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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Due to the large amount of news this week I have had to omit the long list of "honorees" I had this week. I will post them on my blog and hopefully have an opportunity to recognize them in a future column .

March has definitely come in like a lion with cold temperatures and some stormy weather. I think by now just about everybody is getting tired of the never ending winter we are experiencing this year.

In parish news from St. John's/Kongsvinger: The parish will be participating in the Minnesota Food Share campaign during March. Carts are located in the narthex of each church to collect non-perishable food items for the food shelf. You can also make a financial donation.

The March newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.

Ash Wednesday services will be on March 9 at 7 p.m. at Kongsvinger with a lunch to follow. Services will alternate each week, and will be at St. John's on March 16 and at Kongsvinger on March 23.

St. John's WELCA will hold their St. Patrick's day lunch and entertainment at the West Wind Village on March 17 at 2:15 p.m.

News from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Starting on March 9 and continuing throughout the Lenten season, Good Shepherd members will join with members of St. John's of rural Starbuck for services at St. John's. The Ash Wednesday event starts with a light supper at 6 p.m. followed by Lenten services at 7 p.m. For more details call 589-1461.

Word Alone Ministries will meet today (Saturday), at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Pr. Julie Smith, from the Institute for Lutheran Theology, the new seminary in Brookings, S.D. She will also be the guest speaker at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on March 6. For more information, call 795-2477.

The Glacial Ridge Conference of the ELCA will meet on March 13 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus.

West Central Lutheran Homes will have their annual meeting on March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Fireside room at First Lutheran Church in Morris.

Allisia Melberg will present a program "Researching Families in West Central Minnesota" at the Stevens County Museum on March 12 at 10 a.m.

Donnelly and other area townships will have their annual meetings/elections on March 8. For more information, contact your town clerk or your county auditor's office.

The following events will take place on March 7 in Donnelly: the Bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 p.m.; the Red Hatters will meet at 1 p.m. at "Place To Be"; the Donnelly City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the hall; Rendsville 4-H will meet at 7 pm at the fire hall.

Evelyn Kopel informs me that the homemakers will meet at her house in Donnelly on March 10 at 2 p.m. Call her for details at 246-3310

The Red Hatters will have a St. Patrick's day party on March 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Denny's in Herman for pie day.

Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a "Build Your Own Burger Night" at the Old #1 in Morris on March 10 from 4-7 p.m. A free will offering will be collected.

Lloyd Stier of Donnelly passed away on Feb. 23. A memorial gathering will be held on March 6 at 2 p.m. at the community center in Hoffman.

Ralph Jipson of Graceville passed away on Feb. 24. A sister, Myrta Diehl, is among the family members who survive him.

Larry Rohloff of Atwater passed away on Feb. 26. His stepmother Ardeth (Anderson) Rohloff is among the family members who survive him.

Mitchell Rohloff and Courtney Johnson are engaged to be married on Aug. 20 in Brookings, S.D. Parents of the couple are LuAlan and Shawn Rohloff of Morris and Diana Johnson of Tulare, S.D. Step-grandmother is Ardeth Rohloff of Morris, formerly of the Donnelly area.

On Feb. 25 Andy Brevig and I attended the Westrom/Ingebrigtsen town hall meeting in Morris and later the Co-op meeting at the Donnelly Hall. It was another good year for the co-op with a net profit of over $300,000.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I helped with the cleanup at the site of the new Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Feb. 26. It was truly a case of "many hands make light work" as the church was literally cleaned from top to bottom and much of the fellowship hall was painted. On Feb. 27 we attended services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and the community meal at the Morris Senior Center on Feb. 28.

Jim and Lorraine Aanerud and I attended the "Answers in Genesis" conference on Feb. 27 and 28 in Morris.