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Donnelly News 4/13/13

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.  There is a saying, “time flies when you are having fun” and it has been that for the past five years of doing this column.  To all of my loyal readers I say mange takk!

It still feels like early fall around here with cool temperatures and very cold winds. As I am writing this on Thursday morning, we are having a late winter storm with some heavy wet snow coming down.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news:  The St. John’s Spring Fling is today (Saturday) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  In addition to rummage there will also be a bake and card sale, and lunch will be served.

On  April 14, Kongsvinger will hold a birthday potluck dinner, "It's a Cake Walk" and new members are welcome at the parish hall,  beginning about noon. This will also be a fundraiser for a church member who is a member of the New Wine group in Morris to  help with her expenses related to New Wine.  In the newsletter it was incorrectly listed as being on April 28.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Morris: Six weekly studies on "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis will continue every Wednesday at 10:30 am and 7 p.m. until May 15.

K.K. Alavia, a Lutheran pastor and converted Muslim from India, will tell his moving story on April 23 at 7 p.m., sponsored by New Hope Mission of Hutchinson, Minn.  Coffee and welcome for all.

A spring rummage sale and supper will be held at Faith Lutheran Church of Morris on April 24 from 4-7 p.m.

The Glacial Ridge WELCA conference is on April 15, at Our Redeemer’s Church in Benson, beginning with registration at 4:30 p.m.

A benefit for Corey Rohloff, son of Lowell and Cindy, will be held on April 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Morris American Legion.  His step-grandmother is Ardell (Anderson) Rohloff.  

Ducks Unlimited will hold a ladies banquet at the Old No. 1 Southside on April 17, beginning at 5 p.m.  For tickets, contact Muriel Cardwell or Judy Johnston.

Place To Be in Donnelly is celebrating their third anniversary on April 13.

Minnesotans for Marriage will have a rally in Morris at East Side Park on April 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Milton Larson of Herman passed away on April 6.   Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Joan Smith (Scott Larson).

George and Elaine Harstad and I attended his visitation on April 9.

Sandra Caspers of Ottertail passed away on April 3.  Survivors include her daughter, Kim (Vance) Gullickson and their family.

Rebekah Aanerud was a member of the Red Duns 4-H project bowl team that finished third and will advance to the state competition.   The Rose Gray team with Samantha Aanerud as a member finished sixth, and the Unicorn team with Micah Aanerud and Casita Kill, and coached by Julie Kill, finished 11th.

McKenzie Smith finished her Tiger girls basketball career by winning the defensive MVO award, being named to the all-conference team, and being named to the state all-academic team.  Beth Holland was given the team’s hustle award, and was named honorable mention on the all-conference team. The team itself received the gold academic award.

The following were among those named athletes of the week during the winter sports season:   gymnastics - Kourtney Giese, Savannah Aanerud; girls’ basketball - MaKenzie Smith, Beth and Becca Holland; boys’ basketball - Chandler Erickson.

Landon Strand finished his speech (discussion) career at Herman-Norcross schools by finishing first at Campbell-Tintah-Fairmont and second in the rest of the meets.

The Morris Area FFA and Little League programs benefited from two, $2500 grants by Monsanto given to Linda Wente.

Our prayers go out to the Darrell Hadler family after they lost their house in a fire on April 6.

The Kopacek family and I were among the many from the area who attended the Donnelly Co-op annual meeting on April 5.

Chester Larson and I attended the Zimmerman auction by Chokio on April 4.  That afternoon, the Stevens County Genealogical Society held its monthly meeting.

On April 6, Mark Koepke and I attended the West Central Cattlemen’s Association steak fry at the Prairie  Inn in Morris.  Later I attended the powwow at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

On April 7, Mark Koepke and I attended the Dad’s Belgian waffle fundraiser for Someplace Safe.  Later we traveled to Fergus Falls for the Lake Region Threshermen's Association tractor show.

On April 8, Mark Koepke and I attended the community meal at Faith Lutheran.

On April 9, the Donnelly Community Club held the first meeting of the year, as we start the process of making plans for this year’s Threshing Bee.   Ideas and suggestions are always welcome.   

On April 10,  I attended the “Word at Work” course at Good Shepherd in the morning.  In the afternoon I ran into Lou Eystad at the Salvation Army store and wished her a happy birthday. She said Jim was ill last week so they were unable to get to Ruben's funeral.

Mark Koepke’s new address is 151 Sunnyslope Rd. 324-114, Morris, MN 56267.   He has an unlisted phone number, so if you need to get in touch with him, call me at 320-585-6435 and I can help you get in touch with him.  His email address is