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Some welcome rain fell on Saturday evening/Sunday morning. Crops continue to look good. The garden produce at the Stevens County Fair looked fantastic too. We had some hail on the 15th.

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St. John's/Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St. John's at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 19. This is a change from what was announced earlier. On Aug. 26 the parish will lead services under the big top tent at the Threshing Bee grounds. There will be no services at either church that day.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: VBS will be held on Aug. 22 beginning with a pot luck supper at 5:30 pm. The final book club meeting is also that night following supper. The VBS kids will go to West Wind Village to sing that evening. The Church council meeting will be on Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Please note change of date. Allan Saugstad will have a presentation about his trip to Honduras following coffee hour on Aug. 26.

The Feed My Starving Children packing event will be held Aug. 28, 29, and 30 at the Morris Area Elementary cafeteria. For more info. call Tammy Sperr 589-1729.

Beth Ann Jergenson and Michael Meyer wish to announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Duane and Wendy Jergenson and Michael and Anita Meyer. Her grandparents are David and Jullete Jergenson.

Arline Nelson of Donnelly passed away on Aug. 12. Her funeral is today (Saturday) at St Mary's Church in Chokio. Survivors include her husband Paul and nephew Steve (Sue Erdahl Nelson) and their family.

The Stevens County Fair was held over the weekend. As usual there are too many 4-H awards to list here. There will be a special edition to the paper on Aug. 25 with a list of them. I will have other results in another column.

The Threshing Bee royalty were part of the Hoffman Harvest Festival parade on Aug. 12.

On Aug. 15 I visited with my cousin Jan Melchert and a friend in the Bethany home in Alexandria. En route home I stopped at the Starbuck home to visit Denny Anderson. We had a nice visit during supper. He was in good spirits. More information can be found on his caring bridge website. Jim and Lou Eystad visited him there on Aug. 22.

A good crowd was on hand for the Meet the Candidates event at the Donnelly Hall on Aug. 15. We have eight girls running for Little Miss Donnelly and three for Threshing Bee queen. I will post the info on my blog and list them here next week. Their picture is in today's paper.

At the Community Club meeting on Aug. 13 the possibility of having a tractor cade on Friday, Aug. 24 was discussed. It would start and return from the grounds starting at 9 a.m., go out on Hwy 9 to 13th St., then back to Donnelly on 150th St. For more info. call Dick Wente at 589-1739.

The Threshing Bee, or as we refer to it as our annual "family reunion," will be held on Aug. 25 and 26 at the grounds on the southeast corner of Donnelly. This week I will highlight some activities. Sunday begins with an open-air church service with music provided by Tom and Pearl Horning followed by a classic car show, a parade through downtown, followed by the pony and horse pull and a cash drawing. New this year is a smoke house sponsored by the Donnelly Fire Department.

The Community Club is conducting a silent auction on Aug. 26 near the Depot from 2 - 4 p.m. This fundraiser is to support the upgrade for the royalty float. Any business, individual, or organization that would like to donate an item or cash in addition to what has been donated, may contact Sandy Dunn at 246-3292. She is still looking for pictures of former queens. If you have any let her know.

There will be a work night on the grounds on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. to help get ready for the bee. Help of any kind by anybody before, during, or after the bee is greatly appreciated. All you need do is show up and we will put you to work. A second work night will be held on Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. to take things down and put them away. I can also use help to move the chairs from the tent to the depot on Sunday afternoon after the horse pull.

The area churches will again be serving food on both days. There will be exhibits in the school house and depot, activities on both days include threshing, horseshoe tournament, flea market, demonstrations, log sawing, shingle making, and more. Anyone who wishes to do a demonstration, bring an exhibit(s), share some talent (i.e. play and sing etc.) is welcome to do so. You can just show up or call one of the people listed on the poster.

I know there is at least one rummage sale in town, a bike ride, and there may also be other events around town during the weekend.

This year's feature is Oliver. The theme is "the 'bee' something for everyone." Advance sale buttons are available at various businesses in Donnelly, and all UFMSB locations through Aug. 24, (you save a dollar). You can get a poster at HD & Co. in Donnelly. There are also many up around the area. The website is: donnellythreshingbee.com, e-mail donnellythreshingbee@runestone.net; contact 795-2437, and there is also a Facebook page. I do plan to have my cart on the ground again this year for use by handicapped individuals.

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