Please remember that while I do my best to publicize events in the area, I do depend on people telling me what's going on. Thanks for your help.
The weather remains hot and dry. We did have a little rain on Tuesday and Thursday, but that did not amount to much. So far the corn and small grain seem to be doing okay but the beans need more moisture, as some are turning yellow.
In St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish news: On July 12, the time of worship will switch, with Kongsvinger worshiping at 8:30 a.m. and St. John's at 10:15 a.m. This schedule will remain in effect until Aug. 23.
The July newsletter is now out. Extra copies can be found in the narthex of each church.
The following events are taking place in the area today (Saturday):
Clean up day at Kongsvinger begins at 9 a.m.
The 20th annual Luther Crest quilt auction will be held at the Luther Crest Bible Camp, beginning with a preview at 8:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., and auction at 12:30 p.m.
Toni Kloos and Jon Hughes invite you to help them celebrate their marriage at the Old #1 Southside in Morris beginning at 8 p.m.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is sponsoring Family Day at the Minnesota Zoo on July 12, Lutheran Night at the Twins on Aug. 26, and Lutheran Night at the Red Hawks on Aug. 4. Red Hawk tickets must be preordered by July 15. For more information, contact the Thrivent Office in Morris at 589-1731 or in Elbow Lake at 218-685-4586.
The Donnelly Community Club will meet on July 13 at 7 p.m. The Threshing Bee is Aug. 29 and 30.
On July 18, there will be several benefits for former Donnelly resident Jon Huebner who is being treated for acute mylogenous leukemia. His wife, Heather Aagesen-Huebner, is on bed rest while expecting twins. There will be a two-man 9 hole golf scramble in the morning. Contact Craig and Amy Swanson at 287-1867 or 815-8186 to register. That evening, there will be a pork supper at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris from 4-7 p.m. Jon's parents are Ralph and Mary, his grandparents are Don and Joyce Huebner. Items are now being accepted for the silent auction to be held in conjunction with the dinner. You can leave items with Diane Lesmeister at West Central Realty. A fund for the family has been established at Bank of the West in Morris.
The descendants of Martin and Ragna Erickson will have a family reunion at Kongsvinger on July 18, beginning with a potluck dinner at noon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The LTD memorial fishing tournament will be held on Lake Minnewaska on July 18 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Waters Edge in Starbuck is the headquarters for the event.
The family of former Donnelly area resident Lloyd Brandt is having a card shower for him in honor of his 89th birthday on July 18. Cards can be sent to: 103 School St., Belgrade, MN 56312. He is my former neighbor and was the anchor of the Kongsvinger Men's quartet and the choir for as long as I can remember.
A new addition to my family is Buttons, a kitten I got from a family in Morris to replace Kitty, who recently passed away.
Myron Riley of Hancock, formerly of the Donnelly area, passed away on July 5. He was my former neighbor. His funeral was held on July 8 at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. His survivors include his son Eric and Jen Riley of Dilworth formerly of Donnelly.
Congratulations to Cammi and Savannah Aanerud for winning reserve championship at the 4-H food revue and demonstration day held recently.
Many Donnelly area students were recognized in the fourth quarter MAHS honor roll. There are too many to list individually so I will simply say congratulations to all of them on a job well done.
Congratulations to Sara Beyer who was recently named to the all conference softball team in the WCC South and All State honorable mention. Also, Alissa Melberg was named to the All State academic team.
Congratulations to Jamey and Kathy Eystad who celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on June 30.
Congratulations to Melissa Simpson (Lowell and Barbara) and Carl Lemme (Gary and Terry) who were recently married in Arlington, S.D.
Congratulations to Luke Schmiesing who was recently named to the all conference baseball team in the Pheasant Conference. His parents are Randy and Karla, grandparents Wally and Marlys Geise.
Congratulations to Sarah Burke (Pat and Carol) for making the dean's list at the College of St. Ben's and to Tracey Kopel (Rob and Kathy) who made the dean's list at NDSU.
On July 3, I stopped to visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson and my cousin Bev at their home in Donnelly. Later, I stopped to visit my other aunt, Pearl A. Anderson on the way home.
Many folks enjoyed the fine parades in Hancock on July 4 and the Heritage Days parade in Starbuck on July 5. Kaylene Mecklenburg pulled the Threshing Bee royalty float in both parades. The royalty were recognized at the Miss Minnewaska pageant in Starbuck. Congratulations to the Hancock band for doing another fine job of marching and performing in their parade.
After the Hancock parade, it was off to the tractor pull for awhile. I am hopeful some of these same tractors will be in Donnelly for our annual tractor pull on Aug. 29.
After the parade in Starbuck I stopped at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home to say "hello" to Irene Monroe, Eugene Stoneburg and Corrine (Devick) Jackson.
On July 4, Jim and Lou Eystad were guests of some friends in Hancock for a bbq dinner and were also among those who took in the Independence Day Celebration at Kongsvinger. Several former Kongsvinger members, Peggy Jacobson of Fergus Falls and Carrie and Paige Waggoner of Missouri, Gert Brant of Glenwood and Olga Kroening and family of Arizona were home for the celebration.
On July 6th several of us watched the Little League playoff game between the Royals and the Cubs. The Royals won. Riley Biesterfeld is a member of the team.
One of the perks of writingthis column is hearing from former Donnelly area residents. The latest was Blanche (Fjeld) Thompson of Park Rapids and Marlyn and Marlys Hagen of California.
Jerry and Joan Kopacek spent an enjoyable "Women's Week" at Luther Crest Bible Camp last week. They showed their 2008 Norway photos as part of the mini-sessions and discovered that folks from throughout Minnesota can trace family back to Kongsvinger, Norway. This weekend they head back to camp to help with Luther Crest's Quilt Auction.