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Page 6 St. Anne's Mass schedule change The new schedule for Mass at St. Anne's church in-Kimball is: Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 10 a.m., and weekdays are Monday and Wednesday at 8 a.m. Parade for Kimball Days If you are interested in parti- cipating in the parade for Kimball Days (Aug. 7-9, 2009), please call Sara Krippner at (320) 398-2144. Fair Haven Old Settlers Picnic The Fair Haven Old Sdttlers 83rd annual Picnic will be Satur- day, June 27. Mark your calendars. A full day of events is planned. Just a few highlights of the day are: 10 a. m. Parade- Line-up at 9 11 a. m. Games and food stands Noon Tug of War 12:30 Program and awards 7 p.m. Queen Coronation 8 p.m. Live Music A full schedule will be printed in the Tri-County News June 25 issue. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Newman at (320) 236-7491. Crayford teaches Lisa Crayford, Master Photog- rapher Craftsman and owner of Country Gallery Photography Stu- dio in Kimball recently finished teaching three marketing classes for other professional photogra- phers. These classes were held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Univer- sity of Wisconsin at Stevens Point's Treehaven campus and in New- ton, Kansas at Bethel College. The course concentrated on unique and creative methods of improving stu- dio operations and service to por- trait clients. Participants traveled from all over the U.S. to learn from and share experiences with Cray- ford, who is well know in the por- trait industry for her original ideas and energetic marketing. For more information contact the studio: Country Gallery Pho- tography Studio Inc. , 31770 MN Hwy 15, Kimball, MN 55353 (866) 275-1940, (320) 398-6250 or (320) 275-1940, < lisa @co un tryga l lery. corn>. I I Dingmann Funeral Care., IBurlat and Cremation Services View obituaries, guestbooks ahd videos on-line Kimball (320) 398-5055 Church /Obit. Thursday, June 18,2009 Tri-County News Kimball, MN )i tarp latter gan continuestoleavehisown / indelible imprint on Central Min- "(~L nesota's history, including our own Stearns County and Kimball. Compiled by the Kimball Area Historical Society A first-time special event, no one ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ~.~ ....................... has heard most of the Central Min- Lady Slippers Grew Deep in the Swamp nesota lives and landmarks he will From the pen of the late Eliza- beth Cooper Mike, Kimball Histor- ical Society member and her book "The Girl From Stickney Hill, Kim- ball, Prairie, Minnesota," reprinted with permission of the author. We hesitated at the fence line wondering if we should crawl through the barbed wire and begin our search for the pink lady slippers we knew grew in the dark scary swamp. The swamp was shaded with tall trees and grass growing higher than my head and it was probably filled, I thought, with all kinds of bugs, and worms, and maybe snakes. It was June on our Minnesota farmthesummer Iwas 14,whenwe first began to think about the pink lady slippers and how we would search for them in the swamp to the north of our farm. The air was clean and fresh and warm with sunshine. Summer leaves sparkled on the trees, and the scent of flowers was every- where. Us kids with our bare feet finally free of tight school shoes scampered over the soft green grass seeking the location of this flower or that flower somewhere in our yard or growing wild in the woods. The scent of purple lilacs that bloomed in May along the gateway that separated the house yard from the barnyard area was long gone. Now the violets and pansies and balsam dotted my mother's flower beds and the white blossoms of the nicotina sent its intoxicating sweet scent out over the grass once the evening dew had fallen. Out the kitchen window, I could see a sweep of yellow across the back yard settle on the trel- lis around the outhouse under the old box elder tree. Dozens of wild canaries began pecking at the tender new scarlet runner vines making their way up the wooden frame. In a few weeks the trellis would be covered with hundreds of red- dish orange bean blossoms, and the outhouse would be a secluded place to sit and read. We sought the icy white blood- root on the way to a neighbor's, a flower that shed orangey-red juice over our fingers when we broke their stems to pickthem. On the hillside around the Big Rock at our other farm hepatiCas dotted the grassy area under the trees, their white and pink blooms beckoning to be picked. Always the pink wild roses grew everywhere, along the road- side on the way to the mailboxes Kimball Area Emergency "~ Food Shelf__S. Inc. St. Anne's Church in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the area churches. a mile away, down the road past our nearest neighbors, and in my heart it was my favorite flower, particularly when the first almost red buds appeared. Once, way down in our fields, just across the fence to the west in a neighbor's woods, we found a tiny purple flower set in a small lush green plant, and Muddy called it an orchid when we brought it home to her. Now it was July and we looked for the freckled faced orange wild tiger lilies along a bend in the road on the way to Chris Flint's house when we went to visit his rely poly little wife, But this year, we determined for sure we would search for the pink lady slipper, the official Min- nesota state flower. Lady slippers grew deep in the swamp across the fence on the north at the end of our last forty acres, but on some- one