Tricounty News

Church makes plans for future

St. Anthony’s Church of Watkins celebrates 125 years, tackles building project

This is a special – and busy – year for the parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church in Watkins.

W-MikeThe congregation is celebrating its 125th anniversary. A special Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, with the bishop presiding.

And the church is working on a building project which includes tearing down the old rectory and school and building a new social center, according to Renee Miller, the church secretary.

Planning for this project began in 2004 when the parish built an addition to the church that made the facility handicap accessible. That was Phase 1 of the project.


Financial Peace University provides hope to families in Kimball area

More than two million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held in Kimball at:

Kimball Church of Christ located at 241 Highway 55 W in Kimball. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2. Contact Kevin White at (320) 398-3660, for more information or to register.


Valentine's Day royalty at St. Anthony Manor

Marlene and Ralph Kramer were crowned 2014 Valentines Day Queen and King at St. Anthony Manor during their Valentine’s Day W-IMG 7122celebration Thursday, Feb. 13. The couple has been married 59 years and live on Clear Lake near Watkins. They farmed 40 years outside Watkins, and they have three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. “And we’re still together,” quipped Marlene. “I’m going to keep him. He’s a good man!” she quickly added. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


Feb. 23: Church of Our Lady Manannah Supper

The Church of Our Lady Manannah will have a sausage and pancake supper from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 6-12, and children 5 and younger are free. There will also be Cash Bingo.

Fighting cancer, 500 miles

Nick Keller to Ride the Valentine 500 and the Second Annual Ride for CancerW-Picture-for-News-Article-Feb-2014

Though he is not looking to beat the total miles ridden in a 60-day period, Nick Keller will once again be taking on the challenge to ride 500 miles in a single day. That day is Valentine’s Day and has been dubbed the “Valentine 500”. A group of volunteers joins Nick to face the challenge of riding their sleds at least 500 miles that day in honor of those who have succumbed or are battling the disease. The event is sponsored by the Keller Family Community Foundation, a non-profit organization, spear-headed by Keller family members, which was founded when Nick first attempted and then broke the world record for snowmobiling the most miles in a 60-day period. Nick will be riding the Valentine 500 on Feb. 13, 2014, in Michigan, as the trails afford him the best opportunity to ride the full 500 miles. Nick and his riders are accepting pledges of donations to the Foundation for this ride. The Keller Family Community Fund is a 501-3c status organization.