Tricounty News

2013 in review - October


It was announced in October that zebra mussels were found in Watab Lake in Stearns County; the lake is connected to Rossier Lake and Lower Watab Lake, so they are at risk as is the Watab River which flows into the Mississippi.

The Eden Valley Area Library was closed briefly in October because of construction work along State Street, particularly the sidewalks that are not yet completed.

Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary School earned the Celebration Eligible designation from the Minnesota Department of Education based on its 2013 ratings. It recognizes the schools’ work in raising student proficiency and growth, closing the achievement gap, and increasing the likelihood of graduation.

The Kimball Elementary School was named a Reward School for being among the top 15 percent of Title I schools in the state based on its 2013 performance in the new Multiple Measurements Rating.

Jill Robinson Kilzer, formerly of Kimball, was appointed to a two-year term as president of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association.

Oct. 2 a meeting was held to determine the future of the Kimball Area chapter of Dollars for Scholars. Because of new demands and restrictions placed on the chapter by DFS and the IRS, it was decided to close the chapter and all scholarship money will now go through the district office.

Oct. 2, Linda and Dale Atkinson’s barn (full of antiques and household items) burned down, along with several outbuildings. There were no injuries as the Atkinsons were not home at the time of the fire.

Oct. 4 was the Kimball Lions-sponsored fish fry at the Kimball Lions Shelter (in Willow Creek Park).

Oct. 4 was the Kimball Homecoming game, against Holdingford. Donations were accepted at the gate for Randy Shaver’s “Tackle Cancer” research fund. With that, plus T-shirt sales, nearly $1,500 was sent to the research foundation.

Oct. 5 was the 50-year reunion for the Kimball Class of 1963, at Triple R in Kimball. Several former teachers joined them. Photos of attendees were published in the Oct. 17 Tri-County News.

Oct. 6 was the Assumption Parish fall beef dinner in Eden Valley.

Oct. 8 members of the Kimball Elementary and High School student government, along with B.L.T. Leo Club members, participated in We Day at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, along with more than 18,000 other students. The day was focused on helping young people make a positive difference in the world, both locally and globally.

Oct. 11 was the Watkins Legion fish fry, at the Watkins Legion/Village Hall.

Oct. 11 the Cubs and Eagles faced off in the annual Rooster Bowl, this year at Eden Valley. Eden Valley would defeat Kimball, 20-6. The trophy will stay at EV-W High School again this year; they’ve won the trophy 15 times since it all started in 1996.

Oct. 12, was the first-ever Klover Klomp 5K run/walk sponsored by the Kimball Kruisers 4-H Club.

Oct. 12 was the Ostmark Lutheran Church fall bazaar in rural Watkins.

Oct. 12 also was the fall bazaar at Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fair Haven.

Oct. 12 was the annual hunters’ hog roast at Riverside Tavern in Forest City.

Oct. 13 was the fifth annual pork chop dinner and FUNdraiser sponsored by
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball and held at Willow Creek Park Lions shelter.

Oct. 13 was the Fall Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast at Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale.

Oct. 13 was the National Honor Society induction ceremony at Kimball Area High School. New members inducted that day were Madelyn O’Brien, Brittany Wittrock, Madelyn Jansky, Hannah Serbus, Alexis Rose, Savannah Gohmann, Caitlin Carr, Delaine Zongo, Danielle Helgeson, Troy Filzen, Tyler Smith, Ted Zipoy, Austin Schiefelbein, Ben Serbus, Joseph VonWahlde, and Cameron Hunt.

Oct. 13 was the 2013 Meeker County 4-H Awards Celebration in Litchfield. Among the 2013-14 4-H Federation officers are Shelby Schiefelbein (Treasurer, of the Kimball Kruisers) and James Gathje (Reporter, of the Valley Victors). Kaitlyn Truenow (Kimball Kruisers) and George Lemke (Valley Victors) are new Zone Representatives. Anthony Schettler (VV) and Shelby Schiefelbein (KK) were awarded “Best Sets of Records.” Frank Schiefelbein II of Schiefelbein Farms received the “Friend of 4-H” Award. Those graduating were Mitchell Hurrle (5 years, KK), Cora Gohmann (9 years, KK), Jonathan Massmann (9 years, KK), Branndie Halbur (10 years, VV). Anne Gathje was awarded a Meeker County 4-H Federation Scholarship.

Oct. 13 Level 3 sex offender Michael Klappenbach was released to live on Pirz Lake in Eden Lake Township. Just two weeks later, Oct. 30, he was taken back into custody and, reportedly, will not be returning to the township anytime soon.

