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t Monday, Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m., KAHS Fall Sports meeting for grades 7-12; see story on page7. Saturday, Aug. 11, Kimball All- School Reunion at KAHS; advance tickets for dinner required. Monday, Aug. 13,. Kimball fall sports begin practice. Monday, Aug. 13, Eden Valley firearms safety classes begin; see story on page 5. Saturday, Aug. 18, EV-W Class of 1977 reunion at Corner Bar in Eden Valley; Greg, (320) 250-4734. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 4-7 p.m., Kim- ball Elementary School open house. Government Monday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., South Haven City Council meeting, at S.H. Fire Hall. Monday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m., Fair Haven Township, at Town Hall. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m. Spe- cial meeting; 7 p.m. regular Kim- ball City Council meeting, at Kim- ball City Hall; (320) 398-2725. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Eden Valley City Council meeting, at E.V. City Hall. Tuesday, Aug. 7 (NOTE DATE CHANGE), 7 p.m., Maine Prai- rie Township meeting, at Kimball Area Fire Hall. Wednesday, Aug. 8 (NOTE DATE CHANGE), 7 p.m., Eden Val- ley council meeting, E.V. City Hall. (320) 453-5251. Thursday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Wat- kins City Council meeting, at Wat- kins City Hall. Monday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Wat- kins Economic Development. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, Pri- mary Election Day. Community Calondar Thursday, August 2, 2012 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Wednesday, Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m., Spa- ghetti supper at Kimball United Methodist Church, Hwy. 55. Sug- gested donation $2 per person. Saturday, Aug. 4, 7 a.m., 5K Run/Walk and Kid Fun Run to benefit Jenny Klein; in Brandon, Minn.; see story on page 6. Saturday, Aug. 4, Meeker County 4-H Blue Ribbon Dairy Cattle Auction, at Meeker Co. Fair- grounds. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Kimball National Night Out, at Kimball Area Fire Hall; to benefit Dennis & Sara Beck family; see ad on page 3. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 5-7 p.m., 3rd annual Corn in the Park corn roast (and sandwiches), at Fairhaven Park; sponsored by Fairhaven Lions; see ad on page 3. Friday, Aug. 10, 5-8 p.m., Kim- ball Historical Society's supper in the park, at Willow Creek Park. Saturday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-noon, "Many Gifts One Spirit," clothing and more giveaway. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper at Kimball United Methodist Church, Hwy. 55. Sug- gested donation $2 per person. Sunday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m., Healthy Strides 5K Walk/Run and Kids 1K, in Paynesville; register at www. Sponsored by the Paynesville Area Health Care Sys- tem, a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Assoc.; see ad on page 8. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 3-7 p.m. (during KAHS open house), Dodge test drive benefit for Kimball All- Sports Booster Club; see ad on page 24. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper at Kimball United Methodist Church. Your complete source for local news in your community. Renew by mail (RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353) or on-line at www.TriCountyNews.MN FREE 2-month trial (new sub's only) __ FREE active military subscription one-year Minnesota subscription, $36 one-year out-of-state subscription, $46 SENIOR* Minnesota subscription, $26 __ SENIOR* out-of-state subscription, $36 (* Seniors are 62 and older) (3-, 6- and 9-month subscriptions are available; ask us!) (320) 398-5000,70 S Main St., Kimball, www.TriCountyNews.MN I Name: State: Zip: i 1Mailing address: iCity: 1Telephone: ILl 1 1 1 m m m m m m 1 m Wednesday, Aug. 1, 12-6 p.m., Red Cross Bloodmobile at Kimball Area High School cafetorium. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 2-5, Meeker County Fair; contact Judy Barka, (320) 693-3582. See ad on page 4. Friday, Aug. 3, Little Miss Wat- kins pageant. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 3-4, Wat- kins Kraut 'N Wurst festival. See ad on page 13 for full list of activ- ities. Saturday, Aug. 4, 10-11 a.m., "The Spirit Sings" music program at Kimball Public Library; see story on page 6. Aug. 3-19, Quilt " Minnesota Shop Hop; Gone to Pieces Quillt Shop in Kimball is the local con- tact point. Saturday, Aug. 4, 8 a.m., Kraut 'N Wurst 5K run, from Flash's Gas in Watkins; see story on page 13. Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m., Dis- trict 8 Holstein Show at Benton County Fairgrounds in Sauk Rap- ids. Monday, Aug. 6, 3-6 p.m., Lux- emburg Farmers Market, in St. Wen- delin's parking lot; (320) 654-9321. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m., Wat- kins Legion membership dinner; see story on page 3. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 9-12, 33rd annual Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival at E1 Ran- cho Mafiana (Richmond); see ad on page 11 for details. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12, Kim- ball Days. (See ad on page 11.) Saturday, Aug. 11, New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run will pass through Kingston. Pork sandwich and sweet corn dinner (by Kingston Lions) is served from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; special guest is Wally Pikal and his trumpets. See ad on page 3. Saturday, Aug. 11, Kimball All- School Reunion, at Kimball Area High School; reservations required; doors open at 2 p.m., dinner at 5p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 3-6 p.m., Lux- emburg Farmers Market, in St. Wen- delin's parking lot; (320) 654-9321. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1-3 p.m., Clean-up day at Eden Valley Public Works Building. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-19, Wat- kins Softball Association Men's Softball Tournament. Monday, Aug. 20, 3-6 p.m., Lux- emburg Farmers Market, in St. Wen- delin's parkinglot; (320) 654-9321. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Red Cross Bloodmobile in Eden Valley; watch for details here. Saturday, Aug. 25, Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Camp Ripley; see story on page 6. Sunday, Aug. 26, St. Anthony's Parish Festival in Watkins. Monday, Aug. 27, 3-6 p.m., Lux- emburg Farmers Market, in St. Wen- delin's parking lot; (320) 654-9321. Sunday, Sept. 16, St. Anne's Par- ish Festival in Kimball. