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It is nice to hear that so many of you are reading and enjoying this column.

A couple inches of snow combined with some blowing and drifting last weekend meant that the snow removal equipment that had been sitting idle was put back into service. We did have a very nice day on Tuesday when the temperature soared to about 40 degrees, but on Thursday, we had a winter storm and a return to cold weather.

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In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish: Our services will be broadcast on KMRS 1230 AM on March 1 at 11 a.m.

Last year our parish debuted a very successful version of "Family Feud." Our second annual event is planned for next month and a survey in preparation for it is included in the February newsletter. When you have it filled out please give it to Sandy Dunn, put it in the box in the narthex of each church or mail or leave it at the parish office. Please return by March 1.

Congratulations to the officers who were installed at St. John's and Kongsvinger on Feb. 22. Officers for St. John's include president Karen Janachovsky, Judy Burner, Janice Kaehler, Roland and Jan Greiner, Tim Root and Lou Eystad. Those elected at Kongsvinger are president Ray Kill, Nancy Henrichs, Algene Larson, Gail Kloos, Ray Kill, Mike Melchert and Corinne Larson-Tufton.

Weekly Lenten services will continue through Easter alternating between St. John's and Kongsvinger. Supper will be at 5:30 and services at 6:45 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

As you clean out your closets and houses this spring, please remember that St. John's is looking for donated items for grab bags and their rummage sale for their spring fling on April 18. If you have something for them, please bring it to the church by April 10th. Contact the church office for more information.

World Day of Prayer will be held on March 6 at Federated Church in Morris at 1:30 pm.

The Glacial Ridge Conference Assembly will be held on March 1 from 2-4 pm at East Zion Lutheran Church of Starbuck. On the agenda is the nomination of candidates for bishop. Bishop Jon Anderson's term expires and he is eligible for another term.

East Zion of Starbuck will have a Klub Supper on Feb 28th. Assumption Church of Morris will have a St Patrick's Day dinner on March 15. St Mark's Church of Benson will have a luncheon on March 15.

Former National teacher of the year Guy Doud will be the speaker at St Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio on March 1st at 11:45 a.m., following the 10:30 a.m. mass. After his program there will be a dinner at the church.

The West Central Area Word Alone chapter will meet on March 7 at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Hancock. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Jim Olson, publisher of the book, "By What Authority." For more info call Lauren Sansness at 320-795-2477.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society will have a meeting on Thursday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Morris Public Library. The program will be the first in a series of travel and genealogy in Norway. Part 1: Heritage tour of Oslo, Bergen and the scenery in between via train and ferry presented by the Kopacek family of Donnelly. We are also still looking for a new board member. New members are also welcome.

There are three events in Morris on March 7: a seed-cleaning event, a genealogy workshop, and a benefit for Casey Lesmeister.

The seed cleaning event will be held in the basement conference room at the Morris Wetlands Office (43875 230th Street) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with lunch provided at noon. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Wetlands office at 589-1001. They will also host a snowshoe event that day too.

At 1 p.m. there will be a genealogy workshop at the Stevens County Museum, led by Harold Hinds. For more information or to make reservations, please call 589-1719.

The benefit spaghetti supper for Casey Lesmeister and his family of Donnelly will be held from 4-7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris, free will offering. His parents are Tom and Roxanne Lesmeister of Morris; grand parents are Della and Verle Dunn and the late Robert Stevenson of Donnelly. There will also be a silent auction starting at Faith Lutheran and concluding at 8 p.m. at the Old #1 Southside. A dance will be held at the Southside from 7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. with a free will admission.

"Habitat for Humanity" will be serving a pancake breakfast during the hockey tournament in Morris on March 8 at the American Legion in Morris from 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Sadly I have three more deaths to report on this week: Pat Carstens of Donnelly passed away Feb. 22. Yvonne Fults of Donnelly passed away Feb. 23. Ellen Mischke of Morris, formerly of Westbrook passed away Feb. 24. Ellen is survived by her daughter Algene (Don) Larson of Donnelly.

Thankfully, I also have some happy news: a daughter, Breanna Nichole Giese, was born Feb. 11, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital to Erik and Nichole Giese of Donnelly. Grandparents are Linda and Rodney Giese of Donnelly and Brad and Mary Audette of Brooklyn Park. Great grandparents are Clarence Giese of Donnelly and Jenny Audette of Fridley.

This is FFA week. Some of the Donnelly area students who are involved in FFA are: Natalie Johnson (Lee and Judy), Kendra Speer (Duane and Lori); and Sami Searle (Brad and Amy). In addition, several members of Jon and Lori (Kruize) Moser family are also FFA members.

Congratulations to Dale Ennen who recently celebrated his 50th birthday.

Congratulations to Brad Giese on his new job as a crop agent for State Farm Insurance in Morris.

Congratulations to the Morris/CA girls basketball team which finished a very successful regular season by clinching 2nd place in the conference and the #1 seed in the section. Some of the girls on the team with Donnelly connections are Alyssa Melberg (Jay and Penny), Alisha Roske (Russell and Holly) and Nichole Gillespie (Curt and Judy).

Steve Fults and I were among those who took in the legislators' town meeting with Rep. Westrom and Sen. Ingebrigtsen at DeToy's in Morris on Feb. 21.

Dorothy Hilla Eissel and I were visitors at Pearl A. Anderson's home in Donnelly on Feb. 22.

When I learned this week that I had lost a couple of friends who were residents of the West Wind Village, I decided I had better take time to do some visiting. On Feb. 25, I had a nice visit with Harold McRoberts and other Donnelly area residents.

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