Temperatures have moderated some in the past week and much of the snow has melted. We did have some flurries on Saturday morning and on Wednesday evening.
In parish news from St. John's/Kongsvinger: the KCLW brunch will be held at 9:30 a.m. today (Saturday) at Kongsvinger. Families are welcome to attend. The St. John's WELCA Christmas party will be held on Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m.
There will be a Christmas carol sing-along on Dec 11 at 3 p.m. at St. John's. A time of fellowship and light lunch will follow.
The 7th and 8th grade confirmation classes in conjunction with Dakota Ranch are again selling jars of honey. If you wish to buy one contact a member of the class or the parish office for details.
The parish is sponsoring a hat and mitten tree for the Salvation Army. The deadline is Dec. 13.
The church council meetings will be held on Dec. 15 at St. John's. The joint council meets at 7 p.m. followed by individual councils. Please note the change of date.
The Sunday school program is Dec. 18 at St. John's at 2 p.m. and will be repeated at Kongsvinger on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. A lunch follows both programs.
From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Advent services are being held at the church beginning with a supper at 5:45 p.m. and services at 7 p.m. This will continue through Dec. 21.
The Sunday school program will be held Wednesday, Dec. 21, which is the final advent service.
There will be a poinsettia garden at the church this year. There is a sign up sheet in the church to buy in memory or honor of somebody call 589-1130.
Faith Lutheran Church in Morris is looking for animals for their living nativity services on Christmas Eve. Contact the church at 589-2970.
"A Time to Remember" will be held at the Pedersen Funeral Home on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.
The First Faithful bell choir will join concert pianist Luke Fiskness for a charity Christmas concert on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts recital hall on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. A freewill offering will be collected for Someplace Safe and the Stevens County Food Shelf. This event is sponsored by the Stevens County Chapter of Thrivent.
The Red Hatters will have their Christmas party on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Hazel Asmus home in Herman. It is a pot luck lunch with the beverage provided.
The Stevens County Republicans will have a meeting on Dec. 5 at 6:15 p.m. at DeToy's in Morris.
The Stevens County Historical Society will have their annual holiday open house at the museum and the Morris Senior Citizens will have their annual bazaar at the senior center today (Saturday). Both events begin at 9 a.m.
There will be an open house 80th birthday party for Irene Strand on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4 'til when the cows come home at the American Legion in Morris.
The open house baby shower for Michelle and Ethan Sperr, that was originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26, has been re-scheduled to Saturday, Dec. 10, at Don and Tamela Sperr's home in Morris from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
If there is enough interest the Donnelly Fire Department will be holding a CPR class in the future. If interested call 246-3316.
Funeral services for former Donnelly area resident Gloria Buntje will be on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Morris.
Kenneth Volker of Hoffman passed away recently. His survivors include his cousin Verle (Della) Dunn of Donnelly and their family.
Elda Carol Best of Arizona passed away recently. Survivors include her step-mother Virene Olson.
Gerald Loher passed away on Nov. 3. His funeral will be held at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris on Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Survivors include his son Jerry (Jody) Loher Jr. of Donnelly and their family.
Congratulations to the Chokio-Alberta junior high knowledge team that took second place at their recent meet. Brooke Gillespie is a member of that team.
Vedar Harstad stopped by my home for a visit on Nov. 25.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Thanksgiving eve services at Good Shepherd on Nov. 23, regular services on Nov. 27 and advent services on Dec. 30. We also attended the sing-along at Eden Reformed Church in Herman on Nov. 27. After the sing-along I visited with Selma Bruse at her apartment. Earlier that day, Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the open house at Unger's in Morris.
A reminder that today is the final day to request a bid package for my farm; bids are due Dec. 5. Today is also the last day to buy anything on my farm or at my yard sale. Call me at 585-6435 or 288-8692 if interested.