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It has been very cold here this week and we have had some light snow on and off.

News from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: The regular schedule resumes this week with services at St John's at 8:30 a.m. and 11 am at Kongsvinger and Sunday school at 9:45 at Kongsvinger.

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The Christmas card club raised $145 for Lutheran Campus Ministry.

From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: the regular schedule resumes with services at 9 a.m., followed by coffee fellowship and Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Adult Ed will resume on Jan. 20.

There will be a baby shower for Mike and Martha Hanson on Jan. 12 from 1-3 p.m. at Good Shepherd. They are expecting a boy later this month.

Former Donnelly area resident Richard Reynolds passed away on Dec. 25.

Bert Willie of Donnelly passed away on Dec. 29. He is survived by his wife Joyce and their family. His parents were the late Henry and Martha Willie. A memorial service will be held later.

There will be tying of quilts for veterans in nursing home on Tuesday Jan. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. John's Church. This event is sponsored by the VFW and American Legion auxiliaries. For details, contact Joan Kopacek at 246-3381.

On Jan. 7, the bookmobile will be in Donnelly at 3:30 p.m. Also that day, the Red Hatters will meet at the Herman Bar and Grill at 9 a.m., the city council meets at 7 p.m. at the city hall and the Rendsville 4-H will meet at 7 pm at the fire hall.

Elroy Frank informs me that this wife Loiann is now a resident of the Barrett Care Center.

Dona Greiner was sworn in as emergency management director for Stevens County. On Dec. 30 we traveled to Hoffman to pick up my computer from Elroy Frank and visit with him a little. Afterwards I stopped to visit Marvel Wagner.

After a lot of prayer and consultation with family and friends, Mark Koepke has decided to move here permanently later this month. He will be staying with me until he finds a place to live. Feel free to call or stop by here if you wish to visit with him.

Jeff Stallman has sold his blacksmith shop in Donnelly to the Sullivan brothers.

Mark Koepke and I attended the open house at the bank in Donnelly on Dec. 28 -- this was the last day of business at the Donnelly location. On returning to Morris, we stopped out to Heartland Motors to visit briefly with Kaylene Mecklenburg. Later we visited Ruth Strand. She and her late husband Stan lived close to Mark's foster parents in Florida for a few years. Later we visited my aunt Pearl A. Anderson in her apartment to wish her a happy new year.

If you have news to share, you can call me at (320) 585-6435; e-mail: aeanders@ fedtel net; mail: 11 E 9th St; or drop your news in the mailboxes in Donnelly or at McCollar Jewelry in Morris.

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