Tricounty News

Katie Spaulding in gymnast competition

Katie Spaulding, an eighth-grader at Kimball Area High School, recently completed her gymnastics competition season by competing at the USAG State W-Gymnastics040Championship Tournament, held at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis. Katie competes on the uneven parallel bars, beam, floor, and vault. She trains at Granite City Gymnastics in Waite Park and has competed as a Level 9 gymnast for the last two seasons.

Most of her meets are held around the state of Minnesota, hosted by other gymnastics clubs. Granite City Gymnastics also hosts a meet each February called Tropical Twist that brings more than 200 gymnasts to St. Coud to compete. Katie has been coached by Liz Walek and Tommy Rodine since she began training nine years ago. Congratulations, Katie, on an outstanding season!

Katie Spaulding, Kimball eighth-grader is pictured with her two gymnastics coaches. From left to right are coach Liz Walek, Katie Spaulding, and coach Tommy Rodine. Submitted photo.


All Kimball NYWA state entrants place at state

The Kimball youth wrestlers who advanced to state competition each placed at the NYWA State Wrestling Tournament in Rochester, Minn., April 4-6. TheirW-Kimball-Youth-State-Wrestling-2014 placings are: Carter Holtz-State Champion fourth grade 100 pounds; Ashton Hanan-second place fourth grade 105 pounds; Mason Danelke-second place Kindergarten 65 pounds; and Zachary Holtz-third place fifth grade 97 pounds;

These boys have worked hard all season to end where they did this weekend. They have become more than teammates, more like brothers, being there for each other. As parents, grandparents and friends of these young boys, it was a pleasure to watch them all wrestle this past weekend.

The parents and wrestlers are very grateful to Gerry Spoden for all his dedication and coaching. They are certain they couldn’t have done it without Gerry.


Wrestlers who advanced to State NYWA Wrestling Tournament are from left to right, Ashton Hanan, Mason Danelke, Carter Holtz, and Zack Holtz. Submitted photo.


April 19: Kimball Express Bean Bag Tournament

The Kimball Express eighth annual Bean Bag Tournament will be  Saturday, April 19.

Sign-up is at 10:30 a.m.

Start time is at 11 a.m.

Sign up that day at the Kimball baseball field. 


Youth advance to State NYWA Wrestling Tourney

W-Kimball-Youth-Wrestling-IMG 0705These Kimball youth will advance to the NYWA State Wrestling Tournament to be held in Rochester, Minn., April 4-6. From Left to right are Zack Holtz fifth
grade, second place; Ashton Hanan fourth grade, second place; Carter Holtz fourth grade, first place; and Mason Danelke Kindergarten, second place. Submitted photo.


Funding for grandstand project at Clipper Field approved by Watkins City Council

The Watkins City Council last week in a 3-2 vote approved $60,000 in funding to help build a new grandstand at the Clipper Field.w-Overhead 1

The grandstand is required for the park to co-host the 2015 state amateur baseball tournament.

Mayor Dennis Loch was one of those voting against the measure.

“I voted against it in principal,” said Loch. His concern was that because the baseball association is a non-profit entity, under state law the city cannot provide money for the project without that money someday being paid back to the city.

“I don’t believe we should be spending taxpayer money for this entity unless it is paid back,” Loch said in an interview after the meeting. “I’m against it in principal unless we get that money back. That’s the only legal way we do it.”