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PAGE 14 November 17, 2016 www.tricountynews.mn Hilltop Health Care Center celebrated their 36th annual Veterans Day program Friday afternoon, Nov. 11. Gig Noonan (Mike and his wife Cindy) provided the music following the program. Each resident veteran was honored, and they posed for a group photo. The program was video recorded and will be available via Tri-County News on YouTube and Facebook soon. Staffphoto by Jean Doran Matua. Hilltop Health Care. Center in Watkins celebrated Veterans Day for the 36th year. They intro- duced their resident veterans before the music program began Friday afternoon, Nov. 11. "Gig Noonan," also known as Mike and Cindy Noonan, entertained with music following the presentation. Fr. Aaron Nett provided the invo- cation and blessing. Members ot the Watkins American Legion also were present. Individual veterans got up and shared their military experience with the audience of family and loved ones. Here are the resident veterans and their backgrounds. Art Asfeld was in the Army Reserve in 1965-66. He was sta- tioned at Fort Bliss, Tex., and at Fort Knox, Ky. Ken Bates (not in the photo at left) served in the Army Reserves from June 1955 to June 1958. He was on active duty for 18 months, stationed in Germany and then France. He was a medic on the ambulance crew. Ray Eveslage served in the Air ram In Kimball Mayor Tammy Konz served as emcee for the Veterans Day program Friday morning, Nov. 11, at the Kimball Area High School in front of the student body. Staffphoto byJayne Harff. By ]ayne Harff Mayor Tammy Konz presided over the Veterans Day program at Kimball Area High School at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Elementary students walked to the high school to attend the program with the students from the high school. KAHS Pep Band played "America, the Beautiful." Pastor Kevin White opened with a prayer and Keith Burfeind read a poem about the American flag from the flag's viewpoint. Joanne Hendricks and Cindy May from the Kimball Legion Auxiliary folded the flag as Renee Berscheid explained what each fold means. Tammy Konz shared a reading, "What Is A Vet?" Kaylee Hechtel, junior Auxiliary member, shared the history of Veterans Day, and was then pre- sented with the news that she will be attending the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. Cindy May shared the symbolism of the place setting and what each item represents on the POW/MIA table. The program then closed with a prayer from Pastor White. Kiphuth wins Patriot's Pen Competition The Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Auxiliary would like to congrat- ulate Kimball student Megan Jo Kiphuth for first place in the VFW Post Level Patriot's Pen Competition. Her essay contest theme "The America I Believe In" was forwarded to district level, and the Auxiliary wishes her luck. Thank you, Megan for par- ticipating and sharing your patriotism. For additional information on programs and scholarships, see our national website www. ufwauxiliary.org. For MN Soldier Scholarship, vfwamn@vfwamn. org. There is one for Eagle Scouts and for Marcella Arnold Nursing Scholarship. Call Julie Hilsgen at (320) 398-5230 if you need more information. Force during World War II, sta- tioned in England. Wilfred Flaschenriem served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, 1953-54. He did mechan- ical work in the artillery, and was a Corporal at the end of his service. Fr. Richard Gross was drafted into the H.S. Army and served from December 1952 to September 1954. He was in the 1st Cavalry 545th Military Police Unit sta- tioned in Chitosi, Japan. Gordon Nelson served in the Air Force during World War II. Millard Nelson was a Navy medic in the South Pacific during World War II, 1940-45. He also served in the Natiomal Guard for seven years. ]oe Nistler served in the Army for 38 years, 9 months, and 22 days; from 1951-89. He served in Korea for three years, and was in the Active Reserve. He was a full Colonel at the end of his service. Alphonse Struzyk (also not pic- tured) was a heavy weapons oper- ator in the Army from 1955-58. He served in Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. Merlin Stelton served in the Army from 1954-56 as a Specialist 2 in the motor pool. He was sta- tioned at Fort Benning, Ga. Marshall Werner served as a PFC in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in Ireland, England, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Germany. Ron Witschen served in the Army Reserve during the Korean Conflict. Available at FRENCH LAKE Two generations serving Following the introductions at Hilltop Health Care Center Friday afternoon, Steven Alexander (who just returned the day before from advance training in Fort Gordon, Ga.) and his grandfather Joe Nistler posed for a family photo. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. KIMBALL CHIROPRACTIC (320) 398-7900 (888) 785-2813 510 Hwy. 55 East Kimball