Tricounty News

May 7: Eden Valley Blood Drive

The American Red Cross wants us to mark our calendars for Wednesday, May 7, when they will be visiting Eden Valley from 1-7 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Every donor is important and needed, but this will be a difficult time to get people to commit being that our spring is slow at coming this year. Please help the American Red Cross reach their goal by making an appointment and informing other friends and family about the importance of donating.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form), at least 110 pounds, be in good general health, have NOT donated in the last 56 days OR 112 days if your last donation was double reds, height/weight requirements for donors younger than 19 years may apply.


May 3: Maine Prairie Cemetery clean-up

The Maine Prairie Cemetery will have a clean-up day Saturday, May 3, starting at 1 p.m. (afternoon).

Anyone’s help would be greatly appreciated.

In case of inclement weather, it will be Saturday, May 10, at the same time.

Maine Prairie Cemetery Board


Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21-25

To the anticipation of many, winter is nearing an end. It’s time to start preparing for warmer weather. Along with warmer temperatures, we face the weather hazards which are common during the spring and summer months.

April 21-25 is Severe Weather Awareness Week, a time to remind Minnesotans about inevitable storms, lightning, wind, floods and tornadoes, and to provide people with information necessary to protect their lives when severe weather threatens.

Stearns County’s Emergency Management Department encourages every family and business to take the opportunity during this week to build awareness of storm dangers and to put weather emergency plans into action. “There’s no substitute for practice when the real thing comes along,” said Erin Hausauer, Emergency Management Director.


Breakfast sets record

Ed Borman (left), better known as “Captain Pancake,” is retiring this year from the Fire Department. He is passing on his pancake turner to Mike Schneider, W-IMG 8300now to be known as “Private Pancake.” Borman was in charge of pancakes at the annual breakfast for 18 years. A new record was set this year, with 1,296 people being served breakfast Sunday morning, April 13. Folks came from as far away as Scotland for the breakfast. (Well, there was that one guy, Brian Miller, who is married to Jennifer Wirth, and he is from Scotland.) Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.


Watkins hosts Easter egg hunt

This year’s Easter egg hunt in Watkins was held at the Lions skating rink. It was a beautiful day for the event, neither too warm or too cold, and all the W-IMG 8222children had lots of fun. Besides gathering eggs, children also enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy, face painting, and a drawing for prizes afterward. The Lions/Lioness and Riverwood Realty sponsored the event. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.