Andy Rossmeisl ’57, Don Dockendorf ’73, Jay Johnson, Ray Tri, and Larry Peterson were officially inducted into the Eden Valley-Watkins Hall of Fame during EV-W’s Homecoming halftime Friday, Sept. 27. The EV-W Hall of Fame began in 1998 and now includes an illustrious list of individuals: 1998: Ron Papish, Frank Hentges, Roger Nordgren, Elvera “Peps” Neuman, Val Riley, Lloyd Nistler, and Jerry Meyer; 1999: Ann Ruhland, Joe Ruhland, and Wally Thyen; 2001: Adella Theis, and Rich Logeais; 2003: Gerry Opatz, and Janice Streit Stommes; 2005: Lisa Schlangen Oberski, Judy Yungk Streff, Angela Bauer, and Deb Loch Mayer; 2007: Denis Ruhland Clemens, Deb Schultz Kawlewski, and Kerry Nistler Peterson; 2009: Bruce Geislinger, Keith Lipinski, Jon Thielen, and Pete Stanger; and 2011: Katie Huschle Martin, and Mandy Pearson. Staff photo by Gaylen Bicking.
Eden Valley-Watkins High School student Anne Benson is one of the Minnesota high school students selected to participate in the Global Youth Institute, part of the annual World Food Prize events from Oct. 17 to 19 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Anne Benson, a junior in school at EV-W High School, daughter of Pat Benson of Eden Valley, was chosen from a field of 12 Minnesota high school students who participated in the Minnesota Youth Institute on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus Saturday, Sept. 21. During the institute, students discussed their solutions for global problems ranging from water scarcity to malnutrition. The teacher coaching Ann through the process is Tracy Huhn, EV-W FFA advisor, who will also attend.
The Eden Valley-Watkins FFA chapter has been actively participating in various events. We had two meetings in September. Students signed up for FFA contests, practices, conventions, and Homecoming events.
Chapter members also attended a field day at Steve Schmitt’s farm. The National Syngenta FFA Foundation Rising Sun award was presented. Schmitt Farms Seed Division LLC recognized Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter with a check for $200.
Wednesday night, Sept. 25, 20 Germans students and 2 teachers invaded our community. They are staying with 18 different host families. They will be here until Sunday, Oct. 13. While here, they’ll be participating in an array of activities.
The students have prepared some games and activities to teach our community members about what Germany looks like today. They will also be providing some food samples. These students are here through our GAPP program. GAPP stands for German American Partnership Program. EV-W has had this partnership with GAG (Graf Anton Guenther School) since the 1980s. It was started by former EV-W German Teacher, Don Kjar. Every other year, students from GAG visit our school and we then reciprocate the exchange the following summer. I can’t say enough good things about this program. Deep bonds are formed amongst the students and their families. In fact, last summer alone we had eight former GAPPies come back to visit the friends and former host-families!
The visitors arrived at the MSP airport at 3:55 p.m., then by bus to EV-W. Thursday, Sept. 26, they shadowed their partners at school, were welcomed by Mr. Kiehn, the EV-W High School principal. Activities that day included second hour in Mrs. Orbeck’s classroom, Homecoming Pepfest at 2:55 p.m., and volleyball game against Pierz at 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27, they visited first-hour homeroom of Mrs. Sandmann. the afternoon involved decorating the homecoming float for the parade. There was a football game versus Pierz at 7 p.m.
Saturday was spent with family, then a welcome party at Tom Schmitt’s at 5 p.m., followed by the Homecoming Dance at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29 was with family, and an optional field trip to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
Monday, Sept. 30 was school in the morning, followed by a walking tour of Eden Valley after lunch with local historian Jim Haag. There was also an optional volleyball game.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 is a field trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul with a tour of the Minnesota State Capitol building, bus tour of the city, afternoon shopping at the Mall of America, and return to EV-W at
Each day has planned activities and time with their host families. Monday, Oct. 7 is a planned evening community presentation.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 is a tour of the Cold Spring brewery and bakery and lunch at Marnatellis, a visit to the Grasshopper Chapel and optional volleyball game.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 is a planned Field Day at the University of Minnesota 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 10 are presentations in EV-W classrooms, followed by a volleyball game against Kimball at 7 p.m. at EV-W.
Friday, Oct. 11 is school in the morning, afternoon at the A Maze’n Farmyard with their partners. At 7 p.m. is a football game against Kimball at EV-W.
Saturday, Oct. 12 is with host family and Farewell Party at Brittany Hesse’s home.
Sunday, Oct. 13 is departure from EV-W High School at 7 a.m.
Eden Valley-Watkins School ISD #463 is conducting a school census during the months of September/October and you may be contacted by our census taker. This census is only for households with children who live within our district. Please contact the superintendent’s office if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.