Tricounty News

Community event is 25, and going strong

To test the business advice to “adapt or perish,” one needed go no further than the Watkins Elementary School this past Saturday.

The women of the Watkins Lioness hosted their annual craft and bake sale, their 25th annual. W-CIMG3226

“It’s not like it used to be,” said Gloria Schmidt who’s been involved for the past 18 years. They’ve modernized, and added new vendors and products. “You can only use so many potholders,” she chuckled.

Dolores Faber has been coordinating the vendors for the craft sale for 22 of the past 25 years. She agrees that change has been necessary for the survival of the craft sale.


Ram Gridiron Challenge visits KAHS

A.M. Maus & Son Inc. helped to raise $4,320 in funding for the Kimball Area High School football team with the Ram Truck brand’s Ram Gridiron Challenge program. The fundraising event was held Friday, Oct. 4, during the football game.

“The Ram Truck brand and high school football are intricately linked through their connection to the tough, powerful and rugged American lifestyle,” said Jeff Hines, Manager, Denver Business Center. “Through the Ram Gridiron Challenge, we are able to give back to football organizations that provide students with a safe and engaging outlet outside of academics.”


Seminar on wills and probate Nov. 21

The Volunteer Attorney Program of Central Minnesota Legal Services (CMLS), in St. Cloud, has scheduled a seminar on Wills and Probate, for 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Great River Regional Library at 1300 West
St. Germain Street in St. Cloud, in the Mississippi Room.

John Wenker, Esq., of the Quinlivan & Hughes Law Firm will be the presenter. During his presentation, Mr. Wenker will discuss the following:

• Benefits of a will

• Health-care directives

• Death taxes

• Life estate

• Joint tenancy

• Trust vs. wills

• Power of attorney

This seminar is being offered at no charge to interested persons. Because space is limited, reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. For more information and/or to make reservations, please call Kathy Winfgen, Program Coordinator, at (320) 257-4873.

Cold Weather Rule could be helpful this winter

Low-income Minnesotans can apply for heating assistance

With cold weather just around the corner, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourages Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule protection to keep homes heated all winter long.

Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect Tuesday,
Oct. 15, and protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off through April 15, 2014. But to prevent heating disconnection, customers must contact their utility to establish and maintain a monthly payment plan.


Past Kimball music phenom achieves prestigious selection

Former local resident Jill Robinson Kilzer was recently appointed a two-year term as president of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, a professional, non-profit educational W-Jill-Kilzer-pictureorganization, and an affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association. A 1971 Kimball Area High School graduate, Jill has always had the music in her. Daughter of the late Les and Gen Robinson of Kimball, Jill was very active in the KAHS band and choir. While still in junior high school, she started teaching piano from her home. Continuing music at a higher level was imminent for Robinson Kilzer. “After high school, I attended a 2-year post-Baccalaureate program in Princeton, N.J. Then following more music studies at the U of M, I completed my Masters from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.” After graduate school in 1981, Jill lived in Houston, Texas, before moving to Apple Valley, Minn., in 2000.