The St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish will be participating in the Minnesota Food Share campaign in March. Carts are located in the narthex of the churches for nonperishable food items, or financial donations also are welcomed.
Lenten services continue each week at 7 p.m. with a lunch to follow. Services will alternate between St. John's (March 16) and Kongsvinger (March 23) each week.
The St. John's WELCA's annual St. Patrick's Day lunch and entertainment is 2:15 p.m., March 17, at West Wind Village.
The KLCW birthday potluck dinner is noon, March 20, following services. Please bring a hot dish or salad. Desert is furnished.
The sweetheart luncheon has been rescheduled for May 1 at St. John's. A benefit for the Burton Stand family is April 3.
Throughout Lent, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church members will join with members of St. John's of rural Starbuck for services at St John's. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a light supper (RSVP to 320-795-2477, there is a free-will offering), followed by Lenten services at 7 p.m. For more information call (320) 589-1461. Good Shepherd members are planning their first service in their church on 480th Avenue on Palm Sunday, April 17.
The Glacial Ridge Conference of the ELCA is 2 p.m., March 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. West Central Lutheran Homes' annual meeting is 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Morris.
The Red Hatters' St. Patrick's Day party is 1:30 p.m., March 17, at Denny's in Herman. It's Dutch treat pie day.
Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring story time on March 17 at the Morris Public Library, with Miss Midwest Rachel Sands.
I have another long list of accomplishments to acknowledge:
The FFA Ag Issues team placed first at state. Kaitlin Van Horn is a member of that team. The General Livestock team finished 6th. Natalie Johnston is a member of that team. The Horse Team finished 2nd. Sami Searle is a member of that team. Sami also finished first in Applications for Regional Judging and Interviews. Kendra Speer took first in Agribusiness Service Placement, and Natalie Johnston was also first in Sheep Production Placement. Kendra, Kaitlin, and Natalie also earned state degrees.
The Morris FFA Ag Knowledge Bowl team placed first in SkillsFest in Willmar on Feb. 10. Jake Moser and Natalie Johnston are members of that team.
Amy Kloos opened a new business, Hair Expressions, in Morris.
Melanie Van Horn and Becca Holland were among those named Students of the Quarter at Morris Area.
According to Bob Burner at Donnelly Co-op, the co-op experienced its second best year ever with a net income of over $345,000. Carol Boelend, of Hennen and Associates, presented the annual report. Mike Lonergan, a director for nine years, completed his term and was succeeded by Paul Daly. Chris Smith was reelected to the board. The guest speaker was Todd Monroe, the district manager for the Cenex Energy Sales. Joe Altrich was recognized for 53 years of service to the Donnelly Co-op. Dave Whitmore, who has been the custom applicator for 17 years, will be succeeded by his son Erick. In the LP department, Joel Schmidt has been hired to replace David Haynes, who passed away about a year ago. In December 2010, the co-op paid $170,000 to those 70 years of age and older, and at the meeting patrons received $95,000 in 30 percent cash dividends. In the past five years the co-op has reinvested $850,000 back into the company along with returning $720,000 to it patrons.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended a meeting at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home on March 5. We also attended services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and a forum afterward on March 6.
In the afternoon, Jeanne Ennen and I were among those who attended the memorial gathering in Hoffman for Lloyd Stier. Afterwards I visited a friend at the Hoffman home. Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the annual meeting of the Donnelly Community Club on March 7. Thanks to everyone who helped prepare and serve the delicious meal. It was another good year for the club due in part to a successful Threshing Bee. This year's Bee is Aug. 27-28, and John Deere will be the featured equipment. The next meeting is April 4. Anyone with suggestions about the Bee is encouraged to contact a member of the club or put a note in one of my boxes. After the meeting I visited with Verle and Della Dunn at their home.
Andy Brevig and I attended the annual meeting of Donnelly Township on March 8 at the fire hall in Donnelly.