else's farm. A few yellow lady slippers grew just outside of our driveway in June in a woodsy area along the road to the west, but they were small and ordinary-looking next to the showy larger pink lady slip- per and the pink lady slippers were what we went in search of that hot July day. We stood now at the fence, my sister and I. I had an earthen-ware jug of water wrapped in wet burlap and Peggy had a couple of sand- wiches. I looked at the sun directly overhead. The sky was clear blue with no clouds. "As long as the sun keeps shining we won't get lost," I said. "See," I said. "I'm facing the fence. West is on my left, east is on my right, and north is right ahead and south is at my back." I pointed to the west. "As the sun slips past noon that direction would always be west." "Let's go," I said. "We just have to watch the sun." We held the barbed wire for each other and crawled through the fence. A, few feet into the tall grass and the nettles were stinging our arms with ugly red welts as we brushed past. The mosquitoes were flying up from the weeds to sink their hungry little stingers into our backs. Some kind of little gnat or fly were buzzing in swarms around our heads getting in our eyes and mouths. "Stay close behind, me." I motioned Peggy back. "You don't want to get lost." We went straight north parting the grass to make a path, swatting and slapping at mosquitoes. It was wet and soggy and bumpy under- foot. I was glad I wore my shoes. From time to time we veered off to the left or right when we saw a flash of color we thought might be the pink lady slippers. I kept my eye on the sun and we always came back to our north- ward trail. "We'll just turn around and go back the way we came when we're ready to go home," I said. "The sun will be on our right." Then the sky began to darken and the clouds rolled in covering the sun and a light rain began to fall. It was hard to see and I itched all over from insect bites and con- tact with the stinging nettles. We wandered on for awhile until we were out of the swamp and in a thick woods. I finally had to admit I no longer knew which way was north. I tried to go back the way We had come, but now we were so hopelessly turned around that we were going in circles. Peggy said, "You got us lost!" I said, "Shut up!" We sat down under a tree and ate our sandwiches and drank some water out of the jug. "I'm sure tired of carrying this jug," I said. "It's heavy." "Throw it away and Daddy'll get you." Smartie Peggy said. "That's the jug he uses in the fields." Her voice sounded like she was going to cry. "Don't you dare cry," I said, standing up and picking up the jug. "i'll get us out of this." I looked around. "The sky is lighter in that direction, like the rain is clearing up. We're going that way until we come out at a road or a pond or someone's farm." We went only a little way when Peggy ran ahead, "I see a road." I looked at the overgrown ruts trailing deeper into the woods behind us. "This is an old logging trail," I said. "I've heard Daddy say there used to be an old saw mill in these woods." I began to run. "I know where we are," I said. "The road is right over that way." And we ran toward the bright sky and came out on a road about two miles from home. We were hungry, full of insect bites and red welts from nettles, but we were safe. "This jug doesn't seem so heavy now," I said as we walked home. Tuesday, June 23 - come spend "An Evening with Bill Morgan." Renowned St. Cloud Times colum- nist, author, St. Cloud State profes- sor and unique historian Bill Mar- share. Join us at 7 p.m. In Kimball's historic City Hall, then you'll hear the whole story he brings for your promised enjoyment. Fellowship and refreshments are included fol- lowing this cost-flee experience. Hope to see you there. Saturday, June 27 - Fairhaven's "Old Settlers" event including our history booth display. Come see. Aug. 7, 8, 9 "Kimball Days" festi- val is celebrated. Make plans now to enjoy a "stay-cation" closer than distant destinations, this year. Special events are already under- way by every organization and area business to surprise you with best ever 2009 festival, includ- ing the Kimball Area Historical Society's Supper-In-The-Park and Exhibit, besides member Audrey White's sidewalk-coffee-nook. September, October, Novem- ber historical Society's special fall events to be announced. Keep watching this column for details. Thank you foryour renewed or new membership. If you forgot, we look forward to counting you on- board again with 2009 member- ship, one of the affordable ways to strengthen Kimball and this soci- ety. Thank you. Restoration continues Phase 5 indoors: 2009-2010 restoring historic city hall. If you haven't already don so, please make your gift or pledge soon for Phase 5. Remember, whatever the size of donations, it will be tax deductible and your money doubled! Pledges count towards the matching grant, but need not be paid until 2010. We sincerely hope that you will con- sider helping preserve this visi- ble part of Kimball history. Donor plaques provided. For information and responses to all the abode, please contact the Kimball Arem Historical Society at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353 or phone (320) 398-5743 or 398-5250. "Through the Corridors of Time" Kimball Public Library Library Hours Monday 3-6 Wednesday 10-1 3-6 Thursday 1-8 Friday 10 - 1 3-6 Saturday 9-12 5 Main Street North, Kimball, MN 55353 320-398-3915 * ww~v.griver.org Respect. 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