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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

I want to wish my dad a Happy Father's Day in Heaven.

The weather during the past week has been 'just what the dr. ordered' for crops some substantial rains and sunny mild days.

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St. John's/Kongsvinger news: There will joint services at St. John's on June 27 at 8:30 a.m.

West Central Lutherans invite you to another open worship service at the Hancock Community Center on June 27 at 10 a.m.

A bridal shower for Katie Braaten, bride to be of Adam Erickson, will be held Saturday, June 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Kong svinger Parish Hall.

There will be an open house bridal shower for Amber Kruize, bride to be of Scott Melberg, Saturday, June 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Hall in Chokio and also from 1-3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Her parents are Brian and Peg, grandparents Harry and Corrine and Nancy and Glen Knopp and Art and Carol Durkee.

WCMCA is looking for volunteers to help out with their group work camp coming up in mid July as well as ladders they can use for the week. For more info call 1-800-492-4805.

There will be Little League games at Aanerud field in Donnelly at 6 p.m. on June 21 and 22. There will also be some women's softball games there on June 28 at 7 p.m. and on July 1 at 7:15 p.m. The Rendsville 4-H will be running the concession stand.

The Morris High School class of '54 will have an informal get-together during Prairie Pioneer Days in Morris. For more info call (801)-518-8573. A quick reminder that the class of '55 will have their reunion on July 16 and 17.

Pete Schmidt of Duluth passed away on June 6. Family members that survive him include a niece Lisa (Mike) Melchert.

Lori Backman and Craig Eveslage are pleased to announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Doug and Carol Backman of Alberta, and Dan and Rita Eveslage of Greenwald, her grandmother is Liz Aschman. An open house bridal shower for the couple will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 9-11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Chokio.

Madelyn Kay Raths was born May 30, 2010 Norfolk, Va. to Brian and Michelle Raths of Norfolk, Va. Grandparents are Robert and LeAnn Raths of Fergus Falls and Scott and Char Beckland of Millville. Great grandparents are Irene Raths of Morris formerly of Donnelly and Allenor Goddard of Farmington, formerly of Morris.

Congratulations to graduate Cody Amundson from West Central Area High School. His parents are Gary and Diane. Grandfather is Cliff Bjorlin.

Congratulations to Ashley Mecklenburg for winning the Rick Lucken scholarship at MAHS.

Rebecca Erickson won the Curtis Van Horn scholarship.

Congratulations to Levin Strand for winning a perfect attendance record at the Herman-Norcross School. He also won a spelling award.

Congratulations to Samantha Larson and Paige and Landon Strand for receiving green hand awards for the Herman-Norcross FFA.

Congratulations to the 13U baseball team which recently won the Alex tournament and thus qualified for a berth in the state tournament to be held in Marshall on July 23-25. Vance Gullickson is their coach. His son Bo is a team member along with Riley Biesterfeld.

The 14U team is also headed to their state tournament in Austin on July 23-25 after winning the Marshall tournament. Bryce Jergenson is a member of that team. His dad Rob is the coach.

Tyler Roske and the MAHS Track team concluded a very successful season by winning the section tournament at Concordia and competing in the state tournament.

Congratulations to Nicole Gillespie who won a society of women engineers for outstanding achievement in science and math award. She was also named to the Pheasant Conference all conference softball team and won an all state academic award.

On June 9, several members of the Donnelly Community Club got together to power wash the depot on the Threshing Bee grounds in preparations for getting it painted.

On June 10, after attending part of the Center for Small Towns Symposium at UMM, I had an opportunity to talk to David Flugel and he was very pleased with the turnout for both days.

Later, it was off to the Kiwanis talent show. Jordan Nieland, Jerry Sander and John Franey were the winners.

Verle and Della Dunn and I took in the Rinke Auction in Morris on June 12. Afterwards it was off to Chokio for the community picnic. The Threshing Bee royalty were participants as was Kendra Speer who is the area Pork Ambassador. The Cyrus parade was cancelled due to rain.

Later I went to the visitation for Ernest Beir at the funeral home then it was off to Heartland Motors for the retirement open house for Bill Dripps.

After church at Kongsvinger on June 13, I had an opportunity to visit with my former neighbor Arne Sather.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the West Central Lutheran worship service in Hancock and also the gospel sing along at the Eden Reformed Church in Herman. Afterwards I visited with Selma Bruse at the Pullman house.

Two good games of Little League baseball were played in Donnelly on June 14 and 15. Prior to the game on the 15th, I went to the open house at Anderson Acres in rural Alberta.

Joan Kopeck and Howard Hennen were among those who participated in the Flag Day program on June 14.

As I have stated before one of the "perks' of doing this job is hearing from various former Donnelly area residents. The latest was Dr. Howard Larson. He lives in Idaho and has been partially retired since '91.

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