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A shot of rain Friday evening and some mild temperatures gave crops a boost. The corn has reached its knee-high status. The grain looks good, but the beans are lagging behind. It rained in Willmar and Barrett, heavy at times, when I was there Saturday but we did not get a drop here. The June weather statistics from the WCROC confirmed what we already knew--the month was colder and drier that normal.

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In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on July 5 followed by the annual Independence Day celebration. There will be a flag raising ceremony followed by a potluck dinner. Everyone is welcome.

On July 12, our service times will switch, with Kongsvinger worshipping at 8:30 a.m. and St. John's at 10:15 a.m. This schedule will remain in effect until August 23. The regular worship schedule will resume in mid September.

Vacation Bible School at First Lutheran Church in Morris will be held the week of July 19-23. They will be assembling care kits for the soldiers in Charlie Co. A list of items needed is posted in the narthex of both churches. Items may be dropped off at First Lutheran Church, 200 W 8th Street.

Clean up day at Kongsvinger has been rescheduled for July 11 at 9 a.m.

There will a series of Evangelistic tent meetings at the Starbuck airport from July 9 - 12 at 7 p.m.

The Donnelly Community Club will meet on Monday, July 13 at 7 p.m. The Threshing Bee is coming up on August 29 - 30.

WCWC will play Herman in softball at Aanerud Field in Donnelly on Tuesday, July 7 at 7:15 p.m.

On Saturday, July 18, there will be a benefit for former Donnelly resident Jon Huebner, who has acute mylogenous leukemia. Jon's parents are Ralph and Mary, his grandparents are Don and Joyce Huebner. There will be a golf tournament in the morning. Please contact Craig and Amy Swanson for more information. A pork supper will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris from 4 - 7 p.m. Items are now being accepted for the silent auction to be held in conjunction with the supper. You can leave items with Diane Lesmeister at West Central Realty.

Most Donnelly area business be closed Saturday in observance of Independence Day.

Congratulations to Nicole Gillespie (Curt and Judy) and Nicole Daly (Paul and Pam) for being named to the all conference team in girls' softball in the Pheasant Conference.

Congratulations to the following MAES students for winning the presidential award for educational excellence: Riley Biesterfeld (Walt and Kathi), Kourtney Giese (Brad and Kristi); and John Huebner (Mark and Mary). Riley also won a physical education presidential award.

Congratulations to the following MAES students who won perfect attendance awards at MAES: Brady and Brittany Cardwell (Doug and Muriel), Mason Dunn (Lowell and Sandy), and Samantha Henrichs (Scott and Dawn).

Congratulations to Darrick Henrichs (Brian, Mary) for being named honorable mention all conference in baseball from the West Central Conference.

Congratulations to the Pirates for winning the Morris Little League championship. John Huebner is a member of that team.

Congratulations to Brian Ennen who won a silver medal in motorcycle service technology at the national skills USA competition held recently in Kansas City. According to Jeanne there were 18 competitors in his division from all over the USA.

On June 25, several of us took in the Kiwanis Talent Show at the East Side Park in Morris. Holly Giese of Morris was the winner, accompanied by her mother, Ditto Hennen of Donnelly.

Earlier in the evening, I traveled to Hancock for the Relay for Life cookout.

On June 27, I traveled to Willmar, where I met Milton Anderson at his home. We watched the Willmar Fest parade and afterwards had lunch together. At the parade I had a chance to visit with my classmate Tony Cruze of Willmar. Later in the afternoon, I traveled to Barrett for the Old Settlers parade. Despite some heavy rain for a while they were able to get the parade in. Thankfully by the end of the parade, it quit raining. Karen Johnson pulled the Threshing Bee royalty float in the parade. After the parade I traveled to the Rolling Hills Assisted Living apartments. to visit with Thelma Leegard.

On June 28, it was off to Alexandria for the Vikingland Band Festival, Waconia was the grand champion.

On June 29, Steve Fults and I were among those who attended the Stevens County Republican party meeting at Detoy's in Morris.

Dorothy Jordheim attended the Norway slide show, given by the Kopeck family at the St. John's guest night on June 26. John also showed some slides during coffee fellowship at St. John's on June 28.

There was a full house at First Lutheran Church in Morris for the New Wine homecoming concert on June 30. Nancy Erdahl was one of the chaperones for the trip. The cast included Emily Varnum; her parents are Dave and Melody, grandparents are Les and Lyla Cin and Marilyn Varnum. Sara Beyer was a member of the crew; her parents are Ed and Carol and grandmother is Ruth Bentson.

On June 30, I spoke with Delano Meyer on the phone. They are plan to return to Africa next week for their final year of service.

I hope you have a happy 4th of July!

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