On June 3, 25-year-old Keisa Lange of Kimball was found dead on a street in St. Cloud, having been shot in the head. Four were indicted for her murder in July: Deantea Davis, 23, of St. Cloud; Kenneth Carter, 25, of St. Cloud, Angela Jones, 33, of St. Cloud, and Alicia Lewis, 36.
The Kimball American Legion Auxiliary attended the 6th District convention June 4-5 in Nisswa. From the Kimball unit, Dori Hamilton, Barb Hopewell, and Colette VanVleet were elected to the offices in the 6th District.
J&R Family Market held a customer appreciation day on June 5 that included a free lunch, product samples, and prize drawings.
The 13th annual Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm was held June 5 at the Kerfeld Hillview Family Farm near Melrose. As usual, the Kimball Lions served up a free breakfast at the event.
The Kimball Library Summer Reading program began June 7: “Reading colors your world.”
The Breakfast Club at the Stearns History Museum resumed June 9 after a lengthy hiatus because of COVID-19.
The EV-W/K track & field girls are 2021 Subsection Champs after placing first at the MSHSL Section 5A Subsection 20A Championships on June 1 in Litchfield.
The Eden Valley Chamber Business Showcase this month was Valley Inn.
A grand opening was held at Friederichs Park in Eden Valley on June 13. There was live music, the brand-new splash pad was on, and there were food vendors available. Friederichs Park was made possible first by the city’s purchase of the Friederichs farm site, a DNR Outdoor Recreation grant, donations and work by the Eden Valley Lions Club, and private donations.
On June 15, Litchfield hosted its second annual Parade of Bands, with 13 bands competing in a marching band competition, each performing in three locations in town.
The Eden Valley Area Library summer children’s program, “Education Nation,” launched June 16 with two sessions a month in June and July.
The Watkins Swimming Pool finally opened for the 2021 season, after being closed throughout 2020. The new managers are mother-daughter team Kris and Bella Butterfass.
The City of Kimball installed a nine-hole disc golf course in Willow Creek Park. In disc golf, discs (like specialized Frisbees) are played into chain-basket “holes” with the fewest number of throws to win.
The Kingston Mini Mart held a series of burger nights throughout the summer, each one benefiting a different local cause.
The City of Kimball issued a temporary watering ban effective June 14 because of a large increase in water usage and the expected continuance of hot and dry conditions.
The Kimball Golf Club was named the #9 best course in Minnesota by Golfpass.com this year.
Madison Hurrle was recognized with the Hamline University Pat Paterson Award as a female senior student-athlete for her outstanding achievement and highest GPA making a significant contribution to her sport (volleyball). She graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Exercise Science and Psychology, and has been accepted into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at UW-LaCrosse.
Girls EV-W/K track coach Tyler Warren was named Section 5A Girls’ Head Track Coach of the Year.
Fourteen athletes on the EV-W/K girls’ track team qualified for the state tournament.
The Stearns History Museum hosted two weekends of an exhibit, “At War: A World War II Experience” June 19-20 and July 10-11. They also hosted “At Ease: A World War II Evening” featuring live music and entertainment from the era, as well as catered appetizers and cocktails inspired by the era.
Jack Knaus was among the top 100 individual shooters in the state, set to compete at the state tournament on Jan. 25. He would go on to shoot 89/100 at the state trap tournament, placing 78th. With the exception of the 2020 season (which was canceled because of COVID-19), Knaus placed in the top 100 in the state his entire high school (starting in seventh grade) career.
The Fair Haven Old Settlers Day was postponed in 2019 because of road construction, and again in 2020 because of COVID-19. But the 2021 Old Settlers Day was held June 26. The parade returned, as did kids’ games and more. Concordia Lutheran Church provided the pork chop lunch. The Royalty coronation was that afternoon: both Trinity Helget and Emily Bidwell were crowned as equal Ambassadors that day.
Valley Daze returned in 2021, after a year off because of COVID-19, with events scheduled for June 25-27. With a new committee in place, there were new events in addition to old familiar ones. And with road construction going on in town, there was a new parade route this year. The theme this year was “Hometown Heroes” celebrating those on the front lines of law enforcement, health care, and more. The Grand Marshals were school nurse Anno Johnson, and childhood cancer survivors Alexis Vossen and Alizabeth Ludwig.
St. Mary Help of Christians parish festival was held June 25-26, but with a drive-up pork chop and hot dog dinner, and an outdoor Mass. They also held a raffle drawing, and an online quilt and basket auction.
June 3, Keisa Lange, 25, of Kimball
June 5, Naomi (Kothe) Wold, 84, of South Haven
June 6, Alvin Meierhofer, 81, of Watkins
June 8, Dorothy Sherer, 49, formerly of Kimball
June 18, Jason Pauly, 45, of East Bethel
June 19, Wilmer “Bud” Wendroth, 93, of Crosslake
June 26, Jeanette Parrott, 92, of Kimball
June 26, Brenda Sievert, 56, of Kimball
June 27, Bernice (Molitor) Meierhofer, 77, of Watkins