The weather has been sunny and mild for the most part, with a few rain showers that have helped to freshen things up around here. Crops continue to look good although I understand there are some soybean aphids in the area.
From the St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish: There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on Sept. 2 at 10:15 a.m. This is a change from what was announced earlier. Sept. 9 is Rally Sunday with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and joint services at Kongsvinger at 11 a.m.
From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: There will be a potluck brunch dinner after services on Sept. 13.
Ella Jo Gulbrandson was born on Aug. 21 to Brent and Kim Gulbrandson of Elbow Lake. Grandparents are Janet Hoernemann of Herman, Ben De Long of Stillwater, Gary and Bonnie Gulbrandson of Donnelly. Great grandparents are Pat Hoernemann of Morris, Ben and Vonna De Long of Alexandria, Arlene Gulbrandson of Herman, and Hazel Vestrum of Hoffman.
Russell Kolden of Mound passed away on Aug. 23. Survivors include his aunt, former Donnelly area resident Norma Osterman.
Most Donnelly area businesses will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.
There will be an open house 25th wedding anniversary celebration for former Donnelly area residents Jon and Jolene Cin today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at the Prairie Inn, Morris. Refreshments and cake will be served.
There will be an open house wedding dance for Brianna Neuman and Ben Summer at the Prairie Inn from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 8
The Rendsville 4-H, Donnelly firemen and Donnelly Community Club will meet on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.
The Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet on Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Morris Public Library.
A salute to Cold War veterans, who served from Feb. 1, 1955 - Feb. 27, 1961, will be held on Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at Old No. 1 Southside.
Congratulations to the following who were among grand champion winners in open class and homemakers at the Stevens County Fair: Steve Werk, Mary Anderson Stahn, Elsie Lonergan, Shirley Libbon, Peggy Horning, Elaine Harstad, Bernice Erdahl. Also Sandy Dunn won an award for the best booth display in the commercial building and the VFW placed second. Tyler Busse had two cars in the demo derby. He placed second in one class and first in the other.
The Rendsville 4-H won grand champ in banner, community pride, reporters and Secretary Book. The Stampede Club was reserve champion in the same except for community pride. One of the things that the Rendsville club did this year was build a trophy case for the fire hall to hold trophies and awards for the club and the fire department.
It was another great weekend for the Threshing Bee with good crowds both days.
Here are the results of the queen coronation Saturday evening.
Little Miss Donnelly is Callista Kill. Her parents are Joe and Julie Kill; grandfather is Dick Cady.
Little Miss Princess is Courtney Lehman. Her parents are Nick and Laura; grandparents are Paul and Nancy Thompson, and great grandparents are Glen and Gertie Werk.
The 2012 Threshing Bee Queen is Kourtney Giese. Her parents are Brad and Kristi; grandparents are Wally and Marlys Giese.
The Princess is Samantha Heinrichs. Her parents are Scott and Dawn; grandparents are Audray and Nancy Heinrichs.
I will have more results from the Bee in a later column.
Mark Koepke and I attended the New Horizons Ag Services customer appreciation picnic on Aug. 23 and the 90th birthday party for Lee Pederson in Herman on Monday, Aug. 24. We also visited my aunt Pearl Anderson in her apartment in Morris on Aug. 21 and Arden Frank at his apartment on Aug. 27. On Aug. 29, Mark and I were part of a group that helped pack meals at the Feed My Starving Children event in Morris. Our group packed enough meals to feed 70 children for a year. That evening, we were guests of Peggy Wischnak at the Pizza Ranch.
Mark has been enjoying his time here, visiting with some people he has not seen in 32 years. His address is 301 12th Street East, West Fargo, ND 58078. Robert (Bobby) Koepke's address is 333 Daphne Circle, Orlando, FL 32833. His foster brother Jimmy also lives in the Orlando area. His foster sister Linda lives in Wisconsin. He is enjoying his stay here so much, he is considering moving here permanently.
It was another case of many hands make light work as another good crew was on hand on Aug. 28 to help take the fences down and put things away at the Threshing Bee grounds.
The fall sports season is underway. McKenzie Smith picked up where she left off last year in cross county, finishing second in the 14 team Tiger Invitational and leading the team to a fifth place finish.
I recently learned that Sherri (Bob) Leegard is in the St. Cloud Hospital. Her Caring Bridge web site is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sherylleegaard1
You can also get information about Denny Anderson at http://www. caringbridge.org/visit/dennisanderson