Social Security announces redesigned statement

Now available with a my Social Security Account On Monday, Oct. 4, Kilolo Kijakazi, acting Commissioner of Social Security, introduced a new look and feel to the Social Security Statement, available online through the my Social Security portal at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and by mail. The Statement is one of the most effective tools people can use to…

War still haunts 90-year-old veteran

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Ralph Kramer of Watkins is preparing for two big events in the coming days. One is moving into Gardenview Apartments from his townhome across the way where he has lived for the past five years. Kramer was diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago, but denied treatment then because of…

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,…

Minnesota National Guard prepares to support COVID-19 testing sites

Seventy-five soldiers and air-men from the Minnesota National Guard are preparing to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts starting Monday, Oct. 13. “The Minnesota National Guard’s motto is ‘Always Ready, Always There’ and demonstrates our commitment to support Minnesota citizens,” said Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard’s Adjutant General. “We have supported public…

Stearns History Museum launches new business membership program

The Stearns History Museum is launching a new business membership program, which supports the preservation of business histories and promotes current companies. From farmers to butchers and granite fabricators to technology developers, the industries here are as diverse as our population. The Stearns History Museum holds more than 40,000 vertical files, 700,000 photographs, and directories…

Local boy competed in pedal tractor pulls, goes all the way to nationals

Ben Skeesick is 4 years old and is currently attending preschool at Kimball Elementary. He won first place at the Pedal Tractor Pull at the Fair Haven Old Settler’s Day this past summer, where his name was mentioned in the Tri-County News. He then went on to the state competition in Redwood Falls Saturday, Sept.…

Robert ‘Bob’ Markwardt, 76

Robert “Bob” Markwardt died peacefully Oct. 11, 2021, from the effects of Alzheimer disease. He was 76. A visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, 1900 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud. Father Tom Olson will leade a brief prayer service beginning at 3 p.m. Robert is the eldest…

Fall program at the Cokato Historical Society

Best-selling author Christine Husom Ever wonder about murder, mysteries, and those who write about them? Join the Cokato Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Centennial Room, to learn about the life of Christine Husom, a national best-selling author from Buffalo. The event is free and open to the public. According to…

Kimball Area Historical Society meeting/presentation

South Haven history presentation open to the public The Kimball Area -Historical Society will hold their annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Kimball City Hall. Following the meeting, a program will be presented by Brian Partridge about the beginning of South Haven. Join us for this interesting local history presentation. Everyone…

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…