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KES fish fry There will be an all-you- can-eat fish fry, to benefit Kimball Elementary School for field trips for grades 5 and 6, from 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Generations Ballroom in Kimball. Are you a magnolia? The Kimball Community Playhouse (KCP) will hold open auditions from 6-8 p.m. Tuesda Jan. 12, at KAHS cafetorium. The March dinner theater KCP will Ithey Kimball chili cook-off The KCP will hold its first chili cook,off fundraiser from 4-8 p.m, Saturday, Jan. 16. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors and students. It will be at the new St. John's Lutheran Church building in Kimball. Wild game dinner Lake Union Evangelical Cov- enant Church is hosting its annual Wild Game Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Kingston Community Center. Besides a wide variety of wild children i and 33 Index for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 Church & Obits .... Page 6 School ................ Page 7 Sports ................. Page 8 Legals ................. Page 9 Calendar ........... Page 10 Classifieds ......... Page 11 Jordan Joseph and Travis Wills represented Kimball schools in the NYWA State Tourna- ment in Rochester April 2-5. Mariella Arnold told KES sixth-graders about Kimball's history April 3. South Haven held its 71st annual fish fry April 3. Wright County Swappers Meet opened April 4, a true sign of spring. Kimball Lions held a Food Shelf Scavenger Hunt April 4; they collected 717 pounds of food, and $160 in cash for the Kimball Area Food Shelf. Kimball Fire- men's 32nd an- nual Pancake & Sausage Break- fast was April 5. A record 1,282 breakfasts were served. Pro- ceeds would purchase a sec- ond thermal- imaging cam- era. The first Easter egg hunt was held in Kimball April 5 in Willow Creek Park. Kimball's Rick Ellis began his "Mr. Potato Head" column April 9; it would run throughout the gardening season. Hilltop Care Center in Wat- kins held its 7th annual Easter egg hunt April 11. Kimball Express (baseball) held its third an- nual beanbag tournament fundraiser April 11. Adam and Brett Magnuson were the champi- ons. Rose Borman helped fifth- graders at KES plant seeds that would later be planted in the Kimball Com- munity Garden (on the Bor- roans' farm). Kimball's Ducks Unlimited chapter held its second annual Sportsmen's Night Out April 17. Kimball librarian Carla Asfeld was appointed to be branch manager of the Annandale Area Public Library as well. She would split her time between the two libraries. Maine Prairie Township held an open house April 23 to begin its future planning process. A late-night fire April 23 destroyed a milk par- lor/hay barn and silo at Kingston Creek Dairy, owned and operated by the Albert Holker fam- ily. The Kimball class of 1969 held its 40th class reunion April 25 at Triple R Bar & Grill in Kim- ball. KAHS seniors KTlynn Smallwood, Bridget Gohmann, Kendra Albers, and Andrew Ding- mann were recognized as Students of Ex- cellence at the annual banquet at the St. Cloud Civic Center. Arrivals: Isaac Charles Mancini was born in March to Jordan and Stacy Mancini of Long Prairie. Henry David Mertens was born in April to Nathan and Alyssa (Mackereth) Mertens. Jade Elizabeth Lemke was born in April to Rollie Lemke and Jessica Just of Albertville. Owen Loren Busse was born in April to Jackie (Anderson) and Aaron Busse of Glencoe. Rylan James Dahl was born in April to Dana and Amy Dahl. Nora Mae Huschle was born to Amie Hed- lund and Jason Huschle in April. Departures: David Janisch Sr., 67, died April- 15. Elizabeth Cooper Mike, 91, died April 17. Tyler Baker, 15. died April 18. Lloyd Kunkel, 70, died April 25. LeRoy McKeown Sr., 84, died April 25. The Kimball All-City Garage Sale was held May 2. Watkins Lions held a chili and soup cook-off May 2 to raise money for the new skating rink. South Haven Fire Department held their an- nual smelt fry May 2. Jon Albert became Senior Pastor at the Kim- ball Church of Christ May 3. The KAHS Fine Arts De- partment pre- sented the spring band concert and art show May 5. May 6 Kimball native CDR Sean Liedman took command of the Fighting Tigers Navy Patrol Squadron. On April 8, Lied- man was the Executive Officer on the reconnaissance plane that was the first military unit to reach the hijacked ship Maersk Alabama. By early May the H1N1 novel influenza virus was the subject of the Minnesota Agriculture Commis- sioner's column. The Kimball Express held their 23rd annual Mother's Day dinner at Generations Ballroom in Kimball May 10. KES students presented their outdoor spring concert May 11 behind the school. At the May 11 Kimball softball game, coach Gary Riess reached his 1,000th game coached during hi 35 years at Kimball. The Kimball Area Ministeri- al Alliance held a dodgeball tournament at KAHS May 13. A popular and visible eagle nest near Co. Rd. 48 near Marty was destroyed during a wind storm in mid-May, killing the two eagle chicks. Violent winds blew down the tree in which the eagles had a nest for several years. May 15 marked the grand opening of Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery, 7 miles south of Kimball on Hwy. 15. Begun in i  2006, the open-  :' :; '. ' ing was indeed ' :' :i! .......... :::: ....... a celebration of three years of hard work. The Kimball Dollars for Scholars Gala was held May 16. This year's theme was "Fantasy Island." 31 scholar- ships were awarded. Chuck Sterling of Kimball was crowned state king of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) at the TOPS con- vention May 16 in Hinckley. Sterling reached his goal of a 50-pound weight loss. Kimball Community Playhouse held audi- tions for "Camelot" May 19-21. KAHS' Tommy Linn was among 14 high school seniors within Michele Bachmann's congressional district to receive a Congressio- nal Certificate of Merit. The award was present- ed at a program May 22 in Monticello. The annual Memorial Day service was held May 25 at KES. KES second-graders spent the day May 27 at the Old Meyer Schoolhouse in St. Augusta. They dressed in period clothes, had period lessons in the one-room schoolhouse, and played period games in the school yard. Marcia Janski Rosha, a student at the school "way back when," talked to students about school life. At the Section 5A meet May 27, junior Macki Nelson was the only EV-W-K track team mem- ber to advance to state competition; her pole vault at the meet broke the school record. She would place 13th in the state meet June 6. The Kimball Area Fire Department was called to a treehouse fire that damaged part of a ware- house building across the fence at Arnold's of Kimball in the early evening May 28. Kimball Area High School held its graduation ceremony May 28; 54 seniors received diplomas. Deb Libbesmeier joined the Watkins Area Medical Clinic in May as a Family Nurse Practitio- ner. Paynesville Area Health Care Systems would announce the clinic's closure in December. 20091To oae 10