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DAf' 'IE, ...,-m-lL=. ...... ....... Janua 14, 2016 J ..... o 20 5 II' REVIEW By Iayne Harff Here's the wind-up of our review of 2015, as seen in the Tri- County News last year. OCTOBER Friday, Oct. 2, the entire 2005 EV-W football team was inducted into the EV, W Activity Hall of Fame during halftime of the Homecoming football game. This was the first Eden Valley-Watkins team in history to bring home a state championship. Friday, Oct. 2, Kimball Lions sponsored an All-You-Can-Eat fish fry at Willow Creek Park Shelter. All proceeds went back to the community. Saturday, Oct. 3, GrandOpening of the Gordon Memorial Library at Minnesota Pioneer Park. Marilyn Gordon spoke at the grand open- ing. The new research library is named after her ancestors. Saturday, Oct. 3, the First Annual A.M. Maus & Son Wrangler Run was held beginning at A.M. Maus & Son parking lot. $1000 was raised and given to the Kimball Area Food Shelf. Saturday, Oct. 3, the Eden Valley-Watkins chapter of DECA held a Color Run as a part of the Homecoming festivities. 32 run- ners showed up and raised more than $1000 from participant fees and business sponsorships. Saturday, Oct. 3, Zion United Methodist Church in South Haven held a rummage and bake sale. Oct. 3-4 Millner Heritage Winery held their anntual Grape Stomp with music, winie tasting, and vineyard tours. Oct. 4-10 was Natiional 4-H Week with activities throughout the week. Sunday, Oct. 4, the Kimball chapter of the National Honor Society held their induction of new members. Thirteen new members were inducted. Eden Valley-Watkins speech coach Bonnie Spohn received the Class A Speech Coach of the Year award at the Minnesota Speech Coaches Association reception. She also received her 20 years of head coaching service award. Sunday, Oct. 4, Assumption Church in Eden Valley held their annual fall dinner. Tuesday, Oct. 6, groundbreak- ing for the new Heritage House took place. The 16-unit apartment building will be added onto the northwest corner of the existing building in Kimball. Thursday, Oct. 8, Kimball Class of 1954 held a get-together at the Triple R Grill and Bar. Thursday, Oct. 8, Impact hosted a Hawaiian/beach-themed event at Eden Valley Elementary. The event was open to everyone in the community and included a meal, games, and prizes. Friday, Oct. 9, The Watkins American Legion held a fish fry at the Watkins Legion and Village Hall. Saturday, Oct. 10, Ostmark Lutheran Church held their fall bazaar featuring a farmers mar- ket, homemade quilts and crafts and lunch. Saturday, Oct. 10, Jackie Sommers spoke about her book, "Truest" which was published in Septemberl She spoke at the Kimball Public Library. Monday, Oct. 12, Eden Valley- Watkins students and their families enjoyed a buffet of German food following a program by visiting German students. The "German Fun Night" was a success with games and dancing. Eighteen students arrived from.Oldenburg, Germany Oct. 5. They returned to Germany Oct. 25. Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Kimball Fire Department and Kimball FFA sponsored the American Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Anne's Church in Kimball. Wednesday, Oct. 14 Camp Courage celebrated 60 years of serving individuals with dis- abilities. The band, Goat Ropers, reunited at the anniversary event to play for an eager crown of old camp friends. The Department of Homeland Security awarded a grant of $101,196 to the Watkins Fire Department. The funds will be used for new self-contained breathing apparatus equipment and a compressor and fill station for the bottles. Saturday, Oct. 1Z St. Wendelin Parish in Luxemburg sponsored a roast beef supper. Sunday, Oct. 18, Pioneer Park held a pancake breakfast with REAL maple syrup. Sunday, Oct. 18, the Johnson Kelly American Legion Post 483 and Kingston Lions Club held their annual turkey dinner at the Kingston Community Center. Monday, Oct. 19, the Eden Valley-Watkins FFA chapter con- ducted their annual Corn Drive for Camp Courage. There were five trucks this year that collected 643 bushels of corn and $1,480 in cash donations from local farmers and area businesses. Monday, Oct. 19, the south end of the conjoined buildings on main street in South Haven was taken down after rain water caused a four-foot flood in the basement of the adjoining Muni. Thursday, Oct. 22, the Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball cross country girls' teams won the Central Minnesota Conference championship at Pierz. The teams were up against some toughcom- petition, but