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A few shots of rain during the past week along with mild temperatures have given crops a good boost. There was some minor wind damage in the area on Monday evening due to some strong straight line winds. The crops that are up are looking good. Most farmers in the area are either done or just about done with their planting and will now turn their attention to spraying.

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In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: Parish Bible study is tentatively scheduled to meet on June 2 and 9 at St. John's at 10 a.m. and Kongsvinger at 7 p.m.

There will be joint services on May 30 at 8:30 a.m. at Kongsvinger. This marks the beginning of the summer worship schedule. Copies were included in the May newsletter and are posted at each church. Extra copies are available at the parish office. On June 6, 13, and 20 services will be at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and at St. John's at 10:15 a.m.

West Central Area Word Alone will meet at St. John's Lutheran Church of rural Starbuck on June 5. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. Rev. Scott Groud will be the guest speaker via DVD.

Karen and Mark Janachovsky will be celebrating their 50th birthdays today (Saturday) from 3-7 p.m. at their home, 15763 510th Ave., Donnelly.

The Red Hatters will meet at Sax's Café on June 7 at 9 a.m. Please bring Twins memorabilia to the meeting.

The Donnelly Community Club will meet on June 7 at the town hall.

A memorial service for Kurt Kruize will be held June 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hancock H.S. gym. Kurt died April 4 in Baghdad of a non-combat-related injury.

There will be Little League games at Aanerud Field in Donnelly at 6 p.m. on the following days June 1, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. The June 1 game will feature the Pirates vs. Angels.

The following is a list of area graduates followed by their parents and grandparents where known.

Morris Area High School:

Mikell Dunn -- son of Lowell and Sandy, grandson of Verle and Della Dunn; Vivian Johnson;

Wade Backman -- son of Steve and Cathy, grandson of of Liz Ascheman; Vi Wulf;

Maria Cin -- daughter of Jerry and Wanda;

Ashley Mecklenberg -- daughter of Loren and Kaylene, granddaughter of Jack; Marge Kleinhans;

Alex Plocker -- son of Mike; grandson of Lloyd Plocker;

Kelli Pry -- daughter of Dave and Cora;

Other area high school graduates include

Nicole Gillespie -- daughter of Curt and Judy, granddaughter of Vivian Bjorlin, from Chokio-Alberta High School;

Jake Long -- son of Sherman and Sheree, grandson of Adolph and Virginia, from West Central Area High School;

Ryan Flatten -- son of Jeff and Christine, grandson of Ron and Sharon Papesh, from Hancock High School;

Those graduating from college include:

Beth Larson -- daughter of Larry and Corrine Larson-Tufton, granddaughter of Bertha Larson, graduating from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities;

Bennett Smith -- son of Mark and Pat, grandson of Henning and Darlene Awsumb, Caroline Smith, graduating from the University of Minnesota, Morris;

Eric Rundquist -- son of Clay Rundquist and Anita Rundquist, graduating from Bemidji State University;

Danni Graff -- daughter of Keith and Brenda, granddaughter of Arven and Joann Graff, graduating from North Dakota State College of Science;

Tracey Kloos -- son of Paul and Gail; granddaughter of Herb and Carol, Jerry and Sylvia Schmidt, graduating from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls;

Toni Hughes, graduating from Alexandria Technical College; Dani Kloos, graduating from Regency Beauty Institute of St. Cloud; and Tom Kloos, graduating from Ridgewater College Willmar, parents of all three are Phil and Kris, grandparents are Herb and Carol, Beatrice Fermoyle;

Brian Wall -- son of Jim and Bonnie, graduating from Minnesota State Community and Technical College of St. Cloud;

Gayle A. Poepping -- daughter of Deb Scott of Donnelly and Paul and Norah Poepping of Annandale, graduating from basic military training in Texas.

Akayla May Werk was born on May 12 to Duane and Courtney Werk of Donnelly. Grandparents are Roger and Betty Werk of Herman, great grandfather is Lloyd Plocker of Morris

Randy Backman and Melissa Ziemba of Houston, Texas, are engaged and plan to be married on July 10, 2010. Randy is the son of Doug and Carol Backman of Alberta, and grandson of Liz Ascheman.

Evelyn Giese of Elbow Lake passed away on April 28. Family members who survive her include a brother-in-law Wally (Marlys) Giese.

Dell Fynboh, 66, of Oroville, Calif. and Spicewood, Texas, died May 15, 2010 at his home in Texas. A nephew, Greg (Naomi) Fynboh, of Donnelly are among the family members who survive him.

Jim and Lou Eystad were at Courtney Vogel's graduation party in Morris on May 22. On May 23, they attended the graduation party for Shawn Lein and the Sunday School picnic at the Eden Reformed Church in Herman. On May 25, they were among the volunteers who attended the coffee party for older Americans at the Senior Center.

Pearl, Mrs. Albert Anderson, passed away Thursday. Services will be held Tuesday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Kongsvinger Church. Visitation will be held Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church. Pearl was not only my aunt but had been my "mom" for the past 22 years and I will miss her a lot.

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