Updated July 23, 2015
School Board meets
Gus Hoene was reelected as school board chairman as the School Board held their annual meeting in conjunction with the regular July meeting Tuesday, July 14. . . .
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Quick is employee of the month
Donna Quick has been chosen by her St. Mary’s Hospital co-workers as the Employee of the Month for June. . . .
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Prairie School Supply Lists
On this page are the school supply lists for Prairie Schools from K through 12. . . .
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Tri-Parish Youth to host barbecue
Hungry? Tired of making your own meals day after day? Come on down to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for a delicious home-cooked meal on Wednesday, July 29th from 11 am to 7 pm! . . .
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Library News
Summer Reading has been well attended with new faces and enthusiasm increasing each week. Last week guest “Hero,” Coleen Sonnen, popular elementary school teacher, kept the children captivated with a variety of stories and much interaction. Accompanying her as special guest were three grandchildren who are visiting from Colorado. . . .
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Hospital Golf Scramble set for Aug. 30
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will be hosting their annual golf scramble on Sunday, August 30th at the Grangeville Country Club.  All proceeds will go towards the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. . . .
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Young distance runner featured
She just turned nine years-old, and yet Emma Strommen will run in her fifth Raspberry Festival Fun Run on August 2. . . .
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Football Schedules
On this page are the schedules for the Prairie High School and Jr. High football teams for next fall. . . .
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Girls Fall Sports Schedules
On this page are the schedules for the Prairie High School Volleyball team and the Jr. High Girls Basketball team. . . .
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Letters to the Editor
On this page are letters to the editor that appeared in this week's print edition of the Cottonwood Chronicle. . . .
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Some of the more than 400 people who showed up to help St. Mary’s Hospital celebrate the 50th anniversary of their current building. 

Marilyn Becker and Mary Watson share memories of moving from the old hospital to the new one at the 50th anniversary celebration. Click on each  photo for a larger view.

Together with his mother and many family members, Father Paul Wander celebrated 25 years of the priesthood with the St. Mary’s Tri-Parish Community, Sunday, July 12, 2015. The day began with the celebration of Holy Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church.  Fr. Paul was presented with 25 red roses by children of the parish which he, in turn, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary. Immediately following the Mass, a catered lunch was provided by “A Taste of Art” and women of the parish. Songs were sung with the crowd (accompaniment by Ben Bross), patriotic songs were presented by last year’s 1st-4th Summit Academy students (lower photo), and gifts were given from children who attended Vacation Bible School.  Ryan Uhlenkott was Master of Ceremonies~engaging the capacity crowd of almost 400 people with humor and gratitude. A spiritual bouquet was given Fr. Paul in thanksgiving for the gift of his priesthood.  Two of Fr. Paul’s brothers, Tim and Tom Wander, shared stories of life in the Wander family with specific anecdotes of their youngest brother, tenth of ten children born to Francis and Anna Wander.  Fr. Paul was ordained June 8, 1990, and has been pastor at St. Mary’s Tri-Parish since July 2012. The Tri-Parish Community is very blessed by Fr. Paul's generosity and servant-heart, as he is always willing to share his time and talents with those he meets. Photo courtesy of Arlene Baerlocher. Click on each photo for a larger view.

Kathy Seubert was this week’s guest reader at the Prairie Community Library’s Summer Reading Program.  Next Tuesday the program will move to the City Park. See “Library News” above left  for more info. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Harvest is underway out in the Greencreek area. This combine was harvesting in a field just east of Greencreek in a field on the south side of Greencreek Road. Photo by Steve Wherry. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The St. Mary’s Hospital maintenance staff is working hard putting in a sprinkler system on the hospital grounds. Tom Schumacher, top photo, is busy running the trencher while Matt Polumsky and Ron Mauer, lower photo, check out the valves and connections. Photos by Cheri Holthaus.Click on each photo for a larger view.

Hoop Camp was another huge success this year, with over 90 boys and girls from 3rd-9th grades.  The camp was organized by Coach Teel Bruner and included a lot of volunteer help!  Looking forward to next year! Photo by Kim Schumacher. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Jake Forsmann and Isaiah Shears (on ladder) finish mounting the hoops on the new outdoor basketball court at Prairie Elementary. The court was paid for with Blue Ribbon School money after taking a poll of the students as to what they would like to have. Click on the photo for a larger view.

It takes a lot of people to put on a "World Famous" Rodeo. This picture was take at 8:30 pm on July 5, after a 6 1/2 hour rodeo at Winchester. These people all volunteer to help with the Winchester Rodeo. After 21 years, there will never be another Winchester Rodeo. It's been a great ride! Photo provided by Junell Willson.

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