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Donnelly News 8-24-13

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

After several weeks of mild temperatures, it has gotten very hot again and it is very dry.  The Threshing Bee grain has been shocked and wheat harvest is underway.

From St. John’s/ Kongsvinger’s: On Aug. 25, the parish will be leading services under the big top tent at 9 a.m., on the Threshing Bee grounds.   Rev. Rochelle Anderson is the guest preacher, and Tom and Pearl Horning will be providing the music. There will be joint services at St. John’s on Sept. 1 at 10:15 a.m.

The 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.

Faith and First Lutheran Churches of Morris will have a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24, and following joint services   at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 25 at Pomme de Terre Park.

Elena Nessman of Kensington passed away on Aug. 12.  Her funeral is today (Saturday) at First Lutheran Church in Kensington.  Survivors include a great nephew, Mark (Michelle) Papesh of Donnelly.

Leon Smith of the Donnelly area passed away on Aug. 17.

Former Donnelly area resident Bruce Boerner of Holmes City passed away on Aug. 14.

Leroy and Lillian Thorstad of Hoffman passed away on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19.  Among their survivors are two nieces Tamara Stoneburg (Dave); Terry (Mark) Krenz; and a nephew Scott (Cathi) Boerner.

Adeline Gustafson of Wheaton passed away on Aug. 9.  Survivors include her grandson Jay (Laurie) Melberg and his daughter Alissa Melberg.

The Threshing Bee, or as we like to call it “our family reunion,” starts this morning (Saturday) with a pancake breakfast and concludes tomorrow afternoon with a horse and pony pull.  Buttons are available at the gate and there will be a schedule of events also available.  The headquarters building is the Depot.  There will be many events going on both days, including a horseshoe tournament, sawing, and shingle making.   

A second work night to take things down, and put them away will be held on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.   Any help of any kind during or after the Bee is always welcome.

There will also be some events at “The Place to Be” today (Saturday), including a motorcycle ride this afternoon and a DJ tonight.

As of this writing my golf cart is in the repair shop and I am unsure if it will get fixed in time for use at the Bee. If not, I will try and find somebody who would be willing to let me use theirs for handicapped individuals.

I had a message from David Fluegel asking me to encourage all current and former Donnelly area residents to join the Donnelly Kids Facebook page.

There will be an open house 50th anniversary celebration for Gene and Sharon Miller on Saturday, Sept. 7, at West Pomme Lodge from 4 to 7 p.m.

August James Johnson was born on July 30 to Jeremiah and Erica Johnson of Fargo, N.D. Local grandparents and great grandmother are Jerry and Wanda Cin and Lyla Cin of Morris.

Adelyn Sperr was born on Aug. 5 to Adam and Michelle Sperr.  Grandparents are Don and Tammy Sperr, and Tom and Pearl Horning, and great grandparents are Paul and Betty Sperr.

The Eagles’ amateur baseball team won the Region 9C tournament and is headed to the state.  Mac Beyer is a member of that team.

Tyler Busse won first place in the small stock modified demo derby at the Stevens County Fair.  Mark Dunn won first place in his class at the Swift County Fair in Appleton last weekend.

Sami Searle won the powder puff enduro race at the Stevens County Fair in Morris.

Keaton, Braeden and Ryanne Long won several grand and reserve championships in 4-H at the Grant County Fair in Herman.

Dave Lonegran and I attended the Soils Lab field day in Morris on Aug. 15.

The Threshing Bee royalty participated in the Cornfest parade in Ortonville on Aug. 18. This was their last parade of their reign.  As usual, they were outstanding ambassadors for the Donnelly area during the past year. En route I stopped in Chokio for the firemen’s corn and hamburger feed.

Mark Koepke and I attended the grand opening of the Someplace Safe thrift store in Morris on Aug. 19.  Later I attended the visitation for Leon Smith and in the evening, I attended an informal “meet and greet” in Morris for Jeff Johnson, Republican candidate for governor.

As I have stated before, one upside to a funeral is seeing people you have not seen for a long time.   Rev. Joel Dahlen, his wife René and their daughter Naomi as well as Rev. Steve Olson attended Leon Smith’s funeral.   Joel and Steve are former pastors at St John's/Kongsvinger.