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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

A record low temperature on Monday morning is a vivid reminder that summer is coming to an end. The crops around here looked better than those I saw on my travels last week. The grain harvest is pretty much wrapped up; some of the beans are starting to turn and the corn looks good.

In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: Rally Sunday will be held on Sept. 11 at Kongsvinger, Sunday school at 9 a.m., joint services at 10:15 a.m., dinner will follow services. There will also be cake and ice cream served in honor of Kongsvinger's 135th anniversary. Third graders will receive their Bibles, Sunday school teachers will be installed, and the confirmation students will kick off their third annual drive for "Churches United for the Homeless" in Moorhead. The fall schedule begins on Sept. 18 with services at 8:30 a.m. at Kongsvinger and 11 a.m. at St. John's. Parish Sunday school will be at Kongsvinger at 9:45 a.m. There will be a coffee hour at Kongsvinger in the church basement following services and at St. John's before services.

The September newsletter is now out extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: Rally Sunday is Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. Pastor Mike is starting a new Bible study after services at 10:45 a.m.

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

Zion Lutheran Church in Morris will have an open house on Sept. 11 services at 9 a.m.; fellowship 10 a.m.; Bible study at 10:30 a.m.; potluck dinner at noon.

Septemberfest will be held on Sept. 18 at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris beginning with mass at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day with dinner, and classic vehicle show.

WordAlone Ministries will meet today (Saturday) at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home. Coffee at 9:30 a.m., program at 10 a.m.

There will be a surprise open house for Lillian Heinrich at the Morris Senior Center from 1-3 p.m. on Sept 11.

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

Niemackl Lake Park Day will be held on Sept. 18 at the park which is about halfway between Donnelly and Herman.

The Donnelly Rod and Gun club will have their annual trap shoot on Sept. 11 at Harstad's slough on the northeast corner of Donnelly from 1-4 p.m.

Here are a couple more results from the Bee: the Super Heroes defeated the Harstad team for the softball championship and Chris Athey construction won the consolation championship.

Thanks to Evelyn Underwood for the following info: the first Donnelly Threshing Bee was held in 1965 at the Oscar and Ruth Aanerud farm near Donnelly. It has been held at the same site ever since. The Lutheran churches of the area started the Threshing Bee and did it for two years with proceeds going to the West Central Home. In 1968 the Donnelly Commercial Club now the Community Club took over the project. Fred Gerber, Bill Underwood, Roy Fluegel and Jim Root started this community project in 1968 and it became an annual Jubilee and Threshing Bee. The first Bees were held on Friday and Saturday because Albin Kling who owned the steamer would not thrash on Sunday. Fred Moerke owned the separator. A big tent was used for serving meals until the steel shed was erected and other buildings were added as the years went along. We hope we can continue to build on what they started for many more years.

Congratulations to the following 4-Hers who won awards in the livestock division at the state fair: Blake Koser (blue), Jake and Jenna Moser (blue) and MaKenzie Smith (blue). Natalie Johnston was a member of the senior livestock judging team that won third place; she won a blue for her crossbred market barrow, received a call back for showmanship, and was named an interview winner and won a Minnesota Livestock Breeder Association auction scholarship.

Congratulations to MaKenzie Smith who was the individual winner at the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta cross country invitational on Aug. 30.

Donald Heikkinen of Hancock passed away on Sept. 5 Among the family who survive him is wife Anita and her parents Ron and Janet Bouressa.

Deanna Heuer and I and many others boarded a bus in Morris to the State Fair on Sept. 1.

Steve Fults and I attended the Metal to Money sale near Hoffman on Sept. 2.

Sept. 3-5 I camped out at Rollag attending the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion. It was an enjoyable time but also very tiring as it is a very big show.