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Donnelly News 122813

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.  

I want to say “manga takk” to all my loyal readers for all their support during the past year to make this column successful.  

It has been very cold the past week, with some snow, there’s also some blowing and drifting.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St. John’s on Dec. 29 at 10 a.m.

There is no Sunday school on Dec. 29.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: There will be no Sunday school on Dec. 29.   This is a change from what was announced earlier.

There will be an Epiphany Tree Burning Service on Sunday, Jan. 5 at Engebreston’s Sanitary Disposal Service, sponsored by First Lutheran Church of Morris.

Pianist Jim Hendricks will present a concert at Trinity Lutheran Church of Cyrus on Dec. 29.

Russell Salverson passed away on Dec. 7.  Survivors include his niece Debrah Danelz (Robert) and their family from Donnelly. A memorial service will be held today (Saturday) in Morris.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Sunday school program at Kongsvinger on  Dec. 19. A good crowd was on hand despite the weather.

Ezekiel Craig Swanson, son of Craig and Amy, was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris on Dec. 22.

Congratulations to the Morris Area Knowledge Bowl teams. They placed first, fifth and seventh at Concordia recently. The fifth place team included  Dalton Luepke, Adam D. Uphoff, and Dakota Luepke.

Arbela Rose was born on Dec. 16 to Jake and Sheena.  Grandparents are Alan and Mary Uphoff.

Matt Flogstad was recently hired as a full time deputy sheriff for Stevens County.

The Kopaceks spent Christmas with their cousins Brian and Diane Richardson of Herman.

On Dec. 13, I attended the visitation for Ray Thymian in Morris. He and my uncle Larry often found themselves working together, Ray installing  furnaces, and Larry the ductwork.

Mark Koepke and I attended the living nativity at Faith Lutheran Church of Morris on Dec. 24. Later Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at Good Shepherd and in the evening Joan and John Kopacek and I attended services at St John’s. Jim and Lou and I attended services at Good Shepherd on Dec. 25. Later they joined Mark and I at the community dinner at First Lutheran in Morris.

Mark was my guest for Christmas Eve dinner.

Reminder that if you are going to be gone for a while for the holidays or going south you can read my column online or  I have also posted a copy of my annual Christmas letter on my blog too.