Several inches of snow over the weekend brought out the shovels and blowers and made winter sports enthusiasts happy. However temperatures continue to remain mild and there is still no forecast of any major storms on the horizon.
In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: Kongsvinger will have their annual meeting on Feb. 5 following 11 a.m. services. A pot luck dinner will follow the meeting. St. John's services will be at 8:30 a.m.
There will be a parish Bible study, "Christ in the Strangest Places," during Lent. Time, dates and places to be announced.
From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: there will be two upcoming workdays at the church. The first is today (Saturday) at 9 a.m. The second is on Feb. 11, also at 9 a.m.
On Feb. 6, the bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 p.m. by the bank; the city council will meet in the council chambers, and Rendsville 4-H will meet in the fire hall, both at 7 p.m.
On Feb. 13, the Red Hatters will meet at Place To Be in Donnelly at 1 p.m.
Precinct caucuses will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Stevens County Republicans will meet in the Tiger Room of the Prairie Inn in Morris. This is a change from what was announced earlier. The Democrats will meet in the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria. The Independence Party caucus is at Morris Public Library.
The Stevens County Historical Society will hold their annual meeting on Feb. 12 at the museum in Morris. This year's guest is Doug Ohman and his program is "Libraries of Minnesota." As most of you know, he has presented several programs at the Threshing Bee in past years. To RSVP, call 589-1719.
The Donnelly Community Club will have their annual meeting on Feb. 13 at the Donnelly Hall with a meal starting at 6:30 p.m. with a meeting to follow. RSVP to 246-3474 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot attend but would like to be a member, you can mail your dues to the Donnelly Community Club.
Congratulations to Nancy Woodke whose picture of Dillon Johnson in the candy bar race at the Stevens County fair recently won first place in the Sports Photo competition from the Minnesota Newspaper Association.
Congratulations to Chandler Erickson who was one of the members of the Chokio-Alberta BPA team that earned a trip to the state competition.
Alyssa Uphoff is one the artists whose work is being showcased at the Common Cup in Morris.
On Jan. 26, Kathy Bahr and I attended the Twins' caravan stop in Morris.
On Jan. 27, I visited Irene Strand in her apartment in Morris. Earlier in the week, Irene attended a birthday party for Lyla Cin in Glenwood.
On Jan. 28, I visited my aunt Pearl Anderson at her apartment in Morris to wish her a belated happy birthday. Her birthday was Jan. 27. She said several members of her family had been home to help her celebrate the previous day. Later I visited Gary Weers and enroute home I stopped at McCollar Jewelry for one of my frequent visits with Wally. In the evening, I attended the contemporary worship service sponsored by the Morris Community Church.
On Jan. 29, Andy Brevig and I attended Youth Service Sunday at St. John's. Joan Kopacek reports that there was a good crowd on hand afterward for their annual meeting and dinner.
Andy and I also attended the Stevens County Republican central committee meeting on Jan. 30 in Morris. It was announced that the Seventh District convention will be held in Alexandria in late March and the state convention will be in St. Cloud in early May.
Last week Jim and Lou Eystad traveled to Wheaton with Doug and Ellen Wilts and girls to a basketball game between Wheaton/Herman-Norcross and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. Kellie Wilts is one of the players on the W/H-N team. On Feb. 1 they helped Vince Dalager celebrate his 95th birthday at the senior center.
On Feb. 1, Pastor Mike Hanson and I enjoyed a visit together at the Common Cup coffeehouse in Morris.