Tricounty News

2013 Year in review - September


Glenn Pauls received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the Watkins Lions Club; this is the highest Lions award.

Tuckpointing work was done on the Watkins Village Hall in mid-September. This was part of several much-needed repairs to the building that would include installation of a new handicap ramp, and a new steel roof.w-Sept-Watkins-tuckpointing

In September, the City of Eden Valley received a grant of $697,316 (over and above other expected funding for the 2013-14 road and water/sewer project). This was a welcome bonus to the city’s budget for the year.

Sept. 3 it was back to school for students across Minnesota. Kimball Schools welcomed new teachers and student teachers: Melissa Opatz, Whitney Gettler, Aaron Johnson, Katie Pettit, Allison Tooley, and Lindsie Cunningham. (While there were new roles for some EV-W teachers and staff, there were no new hires there.)

Sept. 6 was the Kimball High School class of 1962 reunion, at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball.

Sept. 7 LaRae Asfeld was officially named Postmaster of the Eden Valley Post Office; she had been Officer In Charge since August 2012.

Sept. 7 was a beanbag tournament sponsored by the South Haven Girls’ Softball Team, at South Haven Municipal Liquor Store.

Sept. 7 the Eden Valley Area Library hosted “Seed Savers 101” and a perennial plant exchange, an outgrowth of the seed library program there.

Sept. 7 was the 30th reunion of the KAHS class of 1983, at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball. A photo of the 27 class members in attendance was published in the
Sept. 12 Tri-County News.

Sept. 7 was the 55th class reunion of the KHS Class of 1958 at Waterfront Lakeside Grille on Clearwater Lake. A photo of the 20 attendees was published in the Sept. 19 Tri-County News.

Sept. 7 the U.S.S. Minnesota, the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine, was commissioned. Minn. Rep. Jeff Howe attended the ceremony in Virginia as part of a delegation from Minnesota; the trip was at his own expense, not taxpayers’.

Sept. 8 the Kingery Family presented a concert at the Kimball Church of Christ.

Sept. 10 the Old Coots, alumni men of Kimball High School from classes up to 1963, bathered at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball. They usually get together twice a year there. Photos of the attendees were published in the Sept. 19 Tri-County News

Sept. 10 a special election was held in Eden Valley to fill the council seat left vacant by Eric Reetz when he moved away. Robert Bischof, Jeff Bradshaw, and Daniel Schmitt filed for the office; Bradshaw won the election. Another seat became available when Cheryl Thielen moved away and resigned; that special election will be held Jan. 28, 2014.

Sept. 11 the South Haven Fire Department made a tribute to 9/11 with a fire truck and turnout gear along Highway 55, with the sign “Stop & Remember 9/11” on it.

Sept. 11 was the KAHS Class of ‘57 reunion, at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball.

Sept. 12 members of the Pantowner’s Antique Auto Club came to HIlltop Health Care Center in Watkins with three cars. Hilltop residents enjoyed checking out the classic cars, a 49 DeSoto, 67 Baracuda, and 65 Camaro convertible.

Sept. 12 the Kimball High School class of 1952 held their reunion at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball. (A photo of the 16 attendees was published in the Sept. 19 Tri-County News.

Sept. 13 was the Kimball High School Hall of Fame induction during halftime of the Kimball v. Rockford home game. Duane Benoit ’49, Bill Liedman ’65, Frank Schiefelbein III ’72, Scot Hille '76, and Steve Rice '85 were inducted into the Hall of Fame with a reception that w-Sept-KAHS-Hall-of-Fame

Seated are 2013 inductees to the Kimball High School Hall of Fame: Frank Schiefelbein III, Steven Rice, Scot Hille, Duane Benoit (represented by his widow Charlene and daughter Mary), and Bill Liedman. Behind them are previous inductees. The plaques were awarded during halftime of the Sept. 13 home game. File photo by Marguerite Laabs.

followed the game. Their framed photos joined the permanent display with 16 of their predecessors on the wall opposite the Wirth Gym at KAHS.

Sept. 14 was the 25th class reunion of the Kimball Class of 1988, at the Red Goat Bar in Watkins.

Sept. 14 was a benefit for Tatum Libbesmeier at the Kimball Legion Club. The 7-year-old had retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eye. 

Sept. 14 was “Hoedown on the Hill,” a benefit dinner, live auction, and dance held at Powder Ridge to benefit St. Wendelin’s School in Luxemburg.

Sept. 15 was a benefit breakfast for Vern Schreiner sponsored by the Wat-Kim-Valley V.F.W. at Watkins Village Hall.

Sept. 15 was the annual Fall Festival at Church of St. Anne in Kimball, with all the usual festivities.

Sept. 15 mystery author Steven Janke was a guest speaker at the Eden Valley Area Library.

Sept. 19 was the Kimball Class of 1956 reunion at Triple R in Kimball.

During the Sept. 20 EV-W football game, the home opener, Kevon Gabrelcik of Eden Valley was honored as the Central Minnesota Conference Volunteer of the Year for his long list of contributions to the EV-W athletic program.

Sept. 21 was the Kimball Wrestling Booster Club’s third annual beanbag tournament, at Son of a Butcher’s Bar in Kimball.

Sept. 22 was a grilled pork chop supper fundraiser at Church of Our Lady of Manannah.

Sept. 22 KDUZ/KARP/KGLB Radio held a big anniversary bash at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, with live music by The Detour Band.

Sept. 22 Don Neisen of Watkins shot a hole-in-one at the Kimball Golf Club using a pitching wedge; he made the 96-yard shot at hole #6.

Sept. 22, Cindy Stelten of Kimball was awarded the Natural Health Professional Certification which complements her Young Living (essential oils) business.

