Tricounty News

iPad fundraising update

As of Dec. 31, 2013, $10,480 has been raised to place two iPad minis in each elementary classroom. A total of $14,400 is needed to complete the project. Donations have come from individual donors, the Kimball and Fairhaven Lions clubs, Kimball American Legion, the Kimball Teachers Union, and from fundraisers held at the elementary school.

If you or your business would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please send donations to Kimball Elementary School, PO Box 368, Kimball, MN  55353. A donation of $400 will provide an iPad, a protective case, and $20 in apps. If you have questions, contact Nancy Bonnifield, Curriculum Director at (320) 398-7700 X310, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Benefit for Evelyn Stone Jan. 3 successful

Retired teacher Dode Klein was on hand at the fish fry. In addition to the field trip fundraiser, donations were being accepted 
W-IMG 6615for Mrs. Klein’s 16-month-old granddaughter, Evelyn Stone, who is hospitalized at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Evelyn needs a heart-lung transplant to treat her pulmonary arterial hypertension, More than $2,000 was raised that night, with more coming in. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.



KES fish fry a whopper of a success

The annual KES fish fry drew an exceptionally large crowd Friday evening, Jan. 3, to Generations Ballroom. The annual W-IMG 6600fundraiser is for fifth- and sixth-grade class field trips. This year, donations were accepted for Evelyn Stone, the 16-month-old granddaughter of retired KES teacher Dode Klein. The winds were howling, and temps were dropping faster, but 474 people came out for the fish fry and benefit. Thank you to all the students, teachers and parents who worked hard to make this a success, and to Generations Ballroom for their staff and facilities. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


Gingerbread houses at KES

Fifth-graders at Kimball Elementary School made and decorated gingerbread houses Friday morning, Dec. 20, as they do each year. Classrooms had their Christmas parties that W-KES gingerbread 6519afternoon. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


KES receives certificate as Reward School

State Representative Jeff Howe attended Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Dec. 18, and presented Superintendent Tritabaugh the certificate designating Kimball Elementary as an MDE Reward School. Superintendent Tritabaugh accepted this award on behalf of our District.

This recognition is only given to the State’s top 15 percent of Title I schools. Kimball Elementary was among only 128 W-Reward-Schoolschools in Minnesota who were chosen for this designation. This designation means Kimball Elementary represents one of the highest-performing schools. This program is part of Minnesota’s federal accountability program that replaces the No Child Left Behind program.