It appears that the groundhog’s predication of an early spring was wrong as we have been subject to very cold temperatures and blizzard conditions over the past few days.
In St. John’s/Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services on Feb. 24 at St. John’s at 11 a.m. with the Sunday school kids singing.
Lenten services are alternating between Kongsvinger (Feb. 27) and St. John’s (March 6) until March 20. There will be coffee and fellowship afterwards.
From Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Lenten services are being held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. until March 20 with a prepared supper at 6 p.m.
The baptismal service for Freddy Hanson will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 at St. John’s Church of Starbuck.
The Northwestern choir and orchestra will perform at the Alexandria Convent church (404 Dakota Avenue) in Alexandria on March 7 at 7 p.m. Matthew Hagestuen is a member of the choir. His parents Dale and Janet Hagestuen are members of Good Shepherd.
World Day of Prayer will be held at First Lutheran Church of Morris on March 1.
The postponed VFW Auxiliary Valentine Party will be held Thursday, Feb.28 at 2 p.m. at the Old No. 1 South Side.
Dennis Stahn of Donnelly passed away on Feb. 17. Survivors include his brothers, Art and Kermit and their families.
Chandler Erickson was named a student of the quarter at Chokio-Alberta High School and was named to the A honor roll.
Nicole Gillespie was named to dean’s list at Minnesota State-Mankato. Her sister Brooke was named to the A honor roll at Chokio-Alberta.
Dona Greiner was one of those from the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department receiving an Award of Excellence Community Resilience Award at the 48th Annual Governor's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference.
Samantha Larson was named to the A honor roll at Herman-Norcross High School. Landon and Levin Strand were named to the B honor roll.
Kourtney Giese received the extra mile award and Sara Stallman received the citizenship award at Morris Area High School.
The past week has been National FFA week. Students in the dairy foods competition included Sara Stallman and Melanie Van Horn; in nursery landscaping, Beth and Becca Holland; Brady Jergenson competes on the soils team and food service team; Rebekah Aanerud earned a trip to the state with her presentation in the Farm Bureau discussion meet; the ag sales team includes Tom Holland; Melanie Van Horn is on the small animals team: Amy Disselkamp participates in crops evaluation; Carly Gullickson and Beth Holland are on the food science team. Those who will be receiving state degree awards are Sara Stallman, Tom Holland, Rebekah Aanerud, and Tyler Heinrichs. Earning proficiency awards were Tom Holland in ag mechanics and Jake Moser in beef production. The Morris chapter has about 100 members.
Mark Koepke and I had an opportunity to visit Cal and Jan Bumgardner on Feb. 14. Jan said they recently had two new great children born in Idaho. Mark’s dad used to drive truck for Cal.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Ash Wednesday services at Good Shepherd on Feb. 13. Earlier in the day I attended the open house at Morris Bearing.
Mark Koepke and I attended the Niemackl fundraising breakfast in Herman. Ed Ellison said future projects out there include staining the bridge and putting a new foundation under the granary. The park day is scheduled for Sept. 8 and they may have a workday out there this summer.
On Feb. 20, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Lenten services at Good Shepherd. Lou says John, Barb and Connie and other family members were home this weekend to help her aunt Marlys Alm celebrate her 98th birthday.
I have recently reactivated the Donnelly news page on Facebook.