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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. Thank you to all my loyal readers for making 2010 a successful year for my column. There is a saying "home is where the heart is" and I have found that for many former Donnelly area residents that their heart is still in Donnelly.

Snow removal equipment got another good workout during the past week after a storm on Friday and more snow on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Fortunately except for one evening, temperatures have been fairly decent. Thanks to my neighbor for blowing me out again this week

In parish news from St. John's/Kongsvinger: service times will switch on Jan. 16 with service of Holy Communion at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and at St. John's at 11 a.m. St. John's annual meeting is at noon and a pot luck dinner will follow. Kongsvinger's annual meeting will be on Jan. 23 at noon followed by a potluck dinner.

Work is continuing on the site of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, as is fundraising to pay for it. To date they have raised about 75 percent of what they need. Anyone who joins the church before they move into the building will be considered a charter member. If you would like to become a regular or associate member please call 392-5548. Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended their services on Jan. 9 at the Prairie Inn in Morris.

The 2nd annual Donnelly Rod and Gun Club's ice fishing tournament will be held on Cottonwood Lake today (Saturday) from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. `

Habit for Humanity will have a pancake breakfast on Jan 16th from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Morris American Legion. There will be a free will offering. Their regular monthly meeting will be held on Jan 18 at 7 p.m. at the Morris Public Library.

Alexis Marie Smith was born on Jan. 3 to Ryan and Angie Smith of Donnelly. Grandparents are Gary and Pat Smith of Donnelly and Lynn and Lori Boots of Morris.

Porter Gordon Johnson was born on Dec. 5 to Kerry and Vangieine Johnson of St. Paul. Grandparents are Gordon and Gay Ekberg of Herman. Great grandmother is Grace Derby of Elbow Lake, formerly of Donnelly.

Lloyd Volker of Barrett passed away on Jan. 9. Among the family members who survive him are his sons Geoff (Brenda) Volker of Morris, Kevin (Nancy) of Herman; Bill (Linda) Volker of Herman; and a daughter, Pat (Eddie) Dummer of Alexandria and their families.

Dick Kleespies of California passed away on Jan. 3. A brother-in-law David (Karen) Goldenstein of West St. Paul, formerly of the Donnelly area, is among the family who survive him.

Marcella Dupree of Wheaton passed away on Jan. 7. A sister-in-law Pearl A. Anderson of Donnelly is among her survivors. On Jan. 10 I stopped at her house to offer her my sympathy. She said due to the weather she did not make it to the funeral.

Virgil Carlson of Willmar passed away on Jan. 11. She is a distant relative of mine on my dad's side of the family. Her parents were former Donnelly area residents. Her funeral is today (Saturday) in Willmar.

On Jan. 7, several family members and I braved the elements for the burial service of Charlie Eidem of California at Kongsvinger Cemetery. I have posted his obituary on my blog.

Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the funeral for Grant Smith at St. John's on Jan. 8. On Jan. 9 we attended the Norwegian luncheon at Kongsvinger. Afterwards I had an opportunity to visit a little with Sandy Dunn's mom, Vivian Johnson of Wendell.

Jim and Lou Eystad have spent some time this week visiting Denny Bouressa in the hospital in Morris. Hopefully by the time you read this he should be home.