Tricounty News

Political commentator Cokie Roberts to deliver Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News, will deliver the seventh annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture titled “Conscience and Courage in Public Life” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 18, in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater on the St. John’s University campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend. Tickets are available at the Benedicta Arts Center Box Office on the College of St. Benedict campus or by calling (320) 363-5777. Box Office academic hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


Events from Valley Daze rescheduled

Kid tractor pull and fireworks to be Friday, Aug. 30

Valley Daze has rescheduled their Kid tractor pull and fireworks that had to be cancelled during the Valley Daze celebration because of weather. They are going to have them both on Friday, Aug. 30. The kid tractor pull registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and the pull starts at 7 p.m. for ages 4-11. The Fireworks will be at dusk at the Eden Valley Elementary School.


Work begins (finally) this week to replace part of Hwy. 22 in Eden Valley

Detour signs went up Monday, Aug. 26, and work began the next day. Contractor Kuechle Underground began work Tuesday removing the existingw-EV-Map-construction-bw Highway 22 roadway from Highway 55 north to Stearns Avenue.

The $3 million project was delayed this spring by late MnDOT approval. It was bid out in June, and awarded to the lowest of 6 bidders, Kuechle Underground of Kimball.

Planned as a one-season project, it will now be completed in two parts. This year, the project will complete a four-block section of TH22 and two blocks of Central Avenue in downtown Eden Valley.


More than half a century of plastic romance

A couple of messages on Facebook this week mentioned a big birthday and celebrity milestone that piqued my interest. The postings announced Barbie is 50 - and perkier than ever, thanks to the miracle of molded plastic. Since Facebook is recognized worldwide for its accuracy and birthday record-keeping expertise, I decided to do my own research before putting any candles on our favorite fashion doll’s cake.

Good thing I did, or I would have wasted a whole batch of perfectly good frosting.

Barbie is not 50. Her official birthday (as opposed to the unofficial one) is March 9, 1959. She’s 54; and one can only assume she’s been lying about her age for at least four years. Either that, or the news on Facey is lagging.


Hundreds turn out for Deegan’s Drive for Donors

Hundreds of motorcyclists and a handful of classic car owners took part in “Deegan’s Drive for Donors” that pulled out of Marty Sunday, Aug. 18, at noon and headed to Manannah.W-TCN-bikers

The road was filled with horse power and the air with noise as the bikes and muscle cars sent a message to heaven for a little boy named Deegan who was diagnosed with a brain malformation shortly before his second birthday. Deegan P. Johnson-Pramann died at only 22-months old, but his organs were donated so that others could live.