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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. Remember if you are going to be gone this summer to the cabin, on vacation etc. you can keep up with the Donnelly news by visiting my blog or the Sun Tribune Web site and I am also on Facebook

Weather news: Last week was mostly sunny and mild, but this week it has rained off and on since Mon evening. What fields there are that have not been planted by now probably will not get planted this year. So far the crops are looking good.

St. John's/Kongsvinger News: There will be joint services at 8:30 a.m. on June 26 at St John's. Please note this is a change from what was announced in the summer schedule. There will also be joint services at Kongsvinger on July 3 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a potluck dinner.

There are also several other changes to previously announced events in the parish, the women's book club will meet at 3 p.m. (change of time) on June 27 at Jeanne Ennen's, the mutual ministry committee meeting has been rescheduled for June 29 at 7 p.m. at St John's, the all committee meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Aug 6 (change of time) and the block party has been rescheduled for that evening.

At the Southwest Minnesota Synod convention held on June 10-12, Kongsvinger was given an award for its contributions to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America World Hunger campaign

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church News: There will be a dedication service for the church on June 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a program to honor the past and look forward to the future. There will be a meal and fellowship to follow. Everyone, especially former members and pastors, are invited to attend.

A trip to Valley Fair is planned for Aug 7. Vacation Bible School will be held on Wednesday evenings during August. For more information contact Pastor Mike

The New Wine homecoming show will held on June 28 at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran in Morris.

Summertime means some sport activities in town. There will be ladies softball games on June 29 and on July 6 at Aanerud Field. The Tri-County Horseshoe League also has games at the court in Donnelly by the post office on Tuesday evenings.

Due to the July 4 holiday, the following changes will take place: The City Council will meet on July 5 at 7 p.m. at City Hall On July 11 the Red Hatters will meet at the Place To Be at 1 p.m. (They will also have a meeting on July 22 at 4-H food stand in Herman at 11 a.m.). The Bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 p.m., and the Rendsville 4-H club will meet at 7 p.m.

The Donnelly Rod and Gun Cub will hold its picnic at the public access to Pomme de Terre Lake on June 26 at 2 p.m.

Correction: Harriet Rice of Morris passed away on June 12. Darryl Gulbrandson is among the family who survive her. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Mildred and Lloyd Gulbrandson

Dolores A. Jackson of Sioux Falls, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on April 30. Among the family members that survive her are her brothers and former Donnelly area residents Ron (Joyce) Holdgrafer of Schaumburg, Ill. and Gary (Mary) Holdgrafer of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She was preceded in death by her brother Delmar. I have posted her obit on my blog.

Myra Speer of Sauk Rapids, formerly of the Donnelly area, passed away on April 27. A memorial service will be held today (Saturday) at the United Methodist Church in Herman at 11 a.m.

Irene Riedner of Alberta passed away on June 19. Among the family who survive her is a granddaughter, Elysia (Derek) Woodke, and their family

Layla Long was born on June 2 to Matt and Liza Long. Grandparents are Sherman and Sherry Long. Great grandparents are Adolph and Virginia Long.

Arden Frank and I were among those who attended the Kiwanis Talent Contest at East Side Park on June 16. Cassie Hickman was the winner. A dance group, Shake a Tail Feather, earned third place. Hailey Lesmeister (Casey and Daniele) was a member of that group. Earlier in the day I visited my cousin Bev Hurlbult. She informs that her 15 year old granddaughter in Arizona recently won a presidential scholarship. On my way home, I stopped in Donnelly to watch some of the ladies softball game.

On June 17, I stopped into the Center for Small Towns to visit with David Fluegel and later stopped into McCollar Jewelry to visit with Wally.

On June 18, Harry Kruize and I were among those who attended the Myron tractor repair sale in Morris. Later, Jim and Lou Eystad were among those who attended part of the "Play-a-Thon" at East Side Park in Morris.

On June 17, Jim and Lou Eystad were guests of Tom and Colleen Dogotch at the Prairie Inn in honor of Father's Day.

The Threshing Bee royalty were among the participants in the Runestone Day's parade in Kensington on June 19. Afterwards it was off to the tractor pull, a quick reminder that we will have one again this year at the Bee. On my way home, I stopped stopped at Shalom Lutheran for their pie and ice cream social and at the Good Samaritan Home in Hoffman to visit some friends.

Doug and Muriel Cardwell and I were among those of us that enjoyed a very exciting game in Donnelly on June 21.

On June 22, the Thorson Library sponsored a presentation by Doug Ohman -- "Libraries of Minnesota" -- that I attended. In order to accommodate another event, the community club decided not to book him for this year's Bee, but hopefully we can have him back for some future Bee.

On June 23, there was a sing a long at Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Barrett. The next one is July 20.