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Come on in, the water’s fine

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The Watkins Swimming Pool is now open for the season, after a year on hold. The daughter-mother team of Bella and Kris Butterfass are co-managers of the pool this year. Bella had been a lifeguard in recent years, working with manager Ashlee Lindberg who, Kris says, made quite an impression…

Disc golf sparks friendly competition

By George Matua, TCN Staff For just over a month now, Kimball has had a disc golf course. It’s located in Willow Creek Park, among the old oaks and along its trails and the trout stream. Disc golf is a sport scored like golf but played with a disc and raised baskets. The discs may…

Friederichs Park in Eden Valley holds grand opening

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor After many days of record heat, a refreshing break in the park – complete with a splash pad – was an especially welcome treat. Sunday afternoon, June 13, was the official grand opening of Friederichs Park in Eden Valley. The idea started many years ago, and it’s been at least…

Stearns County Attorney’s Office adds facility dog, Nova

On Tuesday, June 1, the Stearns County Attorney’s Office formally added Nova, a facility dog trained by Helping Paws, Inc., to their staff. Nova’s handler, Keli Trautman, is a Paralegal/Victim Witness Coordinator. Keli and Nova meet with victims and witnesses in child abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, and homicide cases during stressful preparation for court hearings…

Clippers shut out Hawks

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The Watkins Clippers hosted the Eden Valley Hawks on a windy Sunday afternoon, June 6, at the end of a long, hot weekend. The Clippers didn’t score until the third inning, but they ended the game with 5 runs while keeping the Hawks from scoring at all. Nolan Geislinger hit…

Kimball American Legion Auxiliary attends convention

The 6th District American Legion Auxiliary held their convention June 4 and 5 in Nisswa. Roberta Elvecrog, 6th District President, opened the convention meeting Saturday morning at 8 a.m. 6th District Sergeant-At-Arms, Renee Berscheid advanced the 6th District Colors, carried by Dori Hamilton and Teresa Mertens. Dori Hamilton, National Security Chairman, draped the POW/MIA flag.…

A community bids farewell to their beloved school

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor What happens when the heart of a community stops beating? Residents in Marty – better known as Pearl Lake – are about to find out. Friday afternoon, May 28, marked the end of the school year for Holy Cross School. It also marked the end of the school, after 116…

Diocese abruptly closes Holy Cross School

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The fact that Holy Cross School has stood in Marty/Pearl Lake for 116 years is testament to the tenacity and sacrifice of a small group of faithful Catholics – faithful Christians – who made sure the school would endure long into the future. One of these individuals, mentioned to us…

Shakopee boy surprised with new prosthetic to keep him on the go

By Tom Schardin of Southwest News Media (reprinted with permission from May 20, 2021) There’s no slowing down 7-year-old Logan Pieper. The first-grader at ­Shakopee Area Catholic School wrestles, skis, snowboards, and rides motocross. And since the age of 2, he’s worn a prosthetic leg. Logan first learned to walk on one leg at 10…

Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm 2021 at Kerfeld Hill-View Farm

The 13th Annual Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm will be held at Kerfeld Hill-View Farm near Melrose from 7:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5. This free event will include a drive-through tour of the -Kerfeld’s family-owned and operated robotic dairy farm. Visitors will learn more about how the team at Hill-View Farm cares…

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