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Donnelly News

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.   This edition is dedicated to the memory of my mom who passed away on March 14, 1994.

Even we hardy Minnesotans are getting tired of the weather, especially after the awful weekend we just had. It started raining Saturday morning, turned to snow in the afternoon, then by evening everything froze, making a big icy mess. No travel was advised in Stevens County. The sun came out Monday and melted some of the ice and area road crews put in some work so that by early evening roads in the area were much better than I expected.

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

St. John’s of Donnelly is serving a St. Patrick’s Day pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. -1 p.m., March 17.

The postponed St. John’s welcome for Mary Schultz and daughters Olivia and Sofia is rescheduled for March 17 after the 8:30 a.m. service.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Lenten services will conclude on March 20 with a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m.

A True Women conference will be held at the Morris Evangelical Free Church on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

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

There will be a sing-along at the Eden Reformed Church in Herman on March 17 at 6 p.m.

Bishop Jon Anderson will give a forum at First Lutheran Church in Morris on March 17 at 9:30 a.m.  

The This and That Sale will be held at Federated Church of Morris on March 23 from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

The Donnelly fire department will have their annual fish fry at the Donnelly Hall on March 22 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  

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

The Donnelly Co-op will have their 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 3-7 p.m.  Free will donations will be collected.

Former Donnelly area resident Vivian (Mrs. Ed) Strand passed away on March 7 in Toddville, Iowa. I have posted a copy of her obituary on my blog.

Mike Fluegel of Alexandria passed away on March 10.  Survivors include a cousin, David Fluegel.

Kody Armstrong was named to the B honor roll at West Central Area High School.

On March 12, Joan Kopacek, Helen Kill, Janet Malo and Lynn Schulz traveled to the Capital to hear Gov. Mark Dayton and others talk about veterans affairs. Afterwards they met with Rep. Jay McNamar and Sen. Torrey Westrom. On the way home, they stopped for lunch in Monticello where they were joined by Joan’s cousin Cindy Dumpprope, granddaughter of former Donnelly area resident Leonard Aanerud.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society had their first meeting of the year on March 7 at the Morris Public Library.  The next meeting is April 4.

About a dozen of us from the Good Shepherd family attended the Northwestern College orchestra and choir concert in Alexandria on March 7.

Scott and Beth Heinrich and I attended the 90th birthday open house for John DeLong in Morris on March 10.

Mark Koepke and I attended the Donnelly Community Club’s annual meeting on March 11.  We had a very good year thanks in part to the best Threshing Bee in recent years.   The next meeting is April 8 at the hall. The 2013 Threshing Bee is Aug. 24 and 25 and will feature gas engines.  Suggestions and ideas for the bee and/or other events are always welcome. The club’s e-mail address is