Tricounty News

Kimball Class of 1984 Class Reunion

The Kimball Class of 1984 is planning a 30-year class reunion Saturday, Aug. 16, at Millner Heritage Winery, 35025 MN Hwy. 15, Kimball, MN 55353.

Social Hour starts at 3:30 p.m. Dinner to follow at 5 p.m.

Please send $35/person to Joyce Libbesmeier, 12567 140th St., Watkins, MN 55389 by July 15.

If questions, call Nia Meierhofer at (320) 764-4247, or Joyce Libbesmeier at (320) 764-2652.

Personnel issues top school board agenda in Kimball

A number of personnel issues were on the agenda for the June 18 Kimball School Board meeting. Some were routine and expected; others were not.

The board unanimously renewed a two-year contract with secondary principal Erik Widvey, with a one-percent pay increase each year. They approved hiring Kathy Ahlrich as full-time elementary secretary as of July 1. They approved Jeannette Dammann (wife of Kimball alum Scott Dammann) as secondary science instructor (replacing Kim Pelzer); she has a Master’s degree. The board approved hiring Timothy Rahkola as instrumental music instructor; he is originally from Esko and has taught in Pierre, S.D. Andria Kelley was approved as an ECFE/preschool teacher. And Whitney Gettler was approved as a kindergarten teacher.


Matt Donnay receives scholarship

Matt Donnay, who recently graduated with the Kimball Class of 2014, received a $500 Joe Beaton MSBOA Scholarship as a result of the essay that he wrote, reprinted as follows:

School transportation has affected my life in many ways. I started riding the bus in kindergarten. I loved riding the bus because I had a great bus driver. Her name was Joann Hendricks. Joann and I liked to argue tractors being which one is better, John Deere or Case. I thought John Deere was, and she thought Case was. We would always tell each other stories from our farms. I always looked forward to riding the bus because I could talk farming. As I grew older, Joann and I kept giving each other a hard time.


Foss receives award


Dr. Jeanni Foss was still a student at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry when she began serving in earnest on Foss-Jeanni-Humanitarian-RGBcommittees both through ASDA and at the MDA, all the while working at the Union Gospel Mission and volunteering her time to help a young boy with cerebral palsy. And she has never really stopped. 

After graduating in 1998 with her DDS degree, Dr. Foss and her husband, Dr. John Foss, moved to Ohio, where he did his residency in oral surgery. Dr. Foss did not take a break from volunteering while in Ohio, though; she served on the ODA’s Finance Committee, was a delegate, and helped over 500 nursing homes by doing dental care for their residents.

Not too long after returning to Minnesota, Dr. Foss opened her own practice in Baxter and immediately began serving on committees and organizations within her community, church, and profession, not the least of which included Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) and the Minnesota Mission of Mercy (MnMOM). She was a member of the former MDA Community Service Committee, on which she served for two years, as well as the MDA Children’s Healthcare Committee. Dr. Foss currently serves on the MDA Board as Trustee for the West Central District, while simultaneously serving as that district’s Secretary.


Kimball Elementary Basketball Camp for grades 3-5

The Kimball boys’ and girls’ basketball programs recently held a basketball camp at Kimball Area High School. ParticipantsW-Summer-Bball-camp-4-6in the camp consisted of boys and girls just completing grades three through five. Players learned about the different fundamentals of basketball related to ball-handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense. Campers participated in a number of contests and competitions both individually and as a team over the course of the week. All of the campers worked extremely hard and improved tremendously throughout the week.