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4/-44 ,til,uqlYdl,U,qi-,l#l th,,h"hrdll,l,dlhPhh MIXED ADC 553 12/31/2015 SMALL.TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2283 $2 Your Hometown Neu07 Kimball, Watkins and surrounding communities. Volume 69, Issue 4 Thursday February 25, 2016 Inside this week: • OBITUARY: Harlan John- son, 84, of Litchfield, page 4. • St. John's Lutheran se- lects Member of the Year; page 4. • Cards of Thanks, page 4. • Business profile: Jack's of Watkins, page 4. • Maus employee receives 30-year award, page 5. • Meeker County"Garden- ers Gala," page 5. • Bocce Ball, ice fishing contest results, page 6. • Powder Ridge D-Team hosts race, page 6. • Rep; Howerec- o ed for outstanding vice, page 7. .... • Kimball deals with bro- ken sewer line, page 7. • Weather, page 7. • Kimball superintendent update, page 9. *KAHS and EV-W HS wrestling photos, pages 10-11. • Allies Corner, page 12. • EV-W superintendent update, page 13. • Crime blotters, page 14. • EV-W school board up- date, page 17. • Arctic explorer Ann Bancroft to speak in St. Cloud (and you're invited), page 20. "In Brief" is on page 20. Church& Obituaries ....... 4 Local Schools ........ 6, 8-13 Crime Blotters ........... 14 Business Directories ...14-15 Legals, Government .... 14-17 Calendar ................ 18 Classifieds .... .......... 19 Newsstand Price: $1 IIII!I!ILI!I!III!U!!!IIII Taylor Ludwig (EV-W) at 106 pounds, Zack Holtz (Kimball) at 113 pounds, Tyler Dockendorf (EV-W) at 145 second first pounds, second Brady Mehr (Kimball) at 160 pounds, John Salzl (EV-W) at 160 pounds, Logan Donnay (EV-W) at 182 pounds, first second second ByIean Doran Matua, Editor advertised, and no price has been There was a full agenda for the determined. Feb. 18 Watkins city council meet- New ambulance chief ing. Ambulance chief Ben Aho has The Watkins city council uriah- submitted his resignation from imously approved a $50,000 the squad, and Bonnie Holthaus revolving credit loan through the will serve as ambulance chief for Economic DevelopmentAuthority the remainder of the two-year to Watkins House LLC for reno- term. vations. The EDA had approved Sheriff's report the loan request and recom- It was another relatively quiet mended council approval which month in Watkins, and Deputy was granted at the Feb. 18 coun- Ernie DeFries again had nothing cil meeting. Watkins House LLC to report to the council. has closed on the 4th Street North Liquor license request property and will renovate it for Mike Lease and Lease 7-16 apartments. Their business Companies are finalizing put- plan includes having an on-site chase of the Red Goat Bar & Grillin resident manager, and conduct- Watkins. Lease has requested that ing background checks for all pro- the council approve his pursuit of spective residents. They are cooro a liquor license (which they did); dinating with Meeker County the matter will be turned over to Social Services to find residents the county for background checks when the property is ready. The and processing of the license. Watkins EDA loan is granted Baseball report based on personal guarantees to Mike Lease presented the repay it, and the EDA places a sec- final financial report for the end lien on the property to assure 2015 Minnesota State Baseball repayment. Tournament shared between The EDA completed purchase Watkins and Cold Spring. Some of 10 acres of land along Highway expenses and revenue were 55, up to the Glenshire Estates shared between the two loca- development. This property will tions, something Lease promises be available to commercial devel- never to do again. The net profit opers, although it has not yet been on apparel and programs was By Pat Garry, Staff Writer Kimball and EV-W individ- ual wrestlers competed Saturday, Feb. 20, at Kimball Area High School. Following are results for both schools' participants in the 2016 Class A Section 4 Individual Tournament: 106 Results: First place- Dayne Morton of Sibley East; second place - Taylor Ludwig of Eden Valley-Watkins; 113 Results: First place - Zack Holtz of Kimball; sixth place - Trevyn Ludwig of Eden Valley-Watkins. 120 Results: First place - Estehan Tiegan of Spectrum; sixth place - Everett Eken of Eden Valley-Watkins; 126 Results: First place - Rylan Molinaro of ACGC; third Place - Payton Schiefelbein of Kimball; fifth place - Zach Nistler of Eden Valley-Watkins; 132 Results: First place - Brennan Holien of ACGC; third place- Matt Schindler of Eden Valley-Watkins. 138 Results: First lace-Wallace Michels of Norwood-Young America; fourth place - Joseph Donnay of Kimball; sixth place - Tawner Cleland of Eden Valley- Watkins; 145 Results: First place - Cameron Whitcomb of ACGC; second place - Tyler Dockendorf of Eden Valley-Watkins; sev- enth place - Michael Donnay of Kimball; 152 Results: First place - Dietrich Balsbaugh of Trinity School At River Ridge; third place - Carter Phillipp of Eden Valley- Watkins; fourth place - Payton Hanan of Kimball. Wrestling~To page 3 Concessions were the biggest money-maker for the Watkins ballpark last fall during the state amateur baseball tournament. Expenses and revenues were shared with co-host Cold Spring. TCN file photo. $5,323.22, to be shared between Watkins may again be tapped to the two towns. Ad income profit host the state tournament in 2021 was $7,676.25, also to be shared, or2022. Lease reported that every- The Watkins Baseball Association thing was better in Watkins than raked in $104,888.06 on conces- in Cold Spring. Council member sions (minus $56,255.22 expenses) Brenda Carlson reported that she for a net profit of $48,632.84. (Cold heard nothing but good about the Spring netted $51,839.33 with both tournament. The 2019 American lower income and lower expense.) Legion state tournament will be Lease reported that everything hosted in Watkins, and lots of high related to the tournament has school and community college beenpaidfor,withonlyafewsmall games are being rescheduled to expenses remaining. "It was very successful," he said. He added that WatkinslTo page 17