Other than a few minor rains showers, the past week has been hot and dry. The crops and the garden produce that was on display at the Clinton and Herman fairs sure looked very good. I have seen some grain harvesting going on as well as some haying especially in the ditches. When I drove past the Donnelly Co-op on Mon day, they were getting the binder ready to swath the Threshing Bee grain.
From the St. John's/Kongsvinger: The parish is coordinating the second annual block party to be held today (Saturday) at the Threshing Bee grounds in Donnelly. There will be a softball game at 2 p.m. between the fireman and the Rod and Gun club. After the game, about 4 p.m. supper will be served. There will be a free will offering to the Food Shelf. For more information, contact the church office at 246-3211
From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Vacation Bible School will be held on Aug. 8, 15, and 22 beginning with a supper at 5:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church of Morris will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Aug. 4 - 5 with a variety of activities. Contact the church at 589-2970 for a complete schedule.
Jim Hendricks will be in concert at Trinity Lutheran Church of Cyrus on Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. A free will offering will be taken.
The Erik and Karen Harstad family and Gulbrandson family reunion will be held at Kongsvinger Church of rural Donnelly on July 29 beginning with a potluck dinner at noon. Please bring a dish to pass and your own dishes. For more info call Jeanne Ennen at 246-3416.
The annual VFW Auxiliary Cancer Aid Salad Luncheon will be Aug. 2 at the Old No. 1 Southside.
A reminder that July 31 is the deadline for nominations for queen or Little Miss Donnelly.
There will be an open house bridal shower for Brianna Neuman today (Saturday) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Herman.
The Stevens County Republican Party central committee will meet at DeToy's on July 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Caleb Bradley Giese was born on July 11, to Erik and Nichole Giese of Donnelly. Grandparents are Rodney and Linda Giese of Donnelly and Brad and Mary Audette of Brooklyn Park. Great-grandfather is Clarence Giese of Donnelly.
Ed DeLong of Herman passed away on July 19. Survivors include his wife Yvonne, brothers John and Ben and grandsons Ethan, Tate, Shane, and Brody Harstad. I used to work for two sheep farmers in the area so when Ed and his father-in-law, Walt Steger, came to sheer their sheep, it was my job to help catch them.
The theme for the Threshing Bee this year is "The 'Bee,' Something for Everyone." The feature is Oliver and the website is http://www.donnellythreshingbee.com/
Congratulations to Liz Ascheman who received a plaque from the district Legion Auxiliary for her outstanding public relations work.
Congratulations to the Morris VFW baseball team that received the No. 1 seed in the District 5 playoffs. Team members include Brady and Bryce Jergenson, Bo Gullickson, Riley Biesterfield, and John Huebner. Vance Gullickson and Rob Jergenson are coaches of the team. They will host the playoffs this weekend at Chizek Field in Morris.
Congratulations to MaKenzie Smith who won the women's 5K held during Prairie Pioneer Days.
Congratulations to Owen Gibson who placed third at the Prairie Pioneer Days hot shot contest in grade 4-5 division.
Congratulations to Tyler Busse who won first place in the compact class at the Demo Derbies in Clinton on July 28 and at Herman on July 29.
Here are a few results from the Grant County Fair: Janet Hoernemann won the silver tray from MnDak for baking with sugar. Fred Sperr won several grand champions for his woodworking and other things, and Clyde and Brenda Long's children won several purples in 4-H. Bryce and Courtney Lehmann both won their age division in the kids' tractor pull.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the book club at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on July 18. Earlier in the day I visited Verle and Della Dunn in Donnelly.
On July 19, I visited my aunt Pearl Anderson in the hospital. She fell and broke her hip. She has since been moved to the West Wind Village where I visited her and some other friends.
On July 20, I traveled to DeSmet, S.D. to attend their Wilder Pageant and take in some sights around town. I left on July 21, traveling to Clinton for the Big Stone County Fair. I also saw the LTD ride go through Graceville.
Several of us from the Donnelly area attended the golden wedding anniversary celebration for Graham and Iloise Groth in Herman on July 21. That evening, I visited Selma Bruse in Herman.
The Threshing Bee royalty had a busy day on July 21, participating in the Kids' Day parade in Benson in the morning, then the Grant County Fair parade in Herman in the afternoon, and the Miss Morris/Miss Midwest pageant in the evening. The Donnelly Fire Department and Ennen's Repair were also in the Herman parade.