Tricounty News

Kimball P.I.E. seeks new members

Many of the current board members of Kimball Elementary School’s P.I.E. (Partners in Education) will step down after this year, when their terms expire. New members are needed now. Monthly meetings,  helping with the Fall and Spring book fairs, and other activities at KES. They need new faces to help with their important work (which also raises money for technology at KES). Interested? Contact Dave Heid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Meet the coach - Eric Primus

Eric Primus

Sport: 8th-grade volleyball, 8th grade girls' basketball, 8th-grade boys' basketball.

My family: Wife Mandy, and daughters Lydia (3) and Bella (3 mos.).

My high school: Melrose Area High School.

My college (and degree): Southwest Minnesota State University, B.S. in Elementary Ed.

My sports achievements: Varsity baseball, football, and track in Melrose.

Other life achievements: I was married in May 2006, and bought a farm in August 2008.


Meet the teacher - Gary Riess

Gary Riess


College World Civilization (11), and College U.S. History (12).

I grew up in: Rochester, Minn.

My high school: Rochester John Marshall.

College: University of Minnesota, B.S.p; St. Cloud Stte University, M.A.

My academic achievements: National Honor Society, B.S. with High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.


Donnay is CMC champ

The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball cross-country team had its last conference meet Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, at Albany.W-photo

We don’t have all the results yet, but we do know that KAHS junior (and novice runner this year) finished the meet in first place with a time of 15:56. She is the Central Minnesota Conference champion heading into the Section meet Oct. 24 at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Along with Emily, 13 other varsity runners will advance to the section meet: Denzel Atherton, Grace Kopitzky, Brooke Winter, Stephanea Roeser, Maria Roeser, and Seahara Mancini; alternates Hannah Holmberg and Emily Utecht; Cameron Flaschenriem, Tyler Neu, Joey Kuechle, Matthew Notch, and Bret Mattice (if he is not still on the injured list).

Congratulations to Emily and the entire EV-W-K cross-country team on a great season, and good luck in Sections and at State.


Emily Donnay placed first in the final CMC cross-country meet of the season for EV-W-K. She is 2013 CMC champion. She and 13 other members of the EV-W-K team head into the Section meet next week, and the State tournament is Nov. 2.


We Day inspires local youth

Monday, Oct. 8, members of the Kimball Elementary and High School student government, as well as B.L.T. Leo club members went to the Xcel Energy Center to participate in an event called We Day.W-We-Day-Group

Before We Day was created, a man named Craig Kielburger saw an article in the paper about a young 12-year-old boy who was murdered for battling child labor laws. He went to the school in his area to recruit people to help. Twelve 12-year-olds volunteered, and they formed a group called Free The Children. After trying to gain attention from the adults to help out, they found that people tend to not listen to children. So they decided to speak to larger groups, eventually schools all across the nation started forming Free The Children groups.

We Day was formed afterwards by Craig and his brother Mark to motivate children to go out and make a change in their communities and in the world.