Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins received another 5-star rating from the Minnesota Department of Health. They achieved this recognition three years in a row.
Doug Wilhelm retired as Postmaster of the South Haven Post Office in August 2013. He can be remembered as the last Postmaster of South Haven, as that Post Office now falls under the Kimball Postmaster, and will have a clerk in charge in the future.
KAHS alumna Erin Wicker was named Stearns County Pork Ambassador for 2013. Erin grew up on a pig farm near Marty (Pearl Lake).
Leander Salzl celebrated the 50th anniversary of Salzl Welding in Watkins. He is featured in a story in the Aug. 15 Tri-County News.
Ron Hoxmeier of Eden Valley was featured in a story in the Aug. 15 Tri-County News. Hoxmeier was a bodyguard for Johnny Cash for nearly 10 years and, boy, does he have stories to tell.
The Kimball Fire Department received their brand-new rescue rig. The bulk of the cost was paid for by gambling proceeds ($84,000) with the remaining $10,000 to be shared by the city of Kimball and the townships of Maine Prairie, Kingston, and Fair Haven.
Maicy Vossen participated in the Miss Teen of America contest at St. Cloud State University. The competition was for scholarships. Maicy received the Personal Development Award (but not the scholarship).
In August, Mies Outland in Watkins broke ground for a new 3,400-square-foot addition to house Indian Motorcycles. Mies will be the exclusive Indian Motorcycles dealer in central Minnesota.
Eurasian watermilfoil was discovered in Clear Lake near Watkins.
The Eden Valley Area Library hosted author Richard Maus who spoke to students about his book Lucky One.
In Kimball, Schmidty’s Tesoro and C Store was sold to Casey’s General Stores. The transition would take several weeks, until signs were changed and stock switched out. The plan is to completely redo the inside within six months to a year. The same transition is happening at the Schmidty’s station in Luxemburg.
July 31-Aug. 4 was the Stearns County Fair in Sauk Centre. The Watnicks 4-H Club exhibited there. Six members of the club earned trips to the State Fair: Kelsey Libbesmeier (Grand Champion with 3-year-old Holstein cow, and overall Grand Champion for Dairy), Lauren Libbesmeier (fifth with her 2-year-old Holstein cow, and Reserve Champion Showmanship for Dairy), Mitchell Molitor (Champion in lightweight and heavyweight market lamb classes, Grand Champion of all market lambs, and overall Reserve Champion with his breeding ewe), Mandy Molitor (Champion of medium-weight market lamb class, overall Grand Champion Breeding Ewe, and Grand Champion Showmanship for sheep; she also won blue ribbons with all three of her dairy heifers), Tyler Dockendorf (blue ribbon with heavyweight market lamb, and blue ribbon with production white egg layer chickens) and Brad Dockendorf (blue ribbon with his breeding ewe, and blue ribbon with his production white egg layer chickens).
Morgan Steffens showed dairy and received a red ribbon with her Winter Holstein calf. Some of the Valley Victors 4-H club visited Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins, sharing some of their Fair animals with residents there.
Aug. 1 the 2013 Tri-County Resource Guide was mailed out and distributed. This year’s guide was printed on glossy paper, and a good deal of information was added. The change was well received.
Aug. 1-4 was the 141st Meeker County Fair in Litchfield. Members of the Valley Victors and Kimball Kruisers were among 4-H’ers who competed at the Fair. Among them, Taegyn and Taylor Ludwig showed blue-ribbon rabbits, Trevyn Ludwig showed a blue-ribbon chicken, Treyce Ludwig showed a blue-ribbon calf.
Aug. 2 was the EV-W class of 1978 reunion, at Dino’s Eden Lakeside Club.