Sept. 22-27 was EV-W Homecoming. Pierz was the opponent, and the theme of the week was “No Fearz, It’s Just Pierz.” Madison Field and Cain Renner were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. Other Homecoming candidates were Jared Hesse, Luke Kuechle, Hunter Mathies, Matt Unterberger, Shawnee Hennen, Brittany Hesse, Ashley Huschle, and Christina Salzl. The week’s activities included Hillbilly Day, Throwback or Ugly Sweater Day, and Extreme Eagle Spirit Day. There also were activites dach day at lunch in the cafeteria. Juniors won the Powder Puff game Monday. The Eagles lost to Pierz in volleyball Thursday. The Eagles lost to Pierz in football Friday. The week ended with the Homecoming Dance Friday evening.

Sept. 24 Brian Pease of the Minnesota State Capitol spoke on “Building a State and State House” at the Kimball Area Historical Society meeting at Kimball City Hall.

Sept. 25 twenty students and their two teachers arrived from Oldenberg, Germany, for nearly three weeks. A number of activities were scheduled during their exchange visit including tours of local towns and businesses. They arrived just in time for Homecoming, and stayed with local host families. The group presented a multimedia program Oct. 7 about their home school and community for EV-W community at the cafeteria, complete with tasty German foods. A farewell and Halloween party was held Oct. 12 at Brittany Hesse’s home.The group left by bus for Chicago
Oct. 13. A group of EV-W students will go to Oldenberg in summer 2014.

Sept. 26 was the Kimball Class of 1954 reunion at Triple R in Kimball. A photo of the 22 attendees was published in the Oct. 3 Tri-County News.

Sept. 26 authors Michael Sears and Stan Trollip (working together under the pen name of Michael Stanley) were featured at the Eden Valley Area Library book club.

Sept. 27 was the Hall of Fame induction at Eden Valley-Watkins High School, during their Homecoming football game against Pierz. Andrew Rossmeisl ’57, Jay Johnson, Don Dockendorf ’73, Larry Peterson, and Ray Tri were honored at a brief ceremony during the game, and a reception at the high school following the game. Donations were accepted at the game for Randy Shaver’s “Tackle Cancer” research fund.w-Sept-EVW-Hall-of-Fame

Andy Rossmeisl, Don Dockendorf, Jay Johnson, Ray Tri, and Larry Peterson were inducted into the Eden Valley-Watkins Hall of Fame during EV-W’s Homecoming halftime Sept. 27. File photo by Gaylen Bicking.




Sept. 28 the area was rocked by news of a homicide in Annandale. 42-year-old Kyle Greene was shot dead in his garage, the result of a planned robbery. Five individuals were arrested within two weeks after the crime, and the final suspect was arrested two months later, Nov. 27.

Sept. 28 the Fairhaven Lions held their drawing for the canoe raffle: Mr. and Mrs. Tony Perkl of Elk River won the annual raffle, and Gretchen Carlson of Champlin won the quilt.

Sept. 29 was St. Wendelin’s parish breakfast at Mary Hall in Luxemburg.

Sept. 29-Oct. 4 was Kimball Homecoming. Holdingford was the opponent, and the week’s theme was “Roar.” Mathias Hennen and Stacy Hurrle were crowned 2013 Homecoming King and Queen. Other Homecoming candidates were Kenzie Libbesmeier, Ben Serbus, Hollie Donnay, Caleb Anderson, Shelby Schiefelbein, Erin Diffley, Adam Laabs, Marisa Johnson, and Mitch Klein. Other activities during the week included sport jersey day, Back to the Eighties Day, Nerd Day, Class Act Day, and School Spirit Day. Juniors won the Powder Puff Game. The Cubs defeated Holdingford in volleyball Thursday. The Cubs lost to Holdingford in football Friday. The week culminated with the Homecoming Dance Friday evening.

Dodge Ram sponsored a test drive fundraiser during the Homecoming game Oct. 4. A total of $4,320 was raised for the Kimball football program.

Sept. 30 support staff from area schools were recognized at a dinner sponsored by Resource Training & Sollutions. From Kimball, Cindy Marquardt and Patty Markwardt were honored. From Eden Valley-Watkins, Judy BLonigen, Lori Unterberger and Adam Teicher were honored.


Sept. 26, Phoenix Russell Schmieg was born to Camillia Morris and Russel Schmieg of Kimball.


Sept. 2, Laverne Knaus, 93, of Kimball.

Sept. 6, Phillip Arnold, 84, of Eden Valley.

Sept. 6, Herbert Hanson, 90, of St. Cloud.

Sept. 7, Dr. Jerry Ahrendt, 71, of Independence, Minn. (founder of Kimball Veterinary Clinic).

Sept. 12, Opal Hedlund, 93, of Kingston.

Sept. 14, Eileen Brossard, 72, of Watkins.

Sept. 14, Joy Erickson, 55, of South Haven.

Sept. 20, Kyle Becker, 25, of Eden Valley died in a truck accident.

Sept. 22, Peter Hommerding, 48, of Kimball.

Sept. 23, Dawson Deuermeyer, 59, of Rosemount (formerly of Kimball).

Sept. 25, Benjamin Eder, 83, of Kimball.

Sept. 29, Steven Hickman, 63, of Paynesville.

Sept. 30, Sharon Capes, 70, of Fair Haven.

Sept. 30, Arlayne Hunt, 89, of South Haven.


Robert and Diana Lange celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 7 at Willow Creek Park in Kimball.

There was a bridal shower for Katie Brinkman and Brian Konz Sept. 7.

Melissa Ann Hechtel and William Gerard Heidgerken were married Sept. 14 at Zion United Methodist Church in South Haven.

“Wild Bill” Stein celebrated his 70th birthday with a surprise open house Sept. 22.

To be continued next week.