Tricounty News

City clerks, administrators recognized for service to cities

Statewide organization honors 36 who achieved professional certification

A total of 36 city staff members from communities throughout Minnesota were recognized by their colleagues for outstanding commitment and dedication to good government in late March during the Minnesota Clerks & Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) annual conference in
St. Cloud.


Kingston Mini Mart re-opened April 4

The lights are on and the pumps are open at the Kingston Mini Mart – after a few years’ absence.
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New owners Jim and Kristie Orn have gutted and completely re-done the interior. When spring finally arrives, they’ll be able to paint the outside.


New Postmaster in Kimball

Rachel Christensen (at left) is the new Postmaster at the Kimball Post Office, effective April 1.  Patty Nelson (at right) has been Officer In W-IMG 4048Charge and will now share clerk hours.

Christensen lives in Sartell with her husband Dan, a dog and two cats. She is excited to be here and to meet everyone, especially fellow Packer fans.

A formal installation and open house will be scheduled in the future.

36th annual Fireman's Breakfast: 1,249 served!

A near-record crowd again this year for the 36th annual Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Pancake & W-CIMG2488Sausage Breakfast at the fire hall. 1,249 were served breakfast this year.
(The record stands at 1,282.) 4-H’ers helped out.
The great turnouts and donations each year prove that we here in central Minnesota appreciate all of our local volunteer fire and rescue departments! 


Saturday State Wrestling Tournament update

Nine young men from Kimball and Eden Valley-Watkins made it to the Minnesota State High School League state wrestling tournament, as individuals. (Neither team is in the team competition.) Individual competition began yesterday, Friday, March 1.

Today, Saturday, March 2, is the final day of Individuals. Here's what we're looking at:

Blane Tschida (113#) will wrestle Spencer Jenniges (Wabasso/Red Rock); the winner will face either Joe Fischenich (WIndom/Mountain Lake) or Cameron Sykora (Border West) for the Championship.

Zach Blonigen (120#) has defeated Clem Gerads (Holdingford, by Technical Fall 16-1) and Landyn VanOverbeke (Minneota, by 11-4 Decision) and is still in the running for Third.

Quinten Berres (126#) will face Tyler Keller (Medford); the winner will face either Kyle Drehmel (Goodhue) or Tyler Tensen (BBE) for Champion.

Marcus Hamer (138#) has defeated Dylan Boettener (St. Clair/Mankato Loyola, by Fall in 4:10); he faces Alex Haffner (Chatfield) for Third.

Cain Renner (145#) has defeated Ryan Meeker (Chatfield, by 3-0 Decision); he now faces Trevor Scott (Holdingford) for Third.

Austin Peterson (152#) has defeated Zack Gleiter (St. James, by 9-1 Major Decision) and now faces Luke Norland (Jackson County Central) for Third.

Luke Kuechle (160#) lost to Alex jackson (Kenyon-Wanamingo, by 7-3 Decision).

Travis Wills (182#) beat Devin Wolle (St. James, by 12-6 Decision), but then lost to Dillon Card (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, by 2-0 Decision).

Tim Konz (285#) lost his first match yesterday to Tyler Jenson (Benson, by 2-1 Decision), and is not scheduled for other competition.


Vanessa Schluetter is on the mat (literally!) for us taking photos. Photos and a wrap-up will be in this coming week's Tri-County News and Eden Valley-Watkins News, and here at