Tricounty News

Art expo and craft fair in Howard Lake Nov. 23

The 35th annual Fine Arts Exposition and the 33rd annual Creative Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Middle School in Howard Lake. There will be 100+ artists and craft persons exhibiting their works for sale. This is an outstanding opportunity for the public to meet artists and craft persons. Artists are from Kimball, South Haven, Litchfield, Howard Lake, Clearwater, Waverly, Buffalo, Grove City, Hutchinson, Monticello, Silver Lake, Cokato, Big Lake, and Watertown, just to mention a few.

Many of the exhibitors will be demonstrating their techniques and are eager to share their talents and ideas. There is no admission fee. Register to win prizes. Enjoy the food stand. All ages are welcome. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Community Education sponsors this event.


Veterans celebrated in Watkins

WATKINS: Hilltop Health Care Center held a program for its veteran residents and their families at 1:30 p.m. Veterans Day 2013. Terry Nelson again provided music, both before and after the formal program. Each of the residents was recognized for their military service. Members of the Watkins Legion also introduced themselves including W-IMG 4923what they did in the service. This was the 32nd year the Legion participated in this program at Hilltop. Pictured above are resident veterans and the Watkins American Legion Post 453. 


Veterans celebrated at Kimball

W-IMG 4881KIMBALL held a program at the high school with students from grades 3-12 at 10 a.m. Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Local veterans (above) were asked to sit in front of the students for the program. The Kimball Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary presented the flag-folding ceremony, and the POW-MIA table. 2013 Girls’ Stater Erin Diffley spoke. Guest speaker Jack Young was unable to attend, but the moving video of his 2010 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., was played. The students were quiet and respectful, which says a lot. The program ended with all singing “America, the Beautiful.”


Veterans celebrated in Eden Valley

EDEN VALLEY: EV-W High School again hosted a Veterans Day program, at 7:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. The EV-W high school and junior high bands, and the EV-W choirs from 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, along with the Concert Choir all performed music for the program. Eden Valley Legion Post 381 and Auxiliary, Watkins Legion Post 453, W-IMG 4998Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post 5460 and Auxiliary, and the POW-MIA Honor Guard participated in the program. Retired Chief MSgt. Don Dufner was the guest speaker. He spoke about his 30-year career in the Air Force, and the core values of the military: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage. Veterans Day, to him, celebrates all military heroes, including those currently serving. 


U of M November Starwatch

The moon gets up to some mischief this month, but aside from that, there’s plenty to enjoy in November’s darkening sky.w-10338930845 c14f07b670 o-1

Night falls behind a still-brilliant Venus blazing away low in the southwest. On Nov. 1, the planet reaches its greatest elongation from the sun. This doesn’t necessarily mean Venus is highest, just that it has put the maximum amount of sky between it and the sun for this apparition. A young crescent moon glides past – though not closely – on the 6th. By month’s end our sister planet will still be up for almost three hours after sunset.

On the other side of the sky, Jupiter is now rising before midnight and ends the month coming up in early evening, close to the Gemini twins Pollux and Castor. Jupiter is brightening as Earth gains on it in the orbital race, while Venus will soon be as bright as it ever gets, even as it prepares to lap Earth in that same race.