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Temperatures have been in the lower 30s this week, meaning some of the ice on sidewalks and parking lots has melted.

In St. John's/ Kongsvinger news: the Kongsvinger annual meeting will be held on Jan. 20 after services, which should be about noon, with a potluck dinner to follow. The annual meeting for St. John's will be on Jan. 27.

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From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: There will be a baby shower for Pastor Mike and his wife Martha today (Saturday) from 1-3 p.m. at the church. They are expecting a boy later this month.

Adult Ed will resume on Jan. 20.

There will be a family movie night on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at Morris Evangelical Free Church. The movie is based on the book, "Golf's Sacred Journey - Seven Days at the Links of Utopia."

There will be an all you can eat pancake breakfast at the Morris American Legion on Jan. 20 sponsored by Habit for Humanity. A free will donation will be collected.

There will be tying of quilts for nursing home veterans on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. John's Church, weather permitting. This event is sponsored by VFW and American Legion auxiliaries. All are welcome to participate. For questions, contact Joan Kopacek at 246-3381.

The Donnelly Rod & Gun Club will hold an ice fishing contest Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Cottonwood Lake.

The Stevens County Republican Party has a tentative meeting date of Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at DeToy's.

According to a notice posted in the Donnelly Post Office, beginning in mid-March, the hours will be from 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will remain the same.

Myles Thorstad of Chokio passed away on Jan. 3. Survivors include his sister, former Donnelly area resident Bernice Boerner and her family; a grandson, Justin Thorstad; and a nephew, Steve Nelson of Donnelly.

Ida (Maggie) Esther Alama of Morris passed away on Jan. 3. Survivors include her brother, Butch Marquet of Donnelly.

Melissa Zimmerman of Chokio is engaged to Erik John Whittemore, son of Dave and Julie Whittemore of Donnelly.

Steve Nelson and I were among those who attended the funeral for Myles Thorstad in Chokio on Jan. 7. His daughter-in-law was my dad's home health care nurse for a number of years.

Enroute home from the funeral, I stopped in Alberta to say goodbye to Kermit Lange who has moved to Montana.

Elroy Frank informs me that his wife has moved to the Knute Nelson Home in Alexandria.

Mark Koepke is still here and will be until he finds another place to live, so feel free to come by and visit him anytime, or give him a call at my home. If all goes as planned we will have him moved here by the time you read this.

Lou Eystad had surgery on her shoulder on Jan. 7. I ran into Jim in the Salvation Army store on Jan. 9 and he said she was doing fine, but was feeling tired.

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