Tricounty News

Chamber presents plant to Casey’s

The Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce gave a plant to tne newest business in town: Casey’s General Store.

Schmidty’s Tesoro and C Store was sold last month to Casey’s which has begun some remodeling work W-IMG 1147inside and out. Many of the staff remain the same. Chris May is the new store manager.

According to regional manager, Nancy McNab, they are remodeling to make things fit, like a pizza oven and mixer for fresh-made dough. In about 6 to 12 months, everything will be remodeled to bring the store up to full Casey’s standards. “In the meantime,” said McNab, “we will offer as much as we can.” Things will be added as quickly as they can. The result, after a full remodel, will be a Casey’s store much like the one in Hutchinson that just finished a remodel.


Millner Heritage wine wins Governor’s Cup

A wine made near Kimball won top honors at the fifth annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition at the University of Minnesota last Friday.w-62.15.035

The wine that won the Governor’s Cup was Little Iza, a light, sweet wine made at Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery by Jon Millner. The wine is named after his daughter, Izabella Millner.

The competition, now five years running, it’s the only competition for northern-tier vineyards. Panels of 21 expert judges spent the day tasting wines grown from grapes in 12 northern states and Canada.

After the wines had been allowed to linger on judges’ palates, the 2012 Little Iza wine was awarded the Minnesota Governor’s Cup for the best gold-winning Minnesota wine.


Mies Outland prepares for Indian Motorcycle facility debut


By early October, Mies Outland in Watkins hopes to unveil a new facility that will be home to everything Indian Motorcycle related, said Shaun Kral, sales manager at Mies.W-Mies


The 3,400-square-foot facility will be a “unique retail setting” that will be home to a lounge, retail area and, of course, Indian Motorcycles, accessories and apparel. It will be the exclusive supplier of Indian Motorcycles in Central Minnesota, Kral said.

“It’s a huge deal,” he said.

“Indian Motorcycle came out with a real solid bike this year. The new Indian has three models – the Chief, the Chief Vintage, and the new Chieftan which is the first full-ferring Indian.”

A new 3,400-square-foot addition to Mies Outland is being built in Watkins. It will house Indian Motorcycles, accessories, parts, and apparel, complete with a lounge and retail area. Mies Outland will be the exclusive supplier of Indian Motorcycles and gear in Central Minnesota. Staff photo by Mike Nistler.


SpeakEasy reopens in Eden Valley

After being closed for almost two years, The SpeakEasy Bar and Restaurant has reopened W-Allen-Fossin Eden Valley.

Owner Allen Foss and staff opened the doors Monday, Aug. 5, after spiffing up the place.

“It was in pretty good shape,” said Foss who did some work on the kitchen primarily, and a lot of cleaning up.


Salzl Welding celebrates 50 years

When Leander Salzl opened up his welding and fabricating shop in Watkins 50 years ago, he had no idea he’d still be in business today.

But the good Lord willing, Salzl may have many years ahead of him. At age 77, he doesn’t see retirement in his future.

“I’ve done this all my life,” said Salzl, who purchased Ben Krippner’s Blacksmith Shop when he was just 27.

Business in those early years was “really good,” Salzl said, and he worked alone for the first five years until he hired his first two employees.

Today, he’s down to one employee, his son, David.

Salzl Welding does all types of welding and fabricating jobs for other small businesses, including many local farmers.

But the absence of small farms has hurt Salzl in one respect – his ability to find good employees.

“It’s really hard to get good
people,” he said. “When I first started, you could take a kid off the farm and train them. They just are not out there anymore. Kids go to school so long that they don’t have the practical experience that you need in this job. You need a lot of common sense.

Salzl isn’t sure if his son will some day take over the business, so “until the Lord says I gotta quit,” he’ll keep on working.