Tricounty News

‘Out of the Blue’ at Stearns History Museum

Scott Thoma authored the book “Out of the Blue” about the F-5 tornado that swept through Tracy, Minn. This book will be featured at Breakfast Club 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 14 at Stearns History Museum and Research Center at 235 33rd Ave S., St. Cloud

On June 13, 1968, at 7:04 p.m., the first recorded F-5 tornado in Minnesota history swept through the small southwestern town of Tracy. The massive tornado destroyed several city blocks, killed nine people and injured more than 100 others. Scott Thoma, who was a little boy at the time, writes the story about a family who suffered through the storm. In Scott’s book, “Out of the Blue”, he describes the harrowing events Linda Vaske and her family endured. Linda was in the process of finalizing the adoption paperwork on two-year-old Nancy when this storm tragically changed their lives. Come to the Stearns History Museum for Breakfast Club on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m., to learn more about the heartbreaking events of this storm. This event is free to members, non-members $5.

Founded in 1936, the Stearns History Museum has focused on preserving and interpreting the history of the region for 77 years. The mission of the museum is to engage people in the exploration of the County’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspectives on the present, and inspiration for the future. The Stearns History Museum and Research Center is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Kimball Saddle Club Show

The Kimball Saddle Club will have their open horse show Sunday, Aug. 11. This will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be at the Willow Creek Arena. You can find this 1 and 1/4 miles southwest of Kimball. Watch for signs.

Join them for a fun day!

Flower Show Aug. 8 in Dassel

The annual Dassel Flower Show will be Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Dassel History Center from 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The theme of the show this year is, “Occasional Pleasures,” a celebration of the Dassel vendors and artisans who are only open for business on an occasional basis.

In addition to viewing the flower show, there will also be a professional flower arranging tip session at 2:30 p.m. with Chuck Ortquist of Chuck’s Floral, Cokato. Music will be provided by Gregory Serving, and a floral quilt exhibit by the local Sew Friendly Quilt Guild will be on level four of the Museum.


Antique Car Run coming to Kingston

The 27th Annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run is taking shape to again be a premiere veteran car touring event in Minnesota. The Antique Car Run is Saturday, Aug. 10, with pre-tours in the New London area Aug. 7-9.

You are invited to join the Kingston community for a pork sandwich and sweet corn dinner from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Wally Pikal (& his trumpets) is the special guest.

Spectators will see 60+ veteran cars from 1908 and earlier and one- and two-cylinder cars through 1915. They will tour more than 120 miles, recreating the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England.


Firearms Safety classes begin Aug. 12 in Eden Valley

The EV Sportsmen Club and Meeker Pheasants Forever are co-sponsoring the DNR firearms safety class in Eden Valley beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the Civic Center on Cosairt Ave. W. in Eden Valley. Students must be at least 11 (turning 12 during this calendar year) before taking the course. The FAS Certificate becomes valid at age 12. The class is open to the first 35 students to enroll the first night.

Persons 18 or older may take the course work on line, but must take the written test and perform the field test Aug. 22, to obtain their certificate. Talk to Gary if you are interested in that option.

Registration and the first class will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12. The DNR has adopted a new Student Self-Certification process for this and other youth safety courses. A parent must sign the registration form the first night of class. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be issued a temporary Safety Certificate as in the past. Students must complete the certification process and pay their $7.50 fee online to validate and print out their FAS certificate. Complete instructions are on the back of the temporary FAS certificate that students will receive after successfully completing the course.

Bring something to write with each class period. Course handbooks will be provided. Classes will be held Aug. 12, 14, 19, 20, and 21, at the EV Civic Center from 6-8 p.m.

The field session will take place at the EV Sportsmen’s Club trap range near the Vails Lake public access from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. More information will be sent during the second week of the class. Call Gary Duncomb at (320) 453-7465, Jim Theis at (320) 764-7155, or Fred Johnson at (320) 453-6428.