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Your Hom00,00 town News 221 Y ,dll,i,,,,,llUhUhu,lll,lilhuhlqlh,,h,l,ilUi,,i,,i,ll ....... MIXED ADC 50902 SMALLTOWN PAPERS, INC. .... ' 217W COTA T " SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Serving Eden Valley, Kimball, Watkins and surrounding communities, Vo,uoo0000,,,ue00 (::p Rail's Holiday Train 2013 Thursday December 19, 2013 Inside this week: Shop Local! page 3. Prevent the spread of norovirus, page 7. Local memories of Christ- mas, page 8. Watkins Liquor Ware- house is now open, page 10. KES Knowledge Bowl team page 14. :: Santa visits Watkins Elem. Meeker County Sheriff Norlin announces 2015 retire- ment, page 19. A plan can save your fam- ily in a house fire, page 20. Three vie for Eden Valley council seat, page 23. Central Lakes Snowmo- bile Club news, page 24. Dairy Expo highlights, page 27. "In Brief" is located on the back page. Index Opinion .................. 4 Church & Obits ........... 6 Local History ............. 8 Schools/Sports ........ 12-5 Legals, Crime Blotters. 22-23 Calendar ................ 24 Classifieds .............. 25 Farm & A ............... 27 Newsstand Price: 1 Illlll mill IIIll mmllll 8 10499 02049 2 I It was minus 2 degrees Sunday night in Kimball, but that didn't stop about 200 people from coming out to enjoy the Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train. Santa mingled among the crowd during the show, and everyone had a fun - and cold - time. Canadian Pacific awarded the Kimball Food Shelf a check for $4,500. This year CP Rail will donate $1 million to food shelves along the Holiday Train routes. (See photo on page 10 as well.) Staffphoto by Jean Doran Matua. Rudy's ]0000ucket Brigade Local man helps others with their Bucket Lists Mike Nistler Writer The Christmas season is full of Holiday spirit, giving presents and spreading cheer. But for one local man, that spirit is a year-long quest. It was last ]uly when Tom "Rudy" Ruether, owner of the Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty, was reading a story about a woman who had cancer and had started a Bucket List of things she wanted to do before she died. Some of the things were simple - like spending a weekend at a cabin. Ruether realized that he could help this woman scratch off at least that item from her wish list. Bucket BrigadeTo page 11 Tom "Rudy" Ruether started a Bucket List program. Photo by Mike Nistler. Jean Doran Matua Editor ,ul ilu i i i i The temperature was 2 below, but there was an ample crowd to greet the 2013 CP Rail Holiday Train Sunday night, Dec. 15. Tracey Brown, Willy Porter, and The Claytones performed a number of Christmas numbers as Santa worked the crowd. A spokesman for Canadian Pacific Railroad presented the Kimball Area Food Shelf with a check for $4,500, accepted by mayor Tamy Konz and ]ennifer Schiefelbein. This is the 15th year of the Hol- iday Train. CP Rail has donated more than $7 million during the past 15 years. This year it will donate $1 million to food shelves along the train route. Railroad employees contribute to the program, and volunteer hours to work on the train during the nearly four-week journey. Santa also is a volunteer, naturally. The night before, Cheryl Crow appeared on the same Holiday Train at the Cottage Grove stop, with about 15,000 people gath- ered in the bitter cold. Thank you, Canadian Pacific! (See "thankyou" on page 28.) Santa goes on 'trial' in Watkins The 30th anniversary Cardboard Art Productions Christmas play was performed Saturday, Dec. 14, for a full house of appreciative families. "Disorder in the Court" proved that the true meaning of Christmas is not in receiving, but in spending time with family and loved ones. (See cast photo on page 18.) Staffphoto by Jean Doran Matua. The 30th anniversary Holiday play presented in Watkins Mike Nistler Writer Shortly after Halloween, five members of the Watkins Theatre Group sat down and began work on this year's Christmas produc- tion, which was presented last weekend at the Village Hall. The play, "Disorder in the Court," was written by those members: Sue Unterberger, Jerry Oster, Connie Mathias, Kay Kielty and Alice Coe. Unterberger got the idea for the play after looking for suggestions online. The group needed some- thing with a simple set so they could pull it all together in a little more than two months. Once the idea of a court drama was decided, the writing began. The premise of the play revolves around a 9-year-old girl named Nellie, who is suing Santa for not getting the gift she wanted for Christmas. Unterberger said the five the- atre members met every Tues- day and Thursday to hammer out the plot, dialogue and on-stage movements. When it was all done, was she pleased? "Oh, yeah," she said with a laugh. P.O. Box 220, KimbalIMN 55353 Tel./Fax (320 398-5000 or 453-6397 news@tricountynews.MN Web: tricountynews.MN