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We had a white, but very cold Christmas, with below zero temperatures and cold winds. The roads are good now but there are some places where it is very slippery.

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From St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish: There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. but no Sunday school. The regular schedule will resume on Jan. 6.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Worship services are at 9 a.m. on Dec. 30 and will be followed by coffee fellowship.

Most Donnelly area businesses will be closed on Jan. 1.

The bank in Donnelly is now closed.

Former Donnelly resident James Flannigan of Alexandria passed away Dec. 20.

Alexander Brian Kolden was born on Nov. 26 to Jeremy and Stacey Kolden of Morris. Grandparents are Bruce and Debra Koehntop of Morris and Debbie Kolden of Morris and the late Arnie Kolden. Great grandparents are LaVonne and Al Watson, Betty Kolden and Marvel Wagner of Hoffman.

Bentlee James Anderson was born on Dec. 20 to Jeremy Anderson and Stacy Ehrp of Donnelly. Grandparents are Rick Ehrp of Chokio, Tammy Ehrp of Morris and Kevin and Sue Anderson of Nisswa.

Deann Recker was a nominee for support staff person of the year at Morris Area School. Vicky Beyer was awarded a 20 year pin, Lori Speer a 10 year pin during staff recognition day at the Morris Area Schools.

On Dec. 19, I met my cousin Jan Melchert at the Dew Drop Inn in Hoffman for some pie and conversation. I also stopped at the Hoffman home to wish Marvel Wagner a Merry Christmas. In the evening, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the final advent service at Good Shepherd.

On Dec. 20, I met Mark Koepke in Fergus Falls. After stopping in Elbow Lake for some business, we traveled to Donnelly for the open houses at the elevator, bank and Post Office in Donnelly, and the Federated Telephone office in Morris. In the evening, we attended the Sunday school program at Kongsvinger.

On Dec. 23, we attended the Sunday school program at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. That evening, we visited my aunt Pearl A. Anderson to wish her a Merry Christmas. On Dec. 24, we attended the candle light service at Good Shepherd. Earlier I attended services at the Morris Evangelical Free Church and in the evening, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at St. John's in Donnelly.

Mark and I also attended Christmas services at Good Shepherd. In the afternoon, we attended the community meal at First Lutheran Church then visited some friends at the West Wing Village to wish them a Merry Christmas.

Mark was my guest for supper on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I talked him into eating some lutefisk, which he kind of liked, having had it only once before in his life.

Sam and Dorothy Johrdheim were guests of Jeff and Gail Gibson and family in Avon on Christmas day.

On Dec. 26, Mark Koepke and I traveled to Alexandria to visit a friend in the Bethany Home. Later we stopped by the Knute Nelson Home to visit Dani Kloos.

Ryan and Anna Weispfenning from Minneapolis spent some time during the Christmas holidays visiting her mother Corinne Larson, grandmother Bertha Larson and other family and friends in the area.

Several family members gathered at the Don Larson home on Dec. 25 for a combination Christmas party and birthday party for Don.

As we conclude another year I want to say Mange Takk to all my loyal readers who have made this column the success that it is.

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