After several weeks of cool, cloudy and damp weather, things took a dramatic turn for the better last Friday when the sun came out. Temperatures have climbed into the 70s and 80s. Farmers are busy in the fields -- my neighbor figured they would be done planting beans by the end of the week.
In news from the St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish: Bible study on "A Shepherd Looks at the Good Shepherd and His Sheep," by Phillip Keller will be held at Kongsvinger on May 27 at 7 p.m. Due to the food distribution there will be NO a.m. study. There are also tentative plans to meet on June 2 and 9.
May 23 is Baccalaureate Sunday. Parish graduates will be recognized during services and during a brunch at Kongsvinger at 9:30 a.m.
There will be joint services on May 30 at 8:30 a.m. at Kongsvinger.
The Southwest Minnesota WELCA synod convention will be held on June 11 and 12. A portion of the offering will be health kits. There is a box at Kongsvinger to collect donated items. Items wanted include dark colored hand towels and wash cloths, bath size bar soap, adult size tooth brushes (NO toothpaste), wide size combs, nail file or nail clipper with file and band aides.
Congratulations to Mason and Mark Dunn for earning perfect attendance pins for the year from the parish Sunday school.
The May issue of Meyer Mission News is now out. Copies are available in the narthex of each parish as well on my blog site.
An open house baby shower for Brooklyn Kaye Koehntop, daughter of Kyle and Mandi Koehntop, will be held on Sunday, May 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center.
There will be a free food distribution at the Fire Hall in Donnelly at 11 a.m. on May 27. Anyone who wants to help should call 1-800-492-4805. If you eat, you qualify to get the food. There will also be food distributions in Morris and Hancock later in the day.
The citywide garage sales continue today (Saturday) in Donnelly.
On Wednesday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center, UMM Associate Professor of Art Michael Eble will give a presentation on "Seeing Modern Art." He will explain what to look for and how to see it. This is sponsored by Learning Unlimited.
Congratulations to Gary Huebner on his new job as service manager for Valu Ford of Morris. His parents are the late Fred and Gladys Huebner.
Congratulations to Nicole Gillespie who recently was named co-recipient of the Fred Waring Award at the Chokio-Alberta arts festival.
Joseph David Lonergan was born on May 10 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Michael and JoAnn Lonergan of Morris. Grandparents are David and Elsie Lonergan of Donnelly and Melvin Shackelford from Revillo, S.D. Great grandmother is Grace Derby of Herman.
Logan Ronald Gramith was born on May 6 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Alisha and Matthew Gramith of Morris. Grandparents are Ron and Sue Wevley of Donnelly and John and Kari Gramith of Norwood Young America. Great grandparents are Esther Wevley and Elizabeth Ascheman of Morris.
The Morris Tiger boys' track team came in 2nd at the Little Crow track meet held recently in New London. Tyler Roske is a member of the 4x100 relay team, which finished first. He also placed 5th in the sprints and was a member of the 4x200 relay team that finished 6th.
On May 14, a good crowd was on hand for the ice cream social at the West Wind Village. Lynn Schulz provided the music.
Following the social, I visited Mary Dripps at her home in Morris. She was telling me some of the "perks" that went with having your dad as janitor of the school.
In the evening, it was off to the Eagles Club for the Habitat for Humanity spaghetti supper fund raiser. En route home I stopped in to visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson.
On May 15, a good crowd was on hand for the commencement ceremonies at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Bennett Smith gave a very good address.
En route home I stopped in to visit Sam and Dorothy Jordheim.
Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the funeral service for Delores Root on May 18 in Morris.
I plan to recognize area graduates in this space next week. I will again be using a variety of sources to list as many of the graduates from the Donnelly area as possible. If you have a graduate you would like me to recognize, please let me know.