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Winter made a comeback on Monday with the heaviest snowfall of the year. Roads were very slippery and unfortunately that resulted in several deadly accidents in the area. Thankfully temperatures continue to be fairly mild although there is more snow in the weekend forecast. I guess it is to be expected since it is tournament time.

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From the St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish: Lenten services will be held at St. John's on March 7 and at Kongsvinger on March 14 at 7 p.m. Coffee fellowship will follow.

There will be a parish Bible study during Lent at St. John's on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and repeated at Kongsvinger at 7 p.m.

There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. with the Sunday school kids singing.

In news from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: A pot luck supper will be served on Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. beginning Feb. 29 and continuing until the end of Lent. Services will follow at 6:45 p.m.

Lutheran Campus Ministry of Morris is one of the sponsors of a forum, "Christian Basis for Welcoming GLBT Persons." The event begins on March 1 with dinner at the Christus house from 5:30-7 p.m. followed by the keynote speaker from 7:30 -9 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. On March 2, the event concludes with a discussion in the McGinnis Room of the Briggs Library on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. The speaker for the weekend is David Weiss, the author of the book, To the Tune of a Welcoming God.

The annual meeting of the Donnelly Community Club will be held on March 12.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet on March 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Morris Public Library.

The Stevens County Republican party will have their county convention on March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. This is a change of location from what was announced earlier.

The bookmobile will be in town in the afternoon of March 5. That evening, the city council will meet at the town hall and the Rendsville 4-H will meet in the fire hall at 7 p.m.

Several ladies in our area have celebrated significant birthdays lately. Bertha Larson celebrated her 90th, Selma Brusse turned 93 and Marlys Alm is now 97.

There was a birthday party for Marlys Alm, hosted by Rhonda and Kevin Asmus of Chokio, on Feb. 19. Family who attended were her son, John from Ohio; daughters; Barb Riley and Connie Reimers from Texas, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great -great grandchildren. Other guests were Sid and Carol Wilcox of Morris and Jim and Lou Eystad of Donnelly.

Congratulations to Kristi Geise, a member of the Morris Area gymnastics team, who was named all-conference.

Congratulations to Adam Uphoff and Dalton Luepke on being named students of the quarter at Morris Area High School.

Congratulations to Kendra Sperr who received a Stevens County Corn Growers scholarship. She is a student at South Dakota State University.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services and Bible study at Good Shepherd on Feb. 19. Later we travelled to Herman for the Niemackl Lake Park fundraiser. Afterwards I visited Selma Brusse in her apartment. Later, Agnes Searle and I attended the memorial service for Harley Grantham.

The Donnelly Community Club was one of the non-profit organizations that exhibited at the Nonprofit Expo at the Morris Area High School gym on Feb. 20.

David Fluegel and I participated in the "Listening Session" held on Feb. 22.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Ash Wednesday services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Feb. 22.

Please note that due to weekly Bible study I will be checking my boxes on Thursday morning for the next few weeks.

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