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It appears spring has arrived with temperatures in the 50s most of the last week. The snow is disappearing quickly, making it one of the earliest springs in recent memory. It appears March will go out like a lamb and we will have gotten through the whole tournament season without a storm.

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In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: The schedule for Holy week includes joint services at St. John's on March 28 at 11 a.m. Maundy Thursday supper/services will be at St. John's at 6 p.m. Good Friday pancake supper at 5:30 p.m. services at 6:45 pm at Kongsvinger. Easter services at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and at St. John's at 11 a.m. There will not be Sunday School on Easter Sunday.

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 March edition of Meyer Mission News is now out. Copies are available in the narthex of each church and on my blog.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet on April 1 at the Library in Morris at 1:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Bobby Kloos who was recently named grand master of the Odd Fellows lodge in Herman. His parents are Robert (Dan) and Lavone Kloos. 

Congratulations to Landon and Paige Strand who earned 2nd and 4th place ribbons as members of the Herman-Norcross speech team at the Campbell-Tintah speech meet on March 12.

Congratulations to the following Morris Area students of the month: Riley Biesterfeld (Walt and Kathi); Katlin Van Horn (Mark and Karen); and Kristi Kopel (Mike and Joanne).    

Congratulations to Sami Searle who won second place in the FFA public speaking and creed speaking cde with her speech on "Ponies in America." She advances to state competition.

Congratulations to Nicole Gillespie who was recently named to the white team at the Orth Jamboree in Bird Island. She was also named defensive player of the year for the Tiger girls' basketball team at the winter sports banquet, held March 22. Also at the banquet Kourtney Giese was named most improved gymnast.

A special happy birthday goes out to Bill Underwood, who celebrated his 90th birthday this week.                                                                                                                                                       

Ilah Grote of Morris passed away on March 17. Her survivors include her niece, Gloria (Chester) Larson.

Many friends and family attended the visitation for Don Leuthardt at the Pedersen Funeral Home on March 18. Two of his children, Connie and Ron, were classmates of mine.

En route home I stopped by to visit my aunt, Pearl (Albert) Anderson and cousin Bev.

Lyle and Lowell Dunn and I took in the dinner at Pederson's Agri Service in Herman on March 19. After dinner it was off to Larson's Farm Supply for lunch.

After lunch I visited with Selma Bruse and her sister and brother-in-law at her apartment in Herman.

A good crowd was on hand for the grand opening of Meadowland Market in Morris on March 20. Jonna Backman of Donnelly is co-manager of the store. Later that day I stopped in to visit with Mary Dripps at her home in Morris.

On March 21, Andy Brevig and I attended the Niemackl Lake Park fundraising breakfast at the Legion in Herman. They are raising money to restore the observation tower out at the park. I was informed that they are planning on having a work day out there again this summer.

A good crowd was on hand at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio on March 22 for a presentation by Rev. Linda Peterson from the Southwest Minnesota Synod staff on what happened at the ELCA church wide assembly last August and how it will affect members.

On March 20, Jerry and Joan Kopacek traveled to Alexandria where they attended a meeting to plan the Quilt Auction at Luther Crest Bible Camp on July 10. On the way home they swung by Fron Church in Starbuck to wish a happy 80th birthday to Marilyn Staples.

On March 23, Joan Kopacek took the VFW bus to the State Capitol for an update on veteran legislation.

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