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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

This marks the start of my fourth year of writing this column and I want to say Mange Takk to all my loyal readers who have made it such a success.

Some welcome sunshine and warmer temperatures means that the snow is slowly melting and spring is finally on the way.

Correction: Katelyn Wulf was born on March 12 to Byron and Amy Wulf of Hancock. Grandparents are Charles and Deb Hacker of Hancock and Doug and Joyce Wulf of Morris, great grandmothers are Wanda LeSage of Arizona and Vi Wulf of Morris.

In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: Lenten services conclude on April 13 at Kongsvinger.

St. John's Spring Fling is April 16 from 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. For more information contact the church office.

There will again be an Easter Lily garden in the parish this year. There are sign-up sheets in the narthex of each church or you may contact the parish office to order one. You may also purchase one yourself.

The April newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of both churches.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: There will be an Easter memorial garden on Easter Sunday at the church. If you would like to buy a flower for it please call 392-5548.

Federated Church of Morris will have their "This and That Sale" on April 16 beginning at 9 a.m.

The Two by Four Family Band will be in concert at the Morris Area Elementary concert hall today (Saturday) at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be collected.

The Donnelly Fire Department fish fry will be held on April 15 at the town hall beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Congratulations to the Footnotes dance team that received a judge's choice award for showmanship in the Hall of Fame dance challenge on March 20. Sydney Beyer and Beth Holland are members of that team.

Congratulations to Kellie Wilts (Ellen and Doug) whose essay on "think green" was one of those drawn for a Harlem Globetrotters family pack for their game in Morris on April 7. Brady Cardwell (Meriel and Doug) was selected as a ball boy for the game.

Congratulations to Landon Strand who earned a signaling badge and the gold and bronze palm leaf at the Troop 467 Honor Court. His brother Levin also earned his signaling merit badge and was promoted to 2nd class.

Congratulations to Morris elementary wrestlers who recently won first place at the Fergus Falls tournament. Kellen Erdahl (Ann and Brian) is a member of that team and got fourth place at 55 pounds.

Learning Unlimited presents a talk by Norman Gronwold on "The Problem with our Money" on April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Morris Public Library. Gronwold is a lifelong farmer from the Herman-Norcross area who has studied economics for over 40 years, coming to believe that the only solution is to return to a constitutional monetary system. This will be Learning Unlimited's final program.

Eugene Carlin of Nevada passed away on March 25. Survivors include his sisters Darlene (Henning) Awsumb of Donnelly and JoAnn (Tom) Jacobson of Morton.

Former Donnelly area resident Herb Kill passed away on April 2.

Claire Sophia Loge was born March 3 to Kirk and Taunya Loge of Breezy Point. Grandparents are Craig and Cork Loge of Morris and Stan and Eileen Bayer of Morris. Great grandmother is Deane Schmidt of Herman and great-grandfather is Leo Gruber of Willmar.

Wally McCollar attended the visitation and funeral for his aunt Haroldine Walker on April 1 and 2.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Word Alone meeting in Starbuck on April 2. The next meeting will be on May 7. After the meeting it was back to Kongsvinger to help with the set up for the Strand benefit, then off to Morris for the open house for two employees at the Stevens County Historical Society.

Pearl A. Anderson and I were among the many who attended the benefit for the Burton Strand at Kongsvinger on April 3.

The Donnelly Community Club met on April 4 to start the process of making plans for the Threshing Bee. Anyone with ideas or suggestions for it or any other event is encouraged to contact one of the officers. The next meeting will be on May 9. This year's Bee is Aug. 27 -- 28 and will feature John Deere.

Jack, Jon and Joan Kopacek and I attended the Pedersen Funeral Home's spring seminar on April 5 . Jim and Lou Eystad and I stopped into the Christus House for the farewell open house for Kristine Braaten-Lee. That evening a good crowd was on hand for the Donnelly Rod and Gun Club's annual meeting.