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Pa00e 20 Local getaways A Maze&apos;n Farmyard Eden Valley, (320) 453-6901; hours Man-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6 Visit the educational hayloft to learn about animals and different aspects of farming. A Maze'n Farmyard features Minnesota's largest permanent maze, a mini-golf course, and so much more. Located just 3 1/2 miles west of Eden Valley on Hwy. 55. <www.amazenfarmyard. cam> Annandale Americlnn Pool COI]ILIi] Thursday, July 16, 2009 ty Tri-Coun News Kimball, MN n r]i _AI " - ....... low Creek Park in Kimball; Arts in Co Annandate, (320) 274-3006 Stay a night or swim for the day. Cool off this sumer by tak, ing a dip in our indoor swimming pool. Only $4 for an all-day pass, just don t forget to bring your own towels. Located just down the road on Hwy. 55 in Annandale. El Rancho Mafiana Richmond, (320) 597-2740 E1 Rancho Mafiana is home to two bluegrass festivals each year, including the largest and most respected bluegrass event in the Upper Midwest, hosted by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Asso- ciation. E1 Rancho Mafiana is also the perfect place for your family to camp. Every weekend, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, there are planned activities for the whole family, including special themed week- ends, and crafts for the kids. <www.camperm.com> Forest City Stockade Forest City; third weekend in August, and first Saturday in December The Forest City Stockade is a reminder of how life was back in 1862. You can tour their historic buildings, with more under construc- 1ion each year. The Stockade hosts two family-friendly events each year where you can step back in time and enjoy friendly people, deli- cious food, and many pioneer activities, right in your backyard. <WWW. forestcitystockade, org> MiUner Heritage Winery KimbaU, (320) 398-2081; hours Thurs 11-7, F-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-6 Take a day to visit this new, European-style winery offering riding tours of the vineyard, winery tours, and wine tasting. Wine sales by the bottle, plus a gift shop. Nine-acre panoramic courtyard view of grape- producing vines. Stop by during their Grand Opening July 17-19 with daily entertainment? Brand new in the Kimball area and located just 7 miles south of Kimball or 8 miles north of Dassel on MN State Hwy. 15. <Www.millnerheritage.com> Minnesota Pioneer Park Annandate, (320) 274-9612; hours Tues-Fri I0-4, Sat-Sun 11-4 A visit to Minnesota Pioneer Park is a step back in history to the daily life of a pioneer settler. You will ]earn about their life, customs, and culture as you tour their many historic buildings and view interest- ing and rare artifacts. Better yet, make a point of attending one of many summer events which provide a flavor of our pioneer history. <www. pioneerpark.org> Munsinger-Clemens Gardens St. Cloud; open from spring to fall, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit this truly uflique garden located so close to home. Have a pic- nic, shop in the gift shop, or enjoy one of our many events scheduled throughout the summer. Conveniently located on the Mississippi River in downtown St. Cloud. Find out more and get directions at <www. munsingerclemens.com>. The Quarry Waite Park; hours 8 a.m. to 112 hour before sunset This 643-acre regional, county-owned park is located along County Road 137 and 7th Street South. The park features oak woodlands, oak forest, wet meadow, wet prairie, bluff lands, rock outcroppings, and granite quarries. Plant life includes everything from oaks and aspens to yellow ladyslippers, Indian paintbrush,prickly pear cactus, and the tubercled rein orchid: There is a small fee for admission. Check <www. waitepark.org> for events schedule. Stearns History Museum St. Cloud, (320) 253-8424; hours/Vlon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 A visit to the Stearns History Museum makes a perfect family after- noon activity. With two floors of.exhibits, a research center, museum store, and a children s playroom, there is something for everyone in the family. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful summer weather on the grounds of the museum. Walk four miles of nature trails and enjoy the woods, prairie and ponds of Heritage Park. <www. stearns-museum.org> Willow Creek Park Kimball; open dayUght hours, 365 days a year Visit Kimball s hidden secret. Willow Creek Park is a multi-use park on the south end of Kimball. It is bordered by Highway 15 on the west, Canadian Pacific railroad to tbe north, and Willow Creek and Maine Prairie Township to the east and south. This 22.5-acre park offers walk- ing and biking trails, rentable park shelters, lighted hockey rink/volley' ball pit, horseshoe pits, children s playground, and picnic area. Kimball is one of only six Minnesota cities with a-trout stream (Willow Creek) flowing through it. < www.cityoJ7cimballmn.org> County fairs County fairs offer a world of free and inexpensive family fun. Midway rides, agricultural and crafts exhibits and judging, music and entertainment, food and drink, and daily specials (check each Web site for directions and the latest information.) Meeker County Fair: July 30-Aug. 2 Litchfield, (320) 593-FAIR; <www.co.meeker.mn.us> $4 gate admission ($2 for children 7-12, free for age 6 and younger) or $12 for season pass, for all four days and nights of the fair; lifetime passes for senior citizens are free at age 70. Demolition derby and truck pull; compete in the Treasure Hunt or amateur talent contest, and lots more. Stearns County Fair: July 29-Aug. 2 Sauk Centre, (320) 352-2482; <www'stearnscunty[air'cm> Flight