Tricounty News

JFK and Eugene McCarthy

Watkins native was front and center during JFK assassination


Fifty years ago when the world’s eyes were focused on the city of Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a man who grew up in tiny Watkins, Minn., found himself near the center of the tragedy.


Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s life changed dramatically after the death of Pres. Kennedy, and as it did, the people of Central Minnesota followed it closely.


The hometown boy who attended Catholic grade school, played first base on the local town team, and would go on to graduate from St. John’s University, would become a voice of calm and strength during those troubled times in November 1963, and beyond.


Ten years is a long, long time

The following is reprinted from the Tri-County News Oct. 3, 2002.

Highway No. 15 North, remains bad in spite of State Dept. promise

Below is printed an item which appeared as an editorial in the St. Cloud Journal-Press in September 1925, and it is reprinted here as it seems a fitting reminder of the condition of that portion of Trunk Highway No. 15 lying north out of Kimball when it was under local control, in view of the fact that the road is now listed in all state highway road condition bulletins as “impassable”.

Frequently many highways may become impassable because of extraordinary and unusual weather conditions but how can the Highway Department excuse itself for allowing an important link in the Trunk highway system, such as the stretch from Kimball to Luxemburg to become impassable because of a lack of either building, or proper maintenance? The men employed on maintenance of this stretch have accomplished all that anyone could with the equipment that they have been furnished, but from allowing the grade to wear down over a period of years, to such an extent that it becomes a “canal”, with the previous ditches higher than the road bed, it is impossible to maintain the road without grading by heavy maintenance equipment.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Nov. 11-17

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1863

Major General Benjamin F. Butler returned to active Federal command, superseding Major General John G. Foster in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina.

Skirmishing flared between the Union and Confederate armies at Suffolk, Va.; the Fouche-le-Faix Mountains in Arkansas; Greenleaf Prairie in Indian Territory; near Natchez, Miss.; and at the Carrion Crow and Vermillion bayous of Louisiana.


Genealogy facts and fun

It is free and open to the public 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Stearns History Museum.

“Amateur genealogists, beware. Researching your ancestry doesn’t always turn up heroes and royalty. It may turn up an unsavory character,” writes Sue Shellenbarger. The St. Cloud Area Genealogists know all about finding the good, the bad, and the interesting in genealogy. At November’s meeting SCAG board members will present short stories about some of their personal experiences during genealogy research.


New, Research Center Workshops

Wednesday, Nov. 20, free for members, $5 for non-members

Have you ever wondered what resources are available in the Research Center and Archives of the Stearns History Museum? Come and find out. The Stearns
History Museum is offering a new monthly class to highlight the many resources available and show you how easy they are to access. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, our archivists will teach an Introduction to the Research Center and Archives workshop. We will show patrons how to use our archives and all of the different databases and collections that are available. Want to learn even more? We will offer an additional in-depth workshop every other month with our archivists highlighting one of the resources available at our facility.