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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

After weeks of hot humid weather and a lot of thunderstorms, the weather has settled down. Crops continue to look good. I have seen a few fields of wheat being harvested in the area.

From St. John's/ Kongsvinger: The summer worship schedule ends on Aug. 21.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: Aug. 21 is new member Sunday. Women's Bible study continues on Wednesday mornings and Vacation Bible School will continue until Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. The coffee money during August will go to the Feed My Starving Children packing event.

The packing event for Feed My Starving Children will be in Morris for three days starting Aug. 30. If you or your organization would like to help out, contact the Morris Evangelical Free Church at 589-2808 or

Advance sale Threshing Bee buttons are now on sale. There will be a work night at the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

This year's Threshing Bee will be held on Aug. 27 and 28. The theme is "Donnelly - A Great Place to Call Home." Events planned for Saturday, Aug. 27 include a pancake breakfast, a softball tournament, kiddie parade, kids tractor pull, antique tractor pull, bike safety rodeo, coronation and dance at the hall. A new event this year on Saturday will be a 12-horse hitch at about 1 p.m. In the morning various teams will be plowing and harrowing.

There will be lots of activities both days, horseshoe tournament, chain saw carving, flea market etc. The area churches will once again be serving food. The feature this year is John Deere and our special guest will be Don Duffner displaying his three in one tractor. For more info call 320-795-2437 or e-mail There is also a website: with more details on it. This is an independent website and is not associated with the Donnelly Community Club.

There are two upcoming showers at Kongsvinger Church: On Aug. 14, there will be a bridal shower for Andrea Bergstrom bride-to- be of Joha Toma from 2-4 p.m. On Aug. 20, there will be a post nuptial bridal shower for LeAnn Van Horn and Ben Honzay from 9-11 a.m.

Lee R. "Dick" Kloos, of Hopkins, formerly of Donnelly passed away on Aug. 2. His dad ran the lumberyard in Donnelly and lived where Shirley Frank now lives.

Former Donnelly area resident Darlene Awsumb passed away on Aug. 8. Her funeral is today (Saturday) at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris.

Former Donnelly area resident Mavis J. Gulbrandson of Hoffman, passed away on Aug. 7.

Chase Dylan Jensen was born on July 25 to Christeena Jensen and Wayne Higgins of Herman. Grandparents are Theresa Pagel of Morris, Michael Higgins and Cheryl Beebe of Donnelly, and Scott Jensen of Lincoln, Neb.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Willie's parking lot party at East Side Park on Aug. 4. I then traveled to Glenwood to attend the Pope County fair where I watched part of the horse pull there and listened to Pure Country. They will also be playing at our Threshing Bee dance again this year.

Richard and Val Olson and I were among those attending some the Flekkefest activities in Elbow Lake on Aug. 5. While there I had an opportunity to say "hi" to former Donnelly area residents Diane Amundson and Rosie Sax. In the eve Vance and Kim Gullickson and I attended the Sons of the American Legion sweet corn feed in Morris.

Tim and Deb Root were among the workers and their families of Superior Industries and Wesmor that attended the company picnic on Aug. 5. The Aflac NASCAR car which was on display generated a lot of interest.

Andy Brevig and I attended the all committee meeting at St. John's on Aug. 6 and the community block party and chicken supper in the afternoon. In the evening, the Threshing Bee royalty were part of the Flekkefest parade in Elbow Lake.

George and Arlys Pederson and I attended the sister city program in Elbow Lake on Aug. 7.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the meet the royalty candidate's event at the town hall on Aug. 8. Afterwards the community club had their monthly meeting. After the meeting I visited Denny Anderson at his house.

Bob and Dorothy Eisel recently returned home from a trip to Wasilla, Alaska, where they visited with their family members who live there.