. Top staff finishers were Susan Knutson, Dave Dziengel, Carrie Berning, Becky Kuechle, Kit Pennie and Jess Lubbers.
May 8 was the EV-W Academic Awards Night. Dozens of scholarships were awarded that night, and Gordon Schlangen was honored as Teacher of the Year.
May 11 was the Spring Extravaganza at the Eden Valley Area Library/Event Center. Authors Michael Sears and Stan Trollip (better known as “Michael Stanley” were on hand, as was author Jill Elizabeth Nelson. More than $1,400 was raised at the silent auction.
May 11 U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann spent 45 minutes in Kimball for “Coffee with your Congresswoman,” part of her district-wide outreach program.
May 11 was the Kimball and the Eden Valley All-City Garage Sales.
May 11 was Watkins clean-up day.
May 11 was KAHS Prom. The theme was “Masquerade Ball.”
May 12 was the annual Mother’s Day Buffet at Generations Ballroom in Kimball.
May 13 the new Eden Valley Motel held its grand opening. The modern hotel features hardwood floors and local furnishings, and a state-of-the-art check-in kiosk and reservation system.
May 13 kindergartners at Watkins Elementary toured an ambulance. They got to see the equipment, sit inside the ambulance, and learn how firefighters and rescuers can help them and their families. Pam Loch and Jack
Gruenes represented the Watkins Ambulance. This visit was part of EMS Week (May 19-25).
May 13 the EV-W Choral Department presented their spring concert, “See the World Through Children’s Eyes,” at Assumption Church in Eden Valley.
May 15 was the EV-W high school 3rd annual 5K Walk-Run for students and staff.
May 15 the Red Cross Bloodmobile came to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.
May 18 was the Watkins City-Wide Garage Sale.
Kingston Mini Mart held their grand opening May 18 with free hot dogs. The store was purchased, remodelled, and reopened by new owners Jim and Kristie Orn.
May 18 about 20 KAHS students gathered at the Kimball Rod and Gun Club for some trap shooting. KAHS will be part of a new high school league co-ed trap shooting program starting in spring 2014.
May 19 was the KAHS senior choir concert at the high school.
May 19 Father Tom Olson of the Church of St. Anne celebrated his 40th anniversary of ordination. (His actual anniversary was May 20.)
May 19 Assumption Church in Eden Valley held Mass for their 2013 graduates with Fr. Jerome Naduvathaniyil.
May 20 was the KAHS Fine Arts Dept. spring band concert and art show.
May 20 was the EV-W “ExtravaBANDza” concert at the high school.
May 21 the Eden Valley-Watkins Girl Scouts held their year-end award ceremonies, at the Eden Valley Event Center.
May 21-22 the Kimball Community Playhouse presented “Footloose!” at KAHS. (See photo on page 20.)
May 24 was Awards Day at KAHS, with awards presented to both junior and senior high students.The EV-W Awards Night was held earlier in May.
May 24 was the Kimball Elementary School spring concert, indoors this year (it used to be the “Lemonade Concert” in back of the school).
May 24 the EV-W softball team defeated ACGC to take the Section 5A West Championship. They advanced to State for the second year in a row, and ultimately took third in the state. The team enjoyed a great send-off at EV-W High School with the bus winding its way through both Eden Valley and Watkins, complete with fire department escorts, before heading to North Mankato for the tournament. Great job, girls!
In other State competitions, Nicole Vossen took fifth for the K-EV-W golf team; Connor Wittenberg took fifth for the 110-meter hurdles, and Austyn Schlueter took sixth in shotput, both representing the EV-W-K track team. The EV-W-K track team, by the way, broke nine school records (for EV-W and for Kimball) during the the 2013 awesome season.
May 25-26 was the 10th annual Memorial Day co-ed kickball tournament in Watkins.
May 26 was a breakfast at Holy Cross Parish to benefit Holy Cross School.
May 26 a graduation Mass was celebrated at St. Anne’s Catholic Church for KAHS 2013 grads.
May 27 was Memorial Day. Several community programs were held that day. Lt. Col. Steven Thielen of the Army National Guard was the invited speaker for the Eden Valley program. Guest speaker at the Kimball ceremony was Mike Kingery. Joe Nistler received his 60-year certificate at the Watkins program, and Fathers Brunner and Gross said Mass. Janessa Dahle and Maria Donnay were scheduled speakers for the Kimball program.
May 30 was graduation for both EV-W and KAHS.
May 30 the EV-W softball team defeated Isle, 8-4, and became Section 5A champs. They would face New York Mills June 6 to begin state competition.
May 31 was the last day of school for EV-W students. Kimball students would have to go until June 3.
Two KAHS students, Adam Laabs and Nate Overland, worked on an online trophy case for KAHS. It can be found on the school’s website.
May 4, Isaac Thomas Zenzen was born to Daryl and Abby (Schmidt) Zenzen.
May 13, Ava Ann Hilsgen was born to Josh and Natasha Hilsgen of Omaha, Neb.
May 3, Myrna Bollman, 86, of Kimball.
May 5, Barbara Hoskins, 84, of Pierz.
May 7, Viola Frederick, 100, of Annandale.
May 11, Catherine Brouwer, 66, of Dassel (formerly of Cokato).
May 13, Patricia Richards, 74, of Watkins.
May 15, James Schreifels, 50, of Pearl Lake/Kimball.
May 16, Margie Pauls, 82.
May 18, Edward “Ed” Haus, 47, of Pearl Lake (Marty).
May 20, Timothy Talbot Sr., 52, of South Haven.
May 21, Raymond Voigt, 85, of Nevis (formerly of St. Augusta).
May 22, Jack Cuppernell, 80, of Watkins.
May 26, Thomas Steiner, 85, of Annandale.
May 27, Lorraine Nohner, 91.
May 29, Maynard Lommel, 80.
May 30, Robert Helm, 77, of South Haven.
May 30, Nancy Macht, 71, of Eden Valley (formerly of
Andrea Millerbernd and Jason Huschle had a shower dance May 4.
Diana Hokanson and Jacob Gertken announced their engagement; a May 18 wedding was planned.
Dorothy Ruhland celebrated her 90th birthday with a party May 26 at the Eden Valley Event Center.
Jennifer Gully and Gary Hemmesch announced their engagement; a June 15 wedding was planned.
Carrie Mueller and Brandon Draeger had a bridal shower May 31 at Dino’s Eden Lakeside Club.