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Donnelly News

Hello everyone and welcome to the newest edition of the Donnelly News. I want to thank Delia Ruff, Delmar Holdgrafer and Sandy Dunn for all their hard work in writing it over the years. Although most of you will know who I am, for those of you who are new to the area I will begin with a brief introduction. I am Allen Anderson. My parents were the late Emil and June (Ekholm) Anderson. My mom suffered a stroke in 1988 and was in the nursing home in Morris for six years before she passed away in 1994. My Dad passed away on Oct. 31, 2005 at the age of 97. I have lived and worked on our family farm north of Donnelly by the Kongsvinger Lutheran church all my life. I graduated from Morris High School in 1973 then farmed with my Dad for several years before we began renting out our cropland. We continued to raise cattle until the fall of 2001 when we sold them due in part to Dad's age and health. I also did some part time work for area farmers for about 20 years until taking care of my Dad became my full time job. For the past several years I have been semi-retired deciding to take some time off just to enjoy life for a while.

You can get news to me by e-mail (please put Donnelly news in subject line), call me 320-246-3227 or 320-219-1053 or writing to me at 12103 Cty. Rd. 9 Donnelly, MN 56235. I will also have a container for news in my mailbox and will also be putting some containers up around town. I will be emptying the containers on Wednesday, so please put the news in them by Tuesday evening. Remember, this is your column and for it to be successful you have to contribute to it. My deadline is Wednesday at 10 p.m. I do have an answering machine and voice mail so feel free to leave a message.

We will start with church news from St John's and Kongsvinger. If you would like more info about any of the activities I have listed, please contact the church office at 320-246-3211 or e-mail stjkongs@runestone. net. Our prayers are with our parish secretary, Mary Werk, who fell and broke her leg several weeks ago. If you would like to be included in our prayer chain, please call Bernice Erdahl at 589-9007. Guidelines for inclusion in the prayer chain and/or prayers of the church are posted in the narthex of each church or may be obtained from the parish office.

The parish men's club will meet for Bible study and prayer every Saturday at 8 a.m. at St. John's.

Tom and Pearl Horning of Chokio will be leading services at St John's on April 13 at 11 a.m. The Sunday School kids will be singing at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. Parish Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. at Kongsvinger. All 4 year olds are invited to attend Cradle Roll Sunday.

Copies of the latest issue of Meyer Mission News written by former Donnelly area residents Delano and Linda Meyer, who are now agricultural missionaries in Africa, are now available and posted in the narthex of each church. If you would like to get a copy of the letter via e-mail contact Meyers at You can also obtain copies via snail mail, by writing to them at: Delano Meyer, C/O Travis Torblaa, LCMS World Mission, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295

The Donnelly Community Club will have its monthly meeting on April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Donnelly City Hall. Everyone is welcome to join us as we begin making plans for this year's Threshing Bee on August 23 and 24. We will be helping Minnesota celebrate it's Sesquicentennial and will be featuring Minnesota machinery as well as anything else that has been made in MN. If you have something to display, some ideas for events, or want more info, you can contact Barry Gades at 320-795-2437 or Harry Kruize at 320-246-337 or e-mail;

Our prayers are with former Donnelly resident Elroy Frank of Alexandria (son of Roy & Carol) who received a new kidney several weeks ago. According to the latest info I have, he is doing good. For those of you who want to receive updates, go to the Web site, visit Elroy Frank and follow the instructions with regards to signing up.

Committal services for Ken Welziten of Lake St Louis, Mo., formerly of Donnelly, who passed away in Florida in December will be held on June 7 at 2 pm at Kongsvinger Lutheran Cemetery followed by a lunch at Peter's resort in Glenwood. His parents were the late Fernando & Esther (Jacobson) Welziten.

Our sympathy to the family of Howard Wolf of Ypsilanti N. D. who passed away on Jan. 24. He was the father of Tammy (Don) Speer of Donnelly. He was also the champion horse puller at our Threshing Bee last year.

We also received word that a member of our Threshing Bee family, Tom Schaffer of Burnsville passed away on March 7. He ran the shingle mill and the Altman Taylor tractor.

Our sympathy to the family of Bob Gerber of Corrales, N.M., formerly of Donnelly, who passed away March 1. His parents were the late Fred and Mabel Gerber of Donnelly.

On March 30, we enjoyed a potluck dinner at Kongsvinger followed by several games of "Family Feud". Special thanks to Sandy Dunn, Muriel Cardwell; Sue Erdahl-Nelson, the fellowship committee and anyone else who helped out to make for a very enjoyable afternoon.

I spent March 18-27 in Bluffton, S.C. visiting my cousin Billy and his wife Pat and sister Elnora. It was a nice trip but I am glad to be home again especially after getting stranded in Atlanta for over six hours due to Delta grounding a bunch of planes for inspection. A huge thank you to my friend David Anhalt of St Cloud for giving me a ride to Morris after I missed the shuttle. Among the places we visited were Cyprus Gardens in Charleston S.C., historic Bluffton and Fort McAllister in Savanna, Ga. On Easter Sunday I had an opportunity to attend Lord of Life Lutheran Church near Bluffton. They had made and hung some 500 butterflies throughout the church, which was quite a sight to see.