Clippers pound Nicks for regional playoff ticket

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor As the #1 team in the Central Valley League North, the Watkins Clippers hosted #4 team St. Nicholas Nicks for the first playoff game this season, Saturday afternoon, July 24. The Clippers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, and they never looked back. The Nicks were…

Express beat Gussies to earn regional playoff spot

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor #2 team Kimball Express hosted #3 St. Augusta Gussies in the first Central Valley League North playoff game, on Saturday, July 24. The Express scored 5 runs in the first two innings of play and, in spite of 3 Gussies runs in the third, the Express stayed ahead the whole…

Great Northern Theatre Company back on stage

There are many special things about the “Wizard of Oz” which is this year’s Great Northern Theatre Company’s summer production. The idea of leaving the mundane and the every-day behind to experience something colorful, creative, and fantastical might be one of its most enduring themes. Take Dorothy Gail and her posse as they journey to…

Minnesota enters drought warning phase

DNR and partners are implementing next drought response steps With 52 percent of Minnesota now experiencing severe drought and 4 percent in extreme drought, the state has entered the drought warning phase. With this designation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and others are taking additional steps. Current drought information, including details on areas…

EV Class of 1970 reunion
The Eden Valley High School Class of 1970 held their 51st class reunion Saturday, July 10, at Dino’s Eden Lakeside Club. Pictured in back are Peter Roeser, Jerry Schroden, Larry Linnemeyer, Jim Stommes, (hidden) Mike Nistler, Daryl Sogge, Andy Nistler, Dale Weber, Alan Hoskins, Jim Levno, Doug Ruhland, John Walters, and Lloyd Wortz; middle row…
Kimball 12U boys take first in the Bronze Division

By Brian Lyrek, Coach The Kimball boys 12U baseball team completed their season Sunday, July 18, in the Crow River baseball league. The season was off to a slow start, with a record of 1-7-1 before winning our last three games of the season. The boys greatly improved in fielding, pitching, and base running. We…

Fresh on 55/Eden Valley Wagyu

By Nancy McNab, Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce We met with Steve and Jamie Ries at the Fresh on 55 farm and, when Steve showed up with a box of freshly picked strawberries, I knew it was going to be a great interview. And the strawberries were amazing. It’s hard to ask questions and eat,…

Holy Cross run

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor This year’s Pork Chop Trot was more of a fun run than an organized event. It’s usually part of the Holy Cross Parish Festival each year, and part of the fundraising events for the school. However, since the Diocese permanently closed the school in May, there is no need for…

Watkins a finalist for 2021 City of the Year

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The Minnesota Real Estate Journal 2021 Awards ceremony will be held Thursday evening, July 29, at The Depot in Minneapolis. The City of Watkins will be represented by members of the Watkins city council and EDA, purchasing a table with developer David Tysk, at the ceremony. The City of Watkins…

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,…