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PAGE 6 November 3, 2016 ......... ......... . .... Linden Grove Veteran Apartments open for residents Construction of the Linden for 100 percent of the occupants to and disciplines in the community Grove Veteran Apartments, an be veterans, in which they live. affordable, permanent support- Overall, it is the goal of the proj- As an affordable housing com- ive housing community with pri- ect to assist veterans to achieve munity, residents need to meet ority placement for homeless or at greater social and economic inde- income, rent, screening criteria risk of homelessness veterans, is pendence through quality, stable and other qualifications. Persons complete and apartments are now housing and comprehensive sup- interested in renting an apart- available for occupancy, port services, ment can contact Sand Property Linden Grove Veteran The target households for the Management, LLC at (320) Apartments features fully fur- community are homeless veter- 258-3400. nished, spacious studio, 1 and ans and veterans at risk of home- Linden Grove Veteran 2 bedroom apartment homes lessness. It is available to single Apartments is a public-private located at 4105 12th Avenue North adults in an alcohol-free environ- partnership between VA and the in St. Cloud, Minn. The commu- ment. It offers on-site referral sup- lead developer, Sand Companies, nity includes a community room port for a broad spectrum of ser- Inc., of Waite Park, Minn., using with kitchenette, TV lounge area vices, including job search assis- VA's Enhanced Use Lease program. and computer center, on-site laun- tance and computer skills train- A grand opening celebration dry and supportive services pro- ing, while providing veterans is planned for Dec. 14, from 2 to vided by Minnesota Assistance close proximity to health care ser- 5 p.m. with a formal ceremony at Council for Veterans (MACV). vices. This approach grants the 3 p.m. Veterans have priority placement resident veterans access to a wide at the community and the goal is variety of programs, specialties Kimball Legion Auxiliary attend Fall Conference Several members of the a six-passenger golf cart for the various programs. American legion Auxiliary Unit St. Cloud VAMC. Any donations Others addressing the con- 261 of Kimball attended the 84th over and above will be divided ference were Virginia Nelson, Annual Fall Conference held among the other VAMCs and vet- National Northwestern Division, in Marshall, Minn., hosted by eran's homes that Minnesota set- Vice President, Department of the Marshall American Legion vices. Carol's special project is to Nebraska. Family Post #13. The Auxiliary give pocket angels out to veterans, A silent auction was held on Conference was held at Southwest active military and their families. Friday to raise money for the State University Friday, Oct. 28. A A Leadership Conference was Auxiliary Emergency Fund. It took joint session with the American held Thursday evening prior to the in more than $4,300. Legion Family was held at the Red conference. Auxiliary members from Baron ArenaSaturday, Oct. 29. Throughout the conference, Kimball attending the confer- State President Carol Kottom the department charmen pre- ence were LuAnn Marschel, Renee was the presiding officer. Her sented their programs for this Berscheid, and DoriHamilton. department president's projects auxiliary year. "Just Ask" sessions Submitted by this year are for approximately gave the membership the oppor- First Vice President, $12,000 to go towards purchasing tunity to ask questions on the Dori Hamilton Career Fair scheduled at St. Cloud VA The St. Cloud VA is hosting a assist people with understanding Career Fair for nursing and din- the process. ical occupations from 9 a.m. to Pre-registration is not required. Noon, Saturday, Dec. 3, in Bldg. 8 Attendees are encouraged to bring (Auditorium), at the St. Cloud VA a copy of their resume or CV, and a Medical Center, located at 4801 laptop computer or tablet so they Veterans Drive, in St. Cloud. can set up an account in the elec- While there are openings in tronic hiring system during the many areas, the Career Fair is event. focused on the full range of nurs- Information on benefits, ing roles, advancements, pay scales, and the The Career Fair features an VA boarding process will be avail- introductory session designed to able at the Career Fair. educate applicants on the fed- VA careers offer salaries and eral hiring process, and Human comprehensive benefits compa- Resources staffwillbeavailableto rable to the private sector. But, VA has something that no other health care system does: the opportunity to serve veterans. As the largest health care system in the U.S., the career opportunities are endless, matched with the ful- fillment that comes with caring for these brave men and women. For more information on the Career Fair contact Mandi Loxterkamp at (320) 252-1670, Ext. 6571, or Elaine Eckstrom, at (320) 252-1670, Ext. 7276. A current list of job openings is available at Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 10-12 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Showtime Sunday, November 13, Matinee 12:00 p.m. Social, 1.'O0 p.m. Lunch 2:00 p.m. Showtime Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 17-18 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Showtime Sunday, November 19, Matinee 12:00 p.m. Social, 1..O0 p.m. Lunch 2:00 p.m. Showtime Meal Choices. Pork Medallions or Chicken Boursin. byTom ............. "Drinking Habits" overflows with wine, laughs and nuwsense. Fa oy a reat meal and entertaining play! Tickets: [ Gluten Free and vegetarian available upon request. 