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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

After months of ice, snow, and bitter cold it was nice to get a respite from winter during the past week. After bottoming out at about 20 degrees below zero last Thursday, evening temperatures began to rise and have been in the 30s and 40s ever since.

In parish news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: there will be joint services at Kongsvinger at 11 a.m. on Feb. 27 with the Sunday school kids singing. The February parish newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.

In news from the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Feb. 20 is new member Sunday. If you want to become a full or associate member call 392-5548. There will be a cleanup day at the church site on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m.

St Mary's School in Morris will hold their annual dinner and auction today (Saturday) at Old #1 Southside in Morris beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Dr. Terry Moretson will be the guest speaker for a series of meetings at the Morris Area High School auditorium on Feb. 27 and at the Hosanna Worship Center in Morris on Jan. 28. This event is sponsored by the Morris Evangelical Free Church, Hosanna Worship Center and Morris Community Church. For more info call 320-589-2808 or e-mail

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

The Stevens County Republican party executive committee will have a meeting at Detoy's in Morris on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. The party convention will be held on March 4 at the Morris American Legion beginning with registration at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m.

The Niemackl Lake Park board will have their annual fund raising pancake breakfast on Feb. 20 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Herman American Legion. When I talked to one of the board members after the park day last year, he indicated that future plans for the park include making it more handicapped accessible.

The Donnelly Co-op will have their annual meeting on Feb. 25 beginning with a noon meal at the Donnelly hall.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society will have their first meeting of the year on March 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Morris Public Library.

The Post Office in Donnelly will be closed on Feb. 21 due to the President's Day holiday.

There will be an open house in honor of Gert Brandt's 90th birthday on Feb. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at the Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood. No gifts please. She is a former Donnelly area resident.

Larry Lent of Brooten passed away on Feb. 2. A brother, Dale (Pam) Lent of Donnelly is among the family members who survive him.

Congratulations to Ashley Mecklenburg who was one of the students recognized for academic excellence at Alexandria Technical College.

Congratulations to the following students who won blue ribbons at the recent Morris Area High School science fair: Brady and Bryce Jergenson, Gage Backman, Beth and Becca Holland, Justine Huebner, Tim Uhpoff, Carly Gullickson, Madison Wevley, and Mathew Athey.

Congratulations to Justin Johnston who recently received a Pork Check-off, Pioneer Hi-bred and PIC scholarship. He is a student at the University of Minnesota. His parents are Lee and Judy.

Congratulations to Tara Flaten who was named to the honor roll at Hancock High School.

Andy Brevig and I attended the benefit for Brandon Thorson in Morris on Feb. 12. If you could not attend but wish to help, you can send a donation to the Brandon Thorson Fund, c/o Hometown Community Bank, Cyrus, MN 56323. There are also collection jars at Willie's Super Valu.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Feb. 13. In the afternoon, I attended the annual meeting of the Stevens County Historical Society at the museum in Morris. Bernice Erdahl was reelected to the board. Rod Evans gave a very interesting program on palaces on the prairie. Most of us have heard of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., but through the years there have been other kinds of palaces built in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, and Wyoming.

Steve Fults and I attended the New Horizons Ag Services annual meeting in Herman on Feb. 15. The co-op had another good year with a net profit of 8.6 million. Afterwards I visited Selma Bruse at her apartment in Herman.

Jim and Lou Eystad visited her aunt, Marlys Alm, at her apartment in Morris on Feb. 13. On the 24th they helped Rita Kiser and Colleen Dogotch celebrate their birthdays at the Diamond Club along with their husbands, Pete and Tom. On Feb.16 they visited Lillian Hanrock in the hospital.