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This edition is dedicated to the memory of my aunt (and "mom") Pearl who passed away last year on May 27.

The end of last week was pretty much a washout as it started raining Thursday and basically kept raining on and off until early Sunday. As the fields dry out, farmers are busy getting them worked up and planted although there are still a lot of wet spots around the area.

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In St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish News: May 22 is Baccalaureate Sunday. There will a brunch in the graduates' honor at 10 a.m. at Kongsvinger and they will be recognized during services.

There will be joint services at St. John's at 8:30 a.m. on May 29.

Vacation Bible School day camp will be held on June 15 at Luther Crest. Contact the parish office for more information.

Congratulations to Samantha Greiner who won a perfect attendance award from the parish sunday school and to all the other award winners too numerous to mention.

Brenden Jon Hughes, son of Jon and Toni (Kloos) Hughes, was baptized at Kongsvinger on May 15.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Rev. Michael Hanson of Glenwood will be installed as pastor on May 22 during 9 a.m. services. A pot luck dinner will follow. There will not be Sunday school. His first service will be on May 29.

There will be a farewell dinner and program on May 21 for Rev. Ali Boomershine at First Lutheran Church in Morris following the 10:45 a.m. service.

There will be a benefit for Clay and Melanie Van Horn today (Saturday) in Alberta. They lost their possessions in a house fire this past December. Dinner will be from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for a free will donation.

Dorothy Kent of Benson, formerly of the Donnelly area, passed away on May 15. A sister-in-law Virene Olson of Morris is among the family members who survive her. Her parents were the late Carl and Hazel Peterson of Donnelly.

Congratulations to Tyler Roske who won the 200 meter dash in the regional true team track meet recently.

Congratulations to the following Rendsville 4-Hers who have earned a trip to the state in Knowledge Bowl: MaKenzie Smith, Kendra Sperr, Natalie Johnston, and Cammi, Rebecca and Savannah Aanerud.

Congratulations to the Chokio-Alberta High School mixed ensemble-vocal that won a superior rating at the state music contest. Alex Erickson is a member of that group.

Congratulations to Brady Gillespie, who was recently selected as the Boy State representative from Chokio-Alberta.

Congratulations to the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta softball team that won the West Central Conference south championship. Beth Holland and Hailey Henrichs are members of that team.

Congratulations to Joan Kopacek who was recently elected president of the VFW Auxiliary.

Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the ice cream social at the West Wind Village on May 13. Later in the day I attended the visitation for Ron Hottovy. His brother- in- law and I were classmates. In the evening, it was off to Cyrus for the concert by "Dakota Road." At the concert, Tammy Sperr announced that the Feed My Starving Children food packing event will return to Morris again in late August.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at Good Shepherd on May 15. The guest preacher was Rev. Paulus Pilgrim of Hutchinson. His grandfather G. A. Pilgrim was pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Morris and St. John's in Donnelly for 40 years.

Ken Cline reports that his wife Esther is out of the hospital and back in the Barrett Care Center.

Wally McCollar was among those who attended the committal service for Harry "Buzzy" Olsen at St Theresia's cemetery on May 14. Others attending included his children, Bill and Mary Dripps and some of their family, and several members of the Winkels family.

Jody and Colleen Wilke of St. Cloud came up on May 18 to visit his mother Pearl A. Anderson and help her out with some yard work.

Several weeks ago the West Central Cattlemens Association teamed up with Willie's Super Valu for a beef promotion event. One of the cattleman helping out at that event was my classmate Jerry Wulf and he said I should put it in my column that they were doing that. Since I aim to please, I am.

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