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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Farmers are very busy taking advantage of the mild temperatures we have had over the past week to pick corn. My neighbor told me that some of the corn that they had picked was the driest he could ever remember. Given the forecast I would suspect that many farmers will be done with the corn harvest in another week or so.

In parish news from St. John's/Kongsvinger: There will be a parish prayer breakfast at Kongsvinger on Oct. 17 at 9:45 a.m. (between services). This is for anyone who is currently a member of the prayer chain or interested in learning more about this ministry.

St. John's will hold their beef supper on Nov. 9.

Rev. John Smith of Cyrus is leading a tour to the Holy Land in March. For details, call 795-2543.

The Salvation Army will be sponsoring a theme table luncheon fundraiser at Faith Lutheran Church of Morris today (Saturday) beginning at 11 a.m.

There is an open house in honor of Glen Werk's 80th birthday today (Saturday) from 2-5 p.m at Sax's Café in Donnelly. It will be held as scheduled despite the closing of the Café.

There is a 70th wedding anniversary celebration for Eugene and Katie Lesmeister at the West Wind Village cafe from 1-4 p.m. today. They are the grandparents of Casey Lesmeister of Donnelly.

The Morris Area school board will meet at the Donnelly town hall on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

An open house baby shower for Jon and Toni (Kloos) Hughes will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9-11 a.m. at Kongsvinger Parish Hall in Donnelly.

An open house and dance for Lloyd and Jan Anderson's 40th wedding anniversary will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 from 6-10 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Morris.

Bennett Smith will be one of the speakers at the DFL fundraiser at the Morris Eagles Club on Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

There is a card shower for Opal Harstad on the occasion of her 84th birthday. You can send cards to her at 16 Green River Road, Morris, MN 56267.

Congratulations to the Rendsville 4-H club which was named Stevens County 4-H club of the year.  Many members of the club also won individual awards. The Rendsville 4-H club meets the first Mon of each month at the fire hall in Donnelly.

Congratulations to a "Place to Be" in Donnelly on becoming the newest member of the Morris area chamber of commerce. Lori Bentson and Shawn Harstad are the new owners of the business located on the south end of town.

Congratulations to Brandon Jergenson for his 2nd place fire prevention poster in the 4th and 5th grade category.

Melvin Foss of Barrett passed away on Oct. 11. Survivors include his son Bob (Donna Smith) of Winsted and their family.

Ray Janachovsky of Lucan passed on Oct. 12. A son Mark (Karen) and their family of Donnelly are among the family who survive him.

I do regret to inform you that Sax's Café in Donnelly is now closed. I was told that the owner could not afford to make the necessary renovations required by the state to bring it up to current standards.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society had their first meeting of the fall on Oct. 7 at the Morris Public Library. New members are welcome. Volunteers from this group are responsible for the information available to the public in the genealogy room in the library.

Oct. 9 was a busy day for me. I started the day at the Wilcox relocation auction in Morris, stopped at the fall festival at St. John's in Donnelly before heading to Elbow Lake for a memorial service for a distant relative of mine Julie Walwick. I then returned to Morris for the open house at the Christus House, the benefit for Lyle Kruize at the Legion and the 4-H awards program at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. I also stopped at the Old #1 Southside to offer congratulations to Beth (Van Horn) Kieffer on the occasion of her marriage.

On Oct. 10 I attended the joint service of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Morris and St. John's of rural Starbuck as well as the dinner afterwards. Afterwards I traveled to Morris where I took in the green energy tour and the homecoming concerts at the University of Minnesota, Morris. One of the alumni I had a chance to visit with a little at the concert was former Donnelly area resident Dick Kloos.

After the concert I went over to the Green Rivers Apartments to visit with Vedar Harstad at this mother's place. He said his mom was very happy with all the birthday cards she had received so far,

The Donnelly Community Club had its monthly meeting on Oct. 11. The main activity was brainstorming ideas for the 2011 Bee and/or other events. The dates for next year's bee are Aug. 27-28 and the feature will be John Deere tractors and machinery. I am also happy to report, that we had another successful bee, again this year. Due to a conflict, next month's meeting will be on Nov. 15.

On Oct. 12 I stopped in to visit Denny Anderson enroute home from Morris.

Gayle, Jenna, and Owen Gibson of Avon spent some time over the weekend visiting family and friends in the area and attending the St. John's fall festival.

Mark Koepke would like to hear from Donnelly area residents. His address is  6033 Statler Avenue, Orlando, FL 32809. His e-mail address is: