The mild dry weather of the past week has enabled area farmers to make rapid progress in getting their crops planted. Some of the small grain in the area is already up. Ditches and other low areas are starting to dry out but there are still a lot of potholes that farmers have to work around. I would suspect that by the time you read this most of the corn will be planted and, weather permitting, the rest of the crops will be finished next week.
In St. John's /Kongsvinger parish news: May 17 is Baccalaureate Sunday in our parish with all events taking place at Kongsvinger. The parish graduates will be honored with a brunch from 9-10 a.m. at the parish hall and during joint services at 10:15 a.m. (Note change of time). This is also the last day of Sunday School for the year, so the kids and their teachers will also be recognized during services.
The parish will have joint services on May 24 and the summer schedule begins on May 31.
The parish councils are looking for people who might be willing to sponsor a booth at the Grant and/or Stevens County fairs this year. Contact the parish office if you are interested.
Thank you to Hannah Larson for providing some special music at Kongsvinger on May 10. Her parents are Jon and Bev Larson of Herman, grandmother is Bertha Larson of Donnelly. I also neglected to thank Paige Strand for singing a solo at Pastor Judy's installation service several weeks ago. Her dad is Kelly Strand, grandfather is Vern, both of Donnelly.
Luther Crest Bible Camp near Alexandria will have a clean up day on May 23 beginning at 9 a.m.
There will be an open house bridal shower for Toni Kloos at the Kongsvinger parish Hall from 9-11 a.m. today. Recipe cards requested.
There will be a meet and greet for Jadyn Kellen from 9-11 a.m. today at the Lisa Libbesmeir home, 403 Lois Avenue South, in Herman.
Tami Sperr will have another Kindermusic demo at her studio in the Hosanna Worship center in Morris on May 21.
Congratulations to Mike Melchert and Nic Lehman of Herman for winning the Walleye Master Fishing Club tournament on Lake Traverse recently. Mike's parents are Den and Jen Melchert of Alexandria, his grandmother is Pearl (Albert) Anderson of Donnelly. Nic's parents are Mike and Peggy Corey of Kensington and the late Don Lehman.
Congratulations to Natalie Johnston (Lee and Judy) for being named a student of the quarter in the 10th grade and to Gage Backman (Brad and Jonna) in the 7th grade at MAHS recently.
Congratulations to Allisa Melberg who recently won the "NCAA pick 'em challenge" at MAHS. She also won a Chancellor's scholarship at UMM where she will be going to school this fall.
Congratulations to the MAHS boys' track team which finished second in the recent true team meet at Morris. That finish qualified them for a wild card berth in the state true team track meet that concludes today (Saturday) in Stillwater. Corey Nohl is a member of that team. He is also part of two relay teams that won their events at that meet.
Our postmaster Janet Nordstrom reports that as part of the 'Stamp out hunger' drive on May 9, rural mail carrier Bud Anderson collected 53 pounds of food. The food will be donated to the Stevens County Food Shelf in Morris.
In last week's column I mentioned that Lawrence Brown of Monticello, a former teacher in Donnelly, passed away on April 22. Dick Goldenstein sent me an e-mail reporting that Larry was the principal when he went to school in Donnelly. When Dick graduated from college and started teaching in Thief River Falls, Larry was the teacher in the next room.
Erling L. Larson, age 87 of Buffalo, Minn., formerly of Donnelly, died on April 5. Private committal services were held on April 24 at the Lakeside Cemetery of Herman. Family members that survive him include his sister-in-law Bertha Larson of Donnelly and her family.
Emma Lindquist of Rochester passed away recently. Among the family members that survive her is her niece Jan Greiner of Donnelly.
Harlan Chan of Florida passed away May 3. Among the family members that survive him are his sister Cate (Dennis) Haan of Rapid City, formerly of Donnelly; nephews Jason (Jodi) Strand of Herman and Kelly Strand of Donnelly and their families.
Wilbur Gulbranson of Herman, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on May 13. As of this writing funeral arrangements are pending with the Pedersen Funeral Home.
Brooke Marie Krasky was born March 18, 2009 at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls to Andrew and Robyn Krasky of Fergus Falls. Grandparents are John and Mona Dickey of Donnelly and Rev. Rick and Karen Krasky of Elk River. Great grandparents are Gordon and Esther Thompson of Cyrus and Eljane Matheson of Chisago City.
On May 7, Rev. Judy Gelinske and I attended the National Day of Prayer event at the library in Morris. Later that afternoon, the Stevens County Genealogy Society had our last meeting of the year. That evening, Pat (Gary) Smith and I attended the creative writing class at the library. After the class it was off to the school where a good crowd was on hand for the Taxpayers Committee meeting.
On May 9, I traveled to rural Cyrus for the Crazy Sisters Market open house. It afforded me an opportunity to visit with Clarence Giese who was helping his family out there.
The following spent some time over the weekend visiting friends and relatives in the area: Janice Halverson (Bertha Larson) of Minneapolis and Kristi Larson (Don and Algene) of Inver Grove Heights.
On May 3, enroute home from a wedding in Iowa, Glen and Gertie Werk attended services at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Springfield and afterwards visited with Pastor Luther, Sarah and Karenia.
On May 13, Jerry and Joan Kopacek and I attended the Learning Unlimited meeting at the Senior Center in Morris. Later it was off to West Wind Village for their ice cream social. Then I visited with Cliff Scokland and some of the other Donnelly area residents, including Marcella Recker, who is a new resident there.