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Rheba Holm, 89 Rheba Holm of Kimball died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was 89. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at the Kimball Church of Christ with Pastor Jon Albert officiat- ing and visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment was at the Kim- ball Cemetery. Rheba Mae Brown Hewitt Holm was born Sept. 6, 1921, in Kimball to Earl and Mary (VanNurden) Brown. She graduated from Kimball High School in 1939. She married Fill- more "Gabby" Hewitt Aug. 8, 1942; he preceded her in death Aug. 11, 1976. She married Delbert Holm lune 9, 1978, and he preceded her in death April 20, 2008. Rheba worked as a waitress for many years at variolus restaurants. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Kimball American Legion Post 261 Auxil- iary. She enjoyed crocheting, rug- making, playing bingo, and trips to the casino with her grandsons. Rheba was preceded in death by her husbands; sisters Wanda Gil- lis and Janice Fischer; brother Neal Brown; and step-son Donald Holm. She is survived by her two daughters Mary (and Garrett) Anfinson of Willmar, and Pam Kristi Merten, 35 Kristi Merten of Kimball died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, as a result of an automobile accident near Rockville. She was 35. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at St. John&apos;s Lutheran Church in Kim- ball with Rev. Dave Milz and Rev. David Strohschein officiating. Vis- itation was at the church 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday. There was a prayer service at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial followed the funeral service at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at Pearl Lake. Kristi Nicole Merten was born Feb. 28, 1975, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Howard and Terri (Buchholz) Bahn. She has lived in Kimball since 1976, graduating from Kim- ball Area High School in 1993. She married Steven Merten Oct. 23, 1993. She graduated from the Col- lege of St. Benedict with a Bache- lor of Science degree in Nursing. Since 1998, Kristi has worked at the St. Cloud Hospital, most recently in the Children's Center as a pedi- atric intensive-care nurse. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and she enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with her five children. Kristi was preceded in death by her grandfathers Herman Bahn and Herbert Buchholz. She is survived by her husband I Dingmann00 uneral Care ,'d] Butts! Bnd remlltlon ServiCes View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball (320) 398-5055 (and Todd) Fischer of Kimball; four grandchildren Shawn (and Monya) Kalkbrenner, Jeremy (and Stacy) Anfinson, Eric (and Kristi) Kalkbrenner, and Korin Anfin- son; two great-granddaughters Haley and Kendra Kalkbrenner; sister Betty Jean (and Merle) Pickle of Eden Prairie; brother Cal (and Luella) Brown of Palisade; step- children Barb (and Dave) Winter, Dennis Holm, Bey Peterson, Becky Rogers, Dan Holm, and Dean (and Sue) Holm; 21 step-grandchildren and 23 step-great-grandchildren. Arrangements were by Ding- mann Funeral Care of Kimball. Steve of Kimball; children Brooke, Luke, Rachel, Paige and Iackie, all at home; parents Howard and Terri Bahn of Kimball; sister Jeanni (and John) Foss and their chil- dren Annie, Sydney, Calvin and Simon of Baxter; brothers Ryan (and Jennifer) Bahn of Rockville, and Mark Bahn of St. Paul; grand- mothers Hazel Bahn of Wood Lake and Gerry Buchholz of Geneva, Ill.; and father- and mother-in-law Pete and Sandy Merten of Kimball. Pallbearers were Ray Ruehle, Butch and Cindy Stelten, Ieff and Becky Kastanek, John and Stella Hurrle. Music for the service was provided by Lori Rippentrop. Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Care of Kimball. Obituaries are posted and archived at www.tricountynews.M N Church Obit. yr&te Merten A tribute to Kristi from her nurse supervisor at St. Cloud Hospital Kristi started her nursing career at the St. Cloud Hospital in April 1998. She became part of the Childrens Center family in Sep- tember 2004. Here she became an outstanding Pediatric Inten- sive care nurse. Her love for chil- dren was evident every time she was at work. Her smile, art of talk- ing, and infectious laugh was a gift she gave, not only to the sick chil- dren she cared for, but their fam- ilies as well. She treated each of her patients as if they were her own. There was nothing Kristi wouldn't do for a family. She was a true professional in every sense of the word. She always strived for excellence and would not set- tle for anything less. "The chil- dren deserve it, someone has to be their voice," was Kristi's mantra. She also had a passion for pediat- ric sedation. She wanted to assure that the kids were cared for in a manner that was less threaten- ing. Krisri's gentle demeanor pro- vided a sense of calm and reassur- ance. Her compassion and ded- ication to the children she cared for will not be forgotten. Kristi has left her mark on this world. She had a positive outlook, was upbeat and always looked for the good in others. Kristi was not only an employee, and coworker. She was a dear friend. One that will truly be missed. Her life ended well before its time. There were so many things left to do. So many dreams left to achieve. Ah, but there were other plans for her. Ones yet for those of us left behind to under- stand. God speed my friend. May your heart find rest and your soul find peace. