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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

A couple of shots of rain during the last week gave the crops a boost, but for the most part it has been sunny and hot.

In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: On July 10, services will be held at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and at St. John's at 10:15 a.m.

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

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: July 17 is new member Sunday. Please call 392-5548 for information.

The Christian alternative rock group "The City Harmonic" will be appearing at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus on July 17 at 7 p.m. The concert is free but limited to 250 people. Advance reservations are encouraged by calling 287-0409 or e-mailing A free will offering will be taken for Feed My Starving Children.

The Herrlinger Family will be in concert at Fron Lutheran in Starbuck on July 16 at 7 pm and July 17 at 10:45 a.m.

Luther Crest's 22nd annual quilt auction will be held today (Saturday) at the camp by Alexandria beginning with a review at 10 a.m. followed by lunch and the auction.

The Tri-County horseshoe league will continue to have games at the courts in Donnelly on Tuesday evenings through August.

There will be a women's softball game at Aanerud Field on July 25. This is a makeup date.

On July 11, the Red Hatters will meet at Place To Be in Donnelly at 1 p.m. They will also meet on July 22 at 11 a.m. at the 4-H food stand at the Grant County Fair in Herman. The bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 p.m. on July 11, and the firemen, Rendsville 4-H club and the Donnelly Community Club will meet at the fire hall, town hall, and St. John's at 7 p.m.

Congratulations to Brook Gillespie who won several events at the Chokio Community Picnic games.

Congratulations to the Morris VFW team that won the consolation championship at the Cold Spring/Roccori tournament recently. Chandler Erickson is a member of that team.

Congratulations to the Morris Legion baseball team that won their own tournament recently. Chandler and Alex Erickson are members of that team. Alex was also named to the 2011 West Central Conference South all-conference team in baseball and was also named MVP of the conference.

Congratulations to Kourtney Giese who received honorable mention on the West Central Conference South all-conference team in track.

Congratulations to all the Donnelly area students who made the third quarter honor roll at MAHS - there are too many to mention individually.

Congratulations to Alex and Chandler Erickson and Brady Gillespie for making the honor roll at Chokio-Alberta High School and Kody Armstrong at West Central Area High School.

Congratulations to Jenna Moser who recently won the Theodore Thorfinnson and the Rex Warfield Cox Memorial Scholarships at North Dakota State University.

Andy Brevig was among the West Central School of Agriculture alumni who recently helped plant the alumni garden at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Kiwanis talent contest at East Side Park in Morris on June 30. The "Juharis Tribe" won first place. Afterwards I watched part of a Babe Ruth game. The black team coached by Rob Jergenson won the game over Vance Gullickson's orange team.

On July 3 Denny Bouressa and I attended the Independence Day celebration at Kongsvinger. Later our Threshing Bee royalty were participants in the Heritage Days parade in Starbuck. After the parade I stopped into the Minnewaska Lutheran Home to visit some of the residents there and also visited with Darlene Christofferson at her home. Later in the afternoon, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the golden wedding celebration for Dick and Myrna Hufford in Morris.

The Threshing Bee royalty were also part of the 4th of July parade in Hancock. Trail Dusters queen Sami Searle was also in the parade. Later I watched some of the tractor pull. I am sure some of those pullers will also be in Donnelly for the Threshing Bee tractor pull. At our last meeting it was decided to add another class for smaller tractors.

Rev. Mike Hanson and I had a chance to sit down for a "get acquainted" visit at the Common Cup in Morris on July 6. Later Jim and Lou Eystad and I helped unload some of the items from the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's storage trailer and into the former Prairie Trailer building. These old books, hymnals, tables, chairs, dishes, Christmas decorations and such will be sold at a garage sale next month. En route home I stopped in Donnelly to watch the second game of the women's softball doubleheader.

Joan Kopacek spent an enjoyable week at Luther Crest Bible Camp for Women's Week.