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After a weekend of unseasonably warm temperatures, it has become more seasonal this week. It is still fairly mild and there is still no snow.

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In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: The Sunday school program will be held Dec. 18 at St. John's at 2 p.m. and repeated at Kongsvinger on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Lunch will follow both programs.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: On Dec. 21 there will be supper at 5:45 p.m. followed by the Sunday school program. This is a change from what was announced earlier. In place of the Sunday school program on Dec. 18 Josh Fisher will hold a forum on the use of the defibrillator located in the church.

There will be a community dinner at First Lutheran Church of Morris on Dec. 25 beginning at noon. Everyone is welcome. A free will offering will be collected.

Funeral services for former Donnelly area resident Gloria Buntje will be today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Morris.

Jody K. Sundlee of Alexandria passed away on Dec. 6. She is a distant relative of mine. Her parents were the late Palmer and Blossom Anderson.

Wally McCollar informs me that Hugo Halpert of Surprise. Ariz. passed away recently. Survivors include his wife Ruth (Stambaugh) formerly of the Donnelly area.

Jean Peterson of Morris passed away on Dec. 11. Survivors include her son-in-law Mark (Mary) Ness. Many of you will remember her as the librarian in the Morris school for many years.

Congratulations to MaKenzie Smith who was named MVP of the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls cross country team.

The Morris BPA chapter collected about 1600 pounds of food and $3,000 for the Stevens County Food Shelf. Sydney Beyer is a member of that chapter.

Congratulations to Elroy and Lorraine Frank who recently celebrated their silver wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to the following that were named "students of the quarter" at MAHS: Riley Biesterfeld (freshman-citizenship) and Kaitlin Van Horn (senior -citizenship).

Ellen Wilts was one of the vendors at the Cookie Factory at Faith Lutheran in Morris on Dec. 10. That afternoon a good crowd was on hand for the community dinner at the Donnelly Hall. Many kids climbed onto Santa's lap to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. The Threshing Bee royalty along with their families put a lot of time work and effort into decorating the hall again this year and made it look very festive on Sat. They also helped serve the dinner and served as Santa's helpers during his visit. The community club officers and their families also helped to prepare and serve the delicious dinner. The Donnelly Fire Department gave Santa a ride into town in the fire truck due to lack of snow for the reindeer.

After dinner I traveled to Hoffman where I stopped in to visit Elroy Frank in his new shop. I also stopped into the community center for the festival of the trees. In the evening, a good crowd was on hand to help Irene Strand celebrate her 80th birthday.

Rev. Mark Richardson of the Augustana district of the LCMC was the guest speaker at worship services at Good Shepherd on Dec. 11 and afterwards gave a very informative talk. That afternoon, Joan and John Kopeck attended the Christmas sing- along at St. John's. In the evening, Rose Uhden and I attended the UMM Carol Concert.

On Dec. 12 I attended the open house at Prairie Trailer in Morris and on Dec. 14, I took in the open house at the Federated Telephone office in Morris. On Wednesday evening, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the supper and advent services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Remember if you are going to be gone for the holidays or the winter, you can keep up on the Donnelly news via my blog donnellyminn.blogspot.com.

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