Tricounty News

Students of Excellence honored April 30


Drawing with chalk provided an inspirational message for high school honorees

While chalkboards are probably a thing of the past for most classrooms, the chalk drawing performed by Bob Upgren was definitely a unique message to the audience. The 27th Annual Studentsof Excellence Banquet and Recognition Ceremony was Wednesday, April 30, at the
River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud with close to 600 attending the event. 

The evening was dedicated to honoring the top 150 high school seniors from more than 38 Region 7 high schools. The honorees were nominated by their school or district and received a plaque recognizing their accomplishment and a certificate from Governor
Dayton. Over the past 27 years there have been 4,224 honored seniors. While attendees waited for the doors to open, animated conversations in the crowd revolved around upcoming prom, graduation and plans for college. 


EV-W Class of 1984 reunion

The Eden Valley-Watkins Class of 1984 plans a reunion for Saturday, July 19. This will be at Dino’s Eden Lakeside in Eden Valley. Social Hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

If questions, email Jay Wendroth at, or call Steve Geislinger at (320) 764-2230. Hope to see you there.

EV-W graduates 71

Graduation from Eden Valley-Watkins High School was Thursday evening,
May 29, in the Auxiliary Gym. Seventy-one graduates received their diplomas before heading to a receiving line outside. Staff photo by Anton Matua.W-DSCF3361




EV-W FFA kale give-away

The Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter, Food For All committee members are working with the Meeker County One Vegetable One Community program through the Meeker County SHIP grant. FFA students planted 480 kale seeds Tuesday, May 6, and packaged 520 seeds. The plants should be ready to transplant directly into the garden at our plant giveaway May 31.


IMPACT teams up to clean ditches

Tuesday, May 13, Eden Valley-Watkins IMPACT teamed up with the Eden Valley Lion’s/Lioness to clean up the ditch. Thank you to all who participated in this event. Submitted photo.W-IMPACT438