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Donnelly News 072614

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news.

For the first time in a long time, we went a whole week without more than a few sprinkles fortunately we escaped the severe weather Alex and some other places had this week.  The crops and garden produce that were entered at the open class at the Herman fair sure looked good.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St John’s on July 27 at 9 a.m. Bishop Anderson was unable to make it to  St. John’s on July 20. He has been tentatively rescheduled for joint services at Kongsvinger on Aug. 3.

The parish was recently recognized as being No. 10 in the state for food and funds donated in the Minnesota Food Share March program.

The “Kongsvinger Krusaders” were one of the teams include in the Stevens County Relay for Life on July 18-19.

First and Faith Lutheran churches-Morris will have Vacation bible school from July 28th August 1st at Faith

The annual block party coordinated by the St. John’s/Kongsvinger parish will be held at the Threshing Bee grounds in Donnelly today (Saturday).  A meal of hot dogs, beans, chips etc. will be served starting at about 4 p.m. and continue until about 7 p.m. with the Ophoven family of Grand Rapids, Minn. playing and singing during the meal. There will also be a beanbag tournament. There will be a free will offering. Note the softball game has been cancelled.

Kellan Nathan Long was born on July 15 to Nathan Long and Shana Stevens of Kensington. Grandparents are Sherman and Sherry Long of Hoffman and Vicki Ackerson of Kensington and Jim Rosby of Blaine. Great grandparents include Virginia Long of Morris.

Shaelyn Rose Schmitz was born July 19 to Steve and Chandra Schmitz from Sauk Centre, Minn. Grandparents are Jim and Julie Busse from Appleton, Great Grandparents are Verle (Della) and the late Helen Dunn, from Donnelly.

Maxine Golombiecki of Donnelly passed away Saturday, July 12.  Her funeral is today (Saturday) at Chokio.

Irene Blocher of Starbuck passed away on July 21. Survivors include her grandson Jarrod (Heidi) Kopel of Fergus and their family. I attended her visitation in Starbuck on July 23, then later visited Darlene Christofferson at her home in Starbuck.

Jean Ritzschke was given the “Pay it Forward” award recently. Her husband Bob is a former Donnelly area resident.

Some grand champion winners at the Herman fair included Elaine Harstad, Micah, Savannah, and Rebekah Aanerud.

The Threshing Bee royalty were part of the Grant County fair parade in Herman.  I spent much of the weekend at the fair.

The Threshing Bee buttons are here and can be purchased at various businesses in Donnelly, They will also be for sale at the block party. The dates are Aug. 23 and 24.  The feature is Ford.  

The candidates for Threshing Bee queen and Little Miss Donnelly will be introduced on Aug. 11 prior to the Community Club meeting.

The website has also been updated:  

The Stevens County Republican Party had a meeting on July 21 at DeToy’s as we started making plans for our fair booth.  Anyone who is willing to sit in the booth can call Dan at 218-766-7989.

As I was on my way home I ran into my old neighbor Steve Loge and we had an opportunity to visit for a few minutes.