I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Most Donnelly businesses will be closed on Monday.
After a rather cool start to the spring, the weather has finally warmed up to more summer like temperatures this week. I suspect that most farmers in the area are just about done planting. I talked to Dunns on Wednesday evening and they had one field left to plant. Most of the small grain and some corn is up. We actually could use a little rain about now.
In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: The parish will have joint services on May 24 at St. John's at 10:15 a.m. The summer schedule begins on May 31, with services at St. John's at 8:30 a.m and Kongsvinger at 10:15 a.m. This will continue until July 1 when service times will switch. A copy of our summer schedule is available in the narthex of both churches.
Thanks to Paige Strand for singing at Kongsvinger on May 17. This was the final week of Sunday School of the year. Thanks to our Supt., Jody Loher, and all the teachers for all their hard work during the past year. Awards were also handed out to the Sunday School kids. There are too many to name individually so I will just say congratulations to all on a job well done.
Luther Crest Bible Camp near Alexandria will have a clean up day today (Saturday) beginning at 9 a.m.
The Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris will have their seventh annual Symposium on Small Towns at UMM on June 2 and 3. Former Donnelly resident David Fluegel is one of the organizers of the event. For more info call 589-6451.
Thea Burner, age 100, of Mayville, N.D. passed away on May 10. She is survived by six children, including Robert (Judy) Burner of Donnelly, nineteen grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren, and five great-great grand children. A memorial service was held on May 19 in Mayville N.D. Bob and Judy's family, Rob of Corinth, Tex. and Craig and Stephanie of Clara City traveled to Donnelly to spend some time visiting family members and attending the service. The Burner family had a 100th birthday party for Thea on June 29 at the Luther Home. Bob is the Donnelly Co-op manager.
Toni Kloos and Jon Hughes wish to announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Phil and Kris Kloos of Donnelly, Ann and Doug Streed of Morris and Mark and Dawn Hughes of Ortonville. A July 18, 2009 wedding is planned.
Congratulations to the MAHS track team, who finished in a tie for first at the WCC track meet held recently. Taylor Nohl is a member of that team and a member of two relay teams that placed first.
This is Emergency Medical Technicians week so we want to recognize the Donnelly First Responders. Chad Smith is the Captain and there are about 20 members.
On May 14, Pat Smith and I took in the second night of the creative writing course at the library.
On May 15, it was back to West Wind Village to see some friends I did not get a chance to visit with earlier. That evening, many of us attended the visitation for Wilbur Gulbranson at the Pedersen Funeral Home. Enroute home I stopped to visit Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Anderson at their home in Donnelly. Dennis informs me that he has put his house up for sale and they are moving to New Mexico.
On May 16, a good crowd was on hand for a bridal shower for Toni Kloos at Kongsvinger.
In the afternoon an overflow crowd of friends and relatives from the area attended the funeral for Wilbur at Kongsvinger. Former Donnelly area resident Rev. Alan Boerner of Canada was lector. If there is an "upside" to funerals it is the opportunity to see and visit with people you have not seen for a long time and this was such an occasion.
On May 17, Jim and Lou Eystad and I took in the Baccalaureate Sunday brunch and services at Kongsvinger. We have four graduates in the parish this year: Alissa Melberg; Brian Ennen; Zach Eystad, and Christine Berger.
I plan to recognize the area graduates in next week's column along with parents and grandparents. If you have a graduate that you would like me to acknowledge or if you are planning an open house for them, please let me know.
Sam and Dorothy Jordhiem attended graduation exercises at Wahpeton High School on May 16 and the receptions afterwards for a nephew and a niece.
On May 15, Jim and Lou Eystad traveled to Springfield to help Karena Johnson celebrate her birthday.