Compiled by: Jean Doran Matua, Editor
Spring burning restrictions began early in Minnesota because of warm temperatures and dry conditions.
Ground was broken for a new Meeker County Fairground that will be a showcase for agricultural education programs and FFA chapters in the area. It will house the FFA Children’s Barnyard, and provide additional space for growth in the livestock exhibits as well. The building is named for Animals Inc. of Watkins, Litchfield, Maple Lake, and Kimball, as they are a major donor to the project.
Hilltop Health Care Center announced expansion of their Gardenview Apartments to add another 12 units. Construction is expected to begin as early as
At their May 1 meeting, the South Haven City Council appointed Lonny Bach to fill a vacant seat on the council. At the same meeting, they accepted Jill Schmidt’s resignation, again leaving a vacancy.
Eden Valley-Watkins Community Ed Theatre presented Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” May 4-6 at EV-W High School.
Clean-up day in Kimball was May 5, including hazardous waste pick-up by Stearns County.
Sign up for the season’s swimming lessons at the Watkins Pool was May 5. It turned out to be another good season at the pool.
The KAHS Softball team held their first Color Run fundraiser May 5.
May 5 was also the date of the South Haven Fire & Rescue Smelt Fry at the Fire Hall.
A pork chop dinner was hosted May 6 by Forest City Threshers at their dining hall.
May 6 was “Monster” Mike Schultz day in Kimball, with a parade through town, and a party at the Lions Shelter in Willow Creek Park. The day was to celebrate Schultz, not only for his Paralympic gold and silver, but for all of his accomplishments so far.
The Kimball Express hosted the Watkins Clippers for their first match-up of the season May 6. Watkins squeaked out a one-run win over the Express in the final inning.
KAHS band and choir held a potato bar fundraiser May 7.
The Old Coots met May 8 at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball.
At the May 9 Eden Valley City Council meeting, the Eden Valley Lions brought a giant check representing their donation of $100,000 to the new Friederichs Park being planned in Eden Valley.
The Kimball Senior Scholarship organization held a Dessert Dash and silent auction May 9 to help raise scholarship money for KAHS students. Twenty-seven scholarships totalling $20,000 were awarded that evening.
DARE graduation was held May 11 for both Eden Valley-
Watkins and ACGC through the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. (The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has discontinued the program in 2018.)
The EV-W/Kimball track team hosted an Invitational May 11 on Kimball’s new track, and both the girls’ and boys’ teams took first place.
The Kimball All-City Garage Sale was May 12.
Kimball Scout Troop 357 worked May 12 with the Fairhaven Lions Club on building a Little Free Library that was installed in Fairhaven Park May 29.
May 18 Minnesota authors Jill and Deane Johnson of Park Rapids shared their “Little Minnesota” books in Eden Valley hosted by the Eden Valley Area Library.
“Monster” Mike Schultz was selected to throw out the first pitch May 18 at Target Field as the Twins faced the Brewers. Wife Sara and daughter Lauren were there to pose with T.C. Bear.
Kingston Mini Mart hosted a Burger Night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life May 18. Their 6th annual customer appreciation day was May 12.
The EV-W Robotics team was given a big send-off May 18 from the high school as they headed off to the May 19 state robotics tournament at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. EV-W emerged as State Champions as a combined team with Greenbush-Middle River and Frazee-Vergas.
The Eden Valley C4P Garage Sale was held May 18-19 in the Community Center.
The Kimball Lions golf tournament was May 19.
The Kimball Area Friends of the Library hosted a fundraiser breakfast May 20 at the Kimball Legion Club.
The year-end awards ceremony was held at KAHS May 21.
The EV-W/K track & field team placed second at subsections
The EV-W FFA chapter held its annual banquet May 23.
Another Red Cross Blood Drive was held May 24 hosted by the Kimball Fire & Rescue Department at St. Anne’s Church in Kimball.
