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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Mostly sunny mild weather last week enabled farmers to get most of their corn crop picked and field work done. However, it will probably take another week or so of good weather for everybody in this area to finish up. I rode with my neighbor for a while on Friday. He said moisture levels were still about 25 percent. They have not figured out the yields yet but it looked good and considering the crazy growing season we had this year they were just glad to get a crop.

In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: The parish is collecting items for the food shelf during November and December. Non-perishable items may be left in the shopping cart located in the narthex of both churches. There will also be a cap and mitten tree in the narthex of both churches for the Salvation Army.

A community Christmas carol sing will be held on Dec. 6 at 4 pm at St. John's, followed by a light supper.

There will be no Sunday School on Nov. 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Rev. Steve King will be speaking at the Morris Area High School at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30.

A free community meal will be served at the Morris Senior Center (603 Oregon Ave) on Monday, Nov. 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

West Central WordAlone will have their annual Advent potluck dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus on Dec. 5. The program begins at 10 a.m. with dinner to follow.

There are three events in the area today (Saturday): A baby shower for Ben, the son of Anna (Wernsing) and Matt Dorweiler will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Chokio, from 9-11 a.m. Come and go as you please.

A 90th birthday open house for Ruth Moerke will be held today at the Morris Senior Center from 2-4 p.m.

A golden wedding anniversary celebration for Delroy and Gloria Heuer will be held at Faith Lutheran church in Morris today from 2-4 pm No gifts please.

An open house baby shower for Britney Marie Woodke, daughter of Derek and Elysia Woodke, will be held Sunday, Nov. 29 from 1-3 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center.

There will be a Holidazlle trim a tree contest at the Donnelly Hall from Dec. 3-5 from 2-5 p.m. each day. The public can vote for their favorite tree display as well as sign up for the door prize. Winners will be announced Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. The money raised will go towards the Donnelly Town Hall remodeling. Contact Sandy Dunn at 246-3292 if you would like to bring in a tree to display or for more information.

Kris Christensen of Morris passed away on Nov. 18. Survivors include his sister Karen (Richard) Johnson and family of Donnelly. Jim and Lou Eystad attended his funeral at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris on Nov. 21.

Robert Speer of Fergus Falls formerly of Donnelly passed away on Nov. 19. Among family members that survive him are his wife, Marjorie (Trost) of Morris and her family. The family had a private family service for him.

Allie Marie Paul was born on Nov. 17, 2009 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Mike and Trish Paul of Hancock. Grandparents are David and Connie Paul of Morris and Dianne Thomas and John Grossman of Alberta. Great grandparents are Evonne Berg of Devils Lake, N.D. Dianne and Trish are former Donnelly residents.

Congratulations to the following people who were honored for their years of service to the VFW ladies auxiliary: Liz Ascheman - 35 years; Rosie Sax and Phyllis Smith - 45 years; and Millie LeSage - 50 years.

Congratulations to Nichole Gillespie who was recently named to the Pheasant Conference all conference team; the all-state academic team in volleyball and MVP for the CA/HN Titans.

Pearl (Albert) Anderson and I traveled to First Lutheran Church in Alexandria on Nov. 19 for the memorial service for David Heinrich.

That afternoon, Wally McCollar and I attended the open house at Super Valu and watched the parade of lights in Morris in the evening. Joe Kill pulled the Threshing Bee royalty float in the parade. Sandra D's also had a float in the parade.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Fireman's annual bingo on Nov. 20. Thanks to Unger Furniture for donating the turkey dinner I won there.

On Nov. 28, I enjoyed the musical "State Fair" at the MAHS auditorium in the afternoon and the St. Olaf hand bell choir concert at Faith Lutheran Church in the evening.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the fall festival at Kongsvinger on Nov. 22. Later in the afternoon, they visited David and Lavonne Day and their son Kevin in Morris.