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Donnellly News 8-1713

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Corrections: survivors of Clara Foss of Hoffman include her son, Bob (Donna Smith) Foss and family.

Jessalyn Marshall (Brian and Diane Richardson) is one of the candidates for little Miss Donnelly.

It was perfect weekend for the Stevens County fair -- sunny and mild with very comfortable temperatures. Crops continue to look good.  We hope to shock the grain for the Bee soon.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news:  There will be joint services at 10:15 a.m. on Aug. 18 at Kongsvinger. On Aug. 25, the parish will be leading services under the big top tent on the Threshing Bee grounds with Rev. Rochelle Anderson as guest preacher, and Tom and Pearl Horning providing the music.

There is a bridal shower at Kongsvinger for Amanda Werk, bride to be of Sean Sorteberg, today (Saturday) from 10 -11:30 a.m.  Amanda’s parents are Randy and Louisa; grandparents are Glen and Gertie Werk.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Vacation Bible School will be held on Aug. 21.  For details, call 585-6868. There will be a Bible study on the book of Revelation every Wednesday at 9 a.m., open to everyone in the community.

A Feed My Starving Children packing event will return to Morris on Aug 27, 28, and 29. To volunteer to pack contact the Morris Evangelical Free Church at 589-2808 or Tammy Speer at 589-1729.

Greta Rouske of Hoffman passed away on Aug. 9.  Survivors include her son Russell of Donnelly and his family.

The Threshing Bee is Aug. 24 and 25 and our feature this year is gas engines. This week I will highlight Sunday’s activities:  events start out with an open air church service at 9 a.m., followed by classic car registration with the show to follow.   The afternoon includes the big parade through downtown and concludes with the horse and pony pull. Thanks to Rose Uhden for volunteering to take over the kiddie parade.   Advance sale buttons are on sale at several Donnelly businesses, and the United Farmers and Merchants State Bank locations in Morris and Chokio. The website is and there is also a Donnelly Threshing Bee Facebook page.

There will be a work night at the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m.   For details, call 246-3337 or e-mail donnellythreshingbee@ A second work night to take things down will be held on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Work schedules were mailed out this week however any help of any kind before, during or after the Bee is always welcome.

There will be a surplus food distribution on Aug. 20 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Morris Area High School cafeteria and continuing until gone.

Stevens County fair grand champions in the homemakers’ division include Elaine Harstad, Bernice Erdahl, and Judy Johnston.

In open class Barb Simpson, Michelle Papesh, Deb Koehntop and Shirley Libbon were grand champions.

Rendsville 4-H won grand champ reporter’s and secretary’s book.  The Stampede club had the reserve championship secretary’s book.

Be sure to check out the Aug. 23 supplement to the Morris Sun Tribune with a list of 4-H winners in it.  There are too many to list here.

Benjamin Paul Ackerman and Jase William Ackerman were born on June 24 to Steve and Marie Ackerman of Hawley.  Grandparents are John and Mona Dickey of Donnelly and Dan and Marie Ackerman of Elgin, N.D.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Bible study and Vacation Bible School supper at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Aug. 7 and 14.

Mark Koepke and I attended the Morris Co-op Association’s appreciation supper on Aug. 13 at Pomme de Terre Park.

Joan Kopacek and I attended the all committee meeting and joint council meeting at Kongsvinger on Aug. 14.  It was reported that we raised over $1,000 at the block party.