After spending most of last week in the deep freeze, temperatures have moderated some this week. It is still very icy out there and even hardy Minnesotans are getting tired of it. The groundhog did not see his shadow on Saturday so we are supposed to have an early spring.
In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: Ash Wednesday services will be at Kongsvinger on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Services will alternate thereafter between St. John’s (Feb. 20) and Kongsvinger (Feb. 27) until March 20. There will be coffee and fellowship afterwards.
From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Lenten services start with Ash Wednesday services on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., and continue every Wednesday until March 20. There will be no supper on Ash Wednesday, but there will be supper on the following Wednesdays at 6 p.m. It is not potluck this year.
New member Sunday is Feb. 17.
St. Mary's School of Morris will be holding their Annual Dinner/Auction on Feb. 16 at The Old No. 1 Southside. Social hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.
An open house bridal shower honoring Melissa Zimmerman, bride to be of Erik Whittemore, will be held today (Saturday) from 9-11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio.
An open house baby shower for Daphne Nicole, infant daughter of Jessica Bergstrom and Joe Oelke will be held today (Saturday), from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. Please bring diapers and/or wipes for a special drawing.
There are a number of changes occurring at the post office in Donnelly beginning next week. Nadine Heck, who has been the officer in charge, has been transferred back to Morris. Mary Schultz will be taking her place, and Rose Athey will remain the rural mail carrier. Window hours will be from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Niemackl Park pancake fundraiser will be held on Feb. 17 at the Herman American Legion from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Former Donnelly area resident Harriet "Myrta" Diehl passed away on Jan. 31. Ruth Strand and I attended her funeral on Feb. 4 in Morris.
Eleanor "Ellie" Logan, formerly of Chokio, passed away on Feb. 2. Survivors include her husband, former Donnelly area resident Sam Logan, and daughter Jeri Erickson. I attended her visitation on Feb. 2.
Darrell "Bud" Johnson of Chokio passed away on Feb. 2. Survivors include a sister, Lorraine Awsumb.
Stella Charlotte Lair was born on Nov. 30, 2012 in Bemidji to Ryan and Jackie (Kill) Lair. Grandparents are Mike and Rhonda Lair of Morris and Nick and Sandy Kill of Morris. Great-grandparents are Barb and Don Rilley of Chokio, Kermit and Karen Stahn of Morris, Jim and Ruth Lair of Rochester, and Jean and Ron Anderson of Nisswa. Great-great-grandmother is Marlys Alm of Morris formerly of Donnelly.
Tom Holland was a Triple AAA (arts, athletics and academics) winner at Morris Area High School.
Jim and Lou Eystad served cake and coffee at Good Shepherd Church on Feb. 2 in honor of their 59th wedding anniversary.
Jody Wilke visited his mom Pearl A. Anderson over the weekend. I visited with Pearl on Feb. 5.
The Morris High School class of ‘73 is planning a 40th class reunion in June. We are looking for names, addresses, e-mail addresses, for class members. If you are a member of the class or a family member of one and have such information, you can e-mail Ginger Nohl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Concordia (Moorhead) band will be in concert in Morris at the elementary music hall today (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. They will be joined by the Morris Area High School wind ensemble. A free will offering will be collected.
Every so often I like to remind everybody about my contact info: my e-mail address is aeanders@fed tel.net. My phone numbers are 585-6435 (h) 288-8692 (c) and the mailing address is: 11 East 9th Street, Morris MN 56267.
The Morris Sun Tribune has launched a new website so here is the new location for my column http://www.morrissuntribune.com/tags/donnelly-news.