The past week has seen several days of rain and some cool nights along with a few mild sunny days especially over the weekend. Some farmers in the area have started bean harvest as well as corn chopping.
In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: The fall schedule will resume on Sept. 19 with services at St. John's at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. at Kongsvinger, and services at Kongsvinger at 11 a.m. There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. with the Sunday School kids singing.
The play, "Godly Women Out of History" will be presented at Kongsvinger on Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. during KCLW guest night. Everyone is invited.
The parish is collecting items for LWR and/or Marie Sandvick center. A list of acceptable items is included in the September newsletter. Items for donation should be brought to either church by Sept. 19.
The confirmation service project for this fall is collecting items for Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead. You can contact the parish office for a complete list or it is also posted in the narthex of both churches.
St. John's fall festival will be held on Oct. 9. They are looking for craft and other items to sell. Contact the church office for more details.
Lutheran Campus Ministries will have a root beer kegger at the Christus House (110 Columbia Ave.) in Morris from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 as part of Founders Weekend at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Assumption Catholic Church of Morris will have its Septemberfest on Sept. 19 beginning with an indoor mass at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the afternoon.
The Morris area Boy Scouts will be celebrating their centennial on Sunday, Sept. 19 from 3-6 p.m. at the main shelter in Pomme de Park. All are welcome.
An open house bridal shower for Beth Van Horn, bride to be of Josh Kieffer, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 1-3 p.m. in the Assumption Catholic Church basement.
There will be a benefit for Miranda Hauglund on Sept. 25 from 4-7 p.m. at the Alberta city hall. There will also be a dance at the Alberta Bar and Grill starting at 9 p.m. Miranda has a rare autoimmune disease. Her parents are Jim and JoAnne Hauglund of Donnelly.
Khloe Anne Johnson was born on Aug. 28 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Jada Siegel and Derek Johnson of Correll. Grandparents are Neil and Janet Siegel of Wheaton and Kevin and Lisa Johnson of Appleton. Great grandparents are John DeLong of Morris, Lorise Siegel of Wheaton, Annette Moen of Appleton, Doris Johnson of Odessa, and the late Hazel DeLong, Loran Siegel, Roger Moen and Clarence Johnson.
Evelyn Ann Ritter was born on Sept. 2 at Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria, to Adam and Carla Ritter of Donnelly. Grandparents are Charles and Karen Long of Herman, Don and Karen Ritter of Morris, and Wendel and Deb Marotzke of Hancock. Great-grandparents are Adolph and Virginia Long, Opal Harstad, Loretta Ritter and Charles and Margie Mesenbrink, all of Morris.
Wyatt Orville Ray Hagen was born on Aug. 17 at the St. Cloud Hospital to Jeff and Kelsey Hagen of Alexandria. Grandparents are Lynn and Sheila Schulz of Morris, Neil Twetten of Cosmos, Pam and Brian McKenna of Nevis, and Dolores Schulz of Parkers Prairie. Great-grandparents are Betty Hagen of Hoffman, Shirley Henrichs of Donnelly, Orville and Wanda Thun of Alexandria and Lois Twetten of Gaylord
Kiersten Roy Nell Harrom was born on Aug. 13 at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls to Jennifer Harrom and Tony Harrom of Fergus Falls. Grandparents are Nick and Sandy Kill of Morris, Mark Harrom of Wheaton, and Mary Lindner of Fargo, N.D. Great-grandparents are Barb and Don Rilley of Chokio, and Kermit and Karen Stahn of Morris. Great-great grandmother is Marlys Alm of Morris.
Congratulations to the following 4-Hers who won awards at the general encampment at the Minnesota State Fair: Cammi and Rebekah Aanerud, Brittany Cardwell, Sami Searle and Jacob Sperr. Additionally, the Rendsville 4-H club won a blue ribbon for its banner.
Congratulations to the Morris Tiger volleyball team that finished 2nd in the tournament at UMM on Sept. 11. Carrie Roske is a member of that team and Mandi Koehntop is a member of the coaching staff.
On Sept. 9, I stopped in to visit my aunt Pearl A. Anderson.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the WordAlone meeting on Sept. 11.
After the meeting I traveled to Starbuck and stopped into the Minnewaska Lutheran Home to visit Denny Anderson who is recovering from knee surgery. He hopes to be home in a couple of weeks. Later I stopped into the Prairie Inn to visit with some members of the Alberta class of '51 who were having their reunion there. En route home I stopped in Donnelly to visit with Sam and Dorothy Jordheim.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Rally Sunday services and dinner at St. John's on Sept. 12. As part of the service, third grader Garrett Eystad (Marty and Mindy) received his Bible and the Sunday School teachers were installed. In the evening, we participated in the sing-a-long at the Eden Reformed Church in Herman. Afterwards I visited Selma Fusse in Herman. I also attended the "Godly Women Out of History" play at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. Afterwards I had a chance to visit with former neighbor David Jergenson.
The Donnelly Community Club had a very lengthy meeting on Sept. 13. We reviewed the 2010 Threshing Bee and some of the changes we might make for next year. Preliminary figures show that we sold about 1500 buttons and finished in the black again. We will feature John Deere next year and are especially looking for old machinery.
The Kopacek family and I attended the Learning Unlimited event at the Morris Library on Sept. 15. Author David Keeny gave a very interesting presentation based on his book, "Minnesota Goes to War." En route home I stopped in to visit Jim and Lou Eystad at their home in Donnelly.
Several weeks ago Joe Mau of Isanti spent some time visiting his cousin Lou Eystad and other family and friends in the area. He also attended the Donnelly Threshing Bee and a class reunion in Morris.
On Sept. 11, Pearl A. Anderson traveled to the Jim and Bonnie Fabian home of rural Herman to help her daughter Bonnie celebrate her birthday.
Thanks to the Kopacek family, you will all know who I am when I am out and about covering various events. I will be wearing the Donnelly reporter hat that they gave me. Mange takk!