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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Crops continue to make good progress due to some sunny and warm days and some timely rains showers.

In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: The summer worship schedule ends on Aug. 21. The parish will be leading the community worship services under the big top tent at the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 28 with Tom and Pearl Horning providing the music.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: Aug. 21 is new member Sunday. Women's Bible study continues on Wednesday morning and Vacation Bible School will conclude on 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 Feed My Starving Children packing event will be in Morris on Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1. If you or your organization would like to help out contact the Morris Evangelical Free Church at 589-2808 or e-mail: There will be a fundraiser for this event at the Pizza Ranch on Aug. 29.

Correction: Mavis Gulbrandson is a former resident of Brandon not Donnelly.

Advance sale Threshing Bee buttons are on sale through Aug. 26. The posters are also up in the area. If you want some, stop into HD & Co. in Donnelly or call 246-3475.

There will be a work night at the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. to get ready for the Bee. Another work night is planned for Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. to take the fences down and put things away. I can also use help on the evenings of Aug. 26 and 28 to put the chairs in the tent and put them back in the depot. Any help by anybody before, during, or after the Bee is greatly appreciated.

This year's Threshing Bee is Aug. 27 and 28. The theme is "Donnelly -- A Great Place to Call Home". Sunday's activities begin with an open air church service and continue with a classic car show, parade, horse/pony pull and conclude with the cash drawing. Anyone is welcome to bring a display, demonstrate, play, sing etc. There will be lots of activities both days, horseshoe tournament, chain saw carving, wood sawing, shingle making, 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. I do plan to have my cart on the grounds again for use by handicapped people. For more information, call 795-2437 or e-mail There is also a website: with more details. Please note that this is an independent website and is not associated with the Donnelly Community Club. There is also a Donnelly Threshing Bee page on Facebook.

Queen candidates this year are Rebekah Aanerud. Her parents are Andy and Heather, grandparents are Jim and Lorraine, and Olivia Reimers. Her parents are Al and Shelly. Little Miss Donnelly candidates are Karmen Sperr, her parents are Duane and Lori, grandparents are Paul and Betty; Callista Kill her parents are Joe and Julie, grandfather is Dick Cady, Kellie Wilts her parents are Doug and Ellen, grandparents are Millie and the late LaVern; Kendra Wevley her parents are Matthew and Alisha Gramith, grandparents are Ron and Sue Wevley, great grandmother is Liz Ascheman.

There will be a post nuptial bridal shower for LeAnn (Van Horn) and Ben Honzay today (Saturday) from 9-11 a.m. at Kongsvinger. They were married on Aug. 6. There will also be a bridal shower for Kayla Harstad, bride to be of Josh Erdahl, at First Lutheran in Morris on Aug. 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Pedersen Funeral Home will hold their annual time to remember picnic at Pomme de Terre Park on Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

The Donnelly Co-op will have their plot tour on Aug. 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at their plot south of Graceville. There will be a bus leaving the co-op at 4:30 p.m.

Jack Fuchs and I helped do some clean-up work at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Aug. 9.

Verle and Della Dunn and I attended the funeral for Darlene Awsumb in Morris on Aug. 13 and the memorial service for Fran Pederson in Herman on Aug. 10. Fran's family has owned and operated Pederson Implement in Herman for many years. At lunch I had an opportunity to visit with Dick Goldenstein. After the funeral I visited with Selma Bruse in her apartment in Herman. In the afternoon, I stopped by the fairgrounds in Morris, then attended Vacation Bible School at Good Shepherd in the evening.

On Aug. 11, about a dozen of us got together to pick up the bundles from the field by the Threshing Bee grounds and put them on racks. We had more bundles than racks so there will be a lot of threshing going on during the Bee.

Steve Fults and I spent some time over the weekend at the Stevens County Fair in Morris.

The last parade of the year for the Threshing Bee royalty was on Aug. 14 in Hoffman. As always they did a good job representing Donnelly in many parades and events this year. After the parade, I visited some friends in the Good Samaritan Center in Hoffman.