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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

My weather news is a little different this week. We had more rain than we've had for some time, but still not as much as other areas -- Appleton got two inches. Temperatures have been warmer than they have been most of the summer.

In St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish News: The summer worship schedule ends on Aug. 23. The parish will be leading the worship service at the Threshing Bee on Aug 30 and there will be several joint services in September before the regular schedule resumes in mid- September.

The parish golf outing that was scheduled for Aug. 9 was cancelled. It may be rescheduled for later this year.

There will be a gospel sing at Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Barrett on Aug. 19 beginning at 7 p.m.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is sponsoring Lutheran Night at the Twins on Aug. 26. Contact your local Thrivent office for more information.

Tami Sperr will have a Kindermusic open house at her studio in the Hosanna Worship Center in Morris on Aug. 20 and 27.

There will be an open house 90th birthday party for former Donnelly area resident Chuck Heinrich from 12-3 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the West Central Homes in Morris.

Andrew Loher is celebrating his birthday in Iraq. If you want to send him a card his address is: UNIT C 1-151 FA, APO, AE. 09330. I had a chance to talk with his Dad a while ago. He said they had an opportunity to spend some time with Andrew before he left for the Middle East. We certainly want to keep him and the other members of the local Guard unit in our thoughts and prayers.

The Donnelly Community Club held its monthly meeting on Aug. 10, and put the finishing touches on plans for the 2009 Threshing Bee. The next meeting is Sept. 14.

The Donnelly Threshing Bee is Aug. 29 and 30. This year's feature is International Harvester. Threshing Bee posters are now up. Advance sale buttons are also on sale through Aug. 28. Remember if you wait to buy a button at the gate, it will cost you more. Anyone that has something to exhibit or demonstrate or wants to provide entertainment at the Threshing Bee should call 795-2437 or 246- 3337 or e-mail

There will be a work night on the grounds to get ready for the Bee on Aug. 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Help is also needed to move chairs from the depot to the tent during the Bee. Any help before, during or after the Bee would be very much appreciated. Remember "many hands make light work."

The Stevens County Farm Bureau will have their annual meeting on Aug. 20 at the American Legion in Morris. There will be a meal at 6:30 p.m. and meeting to follow at 7:30 p.m. Steve Fults and Andy Aanerud are members of the local board.

There will be an auction at the Donnelly Hardware Store on Aug. 22 beginning at 11 a.m. The Clarence Frank family has owned and operated the store for over 50 years while the store itself has been around for about 100 years. The original store was located where the Donnelly Co-op is now located.

Rep Torrey Westrom will have his annual pork chop supper fund raiser on Aug. 28 beginning at 5 p. m. at the Elbow Lake community building.

Josephine Margaret Swanson was born July 30, 2009 at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris to Craig and Amy Swanson of Morris. Grandparents are Ralph and Mary Huebner of Donnelly and Chad and Sheila Swanson of Morris. Great grandparents are Edell Swanson and Donald and Joyce Huebner, all of Morris, and Helen Stay of Princeton.

Hebert Drewes of Lowry passed away on Aug. 5. His wife is former Donnelly area resident Darlene Lange. His funeral was held on Aug. 10 in Morris.

Helen Lawson of Herman, formerly of the Donnelly area, passed away on Aug. 10. Her funeral is today (Saturday) at the United Methodist Church in Herman.

Glen and Judy Henrichs are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amanda Nicole, to Joshua Mark Anderson, son of Mark and Gladys Anderson, Shelley Anderson and Neil Peterson, all of Alexandria. A Sept. 19, 2009 wedding is planned at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. A reception and dance will follow at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria.

Congratulations to the "Feelin for Reelin" team, who were co-champs of the Morris fishing League. Parker Kloos is a member of that team; his parents are Herb and Carol.

Congratulations to Gayle A. Poepping who recently graduated from basic military training in TX. Her parents are Deb Scott of Donnelly and Paul and Norah Poepping of Annandale.

On Aug. 6, several of us attended Tami Sperr's Kindermusic demonstration at the Morris library, the Vacation Bible School program at Bethel in Herman, the open house at the New Horizons Ag Services hub fertilizer plant in Herman and Willie's parking lot party in Morris.

While in Herman I visited with Betty Hurlbut at the Pullman house. Betty told me that the Vacation Bible School kids had been up to the Pullman House in the morning to sing for the residents, which they really enjoyed. It looked like there was a good group of kids from both communities participating.

En route home from Morris I stopped to visit my aunt, Pearl A. Anderson at her home in Donnelly.

Several of us also took in some of the Flekkefest activities in Elbow Lake Aug. 7 -9th. As I mentioned in an earlier column, my Mom and her family grew up in Elbow Lake so when I am there I usually run into a few people I know. I did get the chance to say hello to former Donnelly area residents, Rosie Sax, Diane (Bjorlin) Amundson, and Gary Huebner. Lori Sperr pulled the Threshing Bee float in the Flekkefest parade on Saurday.

On Aug. 8, a few of us took in the parade and some of the other activities of the Midsummer Fest in Brandon. They have a history center there that includes items donated by former Donnelly area resident Joan Fjoslien and other members of the Fjoslien family.

That evening, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the benefit for Brian Flaten at the Morris American Legion. On Friday, he celebrated his 30th birthday, so we sang "Happy Birthday" to him. We hope and pray that he can celebrate many more.

I received a nice note recently from Rev. David Webster of Butterfield. He was interim pastor at St. John's/Kongsvinger some time ago. He retired in March and is currently doing some supply preaching as well as some part-time interim work in Welcome and Ceylon.

In an effort to provide more timely news, I have created a blog: My plan is to regularly post notices of deaths, events, postponements, cancellations, etc., on it and possibly some pictures.