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L PI O'$:b 10 . dldl,,,l,,ll,l,,l11,,l,,ll,11.,? Thursday, July 16, 2009 ____ s Kimball, MN ing it up/painting it up. There was grant money to get it going, too. -racy and Don Zwilling, then members of the Kimball Jaycees, were the people tasked with com- munity improvement at the time. Jacobs explained that the idea was "to putforth the idea of a commu- nity that is welcoming, approach- able, and; um, pretty." He added, "Why they talked to me is a mys- tery." The disembodied forearms sweeping splashes of paint wasn't the artists original idea, though. What he envisioned was a big chicken, staring at an egg and a giant paintbrush carelessly drip- ping egg-tempera paint onto the egg. That didn't match the vision of man} on the mural committee, so Jacobs came up with a plan B: the hands. Fortunately, a visiting artist was at St. Cloud State University where Jacobs was studying; she had experience doing murals back in San Diego. She was able to help 'A .Farewell to Forearms' By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Twenty years ago this summer, Jon Jacobs was a young college student studying art. He was sur- prised to be approached and asked to create a mural in his hometown of Kimball. But he rose to the occasion, and created a colorful and interest- ing mural that lasted 20 years of baking sun and driving snows. In fact, some of the paint outlived the brick onto which it was laid those 20 summers ago. That wall is the south-fac- ing wall of the Soapbox Laundro- mat, and it is one of the first things greeting travelers from the south when they enter Kimball. The long expanse of wall had been barren for years. But it wasn't just a love of art that got the project going. In the summer of '89, the state of Minnesota started a, program, "Celebra[e Minnesota 1990." There was grant money for community "clean-up" projects.-And so was both the mural's theme of clean- Served every Wednesday, 5-7:30! On/y $7 7 Children 10 & under $3 bey. & tax Ballroom HWY 55, KIMBALL " 320"398-3965 Available r plrhratD parttR, banquets, graduagen parthw,, weddhzg Jacobs get started with the right paints, and other essential tips. First the wall had to be tuck- pointed and primed, then a 3-foot- to-3-inch grid laid out, and the design applied to the grid. "Occasionally a couple of kids did help," Jacobs said, "but I gener- ally did all the painting in the eve- ning when the sun was almost set. ... About a week or two later I was finished." Despite a twinge of sadness that his artistic work is being replaced, Jacobs waxes nostalgic. "The expe- rience leaves me with a good feel- ing that we did accomplish some- thing for this little town, despite the fact that chickens are nowhere to be seen. Most of the people who commented to me on this mural did suggest that it was good. And that leaves a good taste in my mouth." (Even if that taste is not that of chicken.) The famed "hands" on the south wall of the Soapbox Laundromat in Kimball have been painted over. Although current owner Mark Erickson hasn't finalized plans for the wall, he has repaired the broken brick and mortar, and painted it a light blue (see the photo below left). Most likely advertisements will be placed on the wall, and there may be a simpler mural background. Erickson hopes to have it completed in time for Kimball Days next month. Local news briefs: " SOB is expanding You may have noticed the windovs of what used to be Bella's Cof- fee Shop papered over. The rumors are true: Son of a Butcher Bar & Grill is going to expand into that space, although owner Matt Knaus is still tight-lipped about the details. Suffice it to say that we'll all see the results within the next several weeks. Diva's offers new services Not only has th e Diva's salon on Main Street expanded to include an Annandale office, but they've expanded the services they offer as well. Lottie from Chrysalis comes in regularly to apply permanent makeup and do cosmetic injections. She is available for free consultations. Caught on tape, then by police About a month ago, the Tri-CountyNews ran a photo taken from sur- veillance video at the oil dump next to A.M. Maus & Son. The video showed a white custom pickup dumping a barrel of used oil (and spill- ing most of it) before taking offquickly. We asked for help identifying the truck and/or driver, and several people reported seeing a truck match- ing the custom front and back ends of that truck. Sure enough, about two weeks later the Kimball Police stopped the truck. The oil spill (which was contained because ofthe quick thinking of emploY m Maus) had been an accident, and the driver panicked and left the scene. Kimball deer starts truck fire The Brainerd Dispatch Web site carried a dramatic photo of a semi trailer engulfed in flames. What was surprising is that the truck's driver claims he had hit a deer near Kimball in the early-morninghours of Fri- day, june 26. Unbeknownst to the driver, the carcass of the deer had become lodged in the rear axle of the trailer and the friction caused the trailer full of produce, mostly watermelons, to catch fire; The trailer was a total loss, but the truck itself was okay. Not so the deer. SWAT team descends on KAHS Last Thursday, June 9, it looked like Kimball Area High School had a police situation going on; the parking lot along Highway 55 was filled with cars belong to members of the Stearns County SWAT team. The team spent about five hours training in the building; only a few school staff were in the building. The SWAT team goal is to do similar drills in each school in Stearns County during the summer so that they are acquainted TCN gets Web site re-do The Tri-County News has been on-line for nearly 10 years, but a re- design was long overdue. 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