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Your Hometown News 144 u,,l,,uHmq,dl,ll',HO,h,q'O,Ol,dh ,I,,hmldlnllll ........ MIXED ADC 50902 12/31/2013 $3 PI SMALLTCRNN PAPERS. INC. LPI7W COXA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 EV-W-K cross country squads sparkle, Donnay shines Pat Garry Writer Index .... : :active The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kmball cross- country teams competed at Pierz Golf Course Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the final gathering of the season, and captured a very respectable third- place finish. "Despite the rain, it was a very successful night with a lot of personal bests and good team placement. Emily Donnay is our only athlete with all-conference honors and ended up conference champ!" said Coach Holly Hansen. Ranked No. 10 in Class A cross country, Emily won the Central Minnesota Conference championship with a time of 15.56. Donnay's nine races this season have been impressive to say the least, as she fin- ished in the top four in eight of those out- ings. Donnaywon the Little Crow Invitational (15:01) and the Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball Invitational (16:36) in September. She took second in Albany Tuesday, Oct. 8, with a time of 15:59. Cross-country/To page 20 Emily Donnay (foreground, left) has had a stellar year in cross-country. The first-year runner is one member of a large team and they're all having a good season. Photo courtesy of Karla Ehlinger. Kimball Drive-In fed teens' appetite for food, friendship Memories are about all that's left of In their heyday during the it and other roadside restaurants Chuck Sterling Writer Before hamburgers and French .... fries were called fast food, and before McDonald's and Burger King signs dominated the land- scape, homegrown drive-in res- taurants sprouted along Ameri- ca's highways. 1950s and '60s they not only fed hungry travelers right in their cars, but also became gather- ing spots for teenagers who were declaring their independence behind the wheel of the family sedan or their own vehicle. One of those roadside rendez- vous was the Kimball Drive-In, a small red-and-white hamburger stand at the junction of State Highways 55 and 15 in the south- east corner of Stearns County Opinion .................. 2 Church & Obits ........... 4 Local History ............. 6 Schools/Sports ........ 9-12 Farm & Ag ............. 14-15 Legals, Crime Blotters ,.16-17 Calendar ................ 18 Classifieds .............. 19 south of St. Cloud. It lured crowds of young- sters with 15-cent hamburgers, helped spark at least one life-long romance and, 40 or so years after its demise, still inspires a few laughs and some warm memories. Depending on who's doing the remembering, the Kimball Drive- In thrived for as many as 20 sum- mers from the mid '50s to the mid '70s, But the best evidence, includ- ing land records, indicates it likely opened for business in 1960 and shut down sometime after 1972. "Back in those days there wasn't a lot for.the kids to do in the little town of Kimball," Joan Robinson Fuchs said as she recalled the drive-in's beginning. Her husband Larry Robin- son, his uncle, Jerry Robinson, Ivern Magnuson and Joan came up with the idea after doing a lot of brainstorming, she said. They founded Partner's Drive-In after buying the wooden building from a closed Cokato eatery and hav- ing it trucked the 20 or so miles to Kimball. They opened on the Memorial Day weekend and "didn't have a clue" how many hamburger buns they needed, said Fuchs, who's now 76, remarried after Larry Kimball Drive-InTo page 6 St. Cloud VA to host Celebration of Caregivers Taking care of the Veteran you love can be an incredibly demanding job. In the spirit of honoring those family caregiv- ers of our nation's heroes, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System will host a Celebration of Care- givers Event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Auditorium (Bldg. 8) on the St. Cloud VA Med- ical Center campus, located at 4801 Veterans Drive in St. Cloud. VA provides a number of ser- vices to support and educate caregivers of veterans. Attendees can learn about these services, Caregivers of veterans who were severely injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for additional VA services, including a stipend and comprehensive caregiver training. The event is hosted by Jess .Behrends, the St. Cloud Caregiver Support Coordinator (CSC), who acts as a point of resource and referral for caregivers of veterans. She can help caregivers access various services for their veterans within the VA. The VA has established a toll- ; n:::, :J:.:'-:-::::$; network with other caregivers free Caregiver Support Line (855) aa ei of veterans, and discover tips for 260-3274, and a website www. IIllll Ill I II IIIInlllllllllllll Fiftyyearsaftergoingtoworkasa carhopat the Kimball Drive-In, Rosalea Hoeft self-care,, to provide addi- :,: Illl,I I, ll, '11' Iq,,,,I II II now vaca.* w,e00e ,, once 00na00s00o* o, s program is free and light tional resources and support to 118 ................ !0  99., 0 204 9 ........... 2i. the building taken in the summer of 1963. Photo courtesy of Chuck Sterling. refreshments will be served, caregivers