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Donnelly News 082314

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

The last week has been hot and muggy.  

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St. John’s on Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. The parish will be leading services under the tent on the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 24.

Story time will be held at St. John’s on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for kids of all ages.

The ‘Feed My Starving Children’ packing event is Aug. 26-27 at the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria.  Contact the Morris Evangelical Free Church at 589-2808 for details.

There will be an open house baby shower for Bentley Brunelle, son of McKayla Smith and Terry Brunelle, today (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to noon at the home of his grandparents, Mike and Rhoda Smith, 13680 St. Hwy. 9, Donnelly.    

There will be an open house wedding dance in honor of Brian Ennen and Laura Wolff today (Saturday) from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Old No. 1 Southside in Morris.   Brian’s parents are Dale and Jeanne Ennen.

Jacob Moser of Morris graduated from South Dakota State University in spring 2014.  His parents are Jon and Lori Moser.

There will be an open house bridal shower in honor of Ashli Kramer, bride to be of Robert Johnson, on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Morris Senior Center.  Her parents are Ray and Roni Kramer,  and her grandmother is Joyce Kramer.

Chrissy (DeLong) Oachs of Herman has been hired as a teacher at Morris Area Elementary School.

Rita Lehman of Tintah passed away on Aug. 8. Survivors include her grandson Nick (Laura) Lehman and their family.

Former Donnelly area resident LaVerne Barrie Westerlund passed away on Aug. 17.

Joyce Steuck of Donnelly passed away on Aug. 18. Her funeral is Aug. 26 at First Lutheran Church of Morris. She was a very good friend of my dad.

This is the weekend for the Threshing Bee or as we call it our annual family reunion. Admission is with a button, which are available at the gate. The web page is There is also a Facebook page.

The feature this year is Ford. I will have my golf cart on the grounds again this year for use by handicapped individuals. Anyone may drive a vehicle such as  a golf cart on the grounds provided you register it at the depot and provide proof of liability insurance.  The headquarters for the Bee is the depot, so if you have questions stop and ask.  The phone number  is 320-246-3272. Officers will be wearing special shirts.  There will also be some events at “Place to Be” this weekend including a DJ and bike ride.   Contact them for more information. Check sales of the week in the paper for rummage sales around town this weekend.

There will be lots of activities going on both days; church food stands on the grounds, displays in the depot and school house and on the grounds and demonstrations both days.

Work schedules for the Bee were mailed out on Aug. 11.  However any help during and after the Bee is greatly appreciated. Lori Mau is looking for adults to help with the pop shack during the Bee. Thanks to everyone who came out to help with the setup Aug. 19.  There will be workday on the grounds on Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The last parade of the year for our reigning Threshing Bee royalty was at the Ortonville Cornfest on Aug. 17. Thanks to these girls for being our ambassadors during the past year.

Former Donnelly resident John Ruff of Dennison, Texas and his daughter Shawna Ruff spent some time this week visiting his sister Lou Eystad and other family and friends in the area.

Joan and Jerry Kopacek along with Helen Kill were in Osakis Saturday Aug. 16 for the Fifth District VFW Auxiliary Chicken Dinner.