It was announced in October that zebra mussels were found in Watab Lake in Stearns County; the lake is connected to Rossier Lake and Lower Watab Lake, so they are at risk as is the Watab River which flows into the Mississippi.
The Eden Valley Area Library was closed briefly in October because of construction work along State Street, particularly the sidewalks that are not yet completed.
Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary School earned the Celebration Eligible designation from the Minnesota Department of Education based on its 2013 ratings. It recognizes the schools’ work in raising student proficiency and growth, closing the achievement gap, and increasing the likelihood of graduation.
The Kimball Elementary School was named a Reward School for being among the top 15 percent of Title I schools in the state based on its 2013 performance in the new Multiple Measurements Rating.
Jill Robinson Kilzer, formerly of Kimball, was appointed to a two-year term as president of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association.
The EV-W FFA announced that their Corn Drive for Camp Courage raised $3,854 from corn and cash donations.
Temperatures were cold enough that Powder Ridge started making snow mid-November.
Author and artist Yvonne Palka visited Holy Cross School in Marty and shared her story-telling and sumi-e (Asian brush) painting skills. She wrote and authored Dragon Fire Ocean Mist.
Michelle Meier of Watkins was one of five winners in Stearns County’s fall photo contest with her photo “Fall Harvest.”
Nov. 1 KAHS hosted a courage retreat for seventh-graders from Kimball and from South Junior High (in St. Cloud). The program was put on by Youth Frontiers with help by student leaders.
Nov. 1 was Grandparents’ Day at Kimball Elementary School. Grandparents were invited to spent an hour in the afternoon visiting classrooms, participating with students, and enjoying treats.
Congratulations, Cameron, for scoring 1,000 points!
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) held its 53rd Change of Command Thursday, Jan. 16, as Capt. Sean
Liedman relieved Capt. Eric Wiese as Commodore.
Capt. Sean Liedman was raised in Kimball, the son of Bill and Barb Liedman, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. He received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2002, and served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in 2010-11.
Glenn Pauls received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the Watkins Lions Club; this is the highest Lions award.
Tuckpointing work was done on the Watkins Village Hall in mid-September. This was part of several much-needed repairs to the building that would include installation of a new handicap ramp, and a new steel roof.
In September, the City of Eden Valley received a grant of $697,316 (over and above other expected funding for the 2013-14 road and water/sewer project). This was a welcome bonus to the city’s budget for the year.