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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 rain showers. I have heard that the grain harvest has not been very good.

St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: the parish will be leading the community worship services under the big top tent at the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. with Tom and Pearl Horning providing the music. There will be joint services at St. John's at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 4.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: The coffee money during August will go to the Feed My Starving Children packing event. Good Shepherd will be packing meals on Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd will be having a rummage sale on Sept. 9 and 10 to sell items from the old church.

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:office@ There will be a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch on Aug. 29 all day.

A work night is planned for Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. on the Threshing Bee grounds to take the fences down and put things away. I can also use help on the evening of Aug. 28 to take the chairs in the tent and put them back in the depot. Any help by anybody, during, and/or after the Bee is greatly appreciated.

The theme of the Threshing Bee this weekend is "Donnelly-A Great Place to Call Home." Events start at 7 a.m. and run through the evening. Sunday begins with an open air worship service under the big top tent and concludes with the horse/ pony pull in the afternoon. There will be lots of other activities both days. The feature this year is John Deere and our special guest will be Don Duffner displaying his three-in-one tractor. He will also be demonstrating it. Next year's feature will be Oliver. The headquarters is the depot so if you want more information, need help, or have any questions, stop in and talk to whomever is at the desk. The phone number is 246-3272. The officers will be wearing shirts and caps with Donnelly Threshing Bee on them. The website is and there is also a Facebook page.

There are also some rummage sales in town this weekend and there may be other off site events as well.

There will be a bridal shower for Kayla Harstad, bride to be of Josh Erdahl, at First Lutheran Church in Morris today (Saturday) at 9:30 a.m.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the WordAlone Ministry will meet on Sept. 10 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home.

Liviah Rhys Volker was born on June 21 to Travis and Brittany Volker. Grandparents are Bill and Darlene Volker.

Congratulations to the Jenna Larsen/Islande Sperr duo that won the Dribble/Ping Pong Competition at the Owl dribbling camp held recently at the University of Minnesota, Morris P.E. Center.

Congratulations to Natalie Johnston who was named 2nd runner up in the Minnesota pork ambassador contest.

Winners in the homemaker's building at the Stevens County fair included Bernice Erdahl, Elaine Harstad and Rose Uhden. Winners in the open class building were Steve and Michelle Werk, Michelle Papesh, and Beth Heinrich. The Stampede 4-H club and Rendsville 4-H club both won several grand and reserve championships on several of their club projects. Individual 4-H awards are again too numerous to list. The winners are in a special supplement in today's Sun Tribune.

Congratulations to Tyler Busse who won 1st place in his class in the demo derbies at the Pope and Stevens County fairs.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Vacation Bible School at Good Shepherd on Aug. 1. We also attended the Morris Co-op customer appreciation picnic on Aug. 18. They also helped get the Christus House ready for fall that day. Earlier in the day I boarded a bus at the Soils Lab for a tour of their Swan Lake research farm. After dinner I boarded another bus for a trip to the Prairie Horizons farm south of Starbuck. I finished the day at the Valu Ford carnival at the armory in Morris where I had a chance to say hi to former Donnelly area resident Gary Huebner.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at Good Shepherd on Aug. 21. Later the Threshing Bee royalty were part of the Cornfest parade in Ortonville.

When I arrived home I discovered somebody had cut the lock on my front door and stolen some computers and accessories.

Dianne Amundson and I attended the Pedersen Funeral Home's Time to Remember picnic at the Pomme de Terre Park on Aug. 22. Afterwards I visited my cousin Bev Hurlbult at Legacy Living.

It was a case of "many hands make light work" on Aug. 23 as a good crew was on hand to help get things ready for the Bee. Special thanks to the Donnelly Co-op for the use of their forklift and to Corrine Larson for again supplying the drinks and food.