KAHS graduation was May 24; 56 seniors graduated in the KAHS Class of 2018. A highlight of graduation night was seeing senior Mitchell Jansky walk across the stage to receive his diploma; Jansky had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in December, and the hospital coordinated his surgery and chemotherapy treatments so he could participate in the graduation ceremony.
Donita Knaus won six awards at the 2018 Ms Natural Minnesota bodybuilding and fitness competition in Bloomington
May 25-26. She placed first in masters women’s bodybuilding, second in masters women’s physique, third in novice bodybuilding and novice physique, third in open bodybuilding, and fourth in open physique.
As reigning state amateur baseball champions in Class C, the Kimball Express was invited to play at Target Field May 26 against the Lake Henry Lakers, the team they beat in the final moments to win the 2017 championship. The annual Town Ball Classic features competition between the top two teams in Class C then Class B, separately, and lastly Minneapolis and St. Paul teams play each other. Scores of family and friends were there to watch them play in the sweltering heat – it must have been the hottest day of the year that day. The Express got to wear their brand-new white uniforms, donated by Big Athletics, one of the perks of winning the 2017 MBA State Tournament. The game ended in a tie, so the next game could be played on schedule.
Memorial Day services were held around the area May 28 including at Watkins Veterans Park/
St. Anthony Cemetery, Kimball Elementary School, Kingston Veterans Park, and Veterans Monument Park in Eden Valley.
Some members of the Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball track/field team qualified for State at the Section 5A Championships May 30. The girls’ team finished in seventh place, and the boys finished fifth. Qualifying for State were Hannah Ehlinger in high jump; Matthew Notch in 400M, high jump, and 4×400; Jamison Kuechle and Hayden Gagnon also in 4×400; and Parker Kenning, Jake Blommer and Michael Stotz filled an empty spot on the 4×400 with two alternates. The state meet was June 8-9. Ehlinger earned State second in high jump; Notch earned State second in 400M, third in 4×400, and fifth in high jump; and the boys’ 4×400 relay team earned third-place medals.
On May 30, very old and unstable explosives were found on property on County Road 48 in Maine Prairie Township by Brad Donnay who had recently purchased the property. There were several boxes of dynamite blasting caps and a plastic bag containing what was believed to be an explosive compound. Donnay removed the items from the shed where they were found, and buried them. The Sheriff’s Office called out the Minneapolis Bomb Squad to excavate the items and detonate them in place.
Eden Valley-Watkins graduation was May 31; 74 seniors graduated in the EV-W Class of 2018. The evening was dedicated to a missing classmate, Jake Foehrenbacher who died suddenly in April 2016 of a ruptured brain aneurysm.
May 3, Krystal Johnson, 33, of Watkins
May 10, Erma (Smith) Bowatz, 90, of Kimball
May 11, Elmer Haag, 84, of Eden Valley
May 14, LaVerne “Vernie” (Schabel) Winter, 87, of Luxemburg
May 17, Ralph Boyer, 78, of Litchfield
May 23, Elsie (Warhol) Stein, 88, of Kimball
May 28, Neil Hilary, 91, of Watkins (formerly of Kimball)
May 28, Shirley Mae (Roach) Rathbun, of St. Cloud (formerly of Eden Valley)
Dennis and Pam Loch celebrated their 60th birthdays May 12 at Kiffmeyer Park in
St. Augusta with a picnic lunch.
Having announced his run for Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty announced Michelle Fischbach as his running mate. Fischbach was State Senator for District 13B, was president of the Minnesota Senate, and had recently taken on the office of Lt. Governor. (The Pawlenty-Fischbach team did not survive the primary election in August.)
KAHS junior Athena Capes spent her summer in Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., with C Company, 35th Engineer Batallion.
