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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Please remember that while I do the best I can to cover events in the area the best source of info for my column is from my readers. So if you have news for me of an event you want listed in here be sure to let me know via e-mail, phone, "mail boxes" or mail.

Our immediate area was spared the straight line winds that brought down branches and trees in Morris and the surrounding area although we did get some welcome rain.

In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: Communion services will be held on Aug. 22 at both churches. This is a change from what was announced in the summer schedule. The parish will be leading the services under the big top tent at the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 29. There will be no services at either church that day.

Pedersen Funeral Home will have a picnic of Hope and Healing on Aug. 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the main shelter at Pomme de Terre Park in Morris. Please RSVP by calling the funeral home at 589-3220 or

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Mission Start will have its first reception of new members during their 9 a.m. worship on Aug. 22 at the Prairie Inn in Morris.

Skilly & Duff will be performing at Niemackl Lake Park Day on Aug. 22. The day will also include a noon meal, car show, corn maze, and other activities. The park is located about half way between Donnelly and Herman on Highway 9.

The Threshing Bee is Aug. 28 and 29. This week I will highlight some of Sunday's activities. The schedules starts out with an open air church service, classic car show and awards, the big parade through town and the finale is the horse and pony pull. There will be threshing, shingle mill, gas engines, corn shelling and other displays in the schoolhouse, depot and on the grounds and a flea market both days. This year's feature is Allis Chalmers. For more info call Barry Gades 320-795-2437 or e-mail

There will be a work night at the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. A second work night will be held on Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. to take down the fences and put things away. The work schedule has been mailed out, but remember that any help by anybody before, during, or after the Bee is greatly appreciated. "Many hands make light work." I can always use help to take the chairs out of the depot on Friday and put them back on Sunday evening. I do plan on providing my golf cart for use by handicapped people.

There is a sign up sheet at HD & Co for anyone who would like to compete to be a part of the Threshing Bee royalty next year.

There is a web site with more details about the Bee. This is an independent web site and not affiliated with the Donnelly Community Club.

There are some events that are going on outside of the grounds. On Friday there will be a DJ at the "Place to Be" in Donnelly and on Saturday there will be a motorcycle ride starting at 12:30 p.m. Also on Saturday, the Rod and Gun Club will hold their annual turkey shoot at Harstad's slough from 12-4 p.m.

New Horizon Ag Services will have their customer appreciation suppers in Chokio on Aug. 26 and in Morris on Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m. There will also be a plot tour associated with the Chokio supper from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 320-246-3239 or 1-800-642-1077

Mae Anderson of Morris, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on Aug 13. Her funeral was held Aug. 17 at First Lutheran of Morris.

Wayne Rohloff of Morris passed away on Aug. 16. Family members who survive him include his wife Ardelle (Anderson).

Lyla Jystad of Rochester passed away on Aug 12. Her late husband Torgney was the pastor at Kongsvinger from 1957-62. Her funeral was held on Aug. 18 in Dilworth.

Brynnlee Mae Siegel was born on Aug. 10 in Fargo, N.D. to Darrik and Misty Siegel of Glyndon. Grandparents are Steve and Janet Sauter of Morris, and Neil and Janet Siegel of Wheaton. Great grandparents are Gerry Pashen, Margie and Willie Sauter and John De Long all of Morris and Lorise Siegel of Wheaton.

Congratulations to Nicole Gillespie who has been accepted at UMM and will be a member of the Cougar volleyball team.

Congratulations to the Morris Eagles amateur baseball team. They recently won their division of the Land of Ducks league and the league tournament. Andrew Loher was a member of that team.

Congratulations to Tom and Heather Schneider on their selection as Stevens County's representatives for the Red River Valley Leadership progam. Tom is an agronomist at the Donnelly Co-op.

Joyce Steuck and I enjoyed the events and displays at the Stevens County fair over the weekend. Bernice Erdahl and Judy Johnston won grand championships in the homemakers building. Clarence Geise and Michelle Papesh were winners in the open class. The Rendsville 4-H club had the grand champion reporter's notebook and the reserve champion secretary's book with the Stampede club receiving honorable mention. Individual 4-H results are too numerous to mention so be sure to read the supplement in the Aug. 28 edition of the Morris Sun Tribune.

On Aug. 13 I visited with Denny Anderson at his home in Donnelly, partly to see the pictures he took on his recent trip to Duluth to see the tall ships.

On Aug. 15 our royalty, along with Bennett Smith, participated in the Hoffman Harvest Festival parade. After the parade I took in the open house at the Ralph Bjelland museum. Then it was off to the park where Bonnie (Gary) Gulbrandson's family was recognized for being owners of the Hoffman Blacksmith shop for 50 years.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I helped get the Christus House in Morris ready for the school year on Aug. 16.