Aug. 2-4 the Kraut ’N Wurst festival was held in Watkins. Grand Marshals for the parade were the entire Watkins Fire Department, past and present, in honor of their 100th anniversary. The department was featured in a story in the Aug. 1 Tri-County News. Candidates for Little Miss Watkins were Gracie Asfeld, Nevaya Carlson, Madysen Evans, Reagan Hennen, Cambel Hesse, Savannah Hoskins, Amy Host, Anna Kramer, Olivia Kramer, Eva Martinez, Kiera Stommes, Ayla Unterberger, Faith -Unterberger, and Emily Walz; Eva Martinez was crowned Little Miss Watkins, and Faith Unterberger (first) and Olivia Kramer (second) were crowned princesses.
Aug. 5 was opening day for the SpeakEasy in Eden Valley, under ownership of Allen Foss of Big Lake. The short-term plan is to keep the gangster-themed décor and menu from the former SpeakEasy.
Aug. 6 was National Night Out, celebrated in both Watkins and Kimball.
Aug. 6 a benefit dinner was held for Sarah (Gohman) Blommer at Kimball Fire Hall, in combination with National Night Out. Storms would move in during the event, and there was extensive hail damage in the Kimball area.
Aug. 8-11 was the Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival at El Rancho Mañana.
Aug. 9-11 was Kimball Days. Grand Marshals for the parade were Dean and Karen Mozena who have both been integral members of the community for many years. Candidates for Little Miss Kimball were Hallie Arnold, Ashlee Beehler, Jordyn Donnay, Morgan Garding, Ellie Kuechle, Zya Lueders, Taylor Maurer, Jaymee Randall, Alison Waldorf, and Annah Winter; Zya Lueders was crowned Little Miss Kimball, and Hallie Arnold and Ellie Kuechle were crowned princesses.
Aug. 10 was the 27th New London-New Brighton Antique Car Run; they stopped in Kingston for lunch.
Aug. 10 “Warrant” came to the Valley, Eden Valley to be specific. The ’80s hard-rock group concert was the second annual “Music in the Valley” concert, sponsored in part by the Eden Valley Healthy Communities group. Other groups in concert that night were Dirtee Circus. Helforstout, Crimson Edge, and local rappers Royal Boyz (two EV-W students who’ve released CDs and can be found on iTunes).
Aug. 10 was the 15th reunion of the KAHS Class of 1998, at the Red Goat Bar & Grill in Watkins. A photo of the 25 attendees was published in the Sept. 12 Tri-County News.
Aug. 11 was the Ostmark Lutheran Church porkchop and sweetcorn dinner.
Aug. 14 was the 4th annual Corn in the Park community corn roast in Fairhaven Park, sponsored by Fairhaven Lions.
Aug. 17 was the St. Ignatius parish festival in Annandale.
Aug. 17 was the 8th annual Doug Kielty Memorial ATV Run that started at Riverside Tavern in Forest City.
Aug. 17 was the second annual Mudman event at Powder Ridge. Hundreds of locals and folk from afar competed in a muddy, grueling obstacle course on the hill.
Aug. 18 an open house celebration was held to honor the retirement of the Most Reverend Monseignor Francis Garvey at the Church of Our Lady of Manannah. Our Mike Nistler interviewed Msgr. Garvey in a story featured in the Aug. 22 Tri-County News.
Aug. 18 a benefit was held to promote organ donation, at the Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty. The “Drive for Donors” benefit was prompted by the donation of 22-month-old Deegan Johnson-Pramann’s organs after his death from a brain tumor. Deegan’s organs saved three other children, and his parents sought to raise awareness of organ donation. See www.life-source.org. Hundreds turned out, on motorcycle and in classic cars, for the “Drive.”
Aug. 18-19 was the 30th annual Rendezvous at the Forest City Stockade. Just across the road, the 25th annual Forest City Threshers Show was held on the same days; this year’s featured tractor was Ford (next year will be Cockshutt).
Aug. 20 the Red Cross Bloodmobile came to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley; 98 donors came, with three of them first-timers.
The Minnesota State Fair 2013 ran from Aug. 22 through Labor Day, Sept. 2. Arnie Gruenes won Grand Champion in the 4-H Dairy Show for his red and white heifer. He was among many representing the Valley Victors and Kimball Kruisers and Watnicks 4-H’ers who competed at the State Fair.
