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We had a nice weekend but much of the last week has been cloudy, cool and wet with rain off and on most days. Very little planting has been accomplished in the past week.

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In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish: Bible study "A Shepherd Looks at the Good Shepherd and His Sheep" by Phillip Keller will be held on May 20 and 27 at St. John's at 10:30 a.m. and Kongsvinger at 7 p.m. Please note this is a change from what was announced in the newsletter.

There will be joint services on May 16 at 11 a.m. at St. John's. The Sunday school kids will be singing, awards will be given out and teachers and adopted grandparents will be recognized.

May 23 is Baccalaureate Sunday. Parish graduates will be recognized during services and during a brunch at Kongsvinger at 9:30 a.m.

The Southwest Minnesota WELCA synod convention will be held on June 11 - 12. A portion of the offering will be health kits. Donated items can be dropped off at Kongsvinger until June 1. Items wanted include dark colored hand towels and wash clothes, bath size bar soap, adult size tooth brushes, wide size comb, metal nail file or nail clipper with file and band aids.

An open house baby shower for Chris and Janelle Smith will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2-4 p.m. at the Donnelly Hall. Chris's parents are Leon and Marilyn. 

I was asked to share that the Red Hatters are to bring Twins memorabilia to the June meeting.

Congratulations to the Sax's Café team of bowlers for winning the Hi-Lo league championship at Crystal Lanes. Joan Fults, Carol Kummrow and Deanna Heuer are members of that team.

Congratulations to Bennett Smith who has been chosen to be the student speaker for the University of Minnesota, Morris commencement ceremonies, which are being held today (Saturday) at 1:30 p.m.

Congratulations to the MAHS softball team for winning their invitational on May 8. Beth Holland is a member of that team.

The Herman Cub Scouts recently held their Blue and Gold banquet. Kenton Long and Landon Strand were two of the scouts honored for the badges they had earned during the last year.

On April 17, several Stevens County 4-H teams competed in the state general livestock project bowl in Foley. The Jr. Team coached by Jon Moser finished in 7th place. The Sr. Team coached by Lee Johnston, placed 6th. Natalie Johnston, Kendra Sperr and Jake Moser are all members of that team. The Sr. Horse team received 8th place. Cammi Aanerud is a member of that team. The Jr. Horse team finished in 11th place. Sydney Sperr, Savannah and Rebecca Aanererud are members of that team.

Congratulations to Brooke Gillespie who was 1st place winner in her class of the Chokio American Legion Auxiliary poppy poster contest.

Emily Lynn Zaske was born on April 29, 2010 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Matthew and Elizabeth Zaske of Donnelly. Grandparents are Bill and Lynette Zaske of Renville and Rick and Deb Lorenz of Bovey. Great grandparents are Wayne and Mildred Zaske of Renville and Lilly Propp of Slayton.

Brooklyn Kaye Koehntop was born on May 11, 2010 to Kyle and Mandi Koehntop. Grandparents are Parker and Renee Kloos of Donnelly and Roger and Bonnie Koehntop of Morris; great grandparents are Herb and Carol Kloos of Donnelly.

Delores Root of Donnelly passed away on May 13. Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18 at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. 

The Stevens County Genealogical Society met on May 6. The next meeting will be in September. I donated a typewriter for use in the Genealogy Room. We also recently donated microfilm updates of the Morris, Hancock and Chokio papers.

Earlier in the day I took in the open house at Design Electronics in Morris. En route home I stopped in to visit Denny Anderson at his home in Donnelly. He asked me to say thanks to Rendsville 4-H club for the May basket he received from them.

Citywide garage sales in Donnelly start on May 21 and continue on May 22. For more information, call 246-3262 or 246-6271.

Danny Frank spent some time over the weekend visiting his mother Shirley and other family and friends in the area.

The Donnelly Community Club had a very lengthy meeting on May 10 as we continue to make plans for the 2010 Threshing Bee and other events as well as the repair and maintenance of the buildings. The next meeting will be on June 7.

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