Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.
Please note that I have early deadlines for the next two weeks -- Dec. 22 and 29 -- so please keep that in mind if you have news for me. I will be checking my boxes on the afternoon of Dec. 20 and 27.
As I was writing my column last week, a major winter storm was predicated for the weekend in the area. However we only got a few inches of snow and some blowing and drifting on Saturday. We did get some very cold temperatures, though.
In parish news from St. John's/Kongsvinger: the first installment of the Sunday school program will be presented on Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at St. John's followed by a potluck dinner. Service times will switch on that Sunday with Kongsvinger worshiping at 8:30 a.m. There will also be communion at both churches.
The second installment of the Sunday school program will be 7 p.m. on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at Kongsvinger with lunch afterwards.
Christmas Eve worship will be at St. John's on Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. Christmas day services will be at Kongsvinger at 10 a.m. There will be joint services at Kongsvinger at 10 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Dec 19 is new member Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Christmas services will be held on Dec. 26.
There will be a community Christmas dinner at First Lutheran Church in Morris beginning at noon on Dec. 25.
Most Donnelly area business will close early on Christmas Eve and be closed all day Saturday.
Doddie Overson Williams informs me that they have changed the dates for the Donnelly girls get together in Rogers. It will now be held on the last Saturday of April and September instead of in January and July. I will have more details later.
Leo Hennen of Morris passed away on Dec. 11. Among the family members who survive him are his son, Chuck (Becky) Hennen of Morris and a daughter, Joanie (Mike) Kopel of Donnelly. His funeral was held on Dec. 15.
Former Donnelly area resident Cora Vivian Thompson of Minneapolis passed away on Oct. 10 at the age of 89. Her parents were the late Ben and Margaret (Schwarz) and her brother was Glen Thompson. She is survived by a sister-in-law Helene Thompson.
Brandon Jon Hughes was born to Jon and Toni Hughes. Grandparents are Phil and Kris Kloos, great grandparents are Herb and Carol Kloos of Donnelly.
The 5th annual Morris Area Schools staff recognition program was held. Mary Huebner (15 years) and Suzanne Smith (30 years) were among those recognized for their service to the school district.
At the Dec. 6 Hi-Lo bowling league Nancy Henrichs had the high series, game, most pins over average and strikes.
Andy Brevig and I attended Bible study at St. John's on Dec. 9.
Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the open house for Joe Altrich at the Donnelly Co-op on Dec. 10. He is retiring after working at the Co-op for 53 years. Also on hand to offer congratulations was former manager Eddie Dummer of Alexandria.
Pearl and I also attended the Donnelly Community Club's annual appreciation dinner on Dec. 11. The royalty and their families did a good job again of making the hall look very festive for the occasion. Santa took time out of his busy schedule at the North Pole to come and visit with the kids. The Donnelly Fire Department gave him a ride into town in the fire truck.
Pat Smith and I attended "A Time to Remember" at the Pedersen Funeral Home on Dec. 12.
Afterwards it was off the Morris Area concert hall for the concert by Luke Fiskness.
On Dec. 13 Dianne Amundson and I visited our cousin Bev Hurlbut at Legacy Living to wish her a happy birthday.
In the evening, Andy Brevig and I attended the Stevens County Republican party meeting in Morris. It was decided that we would coordinate our county convention with others in the area in either February or March.
On Dec. 15 I stopped into Federated Telephone in Morris for their open house as well as the open house retirement party for Ron Bouressa at the Morris Co-op.
I then traveled to Elbow Lake to see the holiday train. While there, I also attended the open house at the Victory in Life Church and the chamber's supper at the community building.
Sam and Dorothy Jordheim hosted the annual Frank Christmas party on Dec. 14. Guests included Shirley Frank of Donnelly, Donna Frank of Starbuck, Joann and Odell Christenson of Lakeville and Marlene Bruland of Cyrus.
On Dec. 12 Larry and Peggy Wilke and Pearl A. Anderson traveled to St. Cloud for a visit with Jody and Colleen Wilke. They will be married 30 years on Jan. 1 and are going to celebrate by going on a cruise.