Capes, Spoden are KAHS 2018 SnoDaze queen and king

Athena Capes and Riley Spoden were crowned queen and king of 2018 SnoDaze at Kimball Area High School Friday afternoon, Dec. 21. King and queen are determined by a day full of competitions by paired representatives from students organizations. Capes and Spoden represented FFA. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.       KAHS SnoDaze…

Kimball trap shooter Jack Knaus on target at State Shoot

By Pat Garry, Staff Writer The State High School Shoot was held Friday, June 22, at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. Kimball’s Jack Knaus competed for the State Individual Championship in the afternoon. This consisted of the top 100 athletes in the state, based upon their high school trap season average. Knaus shot…

Valley Daze 2018 was a great success

The Lumberjack Show was again a focal point for this year’s Valley Daze held Friday and Saturday, June 22-23 in Eden Valley. Several shows demonstrating lumberjack skills were held followed by audience participation which was a big hit. See lots of photos (thanks to many local sponsors) from Valley Daze on pages 8 and 9…

KAHS trap shooters at sub-sections

By Pat Garry, Staff Writer The Kimball trap shooters competed in the Class 4A sub-sections Thursday, June 14, at Alexandria. Following are the championship shoot results: Novice: Team Total: 324; Team Rank: 9; Team High Gun Male: Connor Carlson, 68; Team High Gun Female: Julia Zipoy, 74; Junior Varsity: Team Total: 406; Team Rank: 10;…

Local youth attend 2018 Regional 4-H Camp

By Brian McNeill, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth development. The 2018 Regional 4-H Camp is a unique camping opportunity for youth who have completed grades 3-6.  Camp was held at the University of Minnesota Morris campus June 19-21. There were 108 youth from 12 counties participating in the annual 4-H Camp. In addition, 28 teenage youth who were…

EV-W trap shooters compete at sub-sections

By Pat Garry, Staff Writer Thursday, June 14, the Eden Valley-Watkins trap shooters competed in the Class 4A sub-section championships in Alexandria. Here are the results of the shoot: Novice: Team Total: 354; Team Rank: 7; Team High Gun Male: Drew Teicher, 74; Team High Gun Female: Maicy Laumer, 74; Junior Varsity: Team Total: 391;…

Highway 55 MnDOT projects

Kimball-Watkins-Eden Valley repaving MnDOT crews began milling and repaving CSAH 30 near Manannah June 18. When completed there, they will begin the milling and repaving project on Highway 55 between Kimball and Eden Valley. It is anticipated they will start on the Kimball end and move westward, but they could start anywhere. Highway 55 will…

Anthony Bechtold, 85

Anthony Bechtold of Fairhaven died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at St. Cloud Hospital. He was 85. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale with Fr. Andrew Stueve as Celebrant. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, and one hour prior to the…

EV-W/K track/field athletes at state meet

By Pat Garry, Staff Writer   Putting a cap on a brilliant season, the EV-W/K tracksters looked awesome in the  state track and field championships at Hamline University on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. Matthew Notch, Hayden Gagnon, Jamison Kuechle, Jake Blommer, and Hannah Ehlinger received all-state status in all of their events.…

Lady Cubs’ terrific season ends in heart-break fashion

  By Pat Garry, Staff Writer Thursday, May 31-Randolph 6, Kimball 2: Kimball fell to Randolph, 6-2, in the Section 4A softball championship round at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. The Cubs committed seven errors in the loss to the No. 2-seeded Rockets in the first game of the final series. Katie Merchant…

Congratulations EV-W Class of 2018!

Eden Valley-Watkins held their commencement ceremony Friday evening, May 31, in the Johnson-Peterson Gym. Seventy-four students entered as high school seniors and departed as graduates. The evening was filled with the usual pomp and circumstance, plus some touching moments in memory of a lost classmate. (See more on page 11.) Staff photo by Anton Matua.

Phyllis Holtz, 101

Phyllis Holtz of Eden Valley died Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Benson. She was 101. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley with Pastor Jack Baumgarn officiating. Burial will follow at Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Slightly cooler temps and less humidity will be appreciated

The state of Minnesota did see some relief from the drought with some rain that fell late last week. Sauk Centre picked up 2.23 inches of rain late Friday into early Saturday. Meanwhile, Elbow Lake reported 2.00 inches of rain. Other spots include: Brainerd 1.57 inches, Motley 1.57 inches, Garrison 1.33 inches, Litte Falls 1.19…

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, July 29, 2021

Date, Time, Call, Location: Disposition 07/25/21, 01:34 am, Traffic Stop, MN Hwy 55: Handled By Officer/Deputy. 07/25/21, 02:07 am, Traffic Stop, MN Hwy 24, Forest City Twp: Warning. 07/25/21, 14:36 pm, Arrest: Kalin James Klein, 29, Domestic Abuse; Violates order for protection w/in 10 years of previous conviction/adj of delinq. 07/25/21, 15:11 pm, Domestic, 129th…

Wright County Sheriff’s Office, July 29, 2021

July 25, Jacqueline Lynn Long, 40 of Otsego, was arrested in Clearwater on the charge of third-degree DWI. July 25, Pilee Kong Gatwach, 22 of Mankato, was arrested in Silver Creek Township on the charges of third-degree DWI test refusal, false information to law enforcement, and a Blue Earth County warrant for aggravated first-degree robbery.…

Nelson leads deputies on multiple-vehicle chase

At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25,  the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unknown individual entering an occupied residence in the 27600 block of MN Highway 24 in Darwin Township. The person left before deputies arrived but was located at the intersection of MN Hwy 24 and 285th St. Once stopped, the…

Four 17-year-olds involved in crash

At 9:41 p.m. Friday, July 23, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a personal injury accident in the 66000 block of CSAH 18 in Ellsworth Township. Meeker County Deputies, Hutchinson Fire and Rescue, and Allina Ambulance responded to the scene. Deputies learned that a vehicle driven by Lexie Llamas, 17 of Hutchinson,…

Motor vehicle accident

At about 7:31 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Meeker-Stearns Street east of 632nd Avenue in Forest Prairie Township. Deputies, Eden Valley Police, Eden Valley Fire and Rescue, Watkins Ambulance, and Lifelink 3 were all dispatched to the scene. Deputies learned…

Does Medicare cover home health care?

Dear Savvy Senior, How does Medicare cover in-home health care? My husband has a chronic health condition that makes it very difficult for him to leave the house, so I’m wondering if he could qualify for Medicare home health care. – Seeking Help Dear Seeking, Medicare covers a wide variety of part-time or intermittent in-home health…

Minnesota Starwatch for August 2021

By Deane Morrison, University of Minnesota Jupiter and Saturn are at their best of the year this month, thanks to Earth lapping them in the race around the sun. When Earth laps a planet, the event is called opposition because Earth passes directly between the planet and the sun, making the planet appear opposite the…

Dear Dietitian: Food attitudes

Dear Readers, Have you ever endured the unpleasant experience of someone criticizing or ridiculing your food choices? One day at lunch, the dietitians were enjoying a party and dining on cheesy foods and rich desserts. A coworker passed by and commented, “Maybe you all should take your name tags off, so no one knows that…