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Your Hometown News Serving Eden Kimball, Volume 66, Issue 42 Thursday November 21, 2013 Inside this week: • DNR: Ice is not safe yet, page 2. • Addresses of service per- sonnel needed, page 5. • Obituaries: Barb Bo'oen- drier, 77, of Watkins; Dale Jacobsrna, 80, of Annandale; page 6. • JFK and Eugene McCarthy, by Mike Nisfler, page 8. • Savor the holidays minus the extra pounds, page 10. • SHOP LOCAL!page 11. • KES October Cubs of the Month, page 12. t 188 ill'd%h,i,hlu,,,Ihi,i,ht,,It,i,llllilHdOI,hulh,,i ...... MIXED ADC 50902 17J31F2013 S3 p2 SMALLTOWN PAPERS, INC._ 217 W COTA ST ir iL SHELTON WA 98584-2263 l -I S Watkins and surrou 00omw 00nities. Three are lucky to survive cra00, h EV-W schools look to expand online learning - By lean Doran Matua, Editor The online learning program started at Eden Valley-Watkins High School last year has been a tremendous success. So much so that the school board has agreed to hire a program coordinator. and promote it. The board last year purchased five "seats" in Odyssey Ware as an in-district Alternative Learning Pro- gram. Up to five students at any par- ticularme can use the online cur- riculum program which is available 24 hours a day. It has been used for summer learning, catching up on credits, and for students who are home-bound for medical reasons. It also can be used to augment in- classroom learning. Hiring a pro- gram coordinator will help to pro- mote the use of Odyssey Ware both in and out of the classroom. It also can be used by families looking for an online high school program, but staying within the EV-W school district. (And keep- ing students in the district keeps their state funding in the district as well.) Online learningTo page 18 KAHS alumna Brittany LaFave was a passenger in this car when it was T-boned by an SUV that didn't stop for a stop sign near Fair Haven. Photo by Kimm Anderson, courtesy the St. Cloud Times. By ]ean Doran Matua, Editor friend Caroline Connolle's 2004 It was her 21st birthday Friday, Pontiac GrandAm. They had just Nov. 15. She and her roommate left Annandale and were headed were out, starting the day's cele- north on County Road 7 to cel- brations early• The last thing she ebrate LaFave's 21st birthday• expected was to wake up:in a hos- ]gseph Estevez, 59 of St. Joseph, pltal. The lucky thing is tliat she was driving his 2002 Jeep Cher- wokeup.  okee westbound oh County Brittany'LaFave, KAHS class Road 146. He failed to stop at the of 2011; was a passenger in her stop sign at County Road 7 and broadsided the passenger side of the car with the 21-year-old women. Both drivers were taken to St. Cloud Hospital by ambulance. Connolley had some facial lacer- ations, and vaspt Jvernight in the hospital before being released. LaFave was airlifted to St. Cloud Car crash/To page 2 Index Opinion .................. 4 Church & Obits ........... 6 Local History ............. 8 Schools/Sports ....... 10-15 Legals, Crime Blotters. 18-19 Calendar ................ 20 Classifieds ........... ... 21 Watkins prepares for TNT By lean Doran Mama, Editor The Watkins council is prepar- ing for the annual Truth In Tax- ation meeting (6:15 p.m. Thurs- day, Dec. 12). This year's resi- dential property taxes overall are lower, and most commercial taxes are higher. The council has been working hard to keep prop- erty taxes stable. A number of issues were dealt with at their Nov. 14 regular meet- ing. The Watkins Ambulance was approved to commit up to $L000 each month for needed equipment and medications without seeking cou.ncil approval prior to any pur- chase. Public works is "ready for anything that can come" when it comes to snow removal• A for- mal performance review pro- cess wilt be implemented, tried on the newest employee (Virl Lie- brenz) to start. A gravel lease pay- ment was received• The Economic Development Authority is col- lecting survey data for a vision- ing session to come. Duane Peter- son resigned from the Planning Commission• Street lights will be replaced as needed• Properties Eden Valley main street nearing completion Inaugural art show a success Sandy Millerbernd (seated, second from left) demonstrated spinning, and brought various yarn crafts to the first Eden Valley Library Art Show Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. By Iean Doran Matua, Editor Eden Valley Area Library is now a year old. To celebrate, they held an art show Sunday after- noon, Nov. ]-7. Even road construction and only a partial sidewalk didn't keep people away. Neither did the drearyweather. A number of artists brought their works to share; some dem- onstrated their art as well. Kathy Loch, the P.E.N. writing group, PJ Connors, Donna Rech, Theresa Lambert, Pat Schultz, Sandy Millerbernd, Chris Gus- Egen, Trisha Field, and Misty Aho shared their artwork. Art com- pleted by EV-W elementary and high school students lined the walls of the event center too. Author Dean 'Urdahl spoke about his latest book, Conspiracy. He talked about the local connec- tions to the assassination of Pres- ident Lincoln and to various con- spiracy theories surrounding that tragedy. Conspiracy follows Upris- ing, Retribution, Pursuit, and The Collar and the Gun. A long-time high school history teacher, and current State Representative, tafson and Laura Tollefson, Deb Urdahl's talks are always hvely IIIIIIIIIIIIIllllllllllllllllll  View of main street Eden Valley Sunday afternoon. Sidewalks are being installed .... " . and Jerry Schulz, Jan Sheets, Mar and packed with interesting his IIIIII III I11 IIIIIIllllllllllll :: and the road surface is now paved. This year's portion of the project should be - . - 811111049911020491111J ' completed very soon• See'story on page18. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. sha and Cal Davidson, Kathy toricfacts.