Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.
Temperatures have remained mild during the past week but some good rains would be very welcome. Many farmers are preparing their fields and starting to plant. I suspect some are waiting for some warmer weather as most nights are still cool. I even saw a little snow still in a ditch a few days ago. There are still some corn fields that need to be picked especially north of here.
In news from the St. John's /Kongsvinger parish: On April 25 there will be joint services at Kongsvinger at 11 a.m. with the Sunday School kids singing. At 10 a.m. in the church basement there will be cake and coffee in honor of Lou Eystad's 75th birthday and Denny Bouressa's 70th birthday, served by Jim Eystad and René Thompson (Denny's sister).
May 23rd is baccalaureate Sunday. Everyone who has a graduate(s) in the parish this year is asked to submit their name(s) to the parish office.
Our parish, in conjunction with Bethel Lutheran Church of Herman, will again be participating in a Vacation Bible School day camp Aug. 1-5. Registration forms were included in the March newsletter or are available at either parish office.
WordAlone Ministries will meet on May 1 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. There will be coffee at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 10 a.m. Prof. Jon Sorum will speak on "Why We Need a New Beginning."
Correction: There will be citywide garage sales in Donnelly on May 21 and 22. If you are interested in having one that weekend please call Kathi Biesterfeld at 246-6271 or Kathy Eystad at 246-3262.
The Red Hat Society will meet on May 3 at Sax's Café. Those attending are asked to bring a small plant for exchange. The note in my box did not have a time on it but I recall from reading previous announcements it is usually at 9 a.m.
On Friday, April 30, the Heritage Days program will be held in the Morris Area Elementary Concert Hall at 2 p.m.. The event will feature Tim and Kathy Ray performing "Scenes and Songs of Minnesota." This is sponsored by Learning Unlimited.
Russ Stier of Hoffman formerly of the Donnelly area passed away on April 13. Among his survivors is his brother Lloyd (Glenda) Stier of Donnelly. Many of you will remember that Russ was the owner of Vern's Produce and for many years he bought produce in the area. When we had chickens we sold him our eggs.
Vigil Maus of Chokio passed away on April 14. Survivors include his wife Mildred (Lange) of Chokio formerly of Donnelly.
Mary A. Blair, age 61 of Mesa, Ariz. and formerly of Morris, died on April 17. Among her survivors are a nephew Casey (Danielle) Lesmeister and family of Donnelly. A memorial service will be held at the Old # 1 Southside on May 1 at 2 p.m.
The class of 1955 will be holding their 55th class reunion on July 17 at the Prairie Inn in Morris with a mini reunion of Donnelly classmates on July 16 at Sax's Café. Anyone who wishes to visit with the members of the class is encouraged to beginning at 4 p.m. on the 16th and/or beginning at 7 p.m. on the 17th. For more information, call Wally McCollar at 589-0127.
Congratulations to Bailey Armstrong (Jason and Niki) for winning a poster contest at the West Central Area elementary school.
The Stevens County Sr,. Red Team won first place recently in the regional 4-H project bowl in general livestock and will advance to the state competition. Jake Moser, Natalie Johnston and Kendra Speer are members of that team. They are coached by Lee Johnston. Jon Moser coached the Sr. Green team which finished 4th, MaKenzie Smith is a member of that team. The Jr. Red team finished 5th, Jonna Moser is a member of that team.
Congratulations to the Morris Area High School student council on being named Student Council of Year. Sydney Beyer and Kaylene Mecklenburg are members of the council.
Congratulations to the Tiger boys track team for winning its own invite. Tyler Roske is a member of that team and finished 5th in 400 sprints and long jump.
Kale Jon was born to Kevin and Michelle Kruize on April 16. Grandfather is William (Billy) Kruize Jr.
Tate Jeffrey Olson was born on April 11 to Scott and Stephanie Olson. Grandparents are Joyce and Allen Olson of Donnelly; Jeff and Kathy Wilcox of Morris; great grandparents are Sid and Carol Wilcox of Morris.
An open house baby shower will be held for Trent and Robyn Grossman on May 1 from 2-4 pm at the Morris Senior Center. Trent is the son of Tim and Tammie Grossman and grandson of Bob and Myrna Tomalla.
A good crowd was on hand for MAP's 16th anniversary celebration on April 15. Thanks to Kopel's Kooker for the delicious meal they prepared and served.
On April 17 I attended the estate sale at the Lloyd Bendt farm. She informs me they are moving to Waseca. From there it was off to Donnelly where a good crowd attended the spring fling at St. John's.
That afternoon, I traveled to Morris, stopping to visit with Wally McCollar for a while. Later I was part of the good crowd that helped Walt Hokanson celebrate his 100th birthday. Afterwards I visited Chuck Heinrich in his apartment. In the evening, I attended the Stevens Community Humane Society's annual meeting.
On April 19 I attended the diabetes workshop at SCMC. The next one is scheduled for July.
On April 21 I stopped in to the Center for Small Towns to visit with David Fluegel. He invites people to the Symposium on Small Towns and Rural Urban gathering June 9 - 10 on the UMM campus. Scholarships are available for the event.
Gail, Jenna, and Owen Gibson of Avon and Donna Frank of Starbuck spent some time at the Sam and Dorothy Jordheim home in Donnelly over the weekend attending St. John's spring fling and visiting family and friends.
Last week I mentioned the lookouts in the Donnelly school. I understand the same was true in Cyrus -- they actually built an observation room on top of school.