Tricounty News

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.


July 20: Ostmark ice cream social

The Ostmark Lutheran Churchmen will hold their homemade ice cream social 3-7 p.m. Sunday, July 20. The menu includes homemade ice cream and pie, hotdogs, BBQs, milk, lemonade, and coffee. The social will be held at the church at 32721 680th Avenue, Watkins. All are welcome.


Aug. 17: 2nd 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


July 18: St. Cloud Singles Dance

St. Cloud Singles Club plans a dance for Friday, July 18, with The Agates band at the Waite Park Legion from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Admission is just $5 for members, and $7 for non-members. All singles are welcome. For more information, call Deb at (320) 217-8779, or check out our web site at