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Dr- q Thursday, January 24, 2013 /. V ,i I Tri-Coun News Centr :.3f in ByleanDoranMatua, Editor Valley V.F.W. Auxiliary at their Here we are at the end of our meeting Oct. 10. Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" look back at 2012. What a year it Girl Scout Troop 68 planted Vacation advie~ from was! The highs and lows, and all a tree in front of the Eden Val- a the every-day things in-between ley-Watkins Elementary School coaster queen kept everyone busy for sure. Oct. 12 in honor of Sarah We're now well into 2013, the Grunewald, the young EV-W stu- Vacation. I recently got back Google. I did.) Year of the Snake. We hope it's dent who died in 2010 after bat- from one and I'm a bit disoriented. Vacations provide the chance starting off well for you. We're tlingcancer. It's similar to the sensation you get to try new things and engage in actwmes you don t get to do every hoping for even bigger and betterGREAT Children's Theatre when waking up in a strange hotel ~" things for everyone this year! opened "The Hobbit" Oct. 12 at room and the doorways and bath- day, but wish you did. This trip, I OC;TOBER Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. room are situateddifferentlythan pushedmypersonalenvelopeona South Haven resident Marloweat home and you have a moment bunch of roller coasters and other Lexvold was part of the local cast of, "Where am I?" before discern- fast-paced whirling, bumping and Eden Valley-Watkins Home- of 34. ingwhichdirectionyoumusthead spinning attractions. I rode them coming Week was Oct. 1-5. King Ostmark Lutheran Church in order to reach the toilet,because my family is full of teen- Zach Blonigen and Queen Kaylee in rural Watkins held their fall A short seven days later, youagers and teenagers think noth- Forcier were crowned Sunday eve- bazaar Oct. 13. return home and experience the ing of putting their life on the line ningtokickofftheweek'scelebra- gt. John's Lutheran Church in same lack of awareness when while driving or riding in high- tions. The week held events like Kimball held their annual FUN- sleeping in your own bedroom,speed vehicles. They find danger an ugly-sweater contest, cookie draiser Oct. 14 in Willow Creek Being away has dislodged its~amusing; it's right up there with break, parade, and a number of Park in Kimball. The pork chop familiarity. It takes a fewdays (and pop music. competitions from "Minute To dinner and silent auction is always nights) before you settle back into At times, they scared the wil- Win It." EV-W won the volleyball a big hit. your own household. Situated.ties out of me - the coasters, not game Thursday, and also won (52- The Red Cross Bloodmobile Secure. Relodged. the teens. When this happened, I 14) the football game Friday, both came to the Kingston Community. Vacation - a simple word madefound the best thing to do was put against Howard Lake-Waverly- Center Oct. 17. up of a mere three syllables, but my hands in the air, scream like Winsted. Watkins Senior Dining cele- the connotations are as vast as the I meant it and pray for the whole Although no one knows the brated the 40th anniversary of the possibilities encompassed within thing to be over (so we could get exact date that Kimball's famed Older Americans Act Nutrition seven long, lavish days spent away in line to ride again). I still lost my Knaus Sausage House opened in Program Oct. 17 with a special from work at the beach, camp-willies (not literally, thank good- 1912, they celebrated their 100th lunch menu and birthday cake. ground, casino, cruise ship, or ness), but I looked cool to my kids. anniversary Oct. 4-6 this year. The Eden Valley Senior Dining amusement park(takeyourpick).I think. Maybe. They had drawings, entertain- site celebrated Oct. 30. (Watkins I am a vacation advocate. WhoWhen it comes to packing, you merit, specials during the celebra- is provided by Lutheran Social can deny the value Of a long week- will always pack too much, but tion, and free brats. Services at St. Anthony Manor, end, or weeklong period filled with you will be sure to forget at least EV-WSpecial Olympics bowlers and Eden Valley is provided by adventure, enjoyment, educa- one key item. When this happens competed Oct. 5 at Zimmerman Lutheran Social Services at the tion and family fun? Yours might - and it will - remember, vacations and brought home second- and Eden Valley Civic Center. Kim- involve