Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.
The New Year's weekend was pretty much a washout due to freezing rain snow and stormy weather. Conditions were so bad that some roads were closed in the area and no travel was advised at times. I spent several hours digging out again on Saturday. Roads can only be described as fair driving around Morris, as on Tuesday I did a lot of slipping and sliding at some intersections.
In parish news from St. John's/Kongsvinger: The regular worship schedule resumes on Jan. 9 with Reclaim services at 8:30 a.m. at St. John's and 11 a.m. at Kongsvinger and the adopted grandparents event during Sunday school at Kongsvinger at 9:45 a.m.
On Jan. 16 service times will switch with service of Holy Communion at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. at St. John's. The annual meeting for St. John's is at noon and a pot luck dinner will follow. The Kongsvinger annual meeting will be on Jan. 23.
The Luther League and parish Sunday school families are sponsoring a Norwegian luncheon on Jan. 9 at noon at the Kongsvinger parish hall. Advance tickets only are available from Sandy Dunn at 246-3292.
The January newsletter is now out, extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.
In news from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: The fellowship hall is enclosed and they are working on the interior of it. They are continuing to raise funds for the building project and interviewing candidates for full time pastor.
The General Federation of Women's Club is hosting a baby shower for Life Care Pregnancy Center today (Saturday) from 1-3 p.m. at the Morris Public Library multi-purpose room.
Habit for Humanity will have a pancake breakfast on Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion in Morris. A free will offering will be collected.
A fund drive has been established to help the Van Horn family after their house burned down. Contributions can be made at the United Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Donnelly, Morris or Chokio or mailed to P.O. Box 341, Chokio, MN 56221
There will be a predator hunt today (Saturday) sponsored by Stevens County Pheasants Forever. The headquarters is "Place To Be" in Donnelly. All entries must be turned in by 6:30 p.m. For more info call Zach Arnold at 320-808-0960 or Jason Kirwin at 589-4537.
The Morris Area High School FIRST Robotics team will have a fundraising dinner on Jan. 14 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Morris American Legion. A free will offering will be collected.
Walter Van Eps of East Grand Forks passed away on Dec. 29. A daughter, Suzanne (Dick) Smith, is among his survivors.
Grant Smith of Donnelly passed away on Jan. 4. His funeral is today (Saturday).
Laura Beyer of Morris passed away on Dec. 4. Family members who survive her include her sons Dale and Bruce (Vicki) Beyer of Donnelly and a sister, Esther Pasche of Morris, formerly of Donnelly. Bruce is the city maintenance man in Donnelly and owner/operator of the body shop.
Arnie Kolden Jr. of Alberta passed away on Dec. 31. His mother-in-law, Marvel Wagner of Morris formerly of Donnelly, is among the family members who survive him.
Charlie Edim of Burnsville passed away on Dec. 28. His parents John and Helen (Erdahl) Edim are among the family members who survive him.
Alexis Marie Smith was born on Jan. 4 to Ryan and Angie Smith of Donnelly. Grandparents are Gary and Pat Smith of Donnelly and Lynn and Lori Boots of Morris.
Clayton Lloyd Anderson was born on Dec. 6, 2010 to Curtis and Amy Anderson of Felton. Grandparents are Lloyd and Jan Anderson of Alberta, and Don and Bonita Gieselman of Donnelly. Great grandparents are Lorraine Jordahl of Detroit Lakes and Elsie Spiczka of St. Cloud.
Congratulations to the Morris area bantam hockey team that won the Sauk Centre tournament last month. Brady Jergenson and Bo Gullickson are members of that team.
Congratulations to the following athletes who were named athletes of the week by the Morris Sports boosters for the fall season: McKenzie Smith, Natalie Johnston, and Jana Loner.
Congratulations to Jeanne Ennen who was sworn in as county commissioner on Jan. 4.
Andy Brevig and I attended the Sunday school program at Kongsvinger on Dec. 2.
Jeanne Ennen and I attended the open house retirement party for Herb Kloos on Dec. 3. Later I stopped into Legacy Living to wish my cousin Bev Hurlbut a happy new year. Dianne Amundson and I also visited with Bev on Jan. 5.
Jim and Lou Eystad attended the funeral for Frank Farwell on Dec. 4. He was their best man at their wedding.