Tricounty News

Cokato Historical Society receives grant

Society receives Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant for continued glass plate scanning and digitization

The Cokato Historical Society has received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program. This grant will be used to fund Phase VI of the continued scanning and digitization of glass plate negatives from the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio collection. For this phase, 2,000 of the 5x7 plates will be scanned, with digital copies produced for archiving. Upon completion of this phase, nearly 85 percent of the more than 11,380 plates in the collection will have been scanned and digitized.

Funds distributed through this program are generated by the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Act constitutional amendment passed by the voters of Minnesota in November 2008. This amendment increased the state sales tax by
3/8 of 1 percent, with the funds separated as follows: Outdoor Heritage; Clean Water; Parks & Trails; and Arts & Cultural Heritage.  The State Historical Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society administers the portion of the Arts & Cultural Heritage funds made available to museums and historical agencies.

For more information about the Legacy Amendment funding, visit the web site of the Minnesota Historical Society,, and click on the “Historical and Cultural Grants” link.

Information about the Akerlund Studio can be found at the museum’s web site:, and click on the “Cokato Museum” link, or call (320)

The Cokato Museum is a cooperative effort of the City of Cokato and the Cokato Historical Society.

Kimball Legion Auxiliary meets Sept. 11

The regular meeting of Frederick Metcalf Unit 261, Kimball will resume meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Our first meeting of the year will be held at Hendricks Sand & Gravel office in Kimball

Public Relations Officer

Cindy May

Pantowner show to be at Hilltop

Pantowner’s Antique Auto Club Car Show will be held at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 12. The public is welcome to join us.


Kingston Legion membership dinner

The Kingston Legion and Auxiliary held their annual membership dinner Tuesday, Aug. 27. Everyone was treated to a dinner of grilled porkchops, potato salad, beans, and cake with ice cream.

American Legion Auxiliary 7th District (Minnesota) president Pat Ecker attended the dinner and spoke briefly about district leadership and their goals.W-IMG 0676

Three Auxiliary members were honored for their 50+ years of membership: Alice Root, MaryJane Arens, and Pearl Haapajoki (who did not attend).

Three World War II veterans were honored: Kenneth Wills, Wally Compton, and Clifford Wahlberg (who did not attend).

Two women were given Blue Star banners in honor of their sons in active service: Laurie Wells for her son Sgt. Zach Wells, and Marie Williamson for her son Lt. Cmdr. James Wendler.

At the end of their white elephant sale, a hand-made quilt was auctioned off to help raise money for new uniforms for the Legion. Auxiliary president Micki Turja acted as auctioneer. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.



All Fishermen Are Liars (Except You and Me)

…and sometimes I wonder about you 

If there is one thing that Ray Tuholsky loves more than fishing, it’s telling a story! Join us at Breakfast Club with Ray to hear stories about how war had an influence on fishing and see some old lures, rods, and reels. From a mischievous 8-year old to the present day, his stories tell of a man’s life through fishing. Full of humor, mixed with a little inspiration, they tell of family, friends, and the “big one that got away.”  All Fishermen Are Liars is Tuholsky’s first book.

Come to the Stearns History Museum for Breakfast Club at
9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, to hear author Ray Tuholsky tell humorous true stories about fishing, fishing history, and inspiration. This event is free to members, non-members $5.

Founded in 1936, the Stearns History Museum has focused on preserving and interpreting the history of the region for 77 years. The mission of the museum is to engage people in the exploration of the County’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspectives on the present, and inspiration for the future. The Stearns History Museum and Research Center is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.