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The weather has been sunny and mild for the most part. I have seen some beans being harvested as well as some corn being picked and sugar beet harvest is in full swing.

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In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: The fall schedule starts on Sept. 16 with services at 8:30 a.m. at St. John's, Sunday school at Kongsvinger at 9:45 a.m. and services 11 a.m. at Kongsvinger.

KCLW guest night will be held on Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Kongsvinger. The program will be "Angels Among Us" by Wayne and Donna Jo Kopietze.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: The 2x4 Family Band (Jerry and Molli Orpheum and family) from Grand Rapids will be in concert at the church on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. with lunch to follow. They will also be playing and singing at services on Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. and during coffee hour afterwards. Everyone is welcome. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, check out the website twobyfourfamilyband.com or call the church at 585-6868. Molli Orpheum is the daughter of Jan and the late Dr. Alfred Trumble of Morris. I am sponsoring this concert in memory of my mom and dad.

The Church of the Assumption of Mary will have their annual September Fest on Sept. 16 beginning with an outdoor mass at 10 a.m. and continuing with various events throughout the day. A dinner will be served starting at 11 a.m.

Niemackl Lake Park Day will be held on Sept. 15 at the park located about halfway between Herman and Donnelly. There will be a dinner served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. along with a raffle drawing and other events.

The bookmobile will be in Donnelly on Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

The Fourth annual Non-Profit Resource Expo will be held on Sept. 17 at the Morris Area High School from 5-8 p.m. For information, call the Morris Chamber at 589-1242.

There will be an open house bridal shower for Ashley Mecklenburg, bride to be of David Olson, today (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church, 601 Lyndale Ave., in Morris. Ashley is the daughter of Loren and Kaylene Mecklenburg of Morris and David is the son of Keith and Sheila Olson of Victoria.

Savannah Lee Holzheimer was born July 5 in Bismarck, N.D., to Daniel and Staci Holzheimer of Bismarck. Grandparents are Jeff and Sandy Anderson of Cyrus and Warren and Marsha Holzheimer of Holloway. Great-grandparents are Marlene Bruland of Cyrus, Yvonne Anderson of Glenwood, Leo and Goldie Wente of Benson and Rhoda Holzheimer of Morris.

Alvin D. Storbakken of Britton, S.D. passed away on Sept. 5. Survivors include his sister, former Donnelly area resident, Mable Realdson. I have posted a copy of his obituary on my blog. Mable, along with her son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Beth Realdson of Paynesville, attended his funeral on Sept. 10.

A good crowd was on hand for the Chamber Welcome Picnic on Sept. 6 in Morris.

Earlier that day, the Stevens County Genealogical Society had their meeting at the Morris Public Library. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 4.

I attended the reception for Kurt Bills, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Morris last week.

Several of us from the Donnelly area spent some time in Dalton over the weekend at their threshing show. Our Little Miss royalty were in the Dalton parade Saturday morning, and Callista Kill was also in the "Parade of Giants" on the grounds Saturday afternoon.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Rally Sunday activities at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Sept. 9. Later we traveled to the Dennis Solvie farm to see his collection of Minneapolis Molines.

The Donnelly Community Club had their meeting on Sept. 5. The 2012 Threshing Bee was definitely a success, with good weather, crowds and participation in various events. Button sales and other revenue sources were about the same as they have been for the past several years. Next year's event is Aug. 24 and 25 and the feature will be gas engines. Earlier that day I attended the monument open house at the Pedersen Funeral Home.

I spent Sept. 11 and 12 at Big Iron in Fargo. En route home I stopped and had lunch with Mark Koepke. If any of you are heading up that would like to meet him, the best way to reach him is via e-mail fire bird357@yahoo.com or message him on Facebook. He does not have a phone so you can contact me and I will pass the information along to him.

Dorothy Jordheim reports that four carloads of Frank family members made the trip from Minnesota to Burlington, Kan. for Bob Baldwin's funeral.

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