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Donnelly News 7-13-13

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

It has been hot and dry the past week so we could use some rain.  Farmers are busy spraying and putting up hay. The corn looks fantastic as does the wheat by the Threshing Bee grounds, while the beans are fair.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St. John's on July 14 at 10:15 a.m.  Services on July 21 will be at 8:30 a.m. at Kongsvinger and 10:15 a.m. at St John's.  A block party coordinated by the parish will be held on July 27 at the Threshing Bee grounds.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: An adult forum will be held on July 21.  Construction work has begun on the new addition to the church.

A surplus food distribution will be held July 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Morris Area High School cafeteria.

There will be an open house bridal shower for Joanna Braun, bride to be of Chris Lohse, on Saturday, July 13 at United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake from 9 a.m. to noon. Joanna is the daughter of Keith and Sheila Kaehler of Morris. Chris is the son of Todd and Deb Lohse of Elbow Lake.

Sami Searle is a contestant in the Miss Morris pageant to be held today (Saturday) in the Morris Area High School auditorium.

Nominations for the 2013 Donnelly Threshing Bee Royalty are being accepted through July 15.  There are drop boxes in these Donnelly businesses:  Donnelly Co-op, Donnelly Post Office, and HD & Co.   

There will be an Erickson family reunion at Kongsvinger on July 20 beginning with a potluck dinner at noon.

There will be a Gulbrandson/Harstad reunion on July 28 at Kongsvinger beginning with a potluck dinner at noon.

The LTD motorcycle run will be held on July 20 starting with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Swift County fairgrounds in Appleton.   Morris is one of the stops on the day-long ride.

Jill Thompson and Ryan Winther were married on Feb. 8, 2013. Parents of the couple are Paul and Nancy Thompson of Herman and Bob Winther of Herman and the late Virginia Winther.  Grandparents are Glen and Gertie Werk

Chandler Erickson was named to the honor roll at Chokio-Alberta High School.

The following performed a solo or in an ensemble that won awards at the 2013 band solo and ensemble contest:  MaKenzie Smith, Adam Uphoff, John Huebner, Becca Holland, Tom  Holland, James Burke, Amber Recker, and Brittany Cardwell.

Mark Koepke and I attended the Fourth of July celebration at Kongsvinger.  In the afternoon the Threshing Bee royalty and several other Donnelly area residents were in parade in Hancock.

On July 6, the Threshing Bee royalty were part of the Heritage Days parade in Starbuck.   After the parade,  I stopped by the Minnewaska Lutheran Home to visit some of the residents.  Later I visited Inga Mae Urke.

On July 7, a good crowd was on hand for the reception for Jerry and Erica Lohr III at Kongsvinger.  

On July 8, the fellowship committee had a meeting at St. John’s to make plans for the block party on July 27.   

Afterwards I went across the street for the community club meeting as planning continues for the Bee. The posters are out and the buttons will be for sale in the Donnelly area businesses in the future.  The theme this year is “Donnelly Threshing Bee – It is a Gas” (engines that is). The dates are Aug. 24 and 25.  The feature will be gas engines.   A  new feature this year is a corn hole double elimination tournament on Saturday afternoon. For more info about the Bee, call 795-2437, or 246-3337  or e-mail

On July 10, several Donnelly area residents attended the visitation for Jessica Hanson in Hoffman.  Later, I visited Marvel Wagner at Hoffman Home.   The Kopacek family and I also attended the Runestone Telecom Association meeting in Barrett.  After the meeting I visited Lorraine Frank at the Barrett Home.