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Donnelly News

When traveling through Donnelly be sure to make note of upcoming events posted on the community board.

So far winter has held off but waking up to snow on the ground and below zero temperatures is a reminder that it is lurking in the background.

From the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: There will be a Christmas carol sing-along on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at St. John's. The Luther League will be Christmas caroling earlier in the day. The parish will once again be sponsoring a hat and mitten tree for the Salvation Army. The deadline is Dec. 13. The church council meeting is on Dec. 15 at St. John's. The joint council meets at 7 p.m. followed by the individual councils. Please note change of date.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: there will be a supper and an advent service on Dec. 14 starting at 5:45 p.m. On Dec. 21 there will be supper at 5:45 p.m. followed by the Sunday school program with lunch to follow the program. Note this is a change from what was announced earlier. There will be a guest speaker on Dec. 11 followed by a forum. In place of the Sunday school program on Dec. 18, Josh Fisher will hold a forum on the use of the defibrillator located in the church.

First Faithful bell choir joins concert pianist Luke Fiskness for a charity Christmas concert on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Humanities Fine Arts recital hall on the UMM campus. A free will offering will be collected for Someplace Safe and Stevens County Food Shelf. This event is sponsored by the Stevens County Thrivent chapter. For more information call 589-1731.

The Red Hatters will have their annual Christmas party on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Hazel Asmus home in Herman. This is a pot luck lunch with beverages provided.

There will be an open house 80th birthday party for Irene Strand today (Saturday) from 4 'til when the cows come home at the American Legion in Morris.

The open house baby shower for Michelle and Ethan Sperr will be held today (Saturday), at Don and Tamela Sperr's home in Morris from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Santa will be in town today (Saturday) arriving at the Donnelly Hall about 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your list.

The Donnelly branch of the United Farmers and Merchants State Bank will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning in January. There will be an open house at the Chokio and Morris branches on Dec. 15.

If there is enough interest the Donnelly fire department will be holding a CPR class in the future. If interested call 246-3316 or talk to any member of the rescue squad or fire department.

Funeral services for former Donnelly area resident Gloria Buntje will be on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Morris.

Funeral services for Elda Carol Best of Arizona are still pending.

Bob Vipond of Battle Lake passed away on Dec. 3. Survivors include his nephews Doug and Kevin (Monica) Gulbrandson and their families.

Congratulations to Carly Gullickson who recently received the Tiger award in tennis at the Lion's award banquet.

On Nov. 26 I visited Ruth Strand in her home. Later a good crowd was on hand to help Arven Graff celebrate his 80th birthday at the Prairie Inn.

On Dec. 3 several folks attended the KCLW brunch at Kongsvinger. Later Jim and Lou Eystad helped out at the Morris Senior's bazaar and Bernice Erdahl helped out at the Stevens County Museum open house. That afternoon, I traveled to Marietta for the funeral of Howard Graff. He was my third cousin.

On Dec. 4 Bruce and Linda Flatten and I enjoyed the Messiah concert at UMM. Later Craig and Henning Awsumb were among the good crowd at Pedersen Funeral Home's "A Time to Remember."

On Dec. 5 Pat Smith and I attended the visitation for Gerald Loher at Assumption Church in Morris. Don and Bonnie Gieselman attended his funeral on Dec. 6.

On my way home from a business trip to Elbow Lake on Dec. 7, I stopped at the Barrett Care Center to visit Esther Cline. She is doing much better. She reports that Ken is now living out in Washington. My cousin Bev Hurlbult is also at the Care Center. That evening, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the advent services at Good Shepherd.