A number of local road projects were ongoing throughout the summer 2018. MnDOT crews began milling and repaving CSAH 30 near Manannah in mid-June. The School Avenue intersection with Highway 55 in Watkins was milled and paved after milling and paving of Highway 55 was completed through town; milling and paving of Highway 55 from west of Kimball to west of Eden Valley was done this summer. Highway 55 between Buffalo and Rockford was closed for a major reconstruction job this summer.
The Watkins Swimming Pool opened for the season June 1. The season went well, again, under the management of Ashlee Lundberg.
Backyard Garden Creations held an open house June 1 & 2 at their new location on Central Avenue, the former Mies car dealership building near the railroad tracks. The business had formerly been operating out of owner Jean Reinert’s home a few blocks away.
The Kimball Legion Auxiliary attended the Sixth District American Legion Convention June 1-2 in Nisswa.
The Forest City Threshers Show 2018 Tractor Drive came through Watkins Sunday afternoon, June 3, winding through town and past Hilltop Health Care Center before heading back on Highway 55.
A “Little Free Library” was installed June 7 in the Fairhaven Park, on the south side of the shelter. Originally planned for May 29, it was postponed because of rain. The Eden Valley Area Library donated three boxes of books to help fill it.
The Fairhaven Lions held their awards ceremony June 7 presenting well over a dozen awards.
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball held their family garage sale and plant sale June 8-9 at the church.
Eden Valley-Watkins Community Ed held their annual father/daughter, mother/son dance June 9 in the Eden Valley Community Center.
The City of Watkins clean-up day was June 9. It was fairly quiet this year.
The Watkins Clippers hosted the Kimball Express June 10 and won the day, 3-2.
The Kimball Rod & Gun Club hosted seven schools for a big meet June 10.
The Kimball Public Library, part of the Great River Regional Library system, kicked off their summer reading program June 11. The theme was “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” This was the sign-up day, and the library hosted an ice cream social at Willow Creek Park with Ralph Corvert and his Time Machine Guitar performing.
June 14 was the Section 4A sub-section trap shoot meet in Alexandria. The EV-W team ranked seventh. Drew Teicher and Maicy Laumer were the team high guns for EV-W. The Kimball team ranked ninth, and Connor Carlson and Julia Zipoy were team high guns for Kimball.
At its June 14 meeting, the Watkins City Council heard from Becky Berg about the chickens she keeps in her yard. A city ordinance that has been on the books more than 20 years bans farm animals, including chickens. The council agreed to investigate what other towns do about chickens. (They later set up an ordinance for chickens, with specific limitations and requirements; a permit is required, to register chickens at a household, but there is no fee.)
Harvest Bank in Kimball hosted a customer appreciation cookout June 15 to celebrate June Dairy Month. Donations were matched to the Kimball FFA. Stearns County Dairy Princesses Anna and Emily Donnay helped serve ice cream.
The Kimball Class of 1953 met June 19 at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball.
The 2018 Regional 4-H Camp was held June 19-21 at the U of M Morris campus for grades 3-6. There were seven campers and five counselors from Meeker County at the camp this year.
Valley Daze in Eden Valley were June 21-23. Mayor Brent Bengtson was chosen to be Valley Daze grand marshal. This year’s feature was the Lumberjack Show. The 20th annual car show and 12th annual Valley Tractor Club tractor show were June 23 at EV-W Elementary.
Carlson Pillow Cleaning Service returned to the Kimball Legion Club June 22. They come each year, hosted by the Auxiliary, to clean and fluff pillows, and to sell new pillows.
The Kimball Class of 1961 met June 22 at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball.
Jack Knaus represented KAHS at the State high school shoot June 22 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. He shot 97/100 and placed 32nd among the top 100 athletes in the state.
June 23 was clean-up day in Fair Haven, cleaning up the park in preparation for Old Settlers Day.
St. Mary Help of Christians held their annual festival June 23-24 with their popular chicken dinner, quilt auction, and Diamondback band.
