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Your Hometown News ## 1 illnll.llllllllllll,llilini,lh,nh,h,illllnlllh,llllllllI *************MIXED ADC 553 12/31/2015 SMALLTOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 S2F t mmunities: : Volume 69, Issue 20 Thursday l June 16, 2016 Inside this week: • Clear Water Assoc stops factory hog farm near Kimball (so far), page 2. • Stearns Commissioner to address factory farm issue ]une 18, page 3. • OBITUARIES: Alvina Beckers, 84, of Watkins; Bonnie Cordt, 83, formerly of Kimball; ]acob "lacl ' Mayala, 77, of Kimball; Susan Olson, 66, of Pearl Lake; lacob Klein memorial; page 6. • Express wins one, Clippers two in amateur base- ball action, page 8. • Graduation open houses, page 9. • KES Basketball camp, page 10. • Local festivals: pages 12- 13. • Library summer reading programs, activities, pp 14-15. By Pat Garry, StaffWriter The girls enjoyed a tremen- dous season, which culminated in a first-ever trip to the State Tournament. Their overall record moved to a very impressive 21-3; following a pair of losses in the Class A state softball quarterfinals, Thursday, June 9, at Mankato's Caswell Park. The Cubs were elim- inated from competition after losses to Mankato Loyola, 7-3; and New York Mills, 5-2. Mankato Loyola scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to steal the victory, and New York Mills lead- off hitter Rhiana Roberts was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored to lead the winning effort. Stats/Mankato Loyola Game: Kimball's Mackenzie Leither drove in all three runs, on a two-run homer in the second inning and on a solo homer in the fourth. Her two-homer day tied a single-game tournament record for homers, set seven times before, including one other time on Thursday. She also joined 17 others who have hit two home runs in the tournament, a tourney record. team season s at state tournament The team waits to congratulate Kenzie Leither as she crosses home plate after her second homerun of the game. This was the first appearance of the Kimball Cubs softball team at State. The Cubs lost their first State tournament game, 7-3 against Mankato Loyola; they lost their consolation game, 5-2 to New York Mills (last year's champion), Great job, girls in a hard-fought season. Staffphoto by Marguerite Lambs. Player ~p n ~nnal nn so e~a b lob Shay Krippner 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0 Madison Libbesmeier 4 0 F 0' O 0 :"2 4 0 Emily Utecht 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 Katie Merchant 3 0 2 0 0 0 8 1 0 AlexaRuehle 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Abbey Schiefelbein 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Mackenzie Leither 3 2 6 6 0 0 0 4 0 LaurenLibbesmeier 3 0 1 0 0 1 8 0 2 Rachel Utecht 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 StephanieHurrle 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 Katherine Spaulding 3 0 0 Karl Schiefelbein 3 0 0 Natasha Kunkel 0 0 0 Totals 29 3 7 3 1 42413 3 Stats/New York Mills Game: Stephanie Hurtle went 2 for 3 with an RBI triple for Kimball. Emily Utecht struck out six while walking one in a complete-game effort. Player ~m R H RBI BB SO IN} A LOB Madison Libbesmeier 3 0 0 0 0 0 I I 1 Emily Utecht 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 O O 00 : Katie Merchant 3 1 1 0 0 0 8 1 l 0 0 0 1 0 1 Mackenzie Leither 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 "0-" LaurenLibbesmeier 3 0 00 0 1 7 0 0 StephanieHurrle 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 Katherine Spaulding 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 Shay Krippner 1 0 0 0 0 14 0 1 AlexaRuehle 2 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 KariSchiefelbein 3 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 NatashaKunkel 0 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 Totals 26 2 4 2 1 42110 5 • Did you miss something? page 16. • Local business updates; Business profile: Land O'Lakes Off & Propane, page 17. • Citycouncil updates, page 18. • Valley Tractor Club visits Loesch SLS, page 24. Church & Obituaries ....... 6 Local Schools .... 10-11, 14-15 Local Festivals ......... 12-13 Legals, Government... 18-21 Business Directories .. 20-21 Crime Blotters ........ 20-21 Calendar ................ 22 Classifieds .............. 23 Newsstand Price: Sl . lllI!I!I!I!I!Ill!U!!!llll. Anna Donnay (left) and Ariel Laabs both received All-State for the second year in a row. Donnay placed 8th in the 3,200-meter (2-mile) run and 15th in the 1,600-meter (1-mile); she will be a senior next year at KAHS. Laabs placed 5th in shotput; she graduated last month. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. By lean Doran Mama, Editor Both veterans to the State tour- nament experience, Anna Donnay and Ariel Laabs again qualified for the State track tournament last Friday and Saturday, ]une 10-11, at Hamline University. The duo are the only mem- bers of the Eden Valley-Watkins/ Kimball track team to make it to State this year. Both happen to be Kimball students. The community held a send- off for the pair of athletes, with a fire truck escorting them through town, honking as they went. Donnay's first race was Friday evening, after lightning delays, and they ran in that oppressive heat and humidity. Donnay would finish in eighth place in the 3200- meter (two miles), with a time ot 11:39. (That's less than a 6-min- ute mile, run twice, in tropical heat and humidity.) Last year she placed fourth in this event, with a time of 11:42.33. Laabs threw 39 feet 11 inches for her fifth-place finish in the shotput. Beth-el Algarin of Pierz took third. The champion threw 43 feet 3.5 inches. Last year, Laabs ranked ninth in State with a dis- tance of 37 feet 1.75 inches. Donnay's 1600-meter run (one mile) pitted her against some stiff competition. Indeed, less than 17 seconds separated Donnay (in 15th place) from the champion, Grace Ping of Cotter. There were no other local top-finishers in this race. Overall, the EV-W/K girls' track team ranked 43rd in the state, from among the 74 teams at the tournament, with just these two competing. The 2015 EV-W/K girls' team ranked 21st last year, with several more contestants. Gordy Schlangen is the head girls' coach. There were no boys who quali- fied for State this year. P.O. 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