Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. Please note that my news boxes are at HD & Co. and the Post Office in Donnelly and McCollar Jewelry in Morris but not in my black mailbox. That got knocked down during the winter and I have not gotten it remounted yet.
There is a saying in Minnesota that if you don't like the weather just wait five minutes and it will change. Last week we went from a high of 90 degrees on Thursday to a low of about 30 degrees on Friday. I have seen a few fields planted in the area and a few farmers have been out picking rocks, spreading fertilizer, etc., but it will probably be at least next week before fieldwork gets going in earnest.
One of the ways I know spring is here is seeing the "snowbirds" returning. Welcome back to Donnelly!
In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: Welcome the two newest members of the parish who were baptized at Kongsvinger on April 25: Lydia Suzanne Pollard and Scarlet Madeline Bergstrom-McKee. Lydia's sponsors were Lucas Lesmeister and Mindy Eystad: her parents are BJ and Christy Pollard, grandparents are David and Bonnie Haynes; Scarlet's sponsors were Jermyah and Nicole Wittern and Andrea and Samantha Bergstrom; her parents are Jessica Bergstrom and Don McKee Jr.; grandmother is Becky Bergstrom. Great grandparents of both girls are Burton and Irene Strand.
The April edition of the Meyer Mission News is now out. Copies are available in the narthex of each church.
The Southwest Minnesota Women of the ELCA convention will be held May 7-8 at First Lutheran Church in Marshall.
"New Wine" will present their musical 'The Ark' on May 10, 13, 16 and 17 at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Advance sale tickets for the dinner and the show are now on sale at the church.
May 7 is the National Day of Prayer. In Morris a prayer gathering will be held at noon at the public library.
There are several events in the area today (Saturday). The West Central Word Alone chapter will meet at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. with a program at 10 a.m. Rev. Norm Olsen will speak on what Word Alone stands for in contrast to thinking what it is against.
The women of First Lutheran Church are sponsoring an event entitled "Mom wanted to go fishing on Mother's Day," featuring the group Sarah's Harmony at 10:30 a.m.
The Stevens County Museum will have a genealogy workshop at 1 p.m. today.
On Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m., there will be a ceremony at the Old #1 Southside in Morris honoring all area Korean War veterans. Anyone who served in the armed forces from July 1950 to January 1955 is encouraged to attend. For more information, please call 589-3275.
There will be a bridal shower for Melissa Simpson and Carl Lemme on Sunday, May 3 at the Swiftel Convention Center, Room D, in Brookings S.D.
There will be an open house bridal shower in honor of Toni Kloos, bride to be of Jon Hughes, on Saturday, May 9 from 3-5 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. There will also be an open house bridal shower for her on May 16 at the Kongsvinger parish hall from 9-11 a.m. Her parents are Phil and Kris Kloos; grandparents are Herb and Carol Kloos, all of Donnelly and Beatrice Fermoyle of Morris.
The Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet on May 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Morris Public Library.
The Donnelly Community Club will have their monthly meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall.
Learning Unlimited will meet on May 13 at 1 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. The program will be "Childhood Interrupted - City Under Siege" by Ann Lauer and Marynel Ryan Van Zee.
John Speer of Hastings, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on April 22. He has several brothers and sisters in the area that are among the family members that survive him.
Jadyn Lee Kellen was born April 20 at Stevens Community Medical Center to Ryan and Tanya Kellen of Norcross. Grandparents are David and Marsha Kellen from Wheaton and Douglas Gulbrandson from Herman formerly of the Donnelly area and Patrick and Sheryl Waste from Maple Lake. Great grandparents are: Sylvia Volker from Herman and Pearl Struck from Rogers and LeVern and Laura Kellen from Fort Walton, Fla.
MaryBeth Kopel and Jerad Wilkinson announce their engagement. MaryBeth is the daughter of Robert and Kathleen Kopel, grandmother is Evelyn Kopel, all of Donnelly. Jerad is the son of John and Lorna Wilkinson of West Fargo, N.D. A June 20, 2009 wedding is planned in Morris.
Congratulations to Levin Strand and Keaton Long who were among the Cub Scouts honored at their Blue gold Banquet in Herman recently. Levin's parents are Jason and Jodi Strand of Herman grandparents are Vern Strand of Donnelly and Cathy Strand of Sioux Falls, S.D. Keaton's parents are Clyde and Brenda Long, grandparents are Adolph and Virginia Long.
Congratulations to Mitchell Peterson who was admitted to NDSU with distinction as an honor student. His parents are Joe and Deb of Donnelly.
On April 24 several of us took in the citywide garage sales in Donnelly. I also stopped to visit my aunt, Mrs. Albert Anderson. Later I took in the ABC Sale at Zion.
That evening, many of us took in the Cattlemen's supper at the Armory. As usual the members of the association did an excellent job of preparing and serving the meal. En route home I stopped to visit with Jim and Lou Eystad at their home in Donnelly.
On April 25, I attended the Stevens Community Humane Society meeting at the Common Cup in Morris.
On April 12, Jim and Lou Eystad drove to Willmar where they met Rev. Luther, Sarah and Karena Johnson for dinner. They also spent several days this week in Springfield with Sarah and Karena while Luther attended the Word Alone convention in Golden Valley, Minn.
On April 22, I took in the open house at the Regional Fitness Center in Morris and later the "Green Energy Builders Conference" at the Prairie Inn. Former Donnelly resident David Fluegel was the moderator for the conference
On April 26 several of us attended the Neimackl Lake Park fund raising pancake breakfast at the Legion in Herman. They are raising money to repair the observation tower and other improvements for the park. In the afternoon, I traveled to Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan for the bishops forum featuring candidates Bishop Jon Anderson and Rev. Scott Groud.
Harold McRoberts of Morris, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on April 23. He worked in the Donnelly bank for about 30 years and was very active in the Donnelly community and United Methodist Church in Herman. He was one of the founders of the Donnelly Commercial (now Community) Club and its treasurer for many years. On April 27th Pearl A Anderson and I were among the many friends and relatives who attended the funeral for Harold McRoberts. After the funeral, I visited with Betty Hurlbut at the Pullman House in Herman. That evening, a community meal was served at Legacy Living in Morris. After the meal, it was off to the courthouse for the "jailhouse committee" meeting. Their next meeting will be on Monday, May 4 at the courthouse. The taxpayers committee will hold an informational meeting on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the MAES concert hall.
On April 29 I visited Veronica Smith at her apartment in the Skyview Court in Morris.