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Kim- ball Area Historical Society meet- ing and program, at Kimball City Hall; Bill Morgan presents "Orphan Train." (Survivors, or family of sur- vivors, are especially welcome.) I Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Kingston Johnson-Kelly Ameri- can Legion Post #483 and Auxil- I iary'meeting. Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:30 p.m., I Kimball Area Historical Society Board meeting; at Kimball City I Hall. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Kimball 1 Area Historical Society meeting and program, at Kimball City Hall. ,a CRP hishly erodible land initiative Farm Service Agency announces continuous sign-up for CRP highly erodible land initiative USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Linda Hennen for Minnesota, announced that continuous sign- up for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative (HELI) under the Con- servation Reserve Program (CRP) started July 23, 2012. Minnesota received a total allocation of 11,200 acres to enroll in the HELI CRP program. Offers will be accepted until either the state acreage allo- cation limit is reached or Sept. 30, 20"12, whichever occurs first. "CRP is a voluntary program that has protected environmen- tally sensitive land for more than 25 years," said Hennen. "This ini- tiative will accept offers with an erosion rate of at least 20 tons per acre per year for new cropland or CRP acres that expire on Sept. 30, 2012; however, existing grass stands that are not considered expiring CRP will not be consid- ered eligible," she said. Producers can stop by the local USDA FSA Service Center to deter- mine if their land qualifies for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative and to receive additional location- specific details. Landowners enrolled in CRP receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to estab- lish long-term, resource conserv- ing covers on eligible farmland. Incentive payments are not autho- rized under this initiative. New land contracts approved during this continuous sign-up initiative will become effective the first day of the month follow- ing the month of approval and are valid for 10 years. CRP contracts set to expire on Sept. 30, 2012, may be offered for consideration and approved con- tracts will become effective Oct. 1, 2012, and are also valid for 10 years. Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA service center or visit FSA's website at, for addi- tional information regarding CRP. Raybon Et Stephenson at MBOTMA Marry Raybon has produced a remarkable list of musical career accomplishments including: mul- tiple number one singles; top sell- ing albums; CMA, ACM, IBMA and Grammy awards; along with scores of other accolades. Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed literally thou- sands of live concerts around the globe. He is best known for his role as lead singer of the country band Shenandoah and for his award- winning performance on "Butter- fly Kisses." Marty Raybon, along with his band Full Circle, will be just one of the featured performers at the 2012 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival Aug. 9-12, at El Rancho Mafiana near Rich- mond. Highly regarded as one of blue- grass music's finest high lead and tenor vocalists, Larry Stephen- son has been a bluegrass head- liner for more than 20 years. He credits the rich music scene of Vir- ginia for much of his musical suc- cess, having seen and heard the first generation bluegrass per- formers at festivals, shows, and on the radio. Since moving to Nash- ville In 1992, the Larry Stephen- son Band has toured widely and recorded frequently, nurturing its own sound based on Larry's crys- tal clear, easily recognizable tenor voice, and provided a musical home for some of the finest side- men in contemporary bluegrass history. Many appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and RFD TV have made The Larry Stephenson Band a fan favorite all across the U.S. 'and Canada. He is also a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame and the Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Both of these highly respected musicians will be featured at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, and even though they have never met previously, they will be getting together on Saturday afternoon on the festi- val's showcase stage for what is being billed as "Together Again For The First Time: Marty Ray- bon & Larry Stephenson." Marty will bring his guitar and booming baritone voice and Larry will con- tribute his mandolin and soaring tenor vocals. They will share this intimate stage for an impromptu jam session which could turn out to be one of those once in a life- time events not to be missed. In addition, Larry Stephenson will be featured with three main stage performances on Friday night and Saturday, and Marty Raybon with two main stage performances on Saturday afternoon and evening. The Showcase Tent is just one of several side venues at the MBOTMA Festival, and it features daytime collaborations like the Raybon/Stephenson event, as well as nightly dances with old-time, Cajun, and honky-tonk bands. There will also be more than 20 workshops in the Workshop Area, a glimpse of the up and com- ing on the Young Talent Stage, children's activities with music, contests, crafts and games in the Family Area, 30 food and mer- chant vendors in the Marketplace, and another 20 groups providing more than 30 hours of.concerts on the Main Stage. The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Fes- tival is the largest event of its kind in the Upper Midwest, attracting some 5,000 guests each year, and has been nominated three times as "Event of the Year" by the IBMA in Nashville (2005, 2007, & 2010). tt takes place annually on the sec- ond weekend of August at Minne- sota's largest campground, E1 Ran- cho Mafiana in Stearns County (20 mi W of St Cloud, 1-94 exit #153 at Avon, 9 mi S on County 9, left on Mafiana Rd). Festival goers can attend for a day, evening, after- noon, or camp on the grounds all four days and the week prior too. More information about the fes- tival, including detailed sched- ules of all the various stage areas, is available at www.Minnesota, or by calling (800) 635-3037. www. trico u ntyn e ws. MN