Tricounty News

World-changers in the Cold Spring area

The anticipation lingered in the air. Everyone had been questioning how much money one group of kids could raise in four weeks. The final cents were being counted … six, seven, eight. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, the world would be changed by a group of students.

Kirby St. John, the youth pastor of Breakthrough, at River of Life: Assembly of God Church in Cold Spring, Minn., had announced the final tally of the money. A whopping $22,013.18 had been raised for Speed the Light (STL) 2013.

Black lights, confetti, balloons, music, and fireworks filled the dark room. Shouts of praise toned out any silence left. “It’s so fun to bless people we don’t know personally, but we know we are making an impact,” said Desiree
St. John, wife of Kirby.


Tatum Libbesmeier in Nashville!


Possibly millions watched the CMA Christmas show Monday evening on ABC, with lots of country and music stars singing their favorite Christmas songs. A true “star” of the two-hour show was Tatum Libbesmeier who got to meet Luke Bryan W-IMG 1758as her Make-A-Wish wish. Above, Tatum with Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty”after the show; he signed and gave her his headband. Above right, Luke and Tatum after the show; he’s wearing her “Fight” bracelet. At right, Tatum and host Jennifer Nettles after the show. At far right, Luke and Make-A-Wish sponsor Macy’s treated Tatum to a makeover and a new outfit; Luke signed both of her brand-new boots. Luke has promised Tatum and her girlfriends a “girls’ night out” when he plays in Fargo in February; he’ll fetch them by limo at her Herman home. 


Heritage House of Kimball youth volunteer receives recognition

Care Providers of Minnesota recognized Madeline Rose Bollingmo with the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award at statewide convention W-Heritage-House-DSC03511

Heritage House of Kimball announced Nov. 26, that Madeline Rose Bollingmo was presented with a Youth Volunteer of the Year Award at a statewide senior-care convention held last week in Minneapolis. The Youth Volunteer Award recognizes an individual who has made contributions to the quality of life for residents or the working environment of staff in a long-term care setting.

Madeline was chosen for this award because of her commitment and dedication to the residents at Heritage House. She started volunteering when she was five and now, seven years later, Madeline is still helping wherever she can. She visits with residents, helps with meals and exercise time, and will come up with craft ideas and help residents with their projects. She even organized a tea for the residents from start to finish: she picked the date, designed the invitations, created the menu; the day of the tea, she was the greeter, hostess, and emcee for the entertainment. She helped serve the tea and then stayed to help clean-up. Her willingness to help and assist others is very much appreciated by residents, their families, and staff.


Concert at St. Anne’s Church Dec. 18

Singer Andrew Walesch will perform a concert of music at St. Anne’s Church cafeteria in Kimball, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. The concert is sponsored by the Kimball Public Library. People may call (320) 

398-2211, ext. 13, to make meal reservations as part of the senior dining hour at the church. Walesch will perform classics from the American songbook and favorite jazz standards. His appearance is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, contact the Kimball Public Library at (320) 398-3915.


National Children’s Memorial Day Dec. 8

The National Children’s Memorial Day is Sunday, Dec. 8. Candles will be lit by families and friends in homes around the world in memory of children who have died. Candle lighting will begin in New Zealand and end on the West Coast of the United States, illuminating the globe in a 24-hour wave of light. Compassionate Friends of Rockford, Peterson Chapel, and Buffalo Hospital Foundation are sponsoring this event to make the public aware of this special day.

Parents of children who have died are invited to attend a candle-lighting ceremony from 6:30-
8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at King’s House at 621 First Ave. S. in Buffalo. Parents may bring a single framed photo of their child for display if they wish. Time for sharing reflections and memories will be part of the evening as well.

To submit names of children who have died to be listed in the Dec. 6 publication of the Wright County Journal Press, please call Karen Marschel at (763) 682-3329, or mail information to 4028 Farmington Ave. NE, Buffalo MN 55313, or email information to karen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.