Tricounty News

Kimball honors two volunteers

In honor of Mayors Day in recognition for National service, Mayor Tammy Konz hereby issues this proclamation in honor of Gwen Caird w-Nancy-Stantzand Nancy Stantz, volunteers for the Foster Grandparents program at Kimball Elementary School, Kimball, Minnesota.w-Gwen-Caird

Whereas, mayors all over the United States are recognizing volunteers who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of our youth; and

Whereas, Gwen Caird and Nancy Stantz have made a commitment to Catholic Charities Foster Grandparents Program for the Kimball Area Schools; and


Navy Capt. Sean Liedman pilots sophisticated plan searching for lost jetliner

While Central Minnesotans may have had their eyes glued to televisions the past couple of weeks watching coverage of the missing Malaysian jetliner, one local w-met 01PoseidonMalay100916F
man had his eyes riveted on the actual search.

Navy Capt. Sean Liedman, son of Bill and Barb Liedman of Kimball, is the leader of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing -11 aboard Jacksonville Naval Air Base now situated in Perth, Australia. One of the unit’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft is one of the primary U.S. planes searching the southern quadrant for Flight 370.

Meanwhile, Capt. Liedman’s parents, Bill and Barb Liedman, have been following their son’s activities with great interest and pride.

“He still considers himself a kid from Kimball,” his father said last week. “He considers Kimball his home.”

“It’s unbelievable how he’s climbed the ladder so fast,” Bill Liedman said of his son’s assent in the naval ranks. 


Kimball schools wind up sup’t search

As of their Feb. 19 meeting, the Kimball School Board had received 16 applications for superintendent, the position to begin with the 2014-15 school year. The field of candidates has been narrowed to the top 10, and six will be interviewed next Tuesday and Wednesday. The new superintendent should be in place to start July 1.

Dennis Abernathy requested a third year of leave of absence; he is currently teaching in Dassel-Cokato. The board declined his request, stating that he is welcome to apply for any job in the district, like anyone else.

Laurie Hunt, long-time high school secretary, will begin phasing in retirement, starting July 1.

Kathy Ahlrich was hired as part-time elementary secretary starting March 1; Mary Faber is phasing in her retirement, and Kathy will fill that position.

The board’s budget committee  will meet in April and May to discuss proposed budget cuts and create a reduction timeline.

The next board meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Meetings are open to the public.


Rocking & Rolling with ECFE

Kimball/EV-W Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is celebrating the young child with an upcoming special event:

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In celebration of the young child, Kimball/EV-W Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is hosting a FREE vehicle fair for area families with young children age birth to 5 (not yet in kindergarten). Spend an evening exploring a variety of unique vehicles including an ambulance, fire and rescue truck, police car, school bus, and farm equipment. There will also be some “rock” and “roll” crafts to make and take home.

• Monday, March 31, from
6-7 p.m. at Watkins Elementary parking lot

• Tuesday, April 1, from
6-7 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church parking lot in Kimball


February 2014 Students of the Month

In order to recognize achievement, outstanding progress, and responsible behavior in our student body, grade-level teams made up of teachers select one w-studentsMoMarKimball Area High School student in each grade to be recognized as the Student of the Month. The monthly winners are recognized in school, on the school website, and in the Tri-County News. They also receive a Dairy Queen gift certificate and Chamber Bucks from the Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks to Annandale’s Dairy Queen and the Kimball Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this program. The following students are recognized for February 2014: