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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

The sun was out on Tuesday, meaning the groundhog saw his shadow and we are in for another six weeks of winter. I did see a sign of spring -- the UMM Cougar baseball team has started its workouts.

We had several inches of snow on Monday and it has been cold with temperatures struggling to get above zero most of the week.

In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: Parish Bible study on Psalm 23 continues on Thursdays at St. John's at 10 a.m. and at Kongsvinger at 7 p.m. We are using the book 'A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23' by Philip Keller.

St. John's annual meeting has been rescheduled for Feb. 7 following the 11 a.m. services. A pot luck dinner will follow.

West Central Area WordAlone will meet at Nora Lutheran Church of rural Kensington today (Saturday). Coffee is at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m.

There are two upcoming events at the Stevens County Museum in Morris. Learning Unlimited will present the program "Buddhism in practice" on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. On Feb. 14, the Stevens County Historical Society will have their annual meeting. Author Gordon Fredickson, a former Donnelly area resident, will be the guest speaker for the program. Tickets are available at the Museum in Morris.

The bank in Donnelly is now open on Tuesday and Friday instead of Monday and Friday.

The Donnelly Community Club will have its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Sax's Cafe in Donnelly. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at 246-3217 or e-mail If you cannot attend, you may mail your dues to the Donnelly community club or leave it in one of my boxes.

Don and Tammy Sperr welcomed a new family member last week. Islande is a 10 year old Haitian orphan whom they are in the process of adopting. They hope that Auddy, another 11 year old Haitian orphan, will be able to join her here soon.

Elroy Stock of Woodbury passed away on Jan. 5. His sister Marlys (Wally) Giese and their family are among the family members that survive him.

Andrew James Adamietz was born on Jan. 29, 2010 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Adam and Danielle Adamietz of Morris. Grandparents are Cheryl Beebe of Donnelly, James Gerber of Colfax, Wis. and Rick and Dawn Adamietz of Staples. Great grandparents are Irene Erlandson of Cyrus and Betty Smith of Staples.

Megan Lange, second-year radiology student at St. Luke's College in Sioux City, Iowa, earned Chancellor's List honors for the 2009-2010 fall semester. Her parents are Kendon and Rhonda Lange. Kendon is a member of our Threshing Bee "family."

Congratulations to Christina Bahr and Holly Varnum who were recently named to the Dean's list at Alex Tech.

Congratulations to Mark Dunn who won first place in the Lions local Peace Poster Contest. His poster was sent onto the District competition, where he placed second.

I attended Bible study at St. John's on Jan. 28, then traveled to Morris to visit Marlys Alm at SCMC and with Ruth Strand at her home. Lou Eystad tells me that Marlys is now at the West Wind Village but hopes to return home soon.

Andy Brevig and I were among those who attended the Republican caucuses at Morris Area High School. Marty Seifert won the straw poll. The Republican county convention will be held on Feb. 14 at the American Legion in Morris.

The DFL county convention will be held on March 6.

En route home from Morris on Feb. 3, I stopped to visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson in Donnelly. Dorothy Jordheim also visited her last week.

Jody Wilke of St. Cloud came home Friday to wish his mother Pearl A. Anderson a happy birthday and take her out to dinner at Sax's. Pearl's granddaughter Kris Wilke of Fergus Falls did the same on Sunday. Her brother Charlie and Lavone Dupree called to wish her a happy birthday too.