Welcome rains and mild weather during the past week have given area crops a good boost towards the finish line.
In parish news from St. John's/Kongsvinger: The parish will be leading services under the big top tent on the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 29 with Tom and Pearl Horning providing the music. There will be no services at either church that day. There will be joint services at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 4.
Tamela Sperr is again coordinating a Feed my Starving Children packing event at the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2. Contact the Morris Evangelical Free Church office at 589-2808 to sign up or to get more details. The St. John's/Kongsvinger parish will be packing on Sept. 1 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Word Alone Ministry will meet Sept. 10 at St. John's Church of rural Starbuck.
The Threshing Bee or as we like to call it our "family reunion" is this weekend. Admission is by a button which is good for both days.
Events start today (Saturday) with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and concludes with a dance at the town hall. There are two new events -- an "Amazing Race" and kids games. Doug Ohman returns with a new presentation on country churches under the big top tent at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday starts out with the open air church service and concludes with the horse and pony pull. I hope many of you will plan on spending the weekend in Donnelly. The grounds are located on the southeast corner of Donnelly.
There will be plenty of activity on the grounds, with threshing, shingle mill, gas engines, corn shelling, displays in the schoolhouse, depot and on the grounds and a flea market both days. This year's feature is Allis Chalmers.
The headquarters are located in the depot so if you have any questions or need more information, just stop in and talk to whomever is at the desk. The phone number for the grounds is 246-3272. Also this year the officers will be wearing special caps and shirts to identify themselves. I will have my golf cart on the grounds for use by handicapped individuals.
There is a web site http://www.donnellythreshingbee.com with more details. This is an independent web site and not affiliated with the Donnelly Community Club.
A work night will be held on Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. to take down the fences and put things away. If you are able to help, please just show up. "Many hands make light work." I can also use help to put the chairs back in the depot on Sunday evening.
There are some events that are going on outside of the Bee today. There will be a motorcycle ride from the Place to Be starting at 12:30 p.m. and at 9 p.m. there will be karoake. The Rod and Gun Club will hold their annual turkey shoot at Harstad's slough from noon - 4 p.m.
New Horizons Ag Services will have their customer appreciation supper at Pomme de Terre Park in Morris on Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m. They will have a plot tour north of Herman on Sept. 2.
There will be no Stevens County Genealogical Society meeting in September.
The Red Hatters will meet on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. at Sax's Café in Donnelly. The change in date is due to the Labor Day holiday.
An open house baby shower for Carla and Adam Ritter of Donnelly will be held today (Saturday), from 1-4 p.m., at the Old #1 basement.
Marty Alan Fehr was born on Aug. 17 in Morris to Mitch and Abbie Fehr of Morris. Grandparents are Gary and Sandy Fehr, Mark and Mick Ekren and Vance and Kim Gullickson, all of Morris.
Wade Crummie of Donnelly passed away Aug. 22. His funeral was held on Aug. 27.
Congratulations to Mandi (Kloos) Koehntop who recently became the Director of Human Services at the West Wind Village in Morris.
Congratulations to Kellen Erdahl who won the boy's bike at the Stevens County fair.
Stops at the Swan Lake research farm and the Karl Retzlaff farm were part of the annual field day sponsored by the Soils Lab in Morris on Aug. 19.
That evening, Andy Brevig and I took in the summer picnic celebration at the West Wind Village. En route home I stopped to visit my aunt Pearl A. Anderson.
Samantha Larson was one of the Herman-Norcross FFAers who helped prepare and serve the community picnic at Lakeside Seed warehouse in Herman on Aug. 20.
Ken and Esther Cline and I enjoyed the sweet corn and pork chop supper at the Morris American Legion on Aug. 21.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I took in some of the events at the Niemackl Lake Park day on Aug. 22. I had the opportunity to climb to the top of the newly rebuilt observation tower and was rewarded with a very nice view of the area.
Pat Smith and I attended the "hope and healing picnic" sponsored by the Pedersen Funeral Home on Aug. 23.
Later it was off to Donnelly for the "meet the candidates" forum at the Donnelly Hall. This year's queen candidates are Sara Stallman (Jeff and Marilynn) and Paige Strand (Kelly). The Little Miss Donnelly candidates are Logan Mau (Maynard and Lori), Samantha Greiner (Greg and Dona), Bailey Armstrong (Jason and Nicki) and Kellie Wilts (Doug and Ellen).
Jack and John Kopacek and I enjoyed being part of the good crew that helped put up fences and make other preparations for the bee. Thanks to Bob Burner for the use of the Co-op forklift, Corrine Larson-Tuffton for again supplying the treats for the workers and everyone who turned out to help. The depot looks fantastic after it was painted and a new roof added.
Pearl A. Anderson and several members of her family attended her granddaughter's wedding on Aug. 21.