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I want to wish my mom a happy Mother's Day up in heaven.

The weather has been a mixture of some nice sunny days and a few days of rain. On my trip to Donnelly on Wednesday, I saw that there are still a fair number of fields that needed to be planted yet.

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From St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: There will be joint services with Holy Communion at St. John's on May 20 at 11 a.m. This will be baccalaureate Sunday with a brunch at 10 a.m. Our graduates will be honored during the services. The Sunday school kids will also sing and awards will be presented. If you have a graduate this year, please let the parish office know.

There will be a special meeting after services on May 20 for St. John's members to consider an amendment to their constitution.

The women's book club will meet on May 23 at 1:30 p.m. at Jeanne Ennen's house. Please note change of date.

In news from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: On May 20, Erin Koehntop from Someplace Safe will be leading an adult forum after services.

There is now a phone at the church, 320- 585-6868.

Tickets are now on sale for the New Wine performances at First Lutheran on May 12 and 13.

The Donnelly Community Club will meet at 7 p.m. on May 14 in the Donnelly Hall.

"We Walk By Faith" ladies tea will be held at the First Baptist Church in Morris on May 18.

Doug Ohman will present a program, "Libraries of Minnesota" at the Morris Public Library on May 14 at 6:30 pm.

The Donnelly firemen will meet on May 14 at 7 p.m. at the fire hall.

The state Republican party will have their convention on May 18 and 19 in St. Cloud.

There will be a Syttende Mai luncheon at First Lutheran Church in Morris on May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For advance tickets, call 320-760-4431. Tickets will also be available at the door.

There will be city wide garage sales in Donnelly on May 18 and 19.

There will be a CPR class at the Stevens County Ambulance garage on May 23 at 7 p.m.

Bruce Kyle Erdahl was born on May 1 to Aaron and Kayla Erdahl. Grandparents are Steve and Sue Erdahl-Nelson and the late Bruce Erdahl, and Kevin and Sherry Wohlers, great grandparents are Bernice Erdahl and Connie Wohlers.

The following were awards winners from the Morris chapter at the State FFA convention: Beth Holland, Jonna Moser, and Rebekah Aanerud were members of the novice parliamentary team that won bronze; Melanie Van Horn was a member of the ag issues team that placed second, Jesse Disselkamp was a member of the ag mechanics team that won bronze, Jake Moser was a member of the general livestock program that won gold; Cody Eystad took bronze in soil, Jesse Disselkamp was a member of the small animals team that took bronze overall, Becca and Beth Holland were members of the nursery team that finished seventh, Tom Holland was a member of the ag services team that took third, Kaitlin Van Horn and John Huebner were members of the farm management team that took silver. Among the proficiency award winners were Jake Moser in diversified ag production, Kallin Van Horn in vegetable production, and Brody Bahr in swine production placement. Jake Moser was a state FFA degree recipient. As a chapter they had the highest attendance of any chapter in Minnesota. They placed eighth overall in the national chapter award program, second in the ag literacy challenge and placed in the top ten in the land of service project. The chapter also received $2500 from Mark and Karen Van Horn, who won the money for them in the "Grow Communities Program" sponsored by Monsanto.

At the BPA national convention held recently in Chicago, Sydney Beyer was named a torch bearer, and Carly Gullickson a national BPA intern.

Congratulations to Joan and Jerry Kopacek, Virene Olson, and Liz Aschman who were recently elected as officers of the VFW auxiliary.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls track team continues to have a very successful season. They recently finished first at the Melrose quad and fourth at the Little Crow in New London. Kourtney Geise placed first in 800, Rebekah finished second in the 100 hurdles and in the 300. Beth Holland was a member of the 4x100, the 4x 200, and 4x400 relay teams that took first. She also placed fifth in the high jump. Kourtney and McKenzie Smith were members of the 4x800 relay team that also placed first. McKenzie also finished first in the 3200 meter run and second in the discus.

At the Little Crow meet, Kourtney took fifth in the 800, she and Beth were members of the 4x400 relay team that place third, and Kourtney was a member of the 4x800 relay team that placed third. McKenzie took first in 1600 and second in the 3200 meter races. Rebekah finished 14th in the 100 hurdles and 11th in the 300. Beth was a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams that finished first.

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