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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow Tuesday morning when he looked out of his door, meaning an early spring. We enjoyed a few days of respite from winter last week with some mild temperatures but that didn't last long. By Saturday afternoon it was storming again and has stormed off and on through early this week. It has also turned very cold again. I did see my annual sign of spring last week -- the Cougar baseball team was beginning workouts at the RFC. Thanks to my neighbor for blowing me out again this week.

In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: The parish Sunday school and Luther League are sponsoring a sweetheart luncheon on Feb. 13 at noon at St. John's. For more information, contact Sandy Dunn at 246-3292.

The KLCW is collecting items for health kits for in kind offerings at the Glacial Ridge spring gathering and the Southwest Minnesota Synod Women's meeting this spring. For a list of items needed please contact the parish office or call 677-2786. Financial donations are also being accepted. There is collection box in the parish hall.

In news from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: The February mission project is support for the Stevens County Food Shelf. A portion of the monthly offering will be given to them. Having raised most of the money needed for the completion of phase one of the building projects, the board has decided to proceed with fund raising for phase two.

WordAlone Ministries will have their annual meeting today (Saturday) at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck at 10 a.m. followed by a potluck dinner. The program will include an election of officers.

Several weeks ago I talked to Delano Meyer as he and Linda were preparing to leave for a short term mission trip to Africa. I recently received an e-mail from them stating that they had arrived safely and they were busy doing agricultural training in Kenya and Tanzania. Next week they will be traveling to South Africa to do more of the same.

The next Donnelly City Council meeting will be on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. I received a note concerning the meetings. There is no cost to the city for having their meetings taped and aired. The meetings are also available to view on the Runestone web site. I understand the volume is not too good but that is being worked on

The Red Hatters will be at Place To Be on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. Bring a valentine and a small chocolate.

The Rendsville 4-H club will meet on Feb. 7 at the Fire Hall at 7 p.m.

The bookmobile will be in Donnelly on Feb. 7 and 21 from 3:30-3:50 p.m.

The Morris Senior Citizens will have a valentine's party at the center in Morris on Feb. 11 beginning at 5 p.m.

The 2nd annual Nonprofit Resources Expo will be held on Feb. 17 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Armory in Morris. For more information or to register call 320-392-5281 or visit their website at

Former Donnelly area resident Lloyd C. Neudick, of Lewistown, Mont., passed away on Dec. 27. His parents were the late John and Hilda (Anderson) Neudick.

Elmer Madison of Chokio, formerly of the Donnelly area, passed away on Jan. 29. His brother Ed ran a gas station in Donnelly for many years.

Marvin Wilts of Herman passed away on Feb. 1. Survivors include his wife Bev (Diehl), a sister Shirley (George) Libbon and his mother-in-law Myrta Diehl.

Congratulations to the Morris BPA chapter on winning several awards at the regional competition held recently at Alexandria Technical College. Sydney Beyer, Sami Searle, and Kendra Sperr are members of that organization.

Congratulations to those Morris Area High School students who were recently named to the National Honor Society: Sydney Beyer, Kaitlin Van Horn, and Jacob Moser

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the visitations for Carol Brevig and Rudy Gulbrandson on Jan. 28 and their funerals, both on Jan. 29. We also attended worship services at Good Shepherd on Jan. 30 and the memorial service for Burton Strand on Jan. 31. I told Lou on Monday that I think we have seen enough of each other for a while.

In their "spare" time the Eystads have been visiting Ruth Moerke in the hospital in Morris. I guess if there is a silver lining to all the funerals it is the chance to see and visit with some people you have not seen for a long time.

Jim Aanerud and I attended the Donnelly Co-op's winter crop day at the Donnelly Hall on Feb. 1. Even though I am no longer actively involved in farming, I am still a farmer at heart and enjoy attending meetings like this.

Pearl A. Anderson celebrated her birthday on Jan. 27. Several members of her family and friends stopped in during the week to wish her a happy birthday. I stopped by to visit her on Feb. 2. I also visited my cousin Bev Hurlbut at Legacy Living on Feb. 2.