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Sunny mild weather during the past week has enabled most farmers in the area to finish getting their corn picked and fall tillage done.

In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: Due to the fall festival on Nov. 21 services at Kongsvinger will be 8:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. at St. John's.

The fall festival will be held at Kongsvinger from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. on Nov. 21. New on the menu this year is pork chops. Tickets will be available at the door.

Parish Bible study will be held on Nov. 17, Dec 1 and 9. Studies will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at St. John's and from 7-8 p.m. at Kongsvinger.

Lefse making day will be held at Kongsvinger today (Saturday) beginning at 9 a.m.

Thanksgiving eve services will be held at St. John's at 7 p.m. on Nov 24.

Mason Tomma, son of Joha Tomma and Andrea Bergstrom, was baptized at Kongsvinger on Nov. 6. Grandmother is Becky Bergstrom and great grandparents are Burton and Irene Strand.

A community thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Assumption Catholic Church in Morris on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. and at the United Methodist Church in Herman from noon to 1 p.m.

Correction: the St Luke's West services at the Kensington Community Center are at 11 a.m.

The Haining family of Fergus Falls will be in concert at the United Methodist Church in Herman on Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

The Morris Life Care Pregnancy Center Italian dinner and silent auction will be held on Nov. 14 at the Assumption Catholic Church from 4:30-7:30 p.m. A free will offering will be taken.

The Donnelly Community Club will meet on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Donnelly Hall. Please note the change of day.

The Donnelly Fire Department annual turkey bingo will be held on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the hall.

Congratulations to Bonnie Onnen who recently won the adult carrier of the month award from the Northern States Circulation Managers Association. She is the Pelican Rapids area carrier for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal and a former Donnelly area resident. Her parents are Norma and the late Ken Osterman.

Congratulations to George Libbon who was re-elected to the Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District board and to Joel Flatten for being elected to the Hancock school board.

Congratulations to the following winners at the Lions awards banquet on Nov. 8: cross country: MaKenzie Smith -- most valuable runner, all conference and performer of the week in the West Central Conference; swimming and diving most valuable swimmer Natalie Johnston; volleyball: Carrie Roske -- most valuable defensive player and all conference. Natalie was also a winner of the Merle Felstul Leadership Athlete award.

Marie Sims of Morris passed away on Nov. 4. A granddaughter, Angie (Ryan) Smith and their son Hunter are among the family members who survive her.

Jack Eissel of Hancock passed away Nov. 26, 2004. Among the family members who survive him, is his father Robert (Dorothy Hilla) of Donnelly. He walked away from a group home in Hancock and his body was found last week.

Chuck Mesenbrink, Sr. of Hancock passed away on Nov. 7. Among his survivors is a grandson Adam (Carla) Ritter of Donnelly.

Roger Realdsen of Arizona passed away on Nov. 10. Among his survivors is his mother Mable Realdsen of Morris formerly of Donnelly.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society met on Nov. 4. Jerry Kopacek was re-elected president and I was re-elected to the board. The next meeting will be in March.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the WordAlone meeting in Starbuck on Nov. 7. It was announced that a new LCMC church, Shalom Lutheran, has started up in Starbuck and is meeting at the Starbuck Community Center. The next WordAlone meeting will be held on Dec. 4 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. It will be the annual Advent potluck beginning at 10 a.m.

After the meeting I attended the holiday bazaar at the Starbuck Community Center, then visited with Darlene Christofferson at her home. En route home I stopped by the site of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The church is on its foundation and the slab for the fellowship hall is poured.

Elaine Harstad and I attended confirmation services at Kongsvinger on Nov. 7, as well as the reception afterwards and the dinner for Mark Dunn at the parish hall in the afternoon.

On Nov. 10, Joan, Jon and Jack Kopacek attended the Learning Unlimited meeting at Morris Public Library. That evening, Wally McCollar and I attended the visitation for Milla LeSage at the funeral home. Wally also attended the visitation for Chuck Mesenbrink. In the evening, Andy Brevig and I attended the parish Bible study at Kongsvinger.

As some of you know Milla was the first person to write the Donnelly News. I received a nice note from her after I started writing it telling me I was doing a good job. When Milla got married she gave the job to her sister Della Ruff who wrote the new for over 50 years.