The 92nd annual Fair Haven Old Settlers Day was June 30. There were three candidates for Fairhaven Ambassadors, and all three were crowned: Bailey Dominick, Alexandra Packard, and Jenna Bidwell. Packard also was selected by her peers as Miss Congeniality.
Manannah Daze was held June 30.
June 6, Margy (Rohrbeck) Lennox, 87, of Litchfield (formerly of Watkins and Kimball)
June 7, Roman Utecht, 92, of Osseo (formerly of Watkins)
June 9, Evelyn (Vouk) Berscheid, 90, of Cold Spring (formerly of Payneville)
June 10, Viola (Dockendorf) Miller, 104, of Dassel (formerly of Litchfield)
June 11, Harold “Bud” Harbinson, 79, of Buffalo
June 13, Anthony Bechtold, 85, of Fairhaven
June 17, Margaret “Margo” Ruhland, 69, of Sauk Rapids
Evelyn Lorraine Joramo was born in June to Kyle and Emily Joramo of Litchfield.
Jerry Jeppesen celebrated his 80th birthday June 3 at Kimball United Methodist Church.
Bill Spies celebrated his 80th birthday June 9 at his Kimball home.
Jack Adolph celebrated his 85th birthday with an open house June 30 at his Kimball farm.
A new emergency siren was installed in McCarthy Park in Watkins during July. It is located behind the new bandstand in the park. A properly functioning emergency siren was made more urgent after the July 11, 2016, tornado, and in light of the old siren on the Village Hall that is on its last legs.
The Kimball Rod & Gun Club held Firearm Safety Training in July, with sign-up July 2.
The 2018 Tri-County Resource Guide was released along with the July 5 Tri-County News. Coordinating the program was Bob Greeley for whom the team of 1968 were heroes. Greeley would be co-chair of the 2018 Minnesota Amateur Baseball State Tournament to be hosted in Shakopee (his adopted home town) and New Prague.
Sunday, July 8, the 1968 Kimball town ball team was honored in a program before the Express baseball game that day. The 1968 team was the first team from Kimball to make it to the state amateur baseball tournament, 50 years ago. Several members of the 1968 team attended the program, and were called out to the field to be honored. The 2017 Kimball Express team was the eleventh Kimball team to go to the state tournament, and the first to go all the way to State Champions.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile was in Watkins July 11 hosted at St. Anthony Parish Hall.
The annual Pearl Lake Parish Festival was held July 14 with their famous grilled pork chops and corn-on-the-cob; BLT played for the street dance. The day began with the 5K/1K Pork Chop Trot.
Ostmark Lutheran Church in rural Watkins held their annual Homemade Ice Cream Social July 15 at the church.
The KHS Class of 1949 held their 69th reunion July 15 at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball.
“Monster” Mike Schultz was voted Best Male Athlete With a Disability and presented the award July 18 at the 2018 ESPY Awards on ABC.
Kimball Schools superintendent Jim Wagner tendered his resignation at the July 18 school board meeting. He will be moving on to Buffalo, Wyoming. At a special meeting July 31, high school principal Erik Widvey was invited to take on the role of interim superintendent. (Widvey would later accept that role, as interim superintendent for one year. Nancy Bonnifield accepted the role of interim principal, also for one year.)
The Kimball Class of 1959 met July 19 at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball.
The Kimball Legion Auxiliary attended the 99th state convention in Rochester July 19-21.
The annual Judy Pauls Ride was held July 21, starting at Bud’s Bar in Watkins. This year’s proceeds went to 4-year-old Aliabeth Ludwig who had been diagnosed with leukemia in December. About two dozen or so motorcyclists and others participated.
The Kimball Area Friends of the Library hosted an evening July 23 with the architects to show the plans for the new library building for Kimball. Dozens turned out to see the plans, learn that Harvest Bank had donated $50,000 to start the project, and that long-time librarian Lorraine Gregory had also donated a large sum, $15,000, to kick off the project. A state grant was applied to that, if approved, would match monetary and in-kind pledges and gifts. (The grant was approved just at the end of 2018, so the project can now move forward.)
Hawkins Nyholm of Kimball competed at the National Field Archery Association Outdoor Field National Championships in Mechanicsburg, Pa., July 25-29. After three days and 252 arrows, Hawkins took the National Championship title. He’s 9 and a fourth-grader at Kimball.
Luke Ashbrook, 12, won the age 13-15 PGA Minnesota Golf’Sota Series July 26 at Kimball Golf Club. Avery Maus placed third in the girls’ age 13-15 competition, her best finish for the season so far.
Savanna Prairie in Kimball held an indoor carnival for residents and their families July 27.
The Eden Valley Sportsmen Club held a Sportsmen Expo July 28 at Browns Lake Park.
St. Wendelin’s Parish held their annual parish bazaar July 29 with their popular chicken & ham dinner, and dozens of quilts for the quilt auction.
July 2, George “Chief” Hayden, 72, of Kimball
July 10, Sharon (Rosha) Lauer, 76, of South Haven
July 16, Alice (Jacobsen) Elliott, 84, of Maple Plain (formerly of Annandale)
July 17, John Loch, 52, of Frazee (formerly of Kimball)
July 17, Dale Miller, 42, of Elk River
July 18, Walter Donnay, 79, of Watkins
July 21, Kenneth “Ken” Opsahl, 72, of Kimball
July 24, Dennis “Moose” Muehring, 78, of St. Cloud (formerly of South Haven)
July 27, Scott “Jersey” Piccerillo, 42, of Watkins
Harold Meierhofer celebrated his 80th birthday with an open house July 1 at the Eden Valley Sportsman Club on Browns Lake.
Leon and Diane (Theis) Weiber celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house July 22.
Eileen and Vernie Hennen celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in July with a private family gathering.
New playground equipment was installed in the South Haven park this month.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Aug. 1 at the Meeker County Fair grounds for the new Children’s FFA Barn Yard named for Animals Inc. Veterinary, a major donor for the project.
The City of Watkins held a public hearing Aug. 1 about Northstar Behavioral Health of St. Paul wanting to lease the Watkins House for use as a state-licensed residential facility for 7-16 persons for drug treatment. Use of that building within a residential neighborhood would require an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance. About 20 Watkins residents attended the hearing and most expressed their opposition, for varying reasons, to having this facility in town.
Aug. 2 a crop-dusting plane crashed in a cornfield about 3 miles north of Watkins. The 21-year-old pilot was able to walk away.
Eighteen years in the making, Pearl Lake native Bob Kunkel’s memoir of his year in Vietnam was published Aug. 3. What started as a list of haunting memories, as preparation for meeting with a psychologist to help with his PTSD, turned into a 380-page book. The therapy he received at the VA for PTSD was helpful, and Kunkel urges all who need help to get in touch with their local VA where they have people with the tools to help them. His first book-signing event was Sept. 21 at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball. So far, the book is receiving rave reviews. An interview with Kunkel was recorded for Around the Corner, and aired Nov. 11 on Arvig cable TV.
The annual Kraut N Wurst festival was held in Watkins Aug. 3-4. Bryan “Tiny” Landwehr was selected by the Fire Department to be the 2018 Kraut N Wurst grand marshal. Nicollet Schmitz was crowned Little Miss Watkins Aug. 4; Lillian Lydeen and Lainey Manuel were crowned Princesses. The coronation was held in the Village Hall because of unrelenting, torrential rains, thunderstorms, and a tornado not far from Watkins. The parade Saturday was quite soggy, too, after rain all morning. All in all, it was another great Kraut N Wurst.
The Watkins ball park was the host of the Region 11C amateur baseball regional tournament Aug. 4-5.
The Watkins American Legion Club held their annual membership dinner Aug. 7
The Great Northern Theatre Company presented “Annie” this year, Aug. 3-5 and 9-12.
