The City of Eden Valley hosted an open house Feb. 1 with MnDOT to discuss the $3.8 million 2018 highway project scheduled to begin in May. The project included removing several trees, and resurfacing both Highway 55 and Highway 22 through town.
A community barn dance was held Feb. 1 at the Kimball Area Community Education Center (formerly St. John’s Lutheran Church), at the base of the water tower, next to the Elementary School. Christina Seaborn, a teaching artist with Central Minnesota Arts Board, spent a week teaching K-5 students some of the dance steps.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Choir held their chili supper Feb. 2.
Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church held their 10th annual Spaghetti Supper Feb. 2, raising money for a new projector screen.
The state VEX Robotics tournament took place Feb. 2-3 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Kimball was represented by a middle school and high school team. The middle school team placed second of 40 teams competing; the high school team finished in the top 12 of 64 teams. Both teams were one place short of earning a trip to Louisville, Ky., for the World Championships.
Feb. 3 was the Kingston Lions Club ice fishing contest on Lake Francis.
The 17th annual Kimball Alumni Basketball Tournament took place Feb. 3 at KAHS. Eight teams competed throughout the day in double-elimination, and Team 2008-09 won the day as 2018 champions (again). Proceeds from the day go to the Kimball Express baseball team, and to the girls’ and boys’ Kimball basketball programs.
The Knights of Columbus hosted a Catholic School Week spaghetti dinner Feb. 3 at Holy Cross School in Marty (Pearl Lake).
St. Anthony Church in Watkins held a Youth Breakfast Feb. 4 in conjunction with Catholic United Financial. Proceeds were for youth and religious education programming.
Feb. 7, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Elvera “Peps” Neuman received the “Breaking Barriers” award in the 32nd annual Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day ceremony. Known today as Gopher Women’s Basketball “blanket lady,” Neuman started high school competition at Eden Valley High School, and she once owned a traveling basketball team. At a time when there was no room for women in sports, Neuman made her own space and set her own path. Her professional career spanned 26 years.
Senator/Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach visited the Eden Valley city council meeting Feb. 7.
Kimball Elementary School held its preschool open house and Kindergarten Roundup Feb. 8.
Watkins Senior Citizens held their Valentine Party Feb. 8 at St. Anthony Manor.
The KAHS National Honor Society held a “Stand Tall” spaghetti dinner Feb. 8 to raise money for Mitchell Jansky and his family.
Michael Morgan of Morgan’s Motorplex attended the Feb. 8 South Haven city council meeting. He is interested in purchasing 67 acres of ag land north of the water tower but within city limits, and he intends to use it for a recreational facility for straight-line automobile and snowmobile racing. A hearing was set at the March 6 meeting, to be held April 11. (These plans fell through later because city zoning would not allow such an operation, and the hearing was not necessary.)
Great Northern Theatre Company presented “BINGO: The Winning Musical” Feb. 9-11 and 15-18 at Great Blue Heron Supper Club in Cold Spring.
EV-W Community Ed held a self defense class for adults and teens Feb. 10.
The Dave Berger Memorial fishing contest was held Feb. 10 on Pearl Lake.
The Watkins Lions held their annual ice bocce tournament Feb. 10.
Assumption Church in Eden Valley held a silent auction and bake sale Feb. 10-11.
The Food Review and Demonstration Day was held Feb. 11 at Meeker County Family Services Center in Litchfield.
EV-W FFA and Paynesville Area FFA hosted a Caps for Chemo drive. New caps of all styles were collected Feb. 13 at the EV-W boys’ basketball game against Paynesville in honor of Alizabeth Ludwig.
The Kimball Lions Fish Fry was Feb. 16 at Generations Ballroom in Kimball; those proceeds went to Mitchell Jansky and his family. The Watkins Legion held their fish fry that evening as well, at the Village Hall.
The 15th annual Dassel Cokato Expo was held Feb. 17 at the D-C High School.
Around Feb. 17, the Gunslingers range located at the Kimball Rod & Gun Club was vandalized by unknown parties. Eddie’s On Grand was burglarized overnight Feb. 20-21 with cash and pull-tab money stolen.
An Ecclesia Domestica men’s retreat was held Feb. 17 at Assumption Church in Eden Valley that was open to all men in the area. Together with St. Anthony Parish, the day-long retreat was to renew Catholic families by strengthening Catholic men.
An Adult Prom fundraiser was held Feb. 17 to raise money for the Kimball Senior Scholarship organization. The event included dinner and a silent auction.
Both EV-W Knowledge Bowl teams came home with medals and trophies from the Feb. 21 meet in Holdingford. Varsity I team placed second as a team in the conference, and several individuals earned third-place medals. The junior varsity B team earned first-place medals for the meet, and a first-place trophy for the season. The JV A team earned third-place medals for the meet.
Kimball senior Hayden Gagnon scored his 1,000th point 15 minutes into the Feb. 22 basketball game against Pierz.
The Kimball American Legion and Auxiliary Post 261 held their fish fry Feb. 23.
The Section 4A Individual Wrestling Tournament was held Feb. 24 at Kimball and five wrestlers earned spots in the state tournament: Taylor Ludwig (EV-W), Payton Schiefelbein (Kimball), Zack Holtz (K), Austin Donnay (K), and Ben Zipoy (K). Fourteen other EV-W and Kimball wrestlers placed in the tournament. Holtz would go on to take fourth at state, March 1-3.
Church of Our Lady in Manannah held a sausage and pancake breakfast Feb. 25.
Chef Brian Renz of Taher (the schools’ food service company) visited Kimball Elementary School Feb. 26.
It was announced Feb. 28 that the Diocese of St. Cloud would file Chapter 11 bankruptcy after 74 civil claims were made against the Diocese naming 31 members of the clergy of sexual abuse.
Thirteen members of Eden Valley-Watkins FFA qualified for their Minnesota FFA State Degrees in February. They would receive their state degrees at the Minnesota FFA State Convention in April.
EV-W FFA celebrated National FFA Week by visiting Mrs. Janssen’s second-grade class and conducting ag literacy stations, and by serving up root beer floats at the elementary and secondary schools.
Feb. 2, Lawrence “Larry” Geislinger, 75, of Litchfield (formerly of Watkins)
Feb. 15, Marcella “Sally” (Meyer) Hilary, 90, of Watkins (formerly of Kimball)
Feb. 18, Frederick Luoma, 76, of South Haven
Feb. 22, Joyce Voight, 63, of South Haven
Feb. 23, Rita (Wurm) Schoen, 70, of Watkins
Feb. 27, Ella Mae Stenger, 78, of Eden Valley
Feb. 16, Blake Kevin Unterberger, to Chad and Jen Unterberger