What’s in our names?

Musings by a Maine Prairie Family Historian By Duane D. Stanley © 2021 Our names are pretty important – a key element in our identity and our relationships. Just think of how we scour the local paper for our names, or those of our kids or grandkids in news stories, school sports accounts, dean’s lists,…

Eden Valley Area Chamber Business Showcase

The Eden Valley-Watkins Voice – Oct. 2021 By Nancy McNab, E.V. Chamber Vice President For the next two months, we are going to turn the tables on those that are usually the ones doing the interviews. It’s our turn to interview the interviewers. Both the EV-W Voice and Tri-County News are Eden Valley Area Chamber…

Memories and inspiration at the KCC sesquicentennial celebration

By Duane Stanley It was a memory-filled homecoming for me Sunday, Sept. 19, as I returned to Kimball to enjoy the inspiring pandemic-delayed 150th anniversary celebration of the Kimball Christian Church. Memories were stirred as I greeted the old-timers, while most of the younger and newer members were neither recognized by me nor recognized me,…

9/11 Memorial exhibit at the Library

This Saturday, Sept. 11, marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and libraries are providing memorials to learn and reflect. Great River Regional Library branches in Annandale, Kimball, Little Falls, St. Cloud, St. Michael, and Waite Park are hosting a 9/11 Memorial exhibit during the month of September. The Memorial exhibit is a series…

A unique memory of 9/11

Recollections of 9/11 from 2001 stay in Alaska Excerpted from a memoir of Father Dick Gross Father Dick Gross of Watkins retired June 20, 2001, from active ministry after serving in the Diocese of New Ulm for 39 years. He then spent three months in Alaska, serving the Church of St. John Neumann in Coopers…

Remembering the Watkins tornado

Just before 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016, three tornadoes swept their way – south to north – near or through the city of Watkins. Tornado #1 was a narrow, EF-2 tornado that skirted the NE edge of Litchfield starting at 5:25 p.m. It caused structure and tree damage. Estimated peak winds were 115 mph,…

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…