Kim Maurer is the new PSE clerk (Postal Support Employee) at the Watkins Post Office. She started in March, and she’s brand-new to the USPS. (Kim had formerly been a phlebotomist for several years.)
Kim joins postmaster Janice Sheets, and rural mail carriers Dennis Loch and Tim Mackedanz (both Watkins carriers), and Laurie Weber and Theresa Booth (both Eden Valley carriers) in the Watkins office.
Friday, May 3, was Kimball postal carrier Larry Schneider’s last day. On Tuesday, May 7, they held a retirement party at Triple R
in Kimball for him. Here, his wife Julie gives him a kiss. When asked what she’ll do with him now that he’s retired, Julie replied, “He will make me supper every night and have it waiting for me when I get home from work.” Larry also will be farming, so he will remain busy. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Ice or no ice, Minnesota’s walleye and northern pike fishing opener is Saturday, May 11.
Anglers who have traditionally headed north for the first weekend of the season should check ice conditions and the availability of public water accesses and roads leading to them. Good sources of information are bait shops, resorts and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) area offices at www.mndnr.gov/contact/locator.html.
The South Haven Fire and Rescue Department donated an ambulance from their fleet of fire and rescue vehicles to Northland Community & Technical College. The ambulance was donated and will be used as a training aid for Northland’s Intensive Care Paramedic (ICP) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs.
The 1999 Ford Ambulance from South Haven Fire and Rescue was donated March 27, and recently arrived at Northland’s East Grand Forks, campus. The South Haven Fire and Rescue Department is an all-volunteer group, comprised of 25 individuals from the area. They donated the ambulance to Northland to ensure it would be utilized as a valuable training aid. “The ambulance was donated to us when we started our rescue program and we thought it should be donated again,” stated Fire Chief Oscar Laney.
The 18,000 member Minnesota Disabled American Veteran (DAV) organization is once again announcing plans for the sixth annual Old Glory Run in Cold Spring scheduled for May 18.
This event was first organized by local Cold Spring/St. Cloud area volunteers Curt and Pam Karls in 2007. They have continued organizing and coordinating the event and have played a significant role in providing funds raised through this event to the Minn. Disabled American Veterans organization. Minnesota State DAV Commander Bob Erickson recently stated “Curt and Pam Karls have become heroes to the veterans we serve in this Central Minnesota community. One of our primary programs here is providing free transportation for veterans who need transportation to and from their medical appointments at the St. Cloud VA medical center as a part of the VA/DAV transportation program. We have purchased three new Ford vans driven by DAV volunteers to transport these veterans … and as a result of Curt and Pams generosity and gift of time and talents, we have many area veterans enjoying a better quality of life”.