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The weather continues to be almost ideal with warm sunny days, although the cool nights remind us that fall is here. My neighbor said they finished with their beans last week and planned to start on their corn this week.

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In parish news from St. John's/Kongsvinger: The fall fest will be held at St. John's today (Saturday) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a parish prayer breakfast on Oct. 17 at 9:45 a.m. at Kongsvinger (between services). This is for anyone who is currently a member of the prayer chain or interested in learning more about this ministry. For details, call the parish office at 246-3211 or 677-2784.

The parish newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.

Oct 15th is the deadline to donate items for the confirmation service project of collecting items for Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead. A list of items is posted in the narthex of both churches.

The 7th grade confirmation students are doing a honey project with the Dakota boys and girls ranch. They will be selling jars of honey at the St. John's fall fest and at the Kongsvinger fall festival.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Morris and St. John's of rural Starbuck will have a joint worship service at St. John's on Oct. 10 at 10:45 a.m. followed by a pot luck dinner. There will be no services or Sunday School in Morris. For more information call 795-2477 or 392-5670.

The following events are being held today (Saturday):

Lutheran Campus Ministry will have a homecoming celebration at the Christus House, 110 Columbia Avenue in Morris. Stop by for refreshments and conversation from 2-5 p.m.

There will be a benefit for Lyle Kruize of Hancock from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion in Morris. He has cancer.

There will be an open house 90th birthday party for former Donnelly area resident Fred Sperr from 2- 5 pm at Ron and ArLou Flannigan's new building along Highway 28 in Chokio.

The Stevens County 4-H awards program will be held at 7 p.m. in the AgCountry Auditorium at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.

The Donnelly Community Club will have their monthly meeting on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m at the town hall.

The Morris Area school board will meet at the Donnelly town hall on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

There is a card shower for Opal Harstad on the occasion of her 84th birthday. You can send cards to her at 16 Green River Road, Morris, MN 56267.

There will be a 80th birthday party for Glen Werk on Oct. 16 from 2-5 p.m. at Sax's Cafe in Donnelly.

Avery Grace Gulbrandson was born on Sept. 10 in Fergus Falls to Kim and Brent Gulbrandson of Elbow Lake. Grandparents are Janet Hoernemann of Herman, Bonnie and Gary Gulbrandson of Donnelly, and Ben DeLong of Alexandria. Great Grandparents are Hazel Vestrum of Hoffman, Arlene Gulbrandson of Herman, Pat Hoernemann of Morris, and Ben and Vonna DeLong of Alexandria.

Ryan Riley of Hastings passed away on Sept. 14. Survivors include his parents Marlyn and Deb Riley of Elbow Lake, formerly of Donnelly.

Ray Stock of Hoffman passed away on Oct. 4 among his survivors is a sister, Marlys (Mrs. Wally) Giese and her family.

Congratulations to the Brad Backman family. Brad had the 2nd place pumpkin at the pumpkin fest held recently at Trinity Lutheran of Alberta. His pumpkin weighed 235 pounds. His wife Joanna is the new receptionist at Denco II in Morris. Their daughter Kris was recently named Marketing Director of First Avenue in Minneapolis. Their niece Kathi Biesterfeld is also working at Denco II now.

Pearl A. Anderson was recently honored for 45 years of service to the Morris American Legion Auxiliary.

The Morris Area cross country team recently won the Ortonville invitational. MaKenzie Smith took 2nd place, Jana Loher placed 3rd and Becca Holland came in 6th place.

The Morris "C" volleyball team won the B-B-E tournament. Cammi Aanerud and Justine Huebner are members of that team and Mandi Koehntop is their coach.

Ruth Moerke recently received a 50 year pin from the GFWC.

Cammi and Rebekah Aanerud were part of the state 4-H horse show held at the state fairgrounds recently. They won several individual awards and were members of several teams that also won some awards.

On Sept. 30 Scott Heinrich and I took in the open house to introduce the new deli at Cenex South in Morris.

On Oct. 1 Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the funeral for Viola Thompson in Morris. Her son, Lowell, is a classmate of mine.

The Threshing Bee royalty were among the participants in the Morris Area homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 1.

On Oct. 3, I attended UMM Sunday services at First Lutheran Church of Morris. In the afternoon, Vedar Harstad attended the 50th anniversary celebration service at Zion Lutheran Church in Morris.

Andy Brevig and I took in the Stevens County Republican fall rally/steak supper in Morris. We heard from Tim Tinglestad, Lee Byberg, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen and Rep. Torrey Westrom. En route to Morris I stopped at the site of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and see that they have moved it over the foundation.

Dorothy Jordheim was among those who attended the candidate forum in Donnelly on Oct. 5 for candidates for mayor and city council.

Arriving home on Oct. 3, I found a bag with a turkey and trimmings hanging on my mail box. Thank you to whoever left them there.

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