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Donnelly News 012514

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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Our month of extreme weather changes continues this week with temperatures soaring to about 35 on Sunday, then on Monday we were in the deep freeze again.  Tuesday brought dangerous wind chills and Wednesday was a blizzard that closed most schools and canceled most activities in the area. Unfortunately the forecast calls for more of the same in the week ahead.

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In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: Several changes have been made to the announced schedule of events.  

The Kongsvinger annual meeting has been rescheduled to Feb. 2, after the 11 a.m. service. Service times will be St. John’s at 8:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. at  Kongsvinger  that day. St John’s annual meeting is Jan. 26, following joint services at 11 a.m., at St John’s; both meetings will be followed by a potluck dinner. The Sunday school kids will not be singing on Jan. 26 as previously announced. Leadership ballots are posted in both churches. Kongsvinger members will be voting on proposed changes to the constitution.

Kongsvinger Lutheran church women will meet on Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.  

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: There will be weekly Bible study on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., no study on the 22nd. The study will be on the texts for the Sunday services.  

Group Cares camp will be held on July 13-19 based in Glenwood.  They will be preforming  home improvement repair projects for the elderly, disabled, and single parents with low income.  For more information or to apply for assistance call 1-800-492-4804.

Precinct caucuses will be held on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.  The Stevens County Republicans will meet at the Prairie Inn in Morris.  The Stevens County DFL caucus will be held at the Morris Area Elementary School.

On Feb. 3,, the Red Hatters will  meet at 9 a.m. at the Herman Bar and Grill.   The Donnelly city council and Rendsville 4-H will also meet that day at 7 p.m. at the Donnelly hall and fire hall, respectively.  The bookmobile is in town    at 3:30 p.m. at HD & Co. that day, too.  

An open house baby shower for Eli Michael Smith, infant son of Cory and Karla Smith of Miltona, will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Eli is the grandson of Mike and Joanie Kopel of Donnelly and Charlie and Gwen Smith of Madison.  Great grandparents are Eddie and Lou Kopel of Donnelly.

Nicole Daly of Donnelly was one of the Southwest Minnesota State University students who have been honored for achievement during the fall semester of study.

Dave and Sabrina Toso won the Miss Tootsie contest in Rothsay Jan. 18. Sabrina is Mark Koepke’s niece.

Kaleb James Koepke was born on Jan. 22 to Luke Koepke and Jessica Dillien of Orlando, Fla.; Grandparents are Robert and Sondra Koepke, of Orlando, Fla.

In the past week Mark Koepke and I attended the Morris Area High School robotics team fundraiser, the Habitat for Humanity pancake breakfast, and community dinner.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church annual meeting. They also attended the funeral for Joe Eystad and the Larson fundraiser in Cyrus.  

I also attended the Donnelly Rod and Gun Club’s fishing derby . About two dozen fish were caught.  It was announced that the annual meeting of the club would be held at West Pomme Lodge this year on April 1.  Membership has increased to the point where the Donnelly hall is too small to accommodate everybody. 

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