Watkins to open pool this season, without lessons

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Partly because of uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions possibly continuing into the summer, the Watkins city council made the difficult decision to cancel swimming lessons this season. The pool will be open, as possible, for open swimming. But there will be no lessons this year. Staffing is another…

Gruber wins National Science Foundation Fellowship

Chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology major Kaitlyn Gruber will pursue her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin Gustavus Adolphus College senior Kaitlyn Gruber has been named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) honoree, joining past fellows including Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin,…

Operation Round Up® Contributes $60,750 to 20 area food shelves, 51 local organizations

Stearns Electric’s Operation Round Up® Program contributed $60,750 to 71 area organizations in March, including $2,000 each to 20 area food shelves. Through the Operation Round Up® program, Stearns Electric Association gives its member- consumers the opportunity to give back to the community by rounding up their electric bill to the nearest dollar. Since the…

Kimball Area All-City Garage Sales, May 15

Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Kimball Area All City Garage Sales Saturday, May 15. If you’d like to participate, please call or text Jayne Harff at (320) 266-8002 with your name, the address of your sale, and a list of items you’re selling by Friday, May 7. Your information will be included…

Ducks Unlimited Banquet, May 1

On Saturday, May 1, the 14th DU Banquet will be held at Powder Ridge. Registrations will be available through email and regular mail. The easiest method is the online registration. Go to https://ducksunlimited.myeventscenter/event/Maine-Prairie-Ducks–Unlimited-Kimball-46929. Safe COVID-19 practices will be followed. If you need a registration form call Bill Liedman at (320) 492-6845. DU is all about…

Apartments are under construction in Watkins

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Construction began on the Western View Apartments  in Watkins last year. It is anticipated that the two-story, 20-unit building will be finished and ready for occupancy around Aug. 1, if all goes to plan. Meeker Leased Housing currently owns townhomes in Watkins, Eden Valley, Litchfield, Dassel, Grove City, and Cosmos.…

Kimball and Watkins contemplate railroad ‘Quiet Zone’

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Residents in both Kimball and Watkins have contacted council members wondering if it is possible to silence the train horns passing through the towns throughout the day (and night). And both city councils are looking into the matter. The process of making these railroad crossings “Quiet Zones” is both lengthy…

Kimball Golf Club begins 53rd year with new manager, renovated clubhouse

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Last year was an interesting one at Kimball Golf Club. While the rest of the world was closing down and locking in, a number of people discovered (or rediscovered) golf at the Kimball club. Even though golf is an outdoor activity, it was not spared restrictions because of COVID-19. Only…

Meeker County youth competed at 4-H Project Bowl

Seven hundred youth tested their knowledge in animal science and wildlife-related topics during competitive 4-H events throughout March. This March, 700 youth on 171 teams from across Minnesota participated in the 4-H Project Bowl, the second largest 4-H event series of the year. 4-H Project Bowl challenges teams of three to five youth to test…

Local gymnast advances in gymnastics

Alison Olson is a junior at Eden Valley-Watkins High School. She started gymnastics at Granite City Gymnastics in Waite Park when she was just 9 years old. She has worked her way up through the levels in the Junior Olympic program and is now a Level 9 gymnast, with level 10 being the highest she…

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