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After a few nice days last week we got hit with a major snowstorm on Feb. 10 that dumped about a foot of snow on our area. Most churches and other activities were cancelled on Sunday and most schools and some businesses were closed on Monday. We also get a few more inches on the Feb. 13. Thanks to Mark and the others who helped dig me out this week.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: Lenten services will again alternate between St. John’s (Feb. 20) and Kongsvinger (Feb. 27) until March 20. There will be coffee and fellowship afterwards.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Lenten services will continue every Wednesday at 7 p.m. until March 20, with supper at 6 p.m.

New member Sunday is Feb. 17.

The baptismal service for Freddy Hanson will be held at St John’s of Starbuck at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24.

St. Mary's School of Morris will be holding their Annual Dinner/ Auction today (Saturday) at The Old No. 1 Southside. Social hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.

World Day of Prayer will be held at First Lutheran Church of Morris on March 1 at 2 p.m.

The bookmobile will be in town on Feb. 18.

Kaylee Lavonne Loher was born to Gerald and Erica Loher III on Jan. 22. Grandparents are Gerald Loher Jr. and Jody Loher and great-grandmother is Bertha Larson of Donnelly.

The post office in Donnelly will be closed on Feb. 18 for Presidents Day.

The Niemackl Park pancake fundraiser will be held on Feb. 17 at the Herman American Legion from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The following were science fair winners at the Morris Area schools:  Becca Holland, Brittany Cardwell, Brady Jergenson, Jonna Moser, Sydney Speer and Katie Giese.

Tiger gymnast Kourtney Giese was named to the all-conference team in the West Central Conference.

Shadow Olson of Donnelly and Sydney Beyer of Morris were named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Steve Fults and I attended the New Horizons Ag Services annual meeting on Feb. 7 in Morris. They had another great year with net local profit of $9.3 million. Earlier in the day I attended the funeral for Ralph Williams. His son, Brian, was a classmate of mine.

Mark Koepke and I visited Geesien Kill in Morris on Feb. 8.

Chester and Gloria Larson and I attended the Concordia Band/MAHS Symphonic Winds concert on Feb. 9 at the Morris Area Elementary School music hall.

While it is never easy to go to visitations and funerals, it does sometime afford me the opportunity to see and visit with some people I have not seen for a long time. Such was the case last week. I visited with Francis VanZomeren’s girls Kay and Lois, who are former neighbors, a couple of former classmates,  Tony and Art Cruze, and my former dentist Dr. Ketterling, who shared that his daughter, Colleen, was in Hawaii.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Ash Wednesday services at Good Shepherd on Feb. 13. Earlier in the day I attended the open house at Morris Bearing.

According to the caring bridge website, Dani Kloos is now home after being discharged from the Knute Nelson home.   Details are at

The Morris High School class of 1973 is planning a 40th class reunion in June, and they are looking for names, addresses, and e-mail addresses. If you are a member of the class or a family member of one and have such information, you can e-mail it to Ginger Nohl  at nohlgm@ or leave info in one of my “mailboxes” at HD & Co. and the post office in Donnelly and McCollar Jewelry in Morris.  Monday noon is the deadline for news in the Donnelly boxes; Tuesday evening is the deadline for the one in Morris.