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A woman of high achievements

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor It seems appropriate during Women’s History Month to celebrate the exciting life of a local woman, although a special occasion is hardly needed. Rhea Hurrle Allison Woltman died at her St. Augusta home a month ago, at the age of 92. She had outlived two husbands, had enjoyed several interesting…

Why we do what we do

By Duane Stanley, for the Kimball Area Historical Society Not so long ago, a Kimball area senior asked me why I was willing to spend so much time with matters that are long past. “It’s a waste of time,” he pronounced emphatically. I didn’t then, and still do not agree, but his question led me…

2020 Year in Review: December

Our long-time columnist Jill Pertler’s husband died after a short illness, at only 56. The columns she wrote after his death are particularly profound and touching. The first ran in our Dec. 3 issue of the Tri-County News. The Fair Haven Lions announced this month that they had made the difficult decision to dissolve the…

2020 Year in Review: November

Kimball Homecoming Week was Nov. 1-6. Zack Holtz and Naomi Bollman were crowned 2020 Homecoming king and queen on Nov. 1 to kick off the week. COVID-19 made several modifications necessary, including cardboard cut-out fans for the volleyball game. Eden Valley-Watkins FFA was recognized as a 3-star Chapter during the National FFA Convention. At the…

2020 Year in Review: October

Eden Valley-Watkins Homecoming Week was Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Coronation took place that Monday evening, by invitation only, and with masks and social distancing which was appropriate for the COVID-19 pandemic we’re in. The Kimball Lions held a “to-go” fish fry Oct. 2 at the Willow Creek Shelter, and it was a big success.

2020 Year in Review – September

Harvest Bank in Kimball sponsored a meal for the Kimball Fire & Rescue Department’s Sept. 2 meeting, for all their hard work they do for our community. Kimball Schools started on Thursday, Sept. 3. Eden Valley-Watkins Schools started on Sept. 8 as crews worked hard to complete the summer construction projects there, especially on the…

2020 Year in Review – August

On Aug. 5, the Minnesota National Guard office in St. Paul released a summary of the results of investigations into the Dec. 5, 2019, crash of a National Guard UH-60L helicopter in Marty, just northwest of Kimball. All three crew members aboard perished in the crash. A tragic series of human errors were deemed to…

2020 Year in Review – July

The State of Minnesota launched an Insulin Safety Net Program July 1 providing an urgent-need program with a once-per-year 30-day supply for no more than a $35 copay, and a continuing-need program for those eligible to receive up to a one-year supply for no more than $50 per 90-day refill. Applications and information are available…

Year in Review – June 2020

As of June 1, Minnesota bars and restaurants were able to reopen for outdoor dining. Distancing and capacity limits were still in place, and advance reservations were required. This year’s Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm (June 6) was canceled. The Wright County Swappers Meet opened for the season on June 6, with a few…

2020 Year in Review – May

A parade of 100 or so vehicles drove through Alizabeth Ludwig’s family farm in Richmond May 1 to celebrate her final day of chemotherapy. The socially distanced celebration included school and community members of all ages, with balloons and decorated vehicles. It was quite a spectacle, and one of many similar (and smaller-scaled) celebrations this…

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