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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Please remember that on occasion due to space requirement parts of my column do not get published but you can always read the full column on my blog.

When I wrote my column last week I thought winter was done but the first day of spring brought the return of winter to the area with rain turning to snow and a winter storm. The whole week has been cold, damp and wet.

In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: Lenten services continue each week alternating between St. John's (March 30) and Kongsvinger (April 6) at 7 p.m. with a lunch to follow. There will be joint services at St. John's on March 27 with the Sunday school kids singing at 11 a.m. and again on April 3 at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school will be at St. John's both Sundays at 9:45 a.m.

There will be a benefit noon meal for the Burton Strand family of Donnelly, on April 3 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Kongsvinger Parish Hall. A free will donation will be collected. Supplemental funding provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Stevens County Chapter #31318. Donations may also be left at the United Farmers and Merchants State Bank through April 15.

St. John's spring fling is April 16. They are looking for "white Elephant" items and donations for the raffle. Contact the church office for details.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church services will continue to be held in the Cougar Room at the Prairie Inn in Morris at 9 a.m. The plan is to move to the church site on Palm Sunday, April 17.

The call committee has planned a special meeting of the congregation on April 3 for the purpose of presenting a candidate for pastor of the church. Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting.

The Grief Share program continues for the next 12 weeks at the Morris Evangelical Free Church in Morris. Contact the church for details.

The Word Alone Ministries will meet on April 2 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m.

Rev. Kristine Braaten- Lee, pastor at the Lutheran Campus Ministry in Morris and Trinity Lutheran Church in Alberta recently announced she has accepted a call to Northfield and is leaving in mid April. A farewell open house for her will be held at the Christus House in Morris on April 5 from 3-6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Donnelly Community Club will have their first meeting of the year on April 4 at 7 p.m. at the town hall in Donnelly. We will be starting to make plans for this threshing bee. As always, ideas or suggestions for it or any other events are always welcome.

Also on April 4, the Red Hatters will meet at Place To Be at 1 p.m.; the bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 p.m.; the city council will meet in the council chambers, and the Rendsville 4-H club will meet at the fire hall at 7 p.m.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet on April 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Morris Public Library.

Pederson Funeral Home of Morris is sponsoring a seminar on April 5 at 10 a.m. at the Old #1 Southside.

Harry "Buzz" Olson of Arizona, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on March 12. His dad was the janitor at the Donnelly School for many years. Among the family members who survive him, is his sister Mary (Bill) Dripps of Morris.

Congratulations to Steve Fults who was elected co-chair of the Stevens County Republican party on March 6 and to Andy Brevig who was reelected treasurer.

Congratulations to the mini jazz dance team that won their division at the Just For Kix Untied We Dance competition in Brainerd on March 6. Katie Giese is a member of that team. Her parents are Brian and Holly Giese, and grandparents are Howard and Ditto Hennen.

Congratulations to the following Morris BPA students who participated in the state competition and won the right to attend the national competition in Washington, D.C.: Sydney Beyer, Sydney Sperr and Sami Searle.

Congratulations to the Senior 4-H project bowl general livestock team that won first place at the Foley tournament and will advance to the state. Kendra Sperr, Jake Moser, MaKenzie Smith and Natalie Johnston are members of that team. Natalie's dad, Lee is coach of that team. The Junior team placed 9th. Jonna Moser is a member of that team. Her dad Jon is the coach.

Congratulations to the following who were honored at the Morris Area High School winter sports banquet. Beth Holland honorable mention all conference girl's basketball and Kourtney Giese most valuable gymnast.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the visitation and funeral for Julette Banister. They also attended Lenten services at St. John's in Starbuck on March 16, visited her aunt Marlys Alm on March 19, attended services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Sunday school adopted grandparents event at Kongsvinger and the sing-a-long at the Eden Reformed Church in Herman on March 20.

Andy Brevig and I attended the KCLW's birthday dinner at Kongsvinger on March 20. He was one of those lucky enough to win a birthday cake.

Dorothy Jordheim was among the St. John's WELCA ladies who helped out at their St. Patrick's Day party at the West Wind Village on March 17.

Jack, John, Joan Kopacek and I attended the 125th annual meeting of the Delaware Mutual Association in Herman on March 21. I won a nice tool kit.