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It continues to be very hot but not as humid and we are badly in need of rain. Crops continue to look good despite everything.

From the St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish: There will be joint services on July 15 at Kongsvinger at 10:15 a.m. David Holtz, executive director of Luther Crest, is the guest speaker. The next communion service will be on July 22, when the regular service schedule will resume.

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There will be a special meeting at Kongsvinger on July 15 following services regarding the shingling/ repair of the church.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: July 15 is new member Sunday.

The Red Hatters will meet on July 20 at 11 a.m. at the 4-H food stand in Herman. The Grant County Fair is July 19-22.

There will be a benefit supper and silent auction for Tyler Smith on July 19 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Inn in Morris. There will be a free will offering. His parents are Nathan and Heather Smith, grandparents are Roger and Sherry Gausman of Alberta, and Richard and Suzanna Smith of Morris, great grandmother is Pauline Smith. You can mail donations to Colleen Neal, Box 132, Alberta, MN 56207. Make checks out to Thrivent Financial.

Chandra Busse and Steve Schmitz, both of Sauk Centre, announce their engagement. Chandra is the daughter of James and Julie Busse of Appleton; her grandparents are Verle and Della Dunn of Donnelly. Steve is the son of Florian and Rosella Schmitz of Sauk Centre.

Caden Shane Wevley was born to Shane and Holly Jo Wevley of Elbow Lake. Grandparents are Sherman and Sheeree Long of Hoffman, Kathy Wevley and John Jensen of Barrett, great grandparents are Virginia Long and Esther Wevley of Morris

Eugene J. Lesmeister passed away on July 5. Survivors include his sons Tony of Donnelly, Tom and Roxanne of Morris and their family; grandson Casey (Danielle) and their family and granddaughter Audrey (Steve Larson) McNally of Donnelly. Some of you will remember that he used to come up to the Threshing Bee and split wood. Verle and Della Dunn and I attended his visitation on July 9 and I also attended his funeral.

The following were award winners at the Owl basketball camp: third place for 5th grade boys-Bennett Neinhaus; third place for 3rd grade boys-Tristan Raths; second place for 2nd grade boys- Jackson Loge.

Congratulations to Elroy and Loraine Frank who are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary this weekend.

Andy Brevig and I were among those who attended the 4th of July celebration at Kongsvinger and the Stevens County Republican party central committee meeting on July 5. The next meeting is scheduled for July 30.

The Threshing Bee royalty had a busy weekend. On July 7, they participated in the Hancock and Wendell parades and Kamern Sperr was in the Starbuck parade on July 8. The Donnelly Fire Department was also a part of the Hancock parade. After the Hancock parade, I watched part of the tractor pull. Later I attended part of the bluegrass jam at Della Conroy's house. I also traveled to Herman to help with some painting at the fairgrounds and went back to Hancock for the fireworks show that evening.

After the Wendell parade I stopped to visit Vivian Johnson.

After the Starbuck parade I visited several friends including Donna Frank and Inga Mae Urke.

The Community Club is planning a fund raiser during the Threshing Bee to refurbish the float. I will have more details later.

The queen committee is still in search of past Donnelly Threshing Bee royalty photo duplicates for our Depot display. If you or someone you know served as Threshing Bee royalty, please contact Sandy Dunn at 246-3292.

On June 29, Jim and Lou Eystad attended the open house for Renne (Boursea) Thompson in Hoffman, honoring her for 20 years of being in business.

Joan Kopacek and I attended the fellowship and evangelism committee meeting at St. John's on July 9, We made plans for the block party to be held on July 28 at the Threshing Bee grounds. I will have more details next week.

Joan and Jerry Kopacek and I attended the Runestone Telephone Association meeting in Barrett on July 11. Enroute I stopped to visit my cousin Bev Hurlbut and a friend at the Barrett Care Center.

A quick reminder as to how you can get news to me - by e-mail: aeanders@fedtel.net (please put Donnelly news in subject line), call me 320-585-6435 or 320-288-8692, or write to me at 11 E 9th St., Morris, MN 56267. I also have a container for news at the Post Office and HD & Co. in Donnelly and at McCollar Jewelry in Morris.

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