they ran hard and won the conference. Thursday, Oct. 22, the Kimball Class of 1958 held their 57th class reunion at Triple R Grill and Bar. Saturday, Oct. 24, the Kimball Class of 1975 held a get-together at the Triple R Grill and Bar. Saturday, Oct. 24, Twenty-seven artists displayed their artwork at six locations within the city of Dassel for the Discover Dassel Art tour. Saturday, Oct. 24, Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church held its annual Fall Bazaar with lunch, crafts, and a white elephant ale. Saturday, Oct. 24, members of the Watkins Lioness/Lions Club served soup, sandwiches, and des- sert during the 27tb annual Craft & Bake Sale. Sunday, Oct. 25, St. Nicholas Church hosted a breakfast of sau- sage, pancakes and more in the church basement. Pete and Rosie Roeser retired from butchering after 50 years of butchering and processing meat. The butcher shop was sold and Roesers have moved up north to do some fishing, hunting and relaxing: Roeser's sausage using his secret recipe can still be found at Knaus Sausage House. Arrivals: October 18, Olivia Robin Bloch to Ryan and Renee Bloch of Sauk Rapids. Departures: October 2, Roger Osterberg, 76, of Watkins October 3, Hazel Johnson, 96 of South Haven October 13, Alphonse Schnei- der, 95, of Watkins October 23, William "Chipper" Tobin, 68, of Annandale October 26, Steven Huff, 65, of Annandale October 26, Deborah Ann Knoll, 5Z of Kimball October 26, Kathleen Lund, 55, of St. Joseph October 29, Aurelia Christie, 105, of Eden Valley Transitions: Thomas and Marie Moyer cel- ebrated their 55th wedding anni- versary October 3. Tony and Fran Schmitz cele- brated their 50th wedding anni- versary in October. Laura Kothrade and Jason Nordmannannounced their engagement in October. Dan and Penny Flaschenriem celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in October. NOVEMBER Tuesday, Nov. 3, students from Eden Valley-Watkins and Kimball were among the 18,000 that packed the Xcel Center for a pro- gram focusing on turning "me" into "we" and creating a culture of community service. Tuesday, Nov. 3, Election results for the school levy votes were Eden Valley-Watkins Yes-307, No-64. Election results for the school levy votes for Kimball were Question #1 Yes-494. No-415. Question #2 Yes- 414, No-490. Question #3 Yes-327, No-576. Wednesday, Nov. 4, the Leadership in Educational Excellence (LEEA) honored teach- ers recognized by their schgol dis- tricts. From Kimball, honored teachers were Mary Bernardy and Joe Stangle. From Eden Valley- Watkins, honorees were Mary Huberty and Kathy Pauls. The event took place at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Thursday, Nov. 5, Lake Union Covenant Church held its Blaze Orange Harvest Festival featurmg Music to Your Ears. Nov. 6 & 7 Minnesota's State Champion 4-H Dairy Knowledge Bowl team from Meeker County competed against 15 other state champion teams from throu- out the. United States at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY. The Meeker County team placed sec- ond overall. Saturday, Nov. 7, The EV-W-K girls,' cross country team com- peted at St. Olaf College in Northfietd. The team took 16th, but ran their hearts out on a very difficult course. Anna Donnay took second at the meet. Sunday, Nov. 8, the Assumption Church of Eden Valley and the St. Anthony Church of Watkins held Masses and special blessings in honor of Veterans. Sunday, Nov. 8, Dale Verner Fenrich, 58, of Litchfield was acci- dentally shot in the leg while deer hunting in rural Litchfield Township. Mr. Fenrich was air lifted from the scene to HCMC for medical care with non-life threat- ening injuries. Monday, Nov. 9, Veterans Day was celebrated for the 20th year in a row at Eden Valley-Watkins High School. Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Eden Valley-Watkins FFA chapter par- ticipated in the Region 5 FFA Dairy Foods Evaluation Contest. The team placed eighth and will be competing at the state FFA com- petition in April. Wednesday, Nov. 11, Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins held a program for veterans who are residents and in the community. Wednesday, Nov. ll, a Veterans Day program was held at City Hall in Kimball. Wednesday, Nov. 11, Victoria Powell, Asst. Sherburne County Attorney, presented information on the legal consequences of bul- lying at the Kimball Area High School cafetorium. Thursday, Nov. 12, the South Haven City Council unanimously voted to get out of the business of running a liquor store. The liquor license for the facility will not be renewed