Happy 4th of July and welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.
For the first time this year we have gone a whole week without any major rains. It has been mostly sunny and mild most of the week so things are starting to dry out. Some the crops in the area are looking very good.
St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish news: There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on July 3 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a flag raising ceremony and potluck dinner. On July 10 service times switch with services at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and St. John's at 10:15 a.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is planning a trip to Valleyfair for Aug. 7. Vacation Bible School will be held on Wednesday evenings in August. For more info contact Pastor Mike.
There will be no WordAlone meeting in July or August. The next one is scheduled for Sept. 10.
The final women's softball game in Donnelly will be held July 6 at Aanerud Field.
The Tri-County horseshoe league has games at the court by the Donnelly Post Office on Tuesday evenings.
Due to the July 4th holiday the following changes will take place. The city council will meet on July 5 at 7 p.m. at city hall. On July 11, the Red Hatters will meet at Place To Be at 1 p.m.
The bookmobile will be in Donnelly at 3:30 p.m., and the fire department, Rendsville 4-H club and the Donnelly Community Club will meet at the fire hall, town hall, and St. John's at 7 p.m.
The Post Office and most Donnelly area business will be closed on July 4.
Harriet Anderson of Morris passed away on June 28. A brother, Paul (Arlene) Nelson, of Donnelly is among the family members who survive her.
Congratulations to Rose (Bob) Uhden who was recently honored for exceeding the membership goal as president of the Herman American Legion Auxiliary.
Congratulations to Jason Strand who was recently chosen to fill the vacant seat on Herman city council.
Congratulations to Tara Flaten who was recently named to the honor roll at Hancock High School.
Congratulations to Justin Johnston who recently won a scholarship from the Minnesota Pork Board.
Congratulations to the Stevens County and Donnelly city attorney Charlie Glassrud who was recently appointed to be a district judge. There will be an open house in his honor in the upper level of the Stevens County courthouse on July 8 from 2:30-4 p.m.
Congratulations to Mike Cihak who recently elected treasurer of the Morris Eagles and to Fran Cin who was elected vice-president of the Eagles Auxiliary.
The Rendsville 4-H recently welcomed two new members Tabitha Van Horn (Josh and Beth Kieffer and the late Curtis Van Horn) and Carter Fults (Joey and Jen).
Bernice Erdahl and I attended the Kiwanis talent contest at East Side Park on June 23. The dance group "We Get Up" won first place Justine Huebner is a member of that group; second place went to the dance group "Recharge," Beth Holland and Sydney Beyer are members of that group. By the time I got to Donnelly the softball game was over so I visited with Denny Anderson in his home for a while.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I helped Ellen Wilts celebrate her 50th birthday at the Legion in Herman.
On June 25, I traveled to Willmar for the Willmar Fest parade, and ran into my classmate Tony Cruze again. After the parade I visited my relatives Milt and Rudy Anderson and Roma Fostervold in their homes.
Later the Threshing Bbee royalty were among the participants in the Old Settler's Reunion parade in Barrett. Following that, I stopped at the home to visit Esther Cline then stopped to look at the remodeled Lakeside Pavilion and finally at the swimming beach but decided the water was too cold for a swim.
Jim and Lou Eystad attended the dedication service of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on June 26. In the afternoon I traveled to Alexandria for the Vikingland Band Festival, Park Center was the grand champion. That evening, I visited a friend in the Bethany Home.
Kellen Erdahl was part of a Rockies Little League team that won their playoff game in Donnelly on June 27.
Vedar Harstad and I attended the men's health night at Stevens Community Medical Center on June 29. Later Deanna Recker and I attended the New Wine homecoming performance at First Lutheran Church. Suzanne Smith was the keyboardist; Tom Holland, Amber Recker and Kristina Johnson are members of the cast.
Deanna Heuer and I watched part of the women's softball games in Donnelly on June 29.
Pearl Amundson recently spent some time visiting her brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Gloria Larson and other family and friends in the area.
Lorraine Aanerud returned June 25 from a mission trip to Rwanda, Africa as part of a team of ten from the Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church. Her daughter and son-in-law Laurie and Mike McBride and granddaughters Meghan and Elizabeth were also part of the team. While in Africa they also enjoyed a safari in Kenya for three days.