I want to thank the loyal readers of this column who have made it such a success during the past year. "Mange Takk"
Last week was fairly nice until Saturday when the bottom dropped out of the thermometer. We awoke to -30 degree temperatures. It has stayed cold since, although it did manage to get above zero on Tuesday.
In news for the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: The regular worship schedule with Sunday School resumes on Jan. 10.
Parish Bible study on Psalm 23 begins on Jan. 28 at St. John's at 10 a.m. and will be repeated at Kongsvinger at 7 p.m.
The area youth organization will be going tubing at Andes Tower Hill near Alexandria on Jan. 17. Those attending should meet at Kongsvinger at 1:30 p.m. Supper will follow. To sign up or get more information, call 246-3293; 246-3292 or the parish office.
There will be an LCMC meeting at St. John's Church of rural Starbuck on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. A representative from LCMC will be on hand to give a presentation and answer questions. For more information, call 795-2477.
The January edition of Meyer Mission News is now out. Copies are posted in the narthex of each church as well on my blog.
The following events are taking place today (Saturday):
Former Donnelly residents Doddie Overson Williams and Elaine Overson Storck are starting a "Donnelly Girls" lunch get-together at Culvers Restaurant in Rogers. Any ladies who have ever lived in Donnelly are welcome to attend. Any questions, call Doddie at 763-477-5360 or Elaine at 612-385-8295.
The Stevens County Pheasants Forever chapter is having their annual predator hunt. Skeeters Saloon in Donnelly will serve as the headquarters for it and all entries must be turned into there by 6:30 p.m. For more information call 246-3221.
The Learning Unlimited program "Understanding Afghanistan" which was scheduled for Jan. 13 has been postponed to Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the USDA Soils Lab, 803 Iowa Ave. N, in Morris.
Congratulations to Jake Long of the West Central Area Knights wrestling team who recently notched his 175th career win.
Congratulations to Natalie Johnston and Kendra Sperr who were inducted into the National Honor Society at MAHS on Jan. 4.
Frank Snorek of St. Cloud passed away on Dec 28. Family members who survive him include two nieces: Donna (Barry) Gades and Gloria (Delroy) Heuer and a nephew Gordon (Jane) Harstad along with their families.
Lisa Van Horn and Josh Hennessy were married on Aug. 1 at the WCROC Horticultural Gardens in Morris.
Several folks from the area braved the frigid temperatures to attend the West Central Area Word Alone meeting in Glenwood on Jan. 2. The next meeting is on Feb. 6 at Nora Lutheran Church of rural Kensington. On my way home from the Glenwood meeting, I stopped at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home to say "Hi" to some of the residents there.
I had a call from Jerry Loher, Jr. who shared some news about his sons who are in the Minnesota National Guard. He said they had a letter recently from Andrew who is doing well so far and looking forward to coming home later this year. He plans to re-enroll in St. Cloud State University when he returns. A unit from Florida is now training to take over the duties of Charlie Co. later this year. His other son, Gerald Loher III, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on Dec. 19, after graduating from St. Cloud State University with a major in the survey of maps and science and a minor in military science. He was assigned to the 682nd engineering battalion based out of Litchfield and will be doing gold star recruiting for the guard at colleges in the St. Cloud area. In June he will be going to Ft. Leonard, Mo. for engineering and leadership training.
On Jan. 3, I visited Denny Anderson at his home in Donnelly.
Verle and Della Dunn entertained members of the Dunn family on Christmas day and the Stevenson family on Dec. 26. Jim and Julie Busse and family of Holloway visited Verle and Della on Dec. 28.