Golf Club opens for season

The Kimball Golf Club was open for golfers starting Friday morning, March 26. Although there is still some snow up on Powder Ridge, the ski hill’s last day of this season was March 9. Several unseasonably warm and windy days helped to end one season and start the other, both a bit earlier than usual.…

Trucking business to relocate to downtown Watkins

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Downtown Watkins is about to get yet another new business: A&H Donnay Trucking and Sons. Well, not a new business per se, as it’s been around since 2003. But it is a new business in downtown Watkins. Heidi and Andy Donnay purchased the complex of buildings along the railroad tracks…

Ehlinger earns top honor for customer service

Tom Ehlinger, an American Family Insurance agency owner in Kimball and Waite Park, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “At American Family, we believe our customers deserve an exceptional experience, day in and day out, and our agency owners are on the…

Ertl Hardware, your new feed and seed supplier

Ertl Hardware Hank has been an asset to the community of -Watkins for more than 70 years. On Dec. 22, 2008, Dave and Nancy Knutson of Eden Valley purchased the store from Tom Ertl. Over the years, Ertl Hardware has continued to expand their product lines and services to the community. With the challenges facing…

Watkins looks toward opening pool for 2021 season

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The City of Watkins closed its outdoor pool in 2020 because of COVID-19 risks and restrictions. They are now looking toward how they can open the pool for swim lessons this year, especially if/when restrictions on number of students and required distances change again. First of all, they must find…

Maple syrup operation tours

Wildwood Ranch Maple Syrup, a syrup making operation located in Stearns County’s Kraemer Lake – Wildwood County Park, is offering small open house tours this spring. The hour-long tour begins at the Sugar Shack located at 29709 Kipper Road, St. Joseph. Tours include a short walk to the maple forest to see both traditional and…

Arvig accepting 2021 scholarship applications

Arvig is now accepting applications for two different scholarships to be awarded to area high school seniors graduating in 2021. Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) in Cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, College Scholarship (FRS/NTCA). FRS awards graduating high school seniors across rural America with $2,000 scholarships. Arvig contributes an additional $500 making…

There’s a new bus company coming to town

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor On Monday, March 1, a big change will take place in the Eden Valley-Watkins school district. But chances are good that no one will notice anything different. Currently, there are two bus companies that provide transportation for EV-W students to and from school, and for after-school activities and field trips.…

Paramount Center for the Arts celebrates 100th anniversary

Throughout 2021, the Paramount Center for the Arts will celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Cloud’s beloved Paramount Theatre. Several performances, visual arts programs, and community events have been planned for the commemorative year, culminating with a special open house on the day of the anniversary, Christmas Eve. On Saturday, Dec. 24, 1921, the 1,700-seat…

Happy retirement, Steve

Congratulations to Steve Gohman on his retirement after 40 years of dedication to, and hard work at Land O’ Lakes Oil in Kimball. Everyone wishes you the best in this next chapter of your life. Submitted photo.

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