and the building was put up for sale. Saturday. Nov. 14, St. Matthew's United Church of Christ held their annual fall bazaar which included crafts, baked goods, and a luncheon. A medication drop box was installed at the Kimball Police Department building for the pur- pose of leaving unused medica- tions that may be lying around at homes. Wednesday, Nov. 18. the Kimball Legion Auxiliary hosted an American Education Week "tea" in honor of teachers, school bus drivers, and all other edu- cation personnel at the Kimball American Legion. Saturday, Nov. 20 was the Ninth Annual Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church Chili Supper. There was a craft and bake sale also. Sunday, Nov. 22, St. Wendelin Parish Christian sponsored a breakfast at Mary Hall in Luxemburg. There was also a craft and bake sale, raffle, and free blood pressure checks. Tuesday, Nov. 24, the Slice for Life Pie Auction was held at St. Luke's Church in Clearwater. Thursday, Nov. 26, for a second year, a free Thanksgiving Day din- ner was served by Deb Reinert and her family and friends at Kimball United Methodist Church. They served 51 people at the church. Thursday, Nov. 26, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a male with several stab wounds. Justin Kunkel, age 20, of Cold Spring was the victim. The assault occurred at a residence on the south side of Pearl Lake in Maine Prairie Township. Witesses said John Gately, age 20, of Cold Spring, and Justin Kunkel were arguing. At some point in the argument Gately pulled a folding knife from his pocket. Kunkel ran towards Gately and tackled him. The two fell to the ground with Kunkel receiving sev- eral stab wounds. Sunday, Nov. 29 St. August Lions held their Fall Breakfast at St. Mary's Help of Christians Parish Center in St. Augusta. The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles' Cry has once again cap- tured the All-State Silver Award presented by the Journalism Educators of Minnesota. The bulk of the writing first semester has been the work of Julie Bulau's 32-member journalism class. Arrivals: November 5, Camryn Marie Sieben to Adam and Carla Sieben of Delano. Departures: November 2, Lorie Wakefield. 56, of Watkins November 4, Donald "Don" Anderson, 96, of Kimball November 4, Eugene "Gene" Schlueter, 67, formerly of Clearwater and Fairhaven November 5, Martin Schramel, 75, of Eden Valley November 12, Vernis Fischer, 86, of Kimball November 18, Elmer Hechtel, 84, of Watkins November 20, Lisa Heinen, 48, of Watkins November 21, Vernon Hucken- poehler, 71, of Kimball November 21, Rosetta Yanish, 91, 0fWatkins November 22, loan "Punkie" Fuchs, 78, formerly of Kimball November 25, lames "Jim" McDonnell Jr., 84, of Buffalo November 25, Lorraine Werner, 85, of South Haven November 25, Leslie lobes, 82, formerly of Kimball November 25, Arthur Schindele, 71, of Greenfield November 26. Arvilla Miller, 92, of Paynesville November 29, Thomas Merrick, 78, of Tripoli, Iowa Transitions: Lealund and loan Gehrke cel- ebrated their 50th wedding anni- versary November 27. DECEMBER Tuesday, Dec. 1, Brian Choyka of Code Red demonstrated the notification to Eden Valley for an automated notification system currently being used by some cit- ies in Minnesota. Meeker County will begin using the System soon. Tuesday, Dec. 1, Shorty Nistler retired from the bar business and sold Shorty's Laborer's Lounge to John and Heath Kramer, sons of the late Gordie Kramer. Tuesday, Dec. 1, Minnesota lifts ban on poultry exhibitions. Birds will once again be allowed at fairs, swap meets, exotic sales and pet- ting zoos. Thursday, Dec. 3, the Watkins Senior Citizens held their Christmas Party featuring a chicken dinner. Saturday, Dec. 5, The EV-W Class of 1980 celebrated their 35th class reunion at Gordiees in Watkins. Saturday, Dec. 5, Forest City Stockade 20th Annual Pioneer Christmas was held with a visit from Santa, pioneer crafts, sleigh rides, and other activities. Saturday, Dec. 5, Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale cel- ebrated their Village Christmas with professional photos, free candy, and a harpist. There were many other activities enjoyed by all who attended. Saturday, Dec. 5, St. lohn's Lutheran Church in Kimball held their annual Christmas Bazaar serving soups, sloppy Joes, and desserts. There were crafts and a bake sale also. Saturday, Dec. 5, St. John's Lutheran in Annandale held their Holiday Fair at the church. There was a bake sale, crafts and trea- sures/antiques/collectables avail- able. Lunch was served and fresh lefse was sold on site. 2015/Topage16