Oct. 15 was the Kingston Lions-sponsored blood drive at Kingston Community Center. Fifty-six units were collected, just one short of their goal.

At the Oct. 15 meet at Albany, the last conference cross-country meet of the season, Emily Donnay placed first and was named CMC champion; she represents the Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball cross-country team. Donnay and 13 other team members went on to the Section meet; Donnay went to State Nov. 2, placing 10th, smashing the school record in the process. 

The Oct. 17 issue of the Tri-County News was the launch of our new design. We officially stopped publishing the Eden Valley-Watkins News at the same time, mostly because of confusion now that the Voice is publishing in Eden Valley as well. One consolidated product, covering all the same areas and stories, and with a new and improved design, provides our readers with a cleaner look, easier feel, and without missing a thing.

Oct. 17 was the annual New England Pot Roast Dinner hosted by the Dassel Area Historical Society at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.

Oct. 17-18 was the state teachers’ convention, and school break.

Oct. 18 was an open house sculpture exhibit by Chris Gustafson in Watkins. 

Oct. 18 fire destroyed Ervin Hennen’s combine, near Watkins. No one was injured.

Oct. 20 was a parish breakfast at St. Mary’s Help of Christians in St. Augusta.

Oct. 20 was a pizza party held at St. Anthony School Hall by the Catholic Order of Foresters for its junior members in Watkins.

Oct. 20 was the annual turkey dinner at Kingston Community Center co-sponsored by the Kingston Legion Post and Kingston Lions Club.

Oct. 22 the Kimball Kruisers 4-H Club went out Trick or trEATing for the Kimball Area Food Shelf.

Oct. 22 was another Kimball Area Historical Society meeting and presentation, “My Memories of Time Spent in Kimball” by Michael Stanley who was visiting from South Africa.

A story about the Kimball Drive-In (run by Merton Eaton back in the day) was featured in the Oct. 24 Tri-County News

Oct. 24 KAHS hosted fourth-graders from Kimball Elementary and Discovery Elementary (in St. Cloud) for a Kindness Retreat done by Youth Frontiers.

Oct. 24 was the Kimball Junior Auxiliary Halloween party.

Oct. 25 was the 50th annual Pearl Lake Fish Fry at Holy Cross Parish in Marty. Mike Nistler wrote a nice story about the anniversary, published in the Oct. 31 Tri-County News.

Oct. 26 was the 25th annual Craft and Bake Sale at Watkins Elementary School, sponsored by Watkins Lioness.

Oct. 26 was the fall bazaar at St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Forest City.

Oct. 26 was the Kingston kids’ Halloween party at the Kingston Community Center.

Oct. 27 Eden Valley-Watkins Cub Scouts distributed bags in Eden Valley and Watkins; they picked up the bags Nov. 2, filled with non-perishable donations for the “Scouting for Food” drive to help those in need during the Holiday season.

Oct. 27 was the fall breakfast at St. Nicholas Parish in St. Nicholas. It also was the St. Wendelin’s fall breakfast at St. Wendelin’s Parish in Luxemburg.

Oct. 30 Resource Training & Solutions hosted a banquet to recognize area teachers. From Eden Valley-Watkins, Rebecca Kuechle and Karen Svihel-Buermann were honored. From Kimball, Kathryn Winkelman and Andrea Welter were honored.

Oct. 30-Nov. 2 was the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. Tracy Huhn of EV-W received her Honorary American Degree, and five of her FFA members attended the convention.

Oct. 31 EV-W Elementary Schools hosted their Halloween parades, where students and teachers paraded through the school and parents and grandparents lined the halls to watch.


Oct. 3, Gerald “Gerry” Lies, 87, of South Haven.

Oct. 8, Todd Roy, 45, of Annandale (formerly of Fair Haven).

Oct. 9, Neal Loudon, 91, of Kimball.

Oct. 10, Don Ashwill, 76, of Buffalo (formerly of Annandale).

Oct. 10, Loretta Fox, 93, of South Haven.

Oct. 11, Regina Schutz, 93, of Cold Spring (formerly of Eden Valley).

A celebration of life was held Oct. 13 for Ronald Wendroth shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer, at the Church of God in Eden Valley. He died just days later, Oct. 26.

Oct. 15, Donald “Duck” Swanson, 88, of Watkins.

Oct. 21, Geneva Bennett, 84, of St. Cloud (formerly of Paynesville).

Oct. 24, Frank Hancock, 64, of Kimball.

Oct. 25, Anthony “Tony” Mies, 78, of Watkins.

Oct. 31, Craig Faber, 42, of Galena, Alaska (formerly of Watkins).