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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. This week's edition is dedicated to the memory of my mom who passed away March 14, 1994.

After what (hopefully) was winter's last hurrah over the weekend, spring may finally be on the way as temperatures are starting to moderate and the snow is melting some. Many activities over the weekend were canceled or postponed due to blizzard conditions on Friday and Saturday. No travel was advised for awhile and some roads in the area were closed. After digging out for the umpteenth time this winter on Tuesday, I parked my tractor in the shed with the hope that I will not need to do that anymore.

In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: Lenten services continue each week alternating between Kongsvinger (23) and St. John's (30). The service is at 7 p.m. with a lunch to follow

The KLCW birthday dinner will be held on March 20 following services. Dinner is potluck, please furnish a hot dish or salad, dessert will be furnished.

There will be joint services at St. John's on March 27 at 11 a.m. with the Sunday school kids singing.

In news from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: services are being held in the Cougar Room at the Prairie Inn in Morris at 9 a.m. The move to the church site on 480th Avenue is planned for Palm Sunday, April 17. March 20 is new member Sunday. This will be your last chance to become a charter member.

Lenten services continue at St. John's of rural Starbuck with supper at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m.

A St Patrick's dinner will be held at Assumption Catholic Church Morris on March 20 from 11 a.m. until the food is gone.

The Grief Share program begins on March 21 at 6:45 p.m. at the Morris Evangelical Free Church and continues for the next 13 weeks.

Earl Severance of Herman passed away on March 4. A sister, Arlys (George) Pederson of Donnelly is among the family members who survive him.

Susan Kay Pickett passed away on Feb. 8. Her mother Alice (Devick) Hallman is among the family members who survive her.

Ruth Busse of Appleton passed away on March 10. Among her survivors is her son Jim (Julie) Busse of Appleton.

Julette Banister of Donnelly passed away on March 10 in Texas. Her funeral will be held today (Saturday) at Kongsvinger.

There will be an open house baby shower for Angela Halbe and Cody Rutherford, today (Saturday), from 2 to 4 .m., at First Lutheran Church Morris. A baby boy is on the way. Her parents are Steve and Jeanne, grandmother is Arlene Gulbrandson

Congratulations to Thelma Leegard on being named queen of the Good Samaritan Home in Hoffman on Feb. 14.

Congratulations to the Herman-Norcross USAT team that finished 2nd in St. Cloud. Keaton Long and Levin Strand are members of that team.

Congratulations to Samantha Larson who was named to the honor roll at Herman-Norcross high school.

Congratulations to Brady Cardwell who won third place in the Webelos division of the Cub Scouts annual Pinewood Derby on Feb. 13.

Congratulations to the Herman-Norcross FFA crop team that finished 5th in the Holdingford competition. Landon Strand is a member of that team and he finished 10th in individual competition.

On March 10, the Kopacek family attended the funeral for their cousin Jessica Vallis who was killed by a drunk driver. Jessica was a family member of the late Leonard Aanerud of Donnelly.

Verle Dunn and I attended the annual open house and dinner at Pederson's Agri Service in Herman on March 11. After dinner I attended the open house at Larson's Farm Supply, visited with Selma Bruse at her apartment and finished the day by attending the KMRS/KKOK Spring Expo at the Lee Center.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on March 13. After lunch I attended services at First Lutheran where I had an opportunity to hear seminarian Eric Rundquist preach. After church I spent some time visiting at the West Wind Village before heading to Cyrus for the Glacial Ridge conference assembly at Trinity Lutheran Church. Eric is one of the seminarians the conference is sponsoring.

Rev. Joyce Graue and Rev. Linda Petersen of the synod office spoke about some of the ministries and happenings in the synod office and our companion synod in South Africa. Jerry Wright, chairman of the Lutheran Campus Ministry-Morris board talked about some the changes that will be occurring with the ministry. Rev. Kristine Braaten-Lee has accepted a call to Northfield and will be leaving in mid April. There will be a farewell party for her on April 5 at the Christus House in Morris

Arlene Henrichs of Hoffman and I visited Bev Hurlbut at Legacy Living during the past week.

While shopping in Morris on March 15, I ran into my former neighbors Delano and Linda Meyer of Chokio who were en route home after spending several months doing mission work in Africa. Later I attended the visitation for Tammy McNally at the funeral home. Her brother and sister-in-law are friends of mine.