planes, car rides, walking, are a good time to demonstrate fourth-place ribbons for eighth ball's Senior Dining is provided running, hiking, sleeping in tents your Olympic gymnast-like flexi- grade, a first-place for the elemen- by Catholic Charities at St. Anne's or riding roller coasters. There is bility. In other words, go with the tary school, and fourth-place f6r a Catholic Church:) no right way to vacation; vacations flow and enjoy whichever coaster 2010alumna. The Eagles' Cry, school news- .are justright, you happen to be riding. Rules The Kimball Lions held their paper at Eden Valley-Watkins, From my experiences in escap-are for everyday life. When one of annual fish fry Oct. 5 at the Willow received awards from the National ing the ho hum of every day l!fe, your kids announces - four days Creek Lio~ns Shelter in Kimball. Student Pregs Association and I'vemadeafewobservationsaboutinto the trip - that he forgot his The Oktoberfest and Grape Journalism Educators of Minne, lif~awayfromthehumandtheho: toothbrush, don't panic. They sell Stomp was held at Millner Heri- sota in 2012. When driving across the court- toothbrushes in nearly every one tage Winery near Kimball Oct. 6-7. As of mid-October, the Tri- try in a car filled with children, it of the 50 states. Why do you think The annual beef dinner at CountyNews had an office in Eden is inevitable; you will encounter God invented superstores? Assumption Church in Eden Val- Valley, in addition to the main an occasional traffic jam. You are Vacation. I went. I conquered. leywas Oct. 7. Kimball's Homecoming Week office in Kimball. At 378 N. State 78 percent more likely to hit this Now I'm home - a little discom- Street, in the Bradshaw & Bryant bottleneck when your gas gauge bobulated, but no worse for the was Oct. 7-12; "Hit the Lights" law office and sharing space with hovers near empty. Statistics also wear, unless you count the bruis- was the theme. The week's activ- Steve Schmitt Insurance Agency. show that within three minutes ing to my kidneys. Those coasters ities included Pajama Day, An Eden Valley phone line was of hitting any traffic jam, you can sure keep a person young at heart Ugly-Sweater Day, and Western added: (320) 453-6397 (which is bet, with .certainty, a passenger - in an edge-of-your-seat, ram- Wednesday. King Austin Roerick 453-NEWS). under the age of 15 will suddenly ~ ming, slamming, upside-down, and Queen Tiffany Kuechle were The Eden Valley Fire & Res- and urgently have to go to the "near-death sort of way. Can't wait crowned Sunday night. Kimball cue Department came to EV-W bathroom " real bad." "to goagain. hosted Eden Valley-Watkins for Elementary School to demon- Vacation brings unexpected At least that's the story I'm tell- volleyball and football games. The strate some of their equipment for benefits. Expect them. For ing my kids. Cubs won the varsity volleyball grades K-4. instance, if you spend 24 hours Follow Slices of Life on Face- game. The 2013 "Rooster Bowl" The City of South Haven held a (each way) traveling in a vehicle book and hit Like (please). Jill trophy went to EV-W, winners special meeting Oct. 18 to approve with hip and trendy teenagers, you Pertler is an award-winning syn- of the football game with Ron- plans for the new City Hall/Com- will gain the opportunity to listen dicated columnist, playwright and aid "Rooster" Arnold's grandson munity Center. Construction corn- to approximately 48 hours of pop- author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Ron presenting the trophy. Dona- ~nenced soon thereafter, and was ular pop songs on the radio. By the Guide to Self-Syndication" E-mail tions were collected at the foot- nearlycompleted bythe end of 2012. end of the trip, you will be shining her at; or visit ball game for Tackle Cancer (the TheWatkinsLegionfishfrywas bright like a diamond and danc- her website at http://marketing- Randy Shaver Cancer Research Oct. 19. ing in your seat - Gangnam style, and Community Fund), in mem- St. Matthew's fall bazaar in of course. (If you're confused, try ory of Shawn Laudenbach and Forest City was Oct. 20. St. Paul's Tyler Baker. Lutheran in Eden Valley held their Eileen Hennen of Watkins was fall bazaar on the same day. honored as the last remaining Gold Star Mothdr in the Wat-Kim- 2012/To page 16 www.tricountynews. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. 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