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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Cooler temperatures in the evening remind us that fall is just around the corner, I have heard that crops conditions have deteriorated over the past several weeks but in driving around the countryside they sure look good to me.

In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: There will be joint services at St. John's at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. Rally Sunday will be held on Sept. 11 at Kongsvinger with Sunday school at 9 a.m. and joint services at 10:15 a.m.

Thanks to matching funds by the Land O'Lakes foundation $2,236.58 was donated to the Stevens County Food Shelf by our parish from the block party.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: Rally Sunday is Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. The parish will be having a rummage sale on Sept. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 10 at the former Prairie Trailer building on West Highway 28 in Morris. Anyone who wishes to bring items for it can bring them on the evening of Sept. 8 from 6-7 p.m.

St. Charles Catholic Church of Herman will have their annual fall festival with a turkey dinner on Sept. 11 at the American Legion from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Women of the Word Augustana district conference will be held Oct. 1 in Hutchinson. Please register by Sept. 15

Due to the Labor Day holiday WordAlone will meet on Sept. 10 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. with the program at 10 am. The program is a DVD by Rev. Steve King entitled "Law and Gospel."

The Red Hatters, city council, fireman, Rendsville 4-H and community club will meet on Sept. 12 in various places in Donnelly. Check with your leader for times and places.

The Post Office and most Donnelly businesses will be closed on Sept. 5 due to the Labor Day holiday.

Donald Giese of Hoffman passed away on Aug. 25. An uncle Clarence Giese is among the family members who survive him.

Thanks to great weather and good crowds we had another successful Threshing Bee. Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate and to everyone who helped out in any way to make it a great event. The twelve horse hitch and the triple tractor were very popular events. Next year's Bee is scheduled for Aug. 25 and 26. Our feature will be Oliver.

Congratulations to the new Threshing Bee royalty: Olivia Reimers, queen; Rebekah Aanerud, princess; Karmen Sperr, Little Miss Donnelly; Kendra Wevley, princess. Karmen's sisters' Brandi and Kendra as well as Rebekah's sisters Cammi and Savannah have all been Threshing Bee royalty.

Congratulations to Henning Awsumb for being chosen as the grand marshal of the Threshing Bee parade. Some of the other winners at the bee include in the tractor pull: John Armstrong and Scott Neuman; horseshoes: Nick Daly and Andy Brevig. Parade merit awards included the grand marshal float, Kopel's Kooker, Don Duffner's triple tractor, Audrey Henrichs tractor, Herb Nelson's miniature horses, the parade committee, and the traveling trophy went to the royalty float. The committee did some refurbishing of it over the weekend and it looked very nice. Everybody was a winner in the kiddie parade and for the first time I can remember all the cash drawing winners were Donnelly area people. Hopefully I can get more results for next week's column and I will also give a brief history of the Bee that I received from Evelyn Underwood.

Our Threshing Bee has become an annual 'family' reunion -- not only do many of the exhibitors, horseshoe players and others come back every year but also many former residents. It's always nice to visit with them. This year we had visitors all the way from Norway. One thing you can count on year after year is all the great food that the churches serve. Even the Alexandria Shriners had to stop prior to the parade to have some pie and ice cream.

Mark Koepke has asked me to share that he has a new e-mail address

Congratulations to Brooklyn Koehntop who won the adorable baby contest sponsored by the Morris Life Care Pregnancy Center at the Stevens County fair. Her parents are Kyle and Mandi (Kloos) Koehntop.

Congratulations to the "Tons of Fun" volleyball team that recently won the team championship at Buddies Bar and Grill league in Hancock, Jackie Dripps is a member of that team.

Our sympathy goes out to Nate Long (Sherman and Sherry) who lost his house and possessions in a house fire near Kensington on Aug. 13.

Mary Huebner and I attended the presentation by Guy Doud at Morris Area High School on Aug. 24. He is a former national teacher of the year. That evening I attended Vacation Bible School at Good Shepherd.

Brian and Peg Kruize and I attended the open house at Morris Area High School on Aug. 25.

On Aug. 26 Herb and Carol Kloos and I attended the Westrom for Representative pork chop fund raiser in Elbow Lake. The Kopacek family traveled to Alberta for the open house/supper at Cargill. Many of us also spent some time on the Threshing Bee grounds helping get things ready. Enroute to the grounds I stopped at a couple of the rummage sales in Donnelly.

Paul Sperr and I helped pack food for Feed My Starving Children on Aug. 30 at the Morris Area Elementary School. Our shift packed about 3,600 meals. This is the fourth year I have helped and it gives one a sobering perspective on how so little can do much for hungry children around the world. In the evening, I was among those who worked on the Threshing Bee grounds to take things down and put them away.