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After enjoying some summer-like weather for a bit, it was back to reality this past week as we had more winter-like weather with some below zero temperatures, strong winds and some light snow. Thankfully the forecast calls for moderating temperatures this weekend and there are no major storms on the horizon.

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In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: There will be communion services on Jan. 22. There will be joint services at St. John's on Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. with the Sunday school kids singing. St. John's will have their annual meeting after services with a pot luck dinner to follow. Kongsvinger will have their annual meeting on Feb. 5.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Morris: the January and February coffee money will be given to the Stevens County Food Shelf.

The Augustana District of LCMC is sponsoring two identical mission conferences in two places. The first is today (Saturday) in Sartell. The second conference will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, hosted by Hosanna Lutheran Church at the Watertown Event Center in Watertown, S.D. from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For details, e-mail mjrichard son@augustanadistrict.org or call 239-2618 or 287-3218.

Congratulations to Mason Dunn who recently won the Morris Lions peace poster contest.

Congratulations to Amber Uphoff who recently won the spelling bee at Morris Area Schools.

Congratulations to Jim and Lou Eystad who celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on Jan. 7.

Mike Melchert was one of the many fishermen who tried their luck at the Donnelly Rod and Gun Club's ice fishing tournament on Jan. 14. There were four fish caught, and Jeff Stallman won for the biggest fish.

That evening, I visited my aunt Pearl A. Anderson at her apartment in Morris.

MaKenzie Smith was one of the "cooks" at the Habit for Humanity breakfast on Jan. 15 in Morris. Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended this event.

Jim and Lou Eystad were supper guests of Neil and Ruth Thielke on Jan. 13.

The descendants of Henry and Emilie Smith gathered for the Smith Christmas at the home of Carl and Brenda Smith of rural Morris on Jan. 14. A total of 74 people came together for good food, drink and lots of laughter. The states represented were Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, New Mexico and Florida.

David Fluegel and I attended the community supper at the Morris Senior Center on Jan. 16. David informs me that plans are underway for another Symposium on Small Towns to be held this summer in Morris.

In a case of "many hands make light work," a group of men got together on Jan. 17 to finish tearing the plaster out of the ceiling in the basement at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Additional work nights will be announced as needed.

Earlier that day I was among those who helped take down the Christmas decorations at the church.

Joan and Jerry Kopacek had a slippery trip to Madison on Jan. 14 for the VFW 5th District meeting. Coming home the snowy roads were slush-covered.

This is paraprofessional week so we recognize the Donnelly-area paras: Sue Erdahl-Nelson, Kris Kloos, Lori Speer and Sharon Van Horn.

If you have news to share in this column, you can call me at 585-6435 or 288-8692; e-mail aeanders@fedtel.net (please put "Donnelly news" in the subject line), mail to me at 11 E 9th St, Morris MN 56267 or leave in the boxes at the Post Office and HD & Co. in Donnelly and McCollar Jewelry in Morris.

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