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Your Hometown News97 ,,,,!,!,,,q,,u,lu,h,,,dld!,,,!,,h,,wq,h,!,,l!h!,,!!n **"**********MIXED ADC 5531/31/2020 SMALLTOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584--2263 $2 P2 Servin9 Eden Valley, Kimball, Watkins and surrounding communities. Volume 69, Issue 48 Thursday December 29, 2016 Inside this week: ii i i • Students selected for cash. prizes for Christmas drawings, page 2. • New Year's Eve activities, page 3. • OBITUARIES: Nancylver- son, 73, of South Haven; Micky Lang, 36, of Richmond; Joseph Masberg, 86, of Kimball; page 4. • Business profile: Gone To Pieces Quilt Shop, Kimball; page 4. • Kimball Girl Scouts visit Heritage House, page 6. \. ,V • Boys' hockey, page 6. • Kimballwrestling, basket- ball, page 7. • Katie Merchant is CMC player of the week, page 7. • Happy NewYear from lo- cal businesses, page 8. • EV-W wresfling basket- ball, page 9. • Jacob Streit is CMC player of the week, page 9. • Girls' hockey, page 9. * City of Kimball new fee schedule, page 14. • EV-Wkindergarteners get visit from Santa, page 16. • EV-W staff variety show, page 16. Church & Obituaries ....... 4 Local Schools .......... 6-7, 9 Weather ................. 6 Happy New Year ........... 8 Legals, Government... 10-13 Business Directories ...12-13 Calendar ................ 14 Classifieds .............. 15 Newsstand Price: $1 . III1! !lLl!l!lll!U!l!!llll. Kayla, Carter and Matt Ertl pose for a photo witha beautiful hunting and fishing quilt presentedto the~l~ood,.ay, Dec. 26, at St.AnthonyChurch inWatkins. Matt: and Kayla were each prp.smflP.~ with a memory art" (at right)painted byTern- Bahn of Baxter and Jeanni Foss of Nisswa. Carter was presented with:his own special canvas of his beautiful angel sister in her favorite hat (right, below). The Ertls also were gifted a hand-crafted memory trunk in which to keep treasures and mementos of Alayna. Photos courtesy of Jeanni l oss. By lean Doran Matua, Editor Christmastime can be espe- cially difficult after the loss of a family member. So many mem- ories, and such emptiness at the realization they are no lon- ger physically here. The pain can become palpable, and grief can be ever-present. Matt, Kayla and Carter Ertl have been surrounded by love and support since the abduction and death of their 5-year-old Alayna in August. That and their firm faith in God have sustained them these past four months. They celebrate their "angel" by remembering the joy she brought to everyone. They share that joy wherever they can, with a strength and grace few of us can imagine. This Christmas they got an unplanned boost of joy, from an unexpected source. The Brighter Days Foundation from Baxter visited the Ertls at St. Anthony Church, across the street from the Ertl home. Three representa- tives - leanni Foss, John Foss, and Heather Bender- drove to Watkins Monday, Dec. 26, with a "sleigh" full of surprises for the Ertl family. It all started with a colorful cake, one that Alayna would have loved, filled with rainbows and butterflies. Then bright and shiny balloons from Crow Wing and Cass Counties, where volunteers had searched for Alayna that fate- ful day, Aug. 20. Then came the presents! Carter got a new puppy, and dog food to feed him/her. He got lots of special toys that were on his wish list too, like a set of Neff guns, and Minecraft Legos. Kayla got a spa package in a basket. Kayla received a T-shirt with a photo of her with Alayna on it. Matt got one too. The Pinetree Patchwork Quilt Guild in Brainerd created a beauti- ful hand-made quilt for the family, with a definite hunting-and-fish- ing theme. (The Ertl family loved to do these things together.) The family was presented with tickets to a special Vikings game, and a gas card to get there and back. Jeanni Foss and her mother Terri Bahn each did a "memory art" painting of Alayna and Carter, in their hunting gear. A special painting was presented to Carter of Alayna in her favorite "Frozen" hat. The piece de r~sistance was a gorgeous memory trunk, made and donated by Loren Patnode Cabinetry. A beautiful piece of furniture in which they can keep mementos and treasured items in memory of Alayna. An engraved plaque inside was donated by E.L. Menk Jewelers. The surprise was plotted by high school friends (KAHS Class of 1990) Jeanni Foss, Kari Faber, and Heidi Schoenecker. Thank you, "strangers," for bringing a brighter day to the Ertls. Here's wishing everyone many "brighter days" in 2017. And each of us can be an instrument to bring someone else a "brighter day" as well. Giving truly is better than receiving. Happy 2017! P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353 • Tel./Fax 320) 398-5000 or 453-6397 • news@tricountynews.MN • Web: tricountynews.MN