Tricounty News

Amy Thielen to be speaker at fundraiser

Third annual fundraiser - featuring writer and chef Amy ThielenW-Chef-Amy-Thielen

The Stearns History Museum is pleased to announce Amy Thielen as the speaker for Museum’s Third Annual Fundraiser. “Midwestern Flavors” is the theme of the event and Thielen will talk about Midwestern cuisine, her cookbook, and her Food Network show. The fundraiser will be held Thursday, April 24, at the Gorecki Center on the College of St. Benedict’s campus in St. Joseph. The social will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Recipes from her cookbook will be used in the meal and she will also do a cooking demonstration as part of her presentation.


Ridgewater College a top community college in the nation

Ridgewater College was named the 41st top community college in the nation out of 1,655 colleges by the Washington Monthly in August of 2013. Entering into 2014, Ridgewater College has been selected as one of 150 community colleges in the nation that have been determined eligible to apply for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

“I am extremely proud of Ridgewater College’s faculty, staff and administration who are all working hard to provide exemplary education for our students,” said College President Douglas Allen. “It is great to have the hard work acknowledged on a national scale.”


Heritage House set to expand

Heritage House of Kimball, owned by the same group as several other Heritage House facilities in Minnesota, was set to expand their assisted living facility in 2009. The plan was to add assisted living apartments to the north of the existing building. The city gave approval, and set up a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district.

That was just about the time the recession hit. Financing for the project evaporated, and the plans have been sitting on a shelf. Until now.

Heritage House hopes to break ground July 1. The expansion would add additional 10-14 employees and provide a number of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, a new kitchen and dining area, a fireside lounge, beauty shop, and a guest unit. 

The project again has the Kimball City Council’s full approval thus far.

Electrical Builders celebrating 40 years in business

W-MikeThe year was 1974. Eric and Connie Netter began a small business called Dispatch Welding & Amp, Erectors (later changed to Electrical Builders, Inc.), out of their home near Beaver Lake, just north of Kimball.

Today, Electrical Builders is one of the nation’s leading high-power conductor service providers. It provides services in industrial electrical construction, power plant
maintenance including servicing 60 percent of the domestic nuclear fleet and more than 3,000 projects at fossil, hydro and solar plants from coast to coast. EBI also works with many of the leading utilities including Exelon, Entergy, MidAmerican Energy, Midwest Generation, Phillips 66, Progress Energy, Xcel Energy, GRE, MN Power/Allete and PG&E.


Feb. 23: Science Café at Dassel History Center

The first in a series of Cafés is scheduled at the Dassel History Center, 901 1st St. N., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. These Cafés will be friendly get-togethers to discuss a particular topic with a little something to eat and drink. The first gathering will be a Science Café with the topic “What in all the world is the world made of?” The discussion will be led by the natural history advisor at the Center, Dr. Aaron Moen, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Ithaca. New York. He is the author of more than 100 scienfic publications and several books. “The simplicity of the answer may surprise you,” Moen said. Come to enjoy an hour or two of fun and fellowship with friends in a historical setting while considering a fundamental question about the world we live in!