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We continue to enjoy very nice weather. Most days are sunny and mild and there have been some good rains to go along with it. The crops look the best they have in some time, especially the small grains. The corn is about waist high in some places. Beans are lagging some as they could use some warmer weather.

In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: On July 4 there will be joint services with Holy Communion at Kongsvinger at 10:30 a.m. followed by a flag raising ceremony and a pot luck dinner. Note this is a change from what was announced earlier.

On July 11, 18 and 25 services will be at 8:30 a.m. at St. John's and 10 a.m. at Kongsvinger.

There will be a benefit supper for Denny Bouressa at the Morris American Legion in Morris on July 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

West Central Lutherans invites you to weekly Sunday worship service at the Cougar Room in the Prairie Inn in Morris at 9 a.m. beginning on July 11.

Former Donnelly residents Doddie Overson Williams and Elaine Overson Storck will have their second "Donnelly Girls" get-together on July 10 at 1 p.m. at the Culvers Restaurant (13605 Northdale Boulevard) in Rogers, Minn. 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.

There will be an open house in honor of the golden wedding anniversary of Janice and Milfred Kaehler at the Mark and Karen Janachovsky home (15763 510th Ave.) near Donnelly on July 10 from 1-6 p.m. Their anniversary was March 19.

The Morris High School class of 1954 will have an informal get together during Prairie Pioneer Days in Morris. For more info call (801)-518-8573. The class of 2000 will have a reunion on July 10 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Tiger Room of the Prairie Inn. For more information or to RSVP e-mail

The class of 1955 will have their reunion on July 17 poolside at the Prairie Inn with a mini reunion of the Donnelly classmates on July 16 in Donnelly. For more information call 589-0127.

Former Donnelly area resident Chuck Heinrich passed away on June 23 in Wyoming. His funeral was held on July 1.

Lois Loher of Morris passed away on June 26. A son, Jerry Jr. (Jody) of Donnelly and their family are among the family members who survive her. I attended her visitation and funeral this past week.

Former Donnelly area resident Genevieve Braun passed away on June 29. Her funeral was July 2.

Congratulations go out this week to Mike Cihak for being elected secretary of the Morris Eagles Club.

Brittany Schmiesing graduated from Northland Community College in East Grand Forks with "highest honors." Her parents are Randy and Karla; grandparents Wally and Marlys Geise.

Brady Jergenson and Becca Holland both received the presidential award for academics.

Thanks to Wally McCollar for the following information. The class of 1955 had 77 members, about 12 were from Donnelly. The following are planning on returning (ladies listed by their maiden name) Curtis Sax, Wayne Sperr, Ruth Stambough, Edith Sperr, David Aanerud, Joanne Frank, Mavis Chapman, Sonja Sather, Merle Riley and Wally McCollar. They will be touring the old school and the town before having lunch at Sax's Cafe on Friday afternoon. Paul Ersted, Jr., owner of the United Farmers and Merchants State Bank will also give them a tour of the bank.

Some of the classmates have shared some memories, such as their parents such as Henry Sperr, Arne Sather, Oscar Aanerud doing business at the bank with Paul Ersted, Sr. and his dad C. C. Ersted. Wally's dad "Mac" was the first owner of the restaurant now known as Sax's Cafe and built it from the bottom up with the help of Paul Sr. right after WW II. Joanne remembers that her dad, Art Frank, did a lot of business with the bank as the owner of the Gamble's hardware store. Edith Sperr went on to become the valedictorian of the class of '55. The classmates say that after school they would walk across the schoolyard with their teacher June Ekholm (my mom) and have lunch at Mary and Buzz Olsen's parent's house. In 1949 June married Emil Anderson and lived on the farm north of Donnelly where I still live. She passed away in 1994. I have accepted Wally's invitation to represent her at the reunion. Anyone wishing to visit with the classmates is welcome to catch up with them in Donnelly Friday afternoon; poolside at the Prairie Inn Friday evening or after the banquet on Saturday, about 7:30 p.m.

A little side note to the above story, my grandmother, Thea Anderson never learned to speak English. She only spoke Norwegian so when she had to do business in the bank she went to see C.C. Ersted because he spoke Danish and they were able to understand each other.

Rev. Fredrick Jensen, former interim pastor at Trinity Lutheran of Alberta and Good Shepherd of Appleton, was the guest preacher for the West Central Lutherans worship service on June 27 in Hancock. It was announced that some land has been donated near Morris and they will be moving the Good Shepherd Church to that site hopefully later this year.

A quick reminder on how you can get news to me drop it off in one of my "mail boxes" at the Post Office and HD & Co. in Donnelly or McCollar's Jewelry in Morris; e-mail me at (please put Donnelly news in the subject line); U.S. Mail to 12103 Cty Rd 9, Donnelly, MN 56235; call me at 320-246-3227 or 287-1219.