Please note that most of my news is based on reading area newspapers, parish bulletins and newsletters, and listening to the radio. However, my best source of information is from you readers, so please call, e-mail or mail your news to me.
My weather news is sort of a good news-bad news situation. The good news is that we had more days of rain this week than we have had for some time. The bad news is that it did not amount to much. My rain gauge shows about a half inch of rain in the last week or so. The cool weather is also a mixed blessing. It means less stress on the crops but also slows maturity so as we move towards fall, frost becomes a concern. Some grain fields in the area are starting to ripen.
In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: The August newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.
A parish golf outing will be held Aug, 9 at Red Rock near Hoffman at 2:30 p.m. followed by a pot luck dinner. For non-golfers there will