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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.  

Since this is Thanksgiving week, I want to say Manga Takk to all my loyal readers out there who have helped make this column a success.

Correction: Mark Koekpe’s email address is

Cold winds and near zero temperatures during the past week are vivid reminders that we live in Minnesota.  

In news from St.  John’s/Kongsvinger: the Kongsvinger fall festival is Nov. 24, beginning at 11 a.m.  

Thanksgiving eve services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and also at Kongsvinger at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27.

Thrivent for Lutherans invites you to A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Alexandria Area Arts Association.  Call the Morris Thrivent office at 589-1731 for more details.

Bernice Nystuen of Morris passed away on Nov. 13.  Survivors include her brother-in-law Ken Pedersen.

The Tiger volleyball award winners  include Beth Holland, defensive Most Valuable Player and west central conference all conference.  For Tiger football, Gage Backman received the outstanding defense award and was named all-conference.

MaKenzie Smith was named “athlete of the week” at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She fished 44th out of 203 runners at the central region meet in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Deann Recker was named co-support staff member of the year at Morris Area schools during a recent staff recognition event.  She also honored for 20 years of service. Vicky Beyer was one of the other nominees. Other recognized include Sharon Carlson (35 years), Kayla Erdahl (5 years), Sharon Van Horn (10 years), and Kris Kloos (15 years).

Ezekiel Craig Swanson was born on Nov. 4 to Amy and Craig Swanson of Morris. Grandparents are Ralph and Mary Huebner, and great- grandmother is Joyce Strand.

The Threshing Bee royalty and the St John’s/ Kongsvinger youth group were among the participants in the Parade of Lights on Nov. 14 in Morris.  Before and after the parade, I attended some of the open houses around town.  

On Nov. 17, I attended the Thrivent workshop at the Old No. 1 Southside in the afternoon and in the evening, I attended the Stevens County fair board meeting as they start making plans for the 2014 fair.  

On Nov. 18, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the final Bible study on Revelations at good shepherd.

I had a request for the names of the Donnelly fire department fire and rescue squad I have posted a copy of the letter that was sent out to Donnelly area residents on the Donnelly news Facebook page.

For the next few months, I will be writing an abbreviated column as I take some time off to catch up on some work and other things.