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Donnelly News 081614

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news.

The rains over the weekend were "just what the doctor ordered” for the crops

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St. John’s on Aug.17 at 9 a.m. with a joint council meeting following services.   The parish will be leading services under the big top tent on the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 24.

There will be Story time at St. John’s on Aug. 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. for kids of all ages.

There are two upcoming events at the main shelter at Pomme de Terre Park.  The Hope and Healing picnic sponsored by the Pedersen Funeral Home will be held on Aug.18 at 5:30 p.m.  The Thrivent picnic is on Aug. 20 at 5:00 p.m.   Please note the change of time.

The "Feed My Starving Children" packing event is Aug. 26-27 at the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria.

Tucker Christopher Lohse was born on July 14 to Christopher and Joanna Lohse of Elbow Lake.   Grandparents are Todd and Deb Lohse of Elbow Lake, and Keith and Sheila Kaehler of Morris.

Mallory Christine Lair was born on June 19 to Ryan and Jackie (Kill) Lair. Grandparents are Mike and Rhonda Lair of Morris and Nick and Sandy Kill of Morris. Great-grandparents include Barb and Don Rilley of Chokio, and Kermit and Karen Stahn of Morris.  Great-great-grandmother is Marlys Alm of Morris.

 Jace Lee Dohlen was born on July 23, 2014 to Jacob and Krystal Dohlen of Morris. Grandparents include Gary and Sharon Dohlen of Morris, Great-grandparents include Clarence Giese of Morris, There will be an open house baby shower for him today (Saturday,) from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sharon Dohlen’s, 15804 County Rd. 1, Morris.

There will be an open house baby shower for Leah Marie Winther, daughter of Jill and Ryan Winther, on Aug. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Paul and Nancy Thompson home, 58 Berlin Ave S., Herman.        

There will be an open house baby shower for Bentley Brunelle, son of McKayla Smith and Terry Brunelle, on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the home of his grandparents, Mike and Rhoda Smith, 13680 St. Hwy. 9, Donnelly.    

Austin Raths of Donnelly won the bike at the Stevens County Fair.

On Aug. 13, Mark Koepke and I attended the visitation for Warren Vavra, then traveled to Herman for the visitation for former Donnelly area resident Ben DeLong VII (Sr.). Both gentlemen passed away on Aug. 9 and have survivors living in the Donnelly/Herman area.

The Threshing Bee is Aug. 23-24.  Advance sale buttons are now available at various business in Donnelly. The web page is

There will be lots of activities going on both days starting with a pancake breakfast on Sat morning and ending with the drawing on Sunday afternoon. There will be food stands on the grounds as well as displays in the depot and school house and on the grounds and demonstrations such as wood sawing both days. Anyone is welcome to bring a display, do some demonstrating, provide music, etc.  For more information, call (320) 795-2437 or e-mail

Threshing Bee Queen candidates include Samantha Greiner, daughter of Greg and Donna and Makayla Mau, daughter of Maynard and Lori.

Little Miss Donnelly candidates are: Allison Michaelson, daughter of Jeremy Michaelson andTammy Retzlaff; Kylie Mau, daughter of Maynard and Lori Mau; Hailey Lesmeister, daughter of Casey and Danielle Lesmeister; Hannah Cegla, daughter of Brad and Candice Cegla; Hailey Werk, daughter of Duane and Courtney Werk; Tabatha Van Horn, daughter of Josh and Beth Keifer and the late Curtis Van Horn, and  Makenna Loge, daughter of Kevin and Shannon Loge.

 There will be workdays on the grounds on Aug. 19 and 26 at 6:30 pm.  Any and all  help before, during and after the bee is greatly appreciated. Lori Mau is looking for adults to help with the pop shack.Work schedules for the Bee were mailed out on Aug. 11.

The Threshing Bee royalty were part of the Harvest Festival parade in Hoffman on Aug. 2.  

Many area folks attended the Stevens County Fair in Morris over the weekend.  Some grand champion winners include Barb Simpson, Suzanne Smith, and Michelle Papesh. Also Tyler Busse won twice in Sunday’s demolition derby.  The 4-H results will be included in a special addition to the Morris Sun Tribune on Aug. 23.  There are too many to list here.