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The weather during the past week has been a repeat of last week -- very hot and humid with a few showers. Some farmers have been spraying for aphids in the area. Crops continue to look fantastic.

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In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish: Communion services will be held on Aug. 22 at both churches. This is a change from what was announced in the summer schedule.

Lutheran Campus Ministry is sponsoring a work night at the Christus House in Morris on Aug. 17 from 4 - 9 p.m. to get the house ready for the new school year. Access to the House is somewhat limited by construction on East 2nd Street.

The Threshing Bee is Aug. 28 - 29. This week I will highlight some of activities scheduled for Saturday.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast, continues with a softball tournament, amazing race, kids games, tractor pull, bike safety rodeo and concludes with a presentation by Doug Ohman on "Country Churches of Minnesota" followed by the queen coronation and a dance at the hall.

There will be a lot of activities including threshing, shingle mill, gas engines and corn shelling, displays in the schoolhouse, depot and on the grounds and a flea market both days. For more information, call Barry Gades 320-795-2437.

There will be a work night at the grounds on Aug 24 at 6:30 p.m. to put up fences and get ready for the Bee. All help before, during or after the Bee is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Savannah, Cammi and Rebekah Aanerud and Sami Searle, who between them won about half of the grand championships at the Stevens County 4-H horse show held at the fairgrounds on July 31.

Congratulations to the Foxy Ladies softball team from Chokio on winning their league tournament. Nicole Gillespie was a member of that team. Her sister Brooke was a member of the Chokio-Alberta/ Herman-Norcross juniors softball team that took second in the tournament they hosted in Chokio.

Arden Frank and I attended Willie's Parking Lot Party at East Side Park in Morris on Aug 5.

A tour of the remains of Fort Pomme de Terre was one of the highlights of the Flekkefest activities on Aug. 6 in Elbow Lake. Later it was off to Hoffman where I attended the visitation for Cathy Engebly. One of my memories of Cathy and her sisters is that they were some of the first girls I knew who were actively involved in athletics, especially playing softball during our 4th of July celebrations at Kongsvinger.

At the Word Alone meeting last Saturday in Benson it was announced that plans are underway to move the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from rural Appleton to Morris next month. They had a ground breaking ceremony on Aug. 5 at the site northeast of Morris. That afternoon, Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the triple birthday party for Arlene Gulbrandson, Grace Derby and Cleo Gandrud at the Eagles Club in Morris. Also that afternoon, our royalty were participants in the Flekkefest parade.

Rev. Alton Fiskness of New London was the guest preacher at the West Central Lutheran worship service in Morris on Aug. 8. I had a opportunity to visit with him some and learned that he knew our former pastor, Rev. Nelson, as well as some of my relatives in the area. It was announced that there will be a new members Sunday on Aug. 22, and Sunday School and Confirmation classes will begin in September.

On Sunday afternoon, John Kopacek and I attended the Western Minnesota Harvest Festival in Appleton.

The Donnelly Community Club met on Aug. 9 to put the finishing touches on the plans for the Bee. While we were doing that others were also putting up the shocks that will be threshed.

On Aug. 11 I stopped by the Stevens County fairgrounds and had a chance to get a sneak preview of "Grandpa's Toy Land" that Clay Van Horn of Donnelly has set up in the deer hunters' building. Clay said this is the last year he will be doing a display at the fair as he has built a new shed on his farm west of Donnelly and will be putting up a permanent display out there.

Evelyn Fuller returned home to North Dakota on Aug. 2, after spending a few days with the Kopaceks. During her visit, she also attended the Aanerud family reunion. Her mother was Edna Aanerud Kabrud, of North Dakota. Edna graduated from the Morris High School and was a star basketball player.

Skilly and Duff will be performing at Niemackl Lake Park Day on Aug. 22 beginning at 11 a.m. The park is located between Herman and Donnelly on State Highway. 9.

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