Tricounty News

Money available to help homeowners replace septic systems

Funding to assist homeowners in replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems is available from the State of Minnesota. The Stearns County Environmental Services Department can apply for these state grants on behalf of homeowners.

Eligibility for the grant requires that the homeowner have low income, the property is homesteaded by the applicant, and that the sewage treatment system is found to be an imminent threat to public health and safety. A sewage treatment system which is discharging sewage or sewage effluent to the ground surface, drainage system, ditch, storm water drain or directly to surface water, or causes a reoccurring sewage backup into a dwelling or other establishment is an imminent threat to public health and safety.


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.