Tricounty News

2013 in review - December


Madeline Bollingmo received the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award from the Care Providers of Minnesota. Madeline is the granddaughter of nurse-manager Joyce Quast of Heritage House in Kimball where Madeline volunteers with residents.

Students at EV-W and Kimball Elementary Schools were among 100 local 4-H students who put together Holiday Gift Surprises.

Kimball City Hall was named one of 18 successfully revitalized civic landmarks in the state, by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. The building has been renovated over several years by the Kimball Area Historical Society through grants and donations, and by the City of Kimball.

Meeker Memorial Clinic in Dassel received the Press Ganey 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award for achieving 95th percentile in patient satisfaction. The clinic is operated by Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Dec. 2 was the KES Holiday concert for grades 1-3. It also was the Elementary Winter Music program for grades 1-3 at EV-W.

Dec. 2 was the broadcast of the CMA Country Christmas special. Tatum Libbesmeier was a guest of Luke Bryan for the show, and a brief segment showed her meeting him. Tatum is a cancer patient, and her Make-A-Wish desire was to meet Luke Bryan. The whole family was brought to Nashville for the taping, and Tatum was treated to a makeover and shopping trip before the show. In February 2014 Bryan will perform in Fargo and has promised to send a limo to bring Tatum and her girlfriends to his show.

Dec. 3 was the KES Holiday concert for grades 4-6.

Dec. 4 was the annual Christmas Party for Watkins Senior Citizens, held at
St. Anthony Manor in Watkins.

Dec. 6 was the annual Christ Child Luncheon at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale.

Dec. 7 Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit to the EV-W High School, invited by Community Ed. Children had lots of activities, and there were food and snacks too. Each child got to visit with Santa, and received a bag of treats.

Dec. 7 was the Christmas Bazaar at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball, and the Holiday Fair at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale.

Dec. 7 was the annual resident-family Christmas gathering at Heritage House of Kimball, complete with Santa bearing gifts.

Dec. 7 The Kingery Family presented a concert at the Kingston Community Center, sponsored by the Kingston Lions, with proceeds going to the Meeker County Food Shelf.

Dec. 7 was the 18th annual Pioneer Christmas at Forest City Stockade. It also was the Immigrant Christmas at Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale. Santa came to both events.

Dec. 8 Santa visited the Schindele Elk Ranch near Clearwater with horse-drawn sleigh rides, sponsored by the Fairhaven Lions.

The EV-W Community Ed recital was held Dec. 8, at the EV-W HS cafeteria.

Dec. 8 was the Valley Victors 4-H Holiday potluck at the Gruenes farm.

Dec. 9 was the EV-W High School vocal concert.

Dec. 11 was the American Red Cross blood drive at Watkins Village Hall; 67 units were collected, including two first-time donors. Roxanne Dick received her 10-gallon pin; Merrie Miller and Jim Wirz received 8-gallon pins; and Linda Faber and Makayla Hesse earned 1-gallon pins.

Dec. 11 was the Eden Valley Senior Citizens Christmas party, held at Dino’s Eden Lakeside Club in Eden Valley.

Dec. 12 was the Holy Cross School Christmas program, “Once Upon A Starry Night.”

Dec. 12 was the KES Christmas concert for grades K-3.

Dec. 13 some KAHS choir members shared Christmas songs at Harvest Bank.

Dec. 13-14 the Eden Valley Area Library hosted a huge book sale and gently used Christmas ornament sale.

Dec. 14 was Santa Day at Kimball City Hall, along with a bake sale by the Kimball Legion Auxiliary, and a gift sale by the Kimball Kruisers 4-H.

Dec. 14 was Santa Day at Watkins Village Hall. First the Watkins Lioness hosted Christmas shopping for children. Then the Watkins theater group performed “Disorder in the Court” for an enthusiastic audience; this was their 30th annual performance. Gifts were distributed to dozens of children before Santa arrived.

Dec. 14 was the EV-W Winter Ball.

Dec. 15 was the Eden Valley Healthy Communities Holiday Gathering, at the Event Center. The Kingery Family gave a concert.

Dec. 15 the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train stopped in Buffalo, Annandale, and Kimball. It was bitterly cold, as it often is the night of the Holiday Train, but there were still a couple hundred people there for the concert. The Kimball Food Shelf was awarded a check for $4,500.

Dec. 16 was the EV-W HS Band Winter Concert.

Dec. 16 was the KES Christmas concert for grades 4-6.

Dec. 17 the St. Cloud Senior Fun Singers came to St. Anthony Manor in Watkins for a concert with coffee and Christmas cookies afterward.

Dec. 18 singer Andrew Walesch performed a concert at the Church of St. Anne in Kimball; the event was sponsored by the Kimball Public Library.

Dec. 20 Wally’s Café held a Holiday open house in Watkins.

Dec 20 was the annual Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary School variety show

Dec. 31 Powder Ridge hosted its annual torchlight parade and fireworks New Year’s Eve.


Dec. 6, Elsie Jean Gutwasser was born to Erin and Austin Gutwasser of Kimball.


Dec. 3, Renee Topp, 63, of Eden Valley.

Dec. 4, Bernard “Ben” Plantenberg, 88, of Eden Valley.

Dec. 8, Maryln Hunt, 64, of South Haven.

Dec. 17, Marian (McCarthy) Enright, 102, of Walnut Creek, Calif. (formerly of Watkins). Marian is the sister of Sen. Eugene McCarthy.

Dec. 17, Barb Root, 62, of Kimball in a car accident.

Dec. 20, Daniel Strohmeier, 63, of Watkins.

Dec. 21, Marvin “Duce” Gunnerson, 80, of South Haven.

Dec. 21, Yvonne (Wagner) Notsch, 70, of St. Joseph.

Dec. 23, Jeremiah “Jerry” Zwack, 32, of Clear Lake.

Dec. 26, Violet Gillman, 85, of Kimball.