I hope you had a Merry Christmas.
We managed to get through the last week with out any major storms but we still a had a few minor ones that resulted in some more snow, some blowing and drifting and some very cold temperatures. It has been another busy week for the snow blowers, scoops, shovels, etc. I see the snowmobilers are out in full force as I am sure are other winter sports enthusiasts. I understand that Dunns have been out on the trails with the groomer so they should be ready now. Please remember to stay on the trails whenever possible and obey all the signs.
In news from St. John's/ Kongsvinger: The Sunday School kids will present their annual Christmas program during joint services at St. John's at 10 a.m. on Jan 4. The program will be followed by a shortened worship service.
If you have anything to be included in the annual reports, please submit it to the parish office by Jan. 5.
Services will be broadcast on KMRS 1230 AM three times in the coming year: March 1, Oct. 25, and Dec. 27. If you would like to sponsor a broadcast in honor and/or memory of someone, please contact the parish office.
Bishop Jon Anderson of the Southwest Minnesota Synod will be the guest speaker at the West Central Area Word Alone chapter meeting today (Saturday) at St. John's in Donnelly. There will be coffee at 9:30 a.m. with the program at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Funeral services for Pat Cady of Donnelly will be held today (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m at the Assumption Catholic Church in Morris.
There will be a Kindermusic demo at the Morris Public Library on Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m. For more info contact Tami Sperr at 246-3218.
Congratulations to Robyn Werk and Brad Amthauer of Spencer, Iowa on their engagement. They will be married in Spencer in May. Her parents are Bob and Phyllis Werk of Herman.
Congratulations to former Donnelly area resident Gordon Fredricskon on the publication of his latest book "A Farm Country Christmas Eve." One of my predecessors, Delmar Holdgrafer did some of the illustrations for some of his previous books.
Several former Donnelly area residents attended the community Christmas dinner at First Lutheran Church in Morris on Dec. 25. After dinner I traveled to the West Wind Village and had a nice visit with Harold McRoberts, who has recently become a resident there.
Verle and Della Dunn entertained family members at their home in Donnelly on Dec. 24.
On Dec. 25, Don, Algene, and Kristi Larson visited Ellen Mischke at the West Wind Village in Morris.
Joyce Steuck and Steve Fults had Christmas dinner with his sister Yvonne at the West Wind Village on Dec. 25. Steve thought Yvonne should be able to come home in another week or so.
On Dec. 30 several of us stopped into Willie's Super Valu to wish Audray Henrichs good luck in his retirement. He has been working at Willie's since 1965 and there will be many who will miss seeing his friendly face in the store.
Sam and Dorothy Jordhiem traveled to Avon over Christmas to visit their daughter Gail and her family. While there, they took in their grandkids' Christmas program at church. Gail, Jenna and Owen Gibson were visitors at her parents home on Dec. 29 and returned home on Dec. 30.
Pearl A. Anderson was a guest of her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Peggy Wilke at their home in Donnelly on Christmas Eve. On Friday her daughter Nancy Seers and several members of her family including Pearl's great-great grandson Dakota were visitors at her home. They had a five generations picture taken. Jim and Bonnie Fabian and some of their family also stopped in to visit last week.
Jim and Lou Eystad traveled to Springfield on Dec. 25 and returned on Dec. 26. They were guests of Rev. Luther Johnson and Sarah and Karena. They are doing very well in their new home and ministry. On Dec. 27, the Eystads visited Lou's aunt Marlys Alm in Morris. They also visited David and Lavonne Day in Morris one day last week to wish him a happy birthday.
A quick reminder as to how you can get news to me -- by e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org (please put Donnelly news in subject line), call me 320-246-3227 or 320-219-1053, or write to me at 12103 Cty. Rd. 9, Donnelly, MN 56235. I also have a container for news in my black mailbox as well as containers at the Post Office and HD & Co.
Finally I wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!