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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Temperatures have remained mild during the past week and it rained on Monday and Tuesday evenings to help freshen things up. Some farmers are in the field and planting their crops. It is still cool in the evenings.

In news from St. John's/ Kongsvinger:

St. John's spring fling will be held today (Saturday) at the church from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tom and Pearl Horning will be leading the services at St. John's on April 18.

On April 25, there will be joint services at Kongsvinger at 11 a.m. with the Sunday school kids singing.

The April edition of the parish newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.

The April edition of Meyer Mission News is now out. Copies are available in the narthex of each church as well as on my blog.

There will be citywide garage sales in Donnelly on May 14 and 15. If you are having a sale that weekend please call Kathi Biesterfeld at 246-6271 or Kathy Eystad at 246-3262.

Congratulations to the Stampede 4- H Club for winning the spirit award at the Stevens County 4-H Share the Fun event held recently. Cammi and Rebeckah Aanerud and Sami Searle are members of that club.

Congratulations to the MAES sixth grade math masters, who finished fourth at the regionals, held in Alex recently. Adam Uphoff is a member of that team and also earned an individual ribbon.

Hadley Marie Knabe passed away on April 6. Among her survivors are her uncle and aunt, Scott and Jackie Raths of Donnelly.

Jon Strand of Welsh, Minn., passed away on April 2. Among his survivors are his mother Virginia (Dornquast), his aunt Ruth Strand and uncle and aunt Don and Joyce Huebner. They are all former Donnelly area residents.

A good crowd attended the planning ahead seminar held at the Pedersen Funeral Home on April 7.

On April 8, a big crowd was on hand for the "Metal to Money" sale held on the Hanson farm near Hoffman. Later I stopped at the Good Samaritan Home to say hello to my former "egg man" and also visited some with Vedar Harstad at the Sherman Long farm.

On April 9, a good crowd was on hand for the concert at the Morris Senior Center.

On April 10, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the WordAlone meeting in Starbuck. We sang "Happy Birthday" to Lou Eystad who turned 75. It was announced that the next area Lutheran worship service is scheduled for May 2. The next West Central Area Word Alone meeting will be held on May 1 at Our Savior's Church in Chokio. 

One of the perks of doing this column is hearing stories from some of the people who read it. I recently had an e-mail from a reader in Moorhead who told me that when she lived in Donnelly in the '50s she and two other girls were hired for civil defense. Their job was to spend time in the library of the school which was on the top floor in Donnelly, looking for enemy planes. 

On April 12 the Donnelly Community Club held its monthly meeting. Planning is ongoing for the Threshing Bee August 28 and 29. This year's feature is Allis Chalmers.  The next meeting will be on May 10.  As always any one with ideas or suggestions for it or anything else is encouraged to share them.

Following the meeting, I visited Verle and Della Dunn at their home.

"Reaping What We Sow" is the newest exhibit put together by the Stevens County Historical Society. I stopped into the museum on April 14 to take a look at it. It is a very interesting and informative exhibit and I would encourage you take the time to go take a look at it.

A sign of spring is the return of the "snow birds." Welcome Home!