Tricounty News

Aug. 17: Second Annual Deegan’s Drive for Donors


In memory of Deegan Johnson-Pramann, son of Bailey Johnson and Josh Pramann.

This event is for bike, hot-rod, and street car Sunday, Aug. 17, at Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty.

The run will leave the Pearl Lake Lodge at noon with check-in beginning at 10 a.m. The plan is to return to the Pearl Lake Lodge between 2:30 and 3 p.m. for food and fun with the Smok’n Guns Band. No wheels, no problem. Come join us for dinner, drink and dance.

Food will be served from noon to 6 p.m. The band will perform from 3-7 p.m. There’ll also be a silent auction and meat raffle with the majority of proceeds going to benefit Mylee Scapanski, and the rest to Life Source, which is an organ placement organization.

For questions, please call Brenda at (320) 266-1636, or Bailey at (320) 266-4974.

Deegan’s special story is at Mylee’s special story is at



South Haven Days July 26


Come and celebrate South Haven Days with us Saturday, July 26. Why not attend the parade at 11 a.m., and then walk over to Zion United SH parade - RGBMethodist Church, for the car show and family activities.

There will be a lunch stand available outside, plus, from
11 a.m.-2 p.m. you’ll be able to have dessert of pie and Ice Cream inside sponsored by Zion United Methodist Church. There will also be whole pies for sale along with other baked goods.

The children’s games  will be from 11:15 a.m.-12 noon, everyone’s a winner and every child receives a prize.

Dazzling Dave Yo-Yo Master will entertain the whole family starting at 12 noon on the west side of the church on the grass, in case of rain it’ll move inside.


Pearl Lake Parish Festival 2014

The big change to the Holy Cross Parish Festival in Marty/Pearl Lake was to move everything to Saturday. The Pork Chop Trot still took place Saturday morning, but all of the usual Sunday events happened Saturday afternoon and evening. Mass at 4 p.m. started off the festival, followed by the famous pork w-PearlLake-DSCF3963
chop dinner, kids’ games, Bingo (pictured at left), cake walk, food stands, beer garden, music, and lots of catching up with friends and neighbors.
Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


Playground is community effort


On June 13, 2013, the Wat-Kim-Valley V.F.W. donated $12,000 to the City of Watkins for playground equipment in the relatively new housing development on the northeast side of Watkins, the Faber Addition. w-WatkinsPlayground-IMG 0813 Purchase of the equipment from Midwest Playscapes in Chaska was approved by the Watkins council at its Oct. 10, 2013, meeting. The equipment was purchased in January, and Saturday, July 12, a pack of volunteers came out on a drizzly morning to set it all up.

Because of their donation, the half-acre park will be called “V.F.W. Park.”

Total cost was to be $16,756 + $1,135 for installation, and $1,520 for engineered wood fiber safety surfacing.


More than a dozen volunteers started at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 12, to assemble and install the new equipment in the playground in the Faber Addition (on the northeast side of Watkins). The new “V.F.W. Park” was so designated after the Wat-Kim-Valley V.F.W. donated the money to purchase the playground equipment. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.



July 20: St. Anthony school silent auction

The Church of St. Anthony school building silent auction will be 9 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday, July 20.

The school is closed. All items must go. There are hundreds of items – some antiques and collectibles. This is a one-of-a-kind
auction. Don’t miss it! Auction list can be found on our website at The church is located at 170 Meeker Avenue South in Watkins.