simulator, Lego robotics, Saturday rocket launch, and more. (Web site not updated as of press time.) Wright County Fair: Aug. 12-16 Howard Lake, (320) 543-3119; <www.wrightcounty[oir.com> $5 gate admission ($2 students 13-17, free for age 12 and younger); $15 season pass; plus $3 parking. Demo derby, combine demo, new sports- man s comolex, and more. Saturday, July 18, Kimball Wres- tling Booster Golf Tournament; see ad on 8. Saturday, July 19, 3-7 p.m., Homemade ice cream social at Ostmark Lutheran Church in rural Watkins; see their ad on page 3. Sunday, July 26, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Wendelin's Parish Bazaar; all-you-can-eat chicken & ham dinner, games, BINGO, quilt auc- tion at 3 p.m., raffle at 5:30 p.m.; 2 bands. Watch for ad next week? Saturday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Kimball United Methodist Church pie & ice cream in the park (during Kimball Days). E&catiort I Wednesday, July 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sunshine Storyhour at Kim- ball Library, for ages 3-7; free. Friday, July 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m., "Let go of my LEGO" at Kimball Library; for ages 7-12 (limit of 12). Friday, July 24, KAHS Class of 1979 30th reunion at Great Blue Heron in Cold Spring; (320) 558- 6961 or 259-8212. Saturday, July 25, E.V. Class of 1964 45th class reunion; contact Bob Weiber (218) 924-4118, David DeMorett (218) 825-1900, or May- nard and Margie Theis (320) 693- 8773. Government Wednesday, Iuly 15, 6:30 p.m., Kimball School Board meeting, KAHS northwest entrance; (320) 398-5595. Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m., Clearwater River Watershed Dis- trict Board of Managers Work Ses- sion, Kimball City Hall. Monday, July 20, 7 p.m., Kim- ball City Council meeting CAN- CELLED. (320) 398-2725 Thursday, July 30, 7:'30 p.m., Maine Prairie Township Compre- hensive Growth meeting, at Kim- ball Area Fire Hall; (320) 398-2905., Monday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m., Kimball City Council meeting, Kimball City Hall. (320) 398-2725. Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Wat- kins City Council, at Watkins City Hall. Thursday-Saturday,. July 16-18, 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 19, 2 p.m., KCP production of Camelot at KAHS Cafetorium; see ad on page 10. Thursday-Sunday, July 16-19, Richmond River Lake Days. Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, Grand opening at Millner Heritage Winery (Hwy. 15, 7 miles south of Kimball). (See their ad on page 3) Monday, July 20, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Lions. Thursday-Saturday, July 23-24, Cold Spring Hometown Pride Fes- tival. Saturday, July 25, South Haven Day. Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m., Old Time and Old Friends Reunion at Willow Creek Park in Kimball; lunch at noon; everyone is wel- come! Wednesday, July 29, Blood- mobile in Watkins; call for more information and appointments: Betty at (320) 7649163, Theresia at 764-7251, or Doris at 764-5839. Bring an ID. Thursday, July 30, 4-7:30 p.m., Hilltop Care Center 30th anniver- sary celebration (see ad page 2). Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 1-2, Watkins Kraut 'n' Wurst Festival: Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. Monday-Friday, Aug. 3 -7, noon-5 p.m., Lifeguard training course at the Watkins Pool; $125 cost; reg- ister at City Hall, (320) 764-6400. (See notice on page 19.) Tuesday, Aug. 4, Kimball cele- brates National NightOut, at Wil- #so heTou00d # tricouqly Kimball Area Emergency Food Shelfa_.. Inc. st. Anne's Church in Kimball [ i0-: io;;i00 ...... 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. the Park, karaoke, food, and more. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Kim- ball Legion Auxiliary; 8 p.m., Legion meets. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p:m., Wat- kins Legion. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 6-9, MinnesotaBluegrass and Old-Time Festival at E1 Rancho Mafiana. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 7-8, Clearwater festival. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 7-9, Kim- ball Days: Friday Little Miss Kim- ball coronation; Saturday games and more in the park, street dance; Sunday parade; tournaments, food, and fun throughout. Saturday, Aug. 8, 23rd annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run; route includes stops in Grove City, Litchfield, Kingston and Buffalo. Saturday, Aug. 15, Maple Lake Days of Old. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 15-16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Community open house at the new St. John's Lutheran Church (see insert in this paper, and story on page 7.) Monday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Lions. Sunday, Aug. 23, Dedication ser- vice at the new St. John's Lutheran Church. Sunday, Aug. 23, Annandale Fiddlers Festival. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Legion Auxiliary; 8 p.m., Legion meets. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., Wat- kins Legion. Saturday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Meeker Cooperative cus- tomer appreciation day at Nelson Farm in Litchfield. You'll find a convenient form on page 16I r l l l i l i i m l l l i I I l-Cou" nty News I in Always something to read... ! Tri-County NewsSubscfiption Form: Ci NEW ame: Telephone: I iddress/City/State/Zip: ] lvlethod of payment:  Cheekenclosed or  Please charge $__ to ray: 1 VISA  MC :l | i I:ard number! _ - - - exp. date: I___ | l Signature Kinlball " P.O. Box 220, MN 55353-0220 Tel/Fax (320) 398-5ooo It_ u, ,i, ,B ,m m, m m, m,, ,m ,, -,- J