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Your Hometown News h,d,laihlh,,,lill.llllllal.l,.ll,l,,dlHlq,hdMdi, ........... MIXED ADC 50902 12/31/2013 S3 P2 __ SMALLTOWN PAPERS. INC_/ 217WCOTAST 'l I ) SHELTON WA 98584-2263 L,J, v ::; , : 146 ql TY WS Serving Eden Valley, Kimball, Watkins and surroundin9 commztnities. Volume 66, Issue 40 Donnay smashes sc] ]o()1 record Thursday November 7, 2013 Inside this week: 2013 Veterans Day pro- grams, page 2. Obituaries: Vern Jensen (81) of Litchfield, and Clem- ence Wimmer (81) also of Litchfield, page 4. . Eden Valley Library art show instructions, page 4. Fall leaf clean-up, page 5. Memories of the Pearl Lake Fish Fry, page 6. Hilltop residents enjoy quilting, farm tour, page 7. Winter sports preview, page 8, .... ;-all. Schools kind- ness, courage retreats, page9. KES Grandparents Day, page 10. EV-W Halloween parade, page 11. EV-W and Kimball teach- ers, support staff honored, page 13. Kingston Legion meeting, page 14. Weather column, page 15 * Crime blotters, page 16. "In BrieF" u 00ted on the back page. See also the Commtmity Calend on page 18. llll llll I I lii  Index Opinion .................. 2 Church & Obits ........... 4 Local History ............. 6 Schools/Sports ........ 8-13 Legals, Crime Blotters..1647 Calendar ................ 18 Classifieds .............. 19 Newsstand Price: i Illill ill i Hi liili i!lii!illill 8 10499 0 0 9 2 at state meet Pat Garry I i Writer Central Minnesota Conference Class-A Cross Country Cham- pion Emily Donnay raced Satur- day, Nov. 2, in the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet at Northfield's St. Olaf College facility. Snapping the 4-kilometer run finish line with a time of 15:14.1, Emily fin- ished in a most impressive 10th place, shattering the school record by more than one minute. Emi Trost, a Cannon Falls senior, cap- tured first place, with a 14:40.3; St. Paul Academy & Summit's Mary Naas was second with a time of 14:50.5; and Becca Wilkin of Trinity took third place with a time of 14:52.3. The admirable showing at state caps off a superior season for Donnay, whose 10th-place state ranking was certainly no fluke. Her top four finishes in eight out- ings this year are unprecedented and it's obvious that she will only improve. Keep running, Emily! Emily Donnay was cool and confident just after completing her 4k (nearly 2.5 miles) run. Asst. Coach Terry Nelson said Emily's time of 15:14 is the "best any EV-W-K kid has ever run." TCN photo by Karla Ehfinger (see more on page 20). The official school record is 16:22, held by Lisa Lyrek. Last year's outstanding runner, Rae- lynn Callander, came in 105th in the state with a 16:22 time, tying that record. Donnay's time is more than a minute'off the school record. Gwen Rosha Anderson MMikePNistrre Lumps Staff Writer KAHS graduate to speak about her book, surviving breast cancer By Mike Nistler, Staff writer The surprise Gwen Rosha Anderson received on her 28th birthday - July 8, 2008 - was not anything she ever wanted. It was on that day five years ago that Anderson got word that she had a lump on her breast that was not a cyst, and a biopsy was required. The next day she heard the words "Gwen, it's cancer." She would learn soon that she was diagnosed with stage lb infiltrat- ing ductal carcinoma. Now, five years later, Ander- son has written a book entitled My Three Lumps, about that expe- rience and the trauma she went through. She will speak about the book and that eventful period of her life at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Kimball Public Library. Anderson, who graduated from Kimball Area High School in 1998, is looking forward to sharing her message of survival with her hometown. The three lumps that Ander- son will speak about include not only the breast cancer that she has overcome but a life-shattering divorce as well. "As scary as cancer was, divorce hurt more," said Anderson, the daughter of James and Marcia Today Anderson said that, although she would not wish what she went through on anyone, she is glad she experienced the pain and was able to come out trium- phant. It has made her a better person, she said. "I used to despise the color pink, especially pink ribbons as a reminder of what I've gone through," Anderson writes on her website. "I'm proud to now embrace both the color and the ribbons and use my story to help other people that are also affected by all that I've gone through- can- cer, separation, feeling as if the world is punishing you - but I'm also hoping that people connect to the love of your family and friends, and the thought of knowing that things do indeed get so much better." Before her cancer, Anderson was super organized and worried about the smallest details. Today she has a much healthier attitude and outlook on life. "Little things don't bug me any- more. They're not that big of deal." Anderson is remarried. She and her husband Kern have a 3-year- old daughter, Estella Magda. Anderson did not think she would ever find true love "after going through divorce and cancer. I felt tainted," she said of her breast reconstruction, her medical his- tory, and the emotional scars left by the divorce. "I can't imagine life without them. My past didn't scare (Kern) off." Anderson has spoken a hand- ful of times to groups about he[ book. And, even though she is not a public speaker, she enjoys meet- ing people who she might be able to offer some inspiration. "I'm meeting more people who have been affected by cancer," said Anderson, now an elementary school teacher in Cold Spring. "I like to tell them that things will get better in their lives." "Speaking in Kimball, where I'm from, is special. I'm excited about being able to go back. I'm not the same person I was in high school," said Anderson, who in high  school participated in the Knowledge Bowl, was a cheer- leader, and was voted Teacher's Pet. Gwen Anderson/To apge/5/5 'New' E.V. Postmaster Jean Doran Matua Editor LaRae Asfeld was officially named Postmaster of the Eden Valley Post Office, as of Sept. 7. Asfeld has been OIC (Offi- cer In Charge) at the Eden Valley Post Office since August last year. She was honored in late 2012 by the USPS, being selected as one of four in the country invited to Washington, D.C., to meet with the Postmaster General. She has been at the Eden Valley Post Office since 2004. Last fall the Eden Valley Post Office was reduced to six hours a day of operation, a move designed to cut expenses but spare the Post Office. The Post Office, and Asfeld, come under the super- vision of Watkins Postmaster ranice Sheets. "I'm just really glad to be here," said Asfeld. "Love the people; love the town." LaRae Asfeld is now officially the Post- master of the Eden Valley Post Office. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Take control of holiday spending What are your holiday shop- ping plans this year? American retail holiday spending totaled about $580 billion in 2012, accord- ing to the National Retail Founda- tion, up 3 percent from the pre- vious year. This is clearly a time of year when people dig deep into their pockets to pay for hol- iday gifts and celebrations, but that doesn't have to put a dent in your budget. The Minnesota Soci- ety ofCPAs (MNCPA) offers advice on how to make smart spending plans. Plan ahead Stores filled with glittering gift possibilities make it easy to give in to temptation and spend more than you intend. That's why it's important to set a budget before you hit the mall so that you have some spending guidelines. Determine how much you can Holiday spendingTo page 14 P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353 Tel./Fax (320) 398-5000 or 453-6397 news@tricountynews.MN