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If you have news to include in this column, please remember my deadlines are Tuesday evening for my drop boxes and Wednesday evening for e-mail, phone calls and snail mail.

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The past week has been cloudy, cool, and damp with rain and fog most of the time. Mild temperatures have meant that the snow is rapidly disappearing and there is even some green grass showing up. Wednesday was the nicest day we have had in a long time.

In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: Parish Lenten services will continue through Easter with supper at 5:30 p.m. and services at 6:45 p.m.  The offering this year will be divided between the Stevens County food shelf and ELCA disaster service Haitian earthquake recovery efforts. There will also be carts in the narthex to collect non perishable food items.

There will be an Easter Garden in both churches again this year. Sign up sheets are in the narthex of both churches. Contact the parish office for more information. 

The schedule for Holy week includes joint services at St. John's on March 28, Maundy Thursday services at St. John's, Good Friday services at Kongsvinger and Easter services at Kongsvinger and St. John's but no Sunday School.

The Parish Bible study will take a break for a few weeks with plans to resume in late April.

After the last West Central Area WordAlone chapter meeting, several local people expressed interest in offering area wide Lutheran worship services in a vacant church building. Sufficient interest was expressed for a committee to be formed, to rent a building and plan a worship service. The first service will be held on April 11 at the former E Free Church building in Hancock.

There will be a fundraising pancake breakfast for Niemackl Lake Park on March 21 from 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Herman American Legion. A free will offering will be taken.

There will be a fundraising supper for Jake Long on March 19 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the commons area at the West Central Area High School in Barrett. The fund raiser is to help send him to the U.S.H.S. national wrestling tournament in Virginia March 25-28. Donations may be sent to Randy Denardo, c/o Jake Long, 25107 240th Street, Elbow Lake MN, 56531.

The Donnelly Fire Department will have its annual fish fry on March 26 from 4:30 - 8 p.m. 

Last week I mentioned that Donna Wolking Agosti had passed away. I have been told that her wedding was one of the most memorable events to occur in Donnelly. Her husband's family came to Donnelly in a private rail car which they had parked on a side rail and stayed in until after the wedding. That was quite an event for our small town!

Barry and Nancy Erdahl were among the members of the Morris Lions Club who helped serve the pancake breakfast on March 13 at the KMRS/KKOK spring expo in Morris. A good crowd was on hand for both days of the event.

Julie Busse, Lyle, Verle and Della Dunn recently returned home from a trip to California to visit Verle's brother-in-law, Marlyn  Hagen and his family. 

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Thrivent Cares program at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris on March 15.

Dan Frank of Northfield spent some of this past week visiting his mother Shirley Frank and other family and friends in the area.

St John's WELCA hosted the St. Patrick's Day party at the West Wind Village on March 17. Thanks to Lynn Shultz for playing. After attending the party I had a chance to visit with a few of the residents there.

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