At their Aug. 7 regular meeting, the Kimball City Council approved a solar ordinance, just before the moratorium on solar installations in town was set to expire. The next day, Aug. 8, clerk Nicole Pilarski resigned to accept a job as clerk in Eden Valley, replacing Mona Haag who had been clerk there 30 years and was set to retire. That didn’t last long. After giving a month’s notice, by Sept. 18 she had contacted the mayor asking to be reconsidered for her old job, and she was back in her desk by Oct. 2.
Aug 7 was National Night Out across America. Eden Valley held neighborhood “block parties” around town. Kimball had a party at the Kimball Area Fire Hall. And Watkins held a party at McCarthy Park in conjunction with Meeker County Sheriff’s Office; more kids attended the National Night Out in Watkins this year than in all previous years combined.
Kimball Days took place Aug. 9-12; this was the 37th year of Kimball Days. “Monster” Mike Schultz was an easy choice for 2018 Kimball Days grand marshall. Erin Helgeson, Madelyn Lindberg, and Claire Maus were selected Little Miss Kimball Ambassadors from among five candidates. The LA Pig Races returned this year and were a big hit.
The Kimball Lions held their annual 5K run/walk Aug. 11, during Kimball Days.
The Valley Tractor Club paid a visit to Hilltop Health Care Center with a display of antique tractors Aug. 11.
The 32nd annual Antique Car Run made its way through Kingston Aug. 11, stopping long enough for lunch.
The KAHS Class of 1998 held their 20th reunion Aug. 11 at the Hayloft in Luxemburg.
Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale held a Karnival for Kids Aug. 12 with a pedal tractor pull competition and much more.
Johnson-Hagglund funeral home held a grand opening Aug. 12 at their new location in Litchfield, with their new funeral home and Meeker County’s only crematory.
A win against the Sartell Muskies Aug. 12 earned the Kimball Express a ticket to the state baseball tournament. Going into the tournament as the 2017 State Champions, there was a lot of pressure on the Express. (They would emerge at the end of the state tournament in third place in Class C.)
Sign up for a Firearms Safety Hunter Education Course was held Aug. 13; classes began that evening at the Sportsman Club trap shooting range on Vails Lake.
An American Red Cross blood drive was held Aug. 14 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.
The annual Pedal Pilgrimage to Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring was Aug. 15. The Pilgrimage is a 23-mile bike tour along country roads and trails through Richmond, Jacobs Prairie, Rockville, and back to Cold Spring. It concludes with a Mass at the Grasshopper Chapel.
A required public notification meeting was held Aug. 15 at Maine Prairie Township Hall about Thomas Snook, 30, a Level III sex offender about to be released to an address near Kimball after having served his jail sentence. It was standing-room-only for the meeting with representatives from the Department of Corrections, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, parole office, BCA, and the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center.
The second annual Share the Love Alayna Ertl Memorial ATV Run was held Aug. 18.
Kimball Wrestling Boosters held their annual fundraiser Aug. 18 at The Preserve; this year it was Burgers by the Barn.
Eden Valley hosted another MidSummer Blast Aug. 18 on the Elementary School grounds. Walter’s Wheelhouse opened the outdoor concert, with Snake Oil being the featured act.
A benefit was held Aug. 18 for Jayne and Jeff Roering, at Backyard Garden Creations in Watkins.
The 35th annual Rendezvous was held Aug. 18-19 at Forest City Stockade. The 30th annual Forest City Threshers Show was held that same weekend, across the road; Fairbanks Morse and Oliver/Hart-Parr were the featured tractors this year.
The Watkins Pool closed Aug. 24 after a successful season.
Aug. 17 began the 95th annual Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament, hosted in New Prague and Shakopee. The Kimball Express played their first game Aug. 26. The tournament ended Labor Day weekend. The Express finished in third place this year.