320 241-4682 or Dinner Theatre Tickets $38 !i| [ includes show, meal, gratuities. I [i This organization is funded in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central Minnesota::] i ........... ...................... Board.thanks toa eg s!afive appropr!a!ion from the a:dsana cu!tura!, heri: gefund: .............................. ::i, Candy combine (from page 1) Marlene and Tom Konz pose with the 1967 combine he only uses for parades; he scoops candy into the chute throughout each parade and the combine shoots the candy out to kids along the side of the street. Even their dog Winnie got in on the photo. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. it worked. No modifications are buy extra for the Watkins parade needed, although he did learn the Aug. 6. After the tornado hit town hard way to feed it slowly. His first three weeks earlier, he figured parade, he loaded a five-gallon they could use a little extra happi- pail of candy into the combine; it ness. (He was right.) dumped all at once onto one per- Boyd Huppert was in town son. Now he keeps a box of candy that day and spotted Tom's com- in back of the cab and uses a big bine in the parade; it's pretty hard measuring cup to scoop candy as not to notice it, weaving from one he goes along, side of the street to the other, with It's a little tricky, he admits, screaming kids rushing to col- steering the combine to get close lect the candy spewing out of the enough for the chute to dropchute. candy on people without endan- "He jumped up on the com- gering anyone. Sometimes hisbine," Tom said, "and started ask- wife Marlene accompanies him. ing me questions." They met up Tom and Marlene have been at the park after the parade, and married 32 years. Boyd and crew came to Tom's next They both attended Kimball parade, in Cold Spring Aug. 21. Area High School, two years apart, They spent three hours before and but they didn't know each other during the parade, and another then. Both came from families of two hours at the Konz home on the 14 kids, and each was number 9 in farm just south of Marty. Those the family, five hours were condensed into They grew up just across thethe two-minute story that aired on hill (Powder Ridge) from each KAREllTuesday, Aug. 18. other. Maflene's father was Tom's Lots of people watched it on the school bus driver. "Had I known 10 o'clock news that night, one of my bus driver was going to be my Huppert's "Land of 10,000 Stories" father-in-law, maybe I wouldn't series.Manymorenoticeditonline, have been such a troublemaker," including the Chairman and CEO Tom joked, of Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. After high school, Tom's Sure enough, Thursday, Aug. 27, brother and sister-in-law (Dan and a UPS truck rolled up the Konzes' Tammy Konz) tried to set up their long driveway with a box: 20 babysitter (Maflene's roommate) pounds of candy and aletter. with Tom. Nothing came of that. Ellen R. Gordon wrote: "It is A while later, Tom and Marlene always pleasing to see the unique met accidentally at a softball party and different ways in which our and it was pretty much love at first product is used. We must say that sight, yours has been one of the most They hosted a wedding with unique ways we have seen. We 400 guests on their farm last sum- came across an article featured on mer when eldest son Phil got mar- the website that talked about the ried. They're now expecting their way a Farmer uses his combine first grandchild in March. as a candy dispenser. We can only Their farm is "TMS Konz imaginethejoyandexcitementthe Farms" for Tom, Marlene and bystanders at the parades experi- Sons. Tom and sons Phil and Ben ence as your combine approaches farm 700 acres with about 450 and starts to spew sweet tasty head of Holstein steers. They buy treats." steer calves from about five neigh- The box contained a collection boring farmers, of all the various candies made Another son, Tim, is an electri- by Tootsie Roll, fresh off the fac- cian and doesn't farm. They own tory line. These weren't intended two farms and rent several others, for kids at a parade. Parade season Tom owns 22 tractors, all John is over for the year. These were a Deere green-of course. "He bleeds "thank you" to Tom, and this time green," Marlene added. She figures the sweet tasty treats were for him he got it from his dad who farmed to enjoy. their land before them. He bought The Konzes have received cards his first brand-new JD tractor just and comments as well, all positive. lastyear, and that made him pretty "At a time with so much bad happy she said. news going on," Tom said, "it's For each parade, Marlene buys kinda nice to have something nice about $130 worth of candy atfor achange." Sam's Club. This year, Tom had her Yes, Tom, it sure is.