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We had some rain last weekend which helped to freshen things up. The weather has been very nice this week. A former neighbor tells me they have been able to get most of their corn planted.

From the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: There will be joint worship at Kongsvinger on April 29 at 11 a.m. There will be a free will dinner afterwards as a fundraiser for a parish member who is traveling to Chicago in June as part of the New Wine group.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: five young people will be confirmed at the church on April 29 at 9 a.m.

Rev. Norm Olsen from Reclaim and Erin Koehntop from Someplace Safe will be leading adult forums in May.

The Glacial Ridge Conference WELCA spring gathering will be held at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood on April 30. The speaker will be Pastor Julie Grothe, discussing her work with the homeless through Guild Inc. in Minneapolis. For details, contact the parish office at 246-3211.

The National Day of Prayer is May 3. The Morris Evangelical Free Church will have a 24-hour prayer vigil at the church.

Tickets are now on sale for the New Wine performances at First Lutheran Church of Morris on May 6, 9, 12 and 13. Dessert will be served at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet on May 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Free food distribution will be held at the Donnelly fire hall on May 4 at 1 p.m.

The Red Hatters will meet on May 7 at 1 p.m. at Place To Be in Donnelly.

The bookmobile will be in Donnelly on May 7. Also, the city council and Rendsville 4-H will both meet at 7 p.m.

There will be bridal shower for Amy (Gulbrandson) Day on June 10 at Kongsvinger.

There will be an open house bridal shower for Machon Galligan, bride to be of Bradley Halbe, April 29, 2 to 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Morris. His parents are Steve and Jeanne Halbe and grandmother is Arlene Gulbrandson.

Posters are up in Donnelly for my aunt Pearl's auction sale on May 12 at her house in Donnelly.

I received an e-mail from Mark Koepke informing me that he has sold his home in Orlando and moved to West Fargo. His new address is 301 12th Street East, West Fargo, N.D. 58078.

Rebekah Aanerud, Becca Holland, Kristi Giese and MaKenzie Smith are members of the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls track team that has had a successful spring so far. They won their own meet, finished second at Minnewaska, third at their invitational, and third at Benson. Time and space do not permit me to list all their individual accomplishments here but I will on my blog. Kourtney and Becca have finished in the top five in most of their races individually and as part of several relay teams. MaKenzie has finished first or second in all her races, and Rebekah has finished in the top five in the pole vault.

The Morris FFA had their awards night recently. Congratulations to Jake Moser who earned a state degree and the state chapter farmer award, his sister Jonna received the outstanding member award, Rebekah Aanerud received the outstanding sophomore award, Kaitlin Van Horn, Brody Bahr, Jesse Disselkamp and Jake Moser received ag proficiency awards; Kaitlin also received star chapter agribusiness award.

Penny Melberg and Nancy Henrichs were members of the Willie's Super Valu team that was the 2011-12 Hi Lo bowling league champions.

Congratulations to Tara Flaten who recently made the honor roll at Hancock High School.

Congratulations to Brooke Gillespie who was one of Chokio-Alberta musicians to receive a superior/excellent award at the district music contest.

Congratulations to Gabby Nienhaus who was recently named a star green hand of Hancock FFA.

Lauren Sansness of Cyrus gave a presentation on the Gideons during the Unwinders service at the Christus House in Morris on April 12.

Rev. and Mrs. Cox of Morris provided the entertainment at the West Wind Village April birthday party on April 13. Afterwards I visited with some of the residents.

Dick Goldenstein and I were at the Angie Staples Benefit on April 14. Later Jim and Lou Eystad were among the many workers at the St. John's Spring Fling. Afterwards I visited Denny Anderson at his home in Donnelly.

On April 19, I attended the final Unwinders service of the year at the Christus house. Later a good crowd was on hand for a presentation on paratroopers during D-Day by Colonel Osterberg, held at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

On April 20, I took in the ABC sale at Zion Lutheran in Morris, visited my aunt Pearl, attended the concert by Penny and Pals at the Morris Area Elementary School and visited Wally McCollar. On April 22, I spent some time in Hoffman at the Fun Expo, visited some friends at the Hoffman Good Samaritan Center and another friend at the Bethany Home, stopped at the Viking Plaza to see the Pioneer Power Club's annual spring show, then went to see the movie "October Baby." In the evening, Rebekah, Savannah and Micah Aanerud were members of the cast of "Pollyanna" that was presented at Central Square in Glenwood.

On April 22, Mike and Lisa Melchert took part in the Mitch Kleindl Memorial Archery Shoot at Niemackl Lake Park. In the evening, a good crowd was on hand for "A Little Night of Music" at First Lutheran

On April 21 the Kopaceks attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Ron and Betty Aanerud at Waubun. Ron's parents were the late Victor and Millie (Miller) Aanerud formerly of Donnelly.