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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

After a sunny and very hot weekend things cooled off Sunday evening after a thunderstorm went through the area causing some minor damage in the area. Small grains and corn are looking very good, but the beans are lagging some.

St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: services are at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and St. John's at 10:15 a.m. through Aug. 21.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: July 17 is new member Sunday. If you wish to join please call 392-5548.

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 so 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 Church in Starbuck today (Saturday) at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

There will be a sing-a- long at Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Barrett on July 20 at 7 p.m.

The Tri-county horseshoe league will continue to have games at the courts in Donnelly on Tuesday evenings through mid-August. I have also been informed that there will be a women's softball game on July 25. This is a makeup date.

The Red Hatters will have a meeting on July 22 at the 4-H food stand at the Grant County Fair in Herman at 11 a.m.

The annual David Day fishing tournament will be held today (Saturday) on Lake Minnewaska beginning with registration at 10 a.m. at the Water's Edge in Starbuck. The LTD Motorcycle run will be held on July 23 beginning with registration at 8 a.m. in Montevideo and traveling though Morris about 3 pm. For more info call Chad Turner at (320) 333-8615.

There will be a work day today (Saturday) at Niemackl Lake Park beginning at 8 a.m. For more info call Ed Ellingson at 760-1346.

There is a card shower for Wally Giese who turns 80 years young today (Saturday). Cards can be sent to 45294 147th St., Morris.

LeAnn Van Horn and Ben Honzay are engaged to be married on Aug. 6 in Morris. Her parents are Clay (Marlene) Van Horn and Sharon Van Horn.

Marjorie Ellen Mecklenburg passed away on July 11. Her son, Loren (Kaylene) and their family are among the family members who survive her. Jeanne Ennen and I attended her funeral in Morris on July 13. That evening, the Kopacek family and I attended the RTA meeting in Barrett. Enroute to the meeting I stopped to visit Esther Cline at the Barrett Care Center. Her husband Ken is in the Veteran's Home in Fergus Falls for the time being. Irene Goldenstein has purchased their home in Donnelly.

The dance group We Gets Up, placed second at the Kiwanis talent contest on July 8. Justine Huebner is a member of that dance troupe.

Congratulations to Auddy and Islande Sperr who recently won several awards at the Owl basketball camp held at the University of Minnesota, Morris. MaKenzie Smith was a member of the Iowa Basketball champions at that camp.

Congratulations to Adam Schmidgall, Donnelly, who was the winner of $100 Chamber Cash in Prairie Pioneer Days button drawing.

Congratulations to Tyler Roske who was named to the West Central South all-conference team.

Steve Fults and I attended the Summer Center Day the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris on July 8. Mark Erickson and Brian Kruize are on the WCROC advisory board. In the afternoon, I took in the Horizontal Grandeur exhibit at the Stevens County Museum and visited some with Wally McCollar. In the evening, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the community supper at East Side Park. After the supper it was back to Donnelly for a planning meeting about the block party our parish is coordinating on Aug. 6.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the prairie extravaganza at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife office in Morris on July 9. Afterwards I took in some of the other Prairie Pioneer Days events at East Side park in Morris.

On July 10, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and later the pancake feed at the Morris fire hall. After the breakfast I went to the museum for their dedication ceremony. Chester Larson and Jeanne Ennen helped cut the ribbon. Later that afternoon Trail Dusters queen Sami Searle and Stevens County Pork Ambassador Natalie Johnston as well as the Threshing Bee royalty were some of the participants in the Prairie Pioneer Days parade. Maynard Mau pulled the float with his Model A Ford, which is definitely an attention getter! After the parade Hailey Lesmeister (Casey and Daniele) was one of the dancers from Footnotes studio that gave a dance performance at the band shell. Enroute home I stopped at Andy Aanerud's farm for Cammi's graduation party.

The Donnelly Community Club met on July 11. We continue to finalize plans for the 2011 Threshing Bee. The buttons are here and will be on sale in the area soon or you can buy one from one of the officers. This year's theme is "Donnelly--A Great Place To Live".

Joan and Jerry Kopacek spent Friday and Saturday (July 8-9) At Luther Crest Bible Camp working the quilt auction. Friday evening they were treated to a pontoon tour of Lake Carlos.

A quick reminder as to how you can get news to me -- by e-mail : (please put Donnelly news in subject line), call me 320-246-3227 or 320-288-8692, or write to me at 12103 Cty. Rd. 9, Donnelly, MN 56235. I also have a container for news in my black mailbox as well as containers at the Post Office and HD & Co.