Alex Harter, son of Scott and Lisa Harter, has completed his Eagle Scout Project. The Scout aluminum can recycling was no longer road worthy, so the project was to take a flatbed snowmobile trailer and construct a cage to collect aluminum cans for recycling. Alex went to his grandfather, Duwayne Orbeck for help. Orbeck had a used snowmobile trailer. Treated plywood was replaced on the deck before Orbeck welded a new steel frame for the cage. Alex, along with two of his Scouting friends, Brad Mies and Austin Roerick, attached chain link fencing to the sides and the top of the cage. Expenses have so far been collected with donations from the Kimball Fire Department and the Kimball Rod and Gun Club. The collected cans have been used over years to support the local Boy Scout Troop 357.
Alex Harter is standing in front of the can collection unit he was responsible for making as an Eagle Scout project. Submitted photo.
The Kimball speech team took second place at the Sub-Section speech tournament in Eden Valley-Watkins High School Thursday, April 4. They are coached by Jody Markgraf, Carelynn Hillstrom, and Robin Dockery.
Placing as alternates for the Section speech meet were: Second alternate in Informative–Abbey Schiefelbein, and in Storytelling–Kim Fennema. First alternate in Discussion–Tashi Kunkel, and in Poetry–Eryn Eken.
KAHS Speech takes second conference championship in three years.
In the 13 years that Jody Markgraf has been coaching, there has not been one speech meet missed because of weather. This year, there were three, including their home meet and Central Minnesota Conference meet. April 1, the team travelled to Belgrade for a rescheduled CMC meet.
Student Government at Kimball Elementary School headed up a food drive for the Kimball Area Food Shelf. Even
with two snow days during their collection time, students throughout the school donated 1,842 items and $187 in cash. Student Government leaders (fifth- and sixth-graders) picked up the items, then sorted and packed them for delivery to the Food Shelf. Pictured that Friday, March 22, are Julia Zipoy and Sidney Schreiner in the back; and Danielle Lyrek, Brian Binsfeld, Andy Brower, Jake Traurig, Bailee Schiefelbein, and Justice Boyer in the Experience Room with boxes of food and toiletry items collected that morning. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Despite nearly 6,000 miles of distance, these sixth-graders at Kimball Elementary School were able to chat and laugh with classmate George Matua (who can be seen on the SmartBoard in the background) Wednesday, March 20, in the school’s science lab. George was in the country of Georgia for his grandmother’s 80th birthday. His classmates’ favorite thing was to hear him speak in Georgian. At this point, George had been gone nearly two weeks and he was near the end of his stay. Students here were all ready to sing “Happy Birthday” to George’s grandmother, but the wi-fi connection in Georgia was lost when the computer was moved. Even though having video and audio work simultaneously using Skype was a challenge, they all enjoyed being able to keep in touch.
Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua (in the light of full disclosure, George’s mom).