If you have any news for me, please leave it in my containers in town, as my black mailbox was knocked off its stand and I doubt I will be able to remount it until spring.
The last week has been almost a repeat of the week before, with cold and blowing and drifting snow. Temperatures have moderated some this week, making it easier to be out and about. It has been a couple of difficult weeks for me due to the weather and I want to say a huge thank you to the neighbors and friends who helped me.
In news from St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: On Jan. 25, Kongsvinger will have services at 8:30 a.m., services at St. John's will be at 11 a.m. with their annual meeting following at noon and a potluck dinner to follow. Please note the change of times for the services. Kongsvinger will have their annual meeting on Feb. 1 at noon followed by a potluck dinner.
The latest edition of the Meyer Mission News is now out. A copy is available in the narthex of each church. If you would like to personally receive a copy either via e-mail or regular mail, please let me know and I will forward your information to them.
Learning Unlimited has rescheduled their January program to Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. The topic is, "Minnesota Climate Change in the Next 100 Years," by Peter Wyckoff, an assistant professor of biology from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Congratulations to Jim and Lou Eystad, who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Jan. 17. I asked if it was this cold and nasty when they got married but she said no because they got married in California.
Congratulations to Jill Loge on her election to the Board of Directors for the Morris Chamber. Jill is married to Ryan, whose dad is Steve Loge of Fargo, formerly of Donnelly.
Congratulations to the following area students who made the dean's list for the first quarter at their schoosl; Dustin Metz at North Dakota State University of Fargo, his parents are Mr. and Mrs. Don Metz; Brandi Sperr at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, her parents are Duane and Lori; Pat Loehr at St. Cloud State University, her parents are Mike and Judy, all of Donnelly.
Thankfully I do not have any deaths to report on this week but I do have a birth. Evelyn Ann Becker was born on Jan. 5, 2009, at the Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia. Her parents are Shelly (Backman) and Kurt Becker of Watertown. Grandparents are Doug and Carol Backman of Alberta, formerly of Donnelly, and Jim and Rosie Becker of Monticello. Great grandparents are Elizabeth Ascheman of Morris, formerly of Donnelly; Winnie Friendshuh of Monticello; and Gordon Krosch of Alberta.
Howard and Deb (Uhden) Kill and some of their family traveled to Isanti on Jan. 14 for the funeral of her cousin, Dawn Goldenstein.
On Jan. 16 several of us attended the visitation for Perry Anderson. Jim and Lou Eystad attended his funeral. Many of you will remember him from his years of service on the FSA board and selling hearing aids in the area.
Several folks from the Donnelly area also attended the funeral for Mae Waller. Many of you remember her from years of running the "Korner Cafe" in Donnelly, where the liquor store is now, the co-op store and working at Johnson (City Center) Drug in Morris.
George Kill's funeral was on Monday. Some of you know his brother, Herb, who lived in the Donnelly area and his son Ted and his family have been very active in 4-H for many years.
On Jan. 18 I took in the Habit for Humanity pancake breakfast at the Legion in Morris. Afterwards I visited with Ruth Strand at her home in Morris. The Jergensons were our neighbors for many years.
On Wednesday, I stopped in to visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson at her home in Donnelly.
Jody and Colleen Wilke of St Cloud were visitors at his mother's, Pearl A Anderson's last weekend.
January 20-26th is paraprofessional week. The following from the Donnelly area work at the Morris Area Schools: Sue (Steve) Erdahl-Nelson; Kris (Philip) Kloos; Lori (Duane) Sperr; Sharon Van Horn.
I talked with Becky Bergstrom last week and asked about her dad, Burton Strand. As I reported a couple weeks ago I visited him in the hospital. Becky said he is now home and feeling better.