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Temperatures in the 50s this week means that a lot of the snow has melted and it's very nice to be out and about again.

From St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish: Lenten services will be held at St. John's on March 21 and at Kongsvinger on March 28. Services are at 7 p.m. with coffee fellowship to follow.

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Parish Bible study continues at St. John's on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and is repeated at Kongsvinger at 7 p.m.

March is food shelf month. The parish will be collecting non-perishable food items and financial donations for the Stevens County Food Shelf. There are carts in the narthex of each church.

The St. John's spring fling is coming up in April. They are looking for new or almost new items, please no clothes. You can bring them to the church anytime until April 1. For more details call 246-3278.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: There will be a pot luck supper at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through Lent with services at 6:45 p.m.

March 18 is new member Sunday.

There will be a supper at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus on March 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by the band "Dakota Road" in concert at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be collected.

A Youth Encounter group will be in concert at First Lutheran Church on March 18 at 5 p.m. followed by supper.

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 District 12 Republican endorsing convention will be held today (Saturday) at the Starbuck Community Center beginning at 9 a.m. The 7th District Republican Convention will be held on March 30 and 31 at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria. A banquet featuring Tim Pawlenty will be held Friday evening. For more information, e-mail chairman@ mncd7gop.com or call 320-582-0138.

The Stevens County DFL convention will be held on March 24 at 9 a.m. at the American Legion in Morris.

There will be an open house baby shower for Aaron and Kayla Erdahl on Saturday, March 24 at the First Lutheran Church in Morris from 9:30-11 a.m.

The Donnelly Fire Department fish fry will be held on March 30.

The bookmobile will be in Donnelly on March 19 at 3:30 p.m.

There will be a diabetes seminar on March 21 at the Morris Senior Center beginning with a light supper at 5 p.m.

Heart to Heart As Your Parents Age will be presented by the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans on March 29 at the Old No. 1 Southside from 6:30-8 p.m.

Dale Vipond of Alexandria passed away on March 6. Among the family members who survive him are a nephew Doug Gulbrandson and his family.

On March 8, Andy Brevig and I attended the Bible study at St. John's in the morning. In the evening, a good crowd was on hand for the boys quarter-final basketball game in the Morris Area High School gym. The Tigers won in overtime.

Several of us from the Donnelly area attended the open house at Pederson's Agri-Service in Herman on March 9. After dinner it was time for lunch at Larson's Tire Service. Earlier in the day I visited Selma Bruse at the Pullman House. In the afternoon, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Spring Expo in Morris.

Barry and Nancy Erdahl were among the Lions helping serve the pancake breakfast at the Lee Center on March 10.

Several Donnelly area residents attended the Harvest for Hunger pancake breakfast at the Herman American Legion on March 11. Later I attended the Glacial Ridge Assembly at Our Redeemer's in Benson.

The Donnelly Community Club had their annual meeting on March 12. It was another very good year for the club due in large part to another successful Threshing Bee. All directors were re-elected to another term. This year's show will be on Aug. 25 and 26 and will feature Oliver tractors and implements.

Jim and Lou Eystad attended the Legion birthday dinner on March 11 and then visited her aunt Marlys Alm in the West Wind Village.

Bernice Erdahl and I attended Lenten services at First Lutheran on March 14. That evening, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended supper and services at Good Shepherd.

Thanks to Bob Burner, the Co-op manager, for this information:

The Donnelly Co-op had their annual meeting on Feb. 24. Kirby Hufford was reelected for a second three-year term as a director. The co-op had sales of $7.5 million which was up $1.4 million from 2010. Gross margins were up as were local net margins but patronage from regional co-ops were down $57,000 resulting in net margins of $300,00 down from $350,000 in 2010. The co-op returned $82,000 in cash representing 30 percent of 2011 earnings. There was also $24,000 in stock retirements paid out. Patronage returned represents 13 cents on gas 14 cents per gallon on fuels and $25 per ton on fertilizer.

Over the past 31 years the Donnelly Co-op has returned $3.2 million to patrons.

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