The weather has remained mild. A shot of rain over the weekend helped some, but we could use some more. So far the crops that are up are looking good.
In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: Parish Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. June 8 at Kongsvinger.
On June 6, 13, and 20, services will be at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and St. John's at 10:15 a.m.
June 5 is Gideon Sunday in our parish. A representative of the Gideons will give a message and receive an offering.
West Central Word Alone will meet at St. John's Lutheran Church of rural Starbuck today (Saturday). Coffee is at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 10 a.m.
West Central Lutherans will have another open worship service on June 10 at 10 a.m. at the Hancock Community Center.
The Red Hatters will meet June 7 at 9 a.m. at Sax's Café.
The Donnelly Community Club will meet on June 7 at the community hall.
A memorial service for Kurt Kruize will be held at the Hancock H.S. gym at 1:30 p.m. on June 6.
There will be Little League games at Aanerud Field in Donnelly at 6 p.m. on June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.
The Center for Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Partners will host the Symposium on Small Towns June 9 and 10 on the UMM campus. For more information, call David Fluegel at 589-6451.
I have several more graduates to recognize.
Brooke Anderson, daughter of Lonnie and Pat, granddaughter of Denny Anderson; graduated from Morris Area High School.
Jessica Daly, daughter of Pat and Dee, granddaughter of Nick and Karen; graduated from Morris Area High School.
Jen Lesmeister, daughter of Tom and Roxanne, granddaughter of Verle and Della Dunn and Eugene Lesmeister, graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
DeWayne Michaelson passed away on May 30. He was a member of our Threshing Bee "family" for many years.
Congratulations go out this week to: Corrine Flaten (conductress) Joan Kopacek (trustee, color bearer), Jerri Kopacek (color bearer) and Liz Ascheman (trustee # 3) who were recently elected as officers of the VFW Auxiliary in Morris.
Wyatt Vara recently earned a Point of Light badge from the Morris Cub Scouts.
The Morris 8th grade baseball team recently won the Mitch Kleidl Memorial Tournament in Wheaton. Bo Gullickson, Brady Jergenson, Riley Biesterfeld and Gage Backman are members of that team.
Brandon Pry was named to the 9th and 10th grade honors band.
Nicole Gillespie won 2nd place in the visual arts competition at Chokio-Alberta High School.
Samantha and Hannah Larson earned a gold and silver medal at the state FCCLA convention. Sam earned the right to compete at the national convention in Chicago in July.
Joe Blysacyk was named employee of the month at Larson's Inc. of Elbow Lake. He is the son-in-law of Roger and Betty Werk.
Kelli Pry, Mindy Parker, and Dylan Recker were recently named winners of the MSHSL art awards at Morris Area High School.
Tyler Roske and the rest of the MAHS track team have been very successful in several meets lately. They won the true team meet in Paynesville which qualified them for the state meet, where they placed 2nd. They also won their conference and the subsection meets. Tyler was a member of the 4x200 relay team that won first place at the state meet and the 4x100 relay team which placed 2nd in the conference meet. He also finished 2nd in the 200 at the Paynesville meet.
After attending some of the city-wide rummage sales on May 21, I stopped in to visit my aunt Pearl A. Anderson. On May 23, we attended the graduation brunch for Mikell Dunn at Kongsvinger Church.
On May 25, I visited my aunt, Pearl (Albert) Anderson in the hospital. Enroute home, I stopped in Donnelly to take in the Little League game.
Michael Eble gave a presentation on "Seeing Modern Art" as part of the Learning Unlimited event at the Morris Senior Center on May 26.
Afterwards I again visited my aunt Pearl in the hospital. Enroute home I stopped in to visit Lou Eystad at her home in Donnelly.
A good crowd was on hand for the retirement party for Stevens County Coordinator Jim Thoreen on May 27.
That evening, I took in the visual arts show at the MAHS gym.
Enroute home I stopped at my aunt Pearl's house to talk to my cousin Bev and express my sympathy on Pearl's passing. Her funeral was held June 1 at Kongsvinger.
Enroute to Morris on May 29, I stopped in to visit with my cousin Bev and her family. Later a good crowd was on hand at the Janachovsky farm to help Mark and Karen celebrate their 50th birthdays.
On June 1, the Kopacek family and I attended the Delaware Mutual annual meeting at the Herman American Legion.
On May 29, Corrine Larson was in Blaine, Minn. to help grandson Christian Weispfenning celebrate his first birthday. Others in attendance at the birthday party included Ryan, Anna and William Weispfenning, Beth Larson, Bill and Diane Weispfenning, Mike Weispfenning, Jan and Roger Halverson, the Kregg Weispfenning family, Mike Webster family and Vickie Opel. Christian turned one on May 24.