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My weekly weather report is beginning to sound like a broken record. Lots of sunshine and mild temperatures combined with timely rains continues to be very beneficial for the crops. Beans are starting to turn and harvest will probably begin in a couple of weeks. The wheat we thrashed at the Bee sure looked good.

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In news from the St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish: There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 12 is Rally Sunday at St. John's with Sunday School at 9 a.m., services at 10:15 a.m. with a potluck dinner to follow.

The latest edition of Meyer Mission News is now out. Copies are posted in the narthex of each church and on my blog. They are raising support for a short term mission trip to Tanzania in early 2011.

The Mission Start Good Shephard Lutheran Church (MSGLC) in Morris is one of many churches in the area that will celebrate Rally Sunday on Sept. 12 with special services and other activities.

The play "Godly Women out of History" will be presented at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus on Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.

Due to the Labor Day weekend Word Alone will meet on Sept. 11 at St. John's Church of rural Starbuck. Coffee will be at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 10 a.m. A delegate who attended the recent North American Lutheran Church constituting convention will bring a report.

Due to a schedule conflict there will be no Stevens County Genealogical Society meeting in September.

The Red Hatters will meet on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. at Sax's Café in Donnelly. This is a change in day due to the Labor Day holiday.

Most Donnelly businesses will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day and the bookmobile will not be in town. The next bookmobile visit is Sept. 20.

An open house baby shower for Ellery Rose Spohr, daughter of Crystal Henrichs and Matt Spohr, will be held Sept. 11 from 2-5 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Morris. Everyone is welcome including men.

The Donnelly Community Club will meet at the Town Hall on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Morgan Rose Grossman was born June, 17, 2010 to Trent and Robyn Grossman. Grandparents are Tim and Tammie Grossman of Alexandria, and Dennis and Gail Andrewski of St. Paul. Great grandparents are Marie Grossman; Bob and Myrna Tomalla, Theodore Swanson, and Louise Andrewski.

Ellery Rose Spohr was born on Aug. 14 to Crystal Henrichs and Matthew Spohr of Morris. Grandparents are Rollie and Deb Henrichs of Morris and Wayne and Camille Spohr of Hancock. Great grandparents are Ron and Char Castor, and Millie Lesmeister of Morris and Ruth Spohr of Hancock.

Congratulations to the 2010-11 Threshing Bee royalty: Queen Paige Strand, Princes Sara Stallman, Little Miss Donnelly Bailey Armstrong, Little Miss Princess Logan Mau.

Congratulations to Herb and Carol Kloos for being named grand marshals of the Donnelly Threshing Bee parade. Herb is retiring from his position as county commissioner at the end of the year.

Congratulations to the Chris Athey softball team which won the tri-county traveling league team tournament. Members of the team include Lucas Schmiesing, Chris Athey, and Paul Daly.

Congratulations to Shawn Knutson of Donnelly who took thirdplace in the 2x4 demo derby at the Stevens County fair. Brad Hable took third in the 4x4 pickup demolition derby.

Congratulations to Jonathon Olson who was recently sworn into the U.S. army. His parents are Rev. Tim and Cyndi Olson of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Donnelly. His dad says he is going to training at Fort Knox, Ky. He will be a scout for armored vehicles.

The following were winners at the Threshing Bee horseshoe tournament: Glen Werk won his class and Father Peter finished third in his class.

Donny Sperr, Scott and Brianna Neumann (our former Donnelly princess) won trophies in the tractor pull. Herb Nelson won the traveling parade trophy and he finished third in the pony pull. Athey Construction defeated the Donnelly Dukes for the softball championship.

On Aug. 26 I visited Mary Dripps at her home in Morris. Later I enjoyed a root beer float at Eul's Hardware to help celebrate their 80th anniversary. Jon and Jack Kopacek and I were among the many that worked on the grounds on Aug 27 to get everything ready for the Bee.

Steve Fults and I were enjoyed the New Horizons Ag Service picnic supper at the Pomme de Terre Park. Later we attended the Stevens County Republican central committee meeting at DeToy's. It was decided that we would invite Tom Emmer, Lee Byberg and others to attend a fall rally/town hall meeting in early October.

Jeanne Ennen and I were among the members of our parish who helped pack food for the Feed My Starving Children event at the Morris Elementary School cafeteria. Our shift packed about 130 boxes of food. It is a sobering reminder of how a little time and money can make a huge difference in people's lives.

Gail, Jenna and Owen Gibson of Avon spent some time over the weekend visiting family and friends in the area and attending the Threshing Bee.

Bonnie Fabian of Herman and some members of her family spent some time over the weekend visiting her mother Pearl A. Anderson and other family and friends in the area and participating in some of the Threshing Bee events.

One of the nice things about the Bee is the opportunity to see and visit with some of the former Donnelly area residents who were home for the event such as David Aanerud, Arne Sather and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gregerson.

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