Aug. 23 “Little Iza” wine from Millner Heritage Winery was awarded the Governor’s Cup in international competition at the University of Minnesota. This competition is for cold-climate grape varieties only and this was the fifth year for this growing field. The wine is named for owner Don Millner’s granddaughter Iza.
Aug. 24 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley held their annual Beef Dinner.
Aug. 25 was St. Anthony’s annual Picnic in the Park, in Watkins.
Aug. 27 was the annual membership dinner at the Kingston Legion Club. Alice Root, MaryJane Arens, and Pearl Haapajoki were honored for their 50+ years in the Legion Auxiliary. Kenneth Wills, Wally Compton, and Clifford Wahlberg were honored as World War II veterans. Laurie Wells and Marie Williamson were given Blue Star banners in honor of their sons in active service.
Aug. 27 was the dedication ceremony for the new EV-W gym. Named for retired athletic director Jay Johnson and retired superintendent Larry Peterson, the new gym will hereafter be called the “Johnson-Peterson Gym” and the old gym will be called the “auxiliary gym.” Both men retired in 2012, and both served the district for decades. The brief ceremony took place between the JV and varsity volleyball matches (the varsity team defeated Paynesville).
Aug. 28 was the welcome-back breakfast for EV-W teachers and staff. A new addition to the program is Superintendent Mark Messman’s “Rock Award” presented to the two people he views as “rocks” in the district and community, dependable, foundational, we’ll-hold-you-up rocks. The first recipients of this new award were Sharon Borgert and Bruce Kiehn.
Aug. 30 the kiddie tractor pull and fireworks from the 2013 Valley Daze were held at this delayed date; severe storms cancelled these events in June during Valley Daze.
Aug. 10 Stella Marie Manuel to Joe and Heidi Manuel.
Aug. 3, Evelyn Dockendorf, 85, of Cold Spring.
Aug. 4, Jeremy Ecker, 37, of Maple Grove.
Aug. 4, Donna Luoma, 67, of South Haven.
Aug. 5, Daniel Wicker, 84, of Pearl Lake (Marty).
Aug. 6, Dawn (Horsma) Rokala, 49, of Kimball.
Aug. 8, Adella Theis, 91, of Eden Valley.
Aug. 10, Kenneth Brinkman, 69, of Richmond.
Aug. 10, Cindy (Gohman) Croat, 51, of South Haven.
Aug. 14, Lowell Meyer, 66, of Orlando, Fla. (formerly of Kimball and Eden Valley).
Aug. 14, Wheeler Pope, 99, of Kimball.
Aug. 19, Dale Schwarz, 77, of Eden Valley.
Aug. 26, Dorothy Jensen, 90, of Kimball.
Aug. 26, Esther Pauly, 72, of Cold Spring.
Aug. 28, Vila (Tisket) Fischer, 76, of St. Joseph, Mo.
Aug. 29, Tamara (Smith) Steffes, 50, of Coon Rapids (formerly of St. Cloud and Kimball).
Ray Wells celebrated his 60th birthday Aug. 3 at the Kimball Legion Club.
Angie Haag and Chad Mueller of St. Joseph announced their engagement; an Aug. 24 wedding was planned.
Viola (Dockendorf) Miller celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 25 at St. Philip’s Church in Litchfield.
Nancy Kuechle and Kevy Simmons announced their engagemment; a Sept. 21 wedding was planned.
Kari Fischer and Brian Lindbloom had a bridal shower Aug. 17 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kimball.
Katie Ann Brinkman and Brian Nicholas Konz announced their engagement; they were married Sept. 21.
Justine Hilsgen and Levi Brown had a bridal shower Aug. 23 at the Wat-Kim-Valley VFW building in Watkins.
Alison Rosha and Marshall Nystrom of Inver Grove Heights announced their engagement; they were married Sept. 20.