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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Hopes for an early spring have been dashed by the return of winter. Several inches of snow, plus blowing and drifting meant a lot of schools were closed and other activities cancelled in the area on March 5.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger News: Lenten services will conclude with services at Kongsvinger (March 13) and St. John’s (March 20) at 7 p.m. There will be coffee and fellowship afterwards

St. John’s in Donnelly is serving a “St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Breakfast” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17. They will have their annual St. Pat’s day party on the March 15 at the West Wind Village at 2 p.m.

The March parish newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of both churches.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Lenten services will continue every Wednesday at 7 p.m. until March 20 with a pot luck supper that evening.

The first Sunday of every month will be food shelf Sunday with a collection box set up in the hall.

The March newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the church hallway.

In other church news, a True Women conference will be held at the Morris Evangelical Free Church on the second and fourth  Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. starting on March 12.

A Heart’s Desire conference will be held at Hosanna Worship Center on March 12 at 7 p.m.

Assumption Catholic Church of Morris is hosting a St. Patrick's Day dinner on Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m. until gone.

Community news: An open house 90th birthday party for John DeLong will be held at the LaFave house (305 College Ave.) in Morris from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 10.

The Donnelly Community Club will have their annual meeting on March 11 at the hall beginning with a meal at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting to follow. The Threshing Bee is Aug. 24 and 25 and the feature this year will be gas engines. For more information, call 795-2437 or 246-3337 or e-mail

Donnelly Fire Department news: They will have their monthly meeting on March 11 at 7 p.m. at the fire hall. Their annual fish fry will be held at the Donnelly hall on March 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and they will benefit from proceeds of Bar Bingo at “The Place to Be” in Donnelly on April 12.

The Rendsville 4-H club meeting that was scheduled for March 4 has been rescheduled for March 11 at 7 p.m.

Townships in Minnesota will have their annual meeting and elections on March 12. Check with your local town clerk or the county auditor for times and locations.

The bookmobile will be in town on March 18 at 3:30 p.m.

The Donnelly Co-op will have its annual meeting on March 21 at the Donnelly hall beginning with a noon meal.

The Kurt Kruize Memorial Scholarship dinner will be held at the Hancock Community Center on March 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. with free will donations.

The new Runestone telephone directories are now out. Extra copies can be obtained at HD & Co. in Donnelly.

Chandler Erickson was named snow king at the Chokio-Alberta H.S. He and another student were part of a skills fest team that placed third in a skills fest competition in   Willmar recently.

Karenna Johnson (Pastor Mark and Sarah) was named grand champion at the Springfield Elementary science fair.

Travis Fults (Randy and Joan) won second place in the Bears division of Morris Cub Scouts Pack 467 Pinewood Derby at Heartland Motors recently. He also won an award for best decorated car.

The Tiger youth wrestlers finished in third place in a tournament at New London-Spicer. Austin Raths and Maddix Erickson were members of that team.

The following were members of various Business Professional of America teams at Morris Area H.S. that won awards at the Region 7 Conference at Alexandria Technical school (* - advanced to the state competition) John* and Justine* Huebner, James Burke*, Sam Henrichs, Dalton Lupke, Bo* and Carly Gullickson, Brady Jergenson, and Kourtney Giese*. Kourtney, Bo, Carly, and Justine were named Torch Award recipients.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at the West Wing Village on Feb. 28   with Pastor Mike Hanson officiating. Afterwards we had lunch together at the Common Cup coffee house.

I attended the open house at Someplace Safe on March 1.

Ellen, Carrie, and Kellie Wilts and I were among those of us who attended the Good Shepherd family ice skating party at the Lee Center on March 3.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Lenten supper and services at Good Shepherd on March 6.