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten. "One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, how big my house was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world may be a little better, because I was important in the life of a child." -Forest E. Witcraft With greatest respect, Diane Diane Pelant RN, BSN, CCRN St. Cloud Hospital, Magnet Designation Children's Center, Clinical Director Thursday, October 28, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan Public Open House The Region 7W Development Commission is hosting a public open house to gather public input on the Minnesota Department of "llnsr- tation's future investment priorities for public transit in Greater Minnesota. The open house will include a presen- tation highlighting projected future need for transit services in Greater Minnesota, service hours required to meet projected need, and the cost to provide those service hour Empha- sis will be placed on investment pri- orities for providing service hours in future scenarios with both increased and decreased state and federal fund- ing for public wansit. This meeting is planned from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at Mn/ DOT St. Cloud Headquarters Con- ference Center located at 3725 12th St. N in St. Cloud. This location is accessible via the Metro Bus Pantown line. For more information, visit <www.>. Questions about this open house may be directed to Linda Gondringer at (651) 222-7227. Please visit the plan website for more information on this planning effort at < transittransit-plan>. Christian Women's Club meets Nov. 11 Are you a book lover, ever con- sidered trying your hand at writ- ing, or simply looking for a fun morning out with friends? Then you'll want to attend the "You Can Do It Too!" brunch held at Reichel's Event Center in Annan- dale at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Local author Christine Husom of Buffalo who has written "Murder in Winnebago County" in 2008, and "Buried in Wolf Lake" in 2009, will share about her just- released book and the joys of writ- ing. Guest speaker and singer Donna Clark, who is also an author, will share her journey from emo- tional exhaustion to emotional balance in her talk called "Riding Life's Roller Coaster." For reserva- tions call Betty at (320) 274-5395 or Vi at (320) 274-5179. A $1 per morn pre-school nursery is available by request. This event is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries. Move through life with energy and enthusiasm Learn light exercises for a life- time of mobility and movement from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at CentraCare Health Plaza. Phys- ical therapist Kris Lawrence from the St. Cloud Hospital Rehabili- tation Center will help you iden- tify early signs of bone and joint degeneration before they become a problem. For comfort, please wear loose clothing to the event. To register and for more infor- mation on this free event and other St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children's Center programming, please visit <www.centracare. corn>, or call (320) 229-5139. 'Bruce the Bug Guy' coming to Annandale Library All ages are invited to "Bug Out with Bruce the Bug Guy" at the Annandale branch of Great River Regional Library 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. If you missed Bruce last year, he's back with a unique, hands-on program featuring local and exotic bugs (insects and related arthro- pods) up close and personal. Dr. Bruce Giebink is an entomol- ogist and former Assistant Profes- KHS Class of 1965 45th reunion The KHS Class of 1965 is plan- ning a 45th class reunion at Triple R in Kimball Nov. 20. We are looking for addresses for the following people: Art Ashfel, Mary ]o DeLare, David Harapat, Karen Havisto, Paulette Marsh, Mona Wanhala, David Decker, Donna Ertl, Karen Hartley, Bill Johnson, David Vroman. If you know a contact or address for any of the above classmates please contact Bill Liedman, (320) 398-5523. sor at the University of Minnesota. His presentation of living and pre- served bugs includes the unusual and spectacular from around the world. The attendance limit is 30 and preregistration is required. For more information, contact the Annandale library at (320) 274- 8448. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Mor- rison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, pro- gramming and information ser- vices. I ................................................................................................................. i imenestO YOu rds: ....................................... | . .  3 meals per day & snacks | 00passtonate 00are sc.00u,00 exercise and activities |f'x ) ....... Church activities, I -,.,r Hospwe a Hespne ........................ ' including mass 3 times/mo. Care Available. Housekeeping/laundry services Medication services with LPN/RN services available 24 hours per day I00eHtage House of Kimball Assisted Living at its Finest I',I&V I l[:I ill | (:l*I:] iIl ! I--I :l*J |iil I]IPIJ]ii i For more information: Joye Quast, LPN/Manaoer or Kim Norgren, LPNIAsst. Manager (320)