Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. This week's column is dedicated to the memory of my mom who passed away on March 14, 1994.
Weather news: As they say in Minn., if you do not like the weather just wait and it will change. Last week was very winter like with snow, cold temps, and some blowing and drifting. It has done a "180" with some sunshine and above normal temps again so the snow is quickly melting this week.
St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: Lenten services will again alternate between Kongsvinger (March 14) and St. John's (March 21) this year with services at 7 p.m. coffee fellowship to follow.
Parish Bible study continues during lent at St. John's on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and repeated in the evening at Kongsvinger at 7 p.m.
The March newsletter is now out; extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.
The advent quarter offering this year will be split between the local Salvation Army unit and Lutheran World Relief.
The St. John's WELCA will have their annual St. Patrick's day party at the West Wind Village on March 16 at 2:30 p.m.
March is food shelf month. The parish will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items and financial donations for the Stevens County Food Shelf. There are carts in the narthex of each church.
GSLC news: From now until the end of Lent there will be a potluck supper at 5:45 p.m. with services at 6:45 p.m. at the church. For more information call Pastor Mike.
The mission of the month is Ethiopian mission and the coffee money will go to the Courage Cottage.
West Central Homes will have their annual meeting on March 11 at Zion in Morris at 2 p.m.
The Glacial Ridge Assembly of the ELCA will be held on March 11 at 2 p.m. at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson.
There will be a supper at Trinity Lutheran in Cyrus on March 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by the band "Dakota Road" in concert at 7 p.m. Free will offering. I had an opportunity to hear them last year and they are very good.
On March 18 there will be a St. Patrick's day dinner at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Serving starts at 11 a.m.
The annual meeting of the Donnelly Community Club will be held on March 12 at the Donnelly Hall beginning with a meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. RSVPs requested at donnellythreshingbee @ runestone.net or 795-2440. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would like to join, you can mail your dues to the Donnelly Community Club Donnelly, MN 56235.
The firemen will meet at the fire hall on March 12 at 7 p.m.
Township elections will be held on March 13. Contact your town clerk or the county auditor for times and places.
NHAS is having a Hunger for Harvest pancake fundraiser at the Legion in Herman from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 246-3239.
The bookmobile will be in town on March 19 at 3:30 p.m.
The 2012 Vikingland phone directory published by RTA is now out. Extra copies are available at HD & Co. in Donnelly, as well as other places in their service area
I have a long list of "honorees" again this week so congratulations go out to:
The WCROC that was named as Stevens County's outstanding conservationist of the year. Lee Johnston is the director of operations out there.
Adam Erickson on his new job as wetland specialist at the NRCS
The "boet" team at MAHS that took second in the area and fourth in the Minn. State Envirothon. Natalie Johnston was a member of that team. The Simply Superior team which took fifth place in the area one. Brody Bahr was a member of that team.
Judy Johnston received the 2011 MACDE extraordinary contribution award.
Chandler Erickson, Tom Holland, Tyler Henrich, and Brady Bahr are members of the MAHS boys' basketball team that finished in second place in the West Central Conference South.
On March 1 the Stevens County Genealogical Society had its first meeting of the year at the Morris Library. That evening I attended the dollar dinner at the Christus House in Morris. Later I was part of a good crowd that attended the presentation by David Weiss at the Senior Center. I also attended the session he had at the Briggs Library on the UMM campus on March 2.
On March 2 Liz Ascheman and I attended the thank you presentation by "Someplace Safe" at the Prairie Inn. In the afternoon Andy Brevig and I attended the Westrom /Ingebrigtsen town hall meeting at Detoy's and in the evening the Stevens County Republican Convention at the senior center.
On March 3 Shirley Libbon and I were among those who attended the presentation at the museum, "getting ready for the 1940 Census." It will be released in April. Afterwards I visited Marlys Alm and others at West Wind Village. Jim and Lou Eystad did the same later in the day.
On March 6 a good crowd was on hand at the P.E. Center in Morris for the Hancock-Parkers Prairie girls' basketball game.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the supper and services at Good Shepherd on March 7. Earlier in the day I attended services at First Lutheran.