The Kingston Little Free Library officially opened Aug. 23. Located at Kingston MiniMart, along Highway 15, it was a 4-H project headed up by Caitlyn Atkinson. It was shown at the Meeker County Fair before it was installed in Kingston, and it won a blue ribbon. The American Legion Junior Auxiliary in Kingston, of which Caitlyn is president, helped to build the Little Free Library, and were on hand for the official ribbon-cutting. Caitlyn’s grandfather Dale Atkinson was the project advisor.
Kimball schools started, after the summer break, for grades pre-K through 6 on Aug. 27; all other students started the next day. Kimball Schools had a new superintendent, a new high school principal, and nine new staff. Open house was held Aug. 22.
The St. Cloud Antique Auto Club held a car show at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins Aug. 28 for residents and staff there.
The nearly-annual Rooster Bowl stayed in Eden Valley again this year after the Eagles beat Kimball, 41-22, Aug. 30 at Kimball.
Early in the morning Aug. 31, two men were on Brad Donnay’s recently acquired property with a pickup truck loaded with lumber from a shed. Most likely, they had staked out the place before and during a recent auction there. As they were leaving, with a loaded pickup, they decided to drive around a locked gate rather than use the bolt-cutters they had. Turns out that was a pretty bad choice. Instead of driving off with their loot, they drove right into a big pile of manure. And not just any pile of manure: this was confinement steer manure that had been marinating and fermenting, perhaps for months. Ripe, super-stinky manure. The driver ran off. When Stearns County deputies arrived, they found the other man standing on the side of the road, smoking a cigarette, wearing jean shorts over long underwear and no shoes. He was soaked with manure up to his armpits, with more splashed on his face. Matthew Bloomquist had been patiently waiting for help getting the truck unstuck. Neighbor Tom Konz had heard them early that morning. He stopped by to check it out, and told Bloomquist that he’d return with his tractor to get him out, but that it might take awhile. Several hours later, Bloomquist was still waiting. He was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail, booked on third-
degree burglary and possession of stolen property. The next day, Deputy Pogatshnik, who had taken Bloomquist to jail, still had his windows open; he said there wasn’t enough Febreeze to get rid of the stench. Sometimes, crime stinks!
Ground was broken Aug. 31 for a Dollar General store in Eden Valley with councilwoman Jan Scheets, former landowner Steve Schmitt, mayor Brent Bengtson, and Paul Maxwell representing Ratcliff Development for Dollar General. The store was up and running by the end of the year.
“Monster” Mike Schultz and his company BioDapt Inc. received the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. for-profit I-Award, one of two $1,000 awards given to companies that employ innovation to solve problems and create innovation.
Aug. 1, Joseph “Joe” Pauly, 54, of Watkins in a work accident at home
Aug. 2, Lillian (Blumke) Weckwerth, 96, of Green Isle (formerly of Fairhaven)
Aug. 3, Dallas Schultz, 79, of Paynesville
Aug. 6, Lorraine (Langer) Stelton, 82, of Watkins
Aug. 7, Roland “Skip” Johnson, 74, of Annandale
Aug. 7, Roland Schmidt, 80, of Watkins
Aug. 12, Michael Maurer Jr., 29, of St. Cloud (formerly of South Haven)
Aug. 13, Beverley “Bev” Kuechle, 70, of Kimball
Aug. 17, Rev. Ruth Hograbe, 66 (former pastor of Zion UMC in South Haven)
Aug. 19, Iris (Thiele) Donnay, 88, of Watkins
Aug. 19, Beverly “Bev” (Newman) Laabs, 76, of Fairhaven
Hazel Ann Mertens arrived in August to Alyssa and Nathan Mertens.
Collin Mathew Adolph arrived in August to Matt and Julie Adolph of Kimball.
Robert Asfeld celebrated his 80th birthday with an open house Aug. 11 at his Beardsley farm.
Steve and Laurel (Tufts) Yanish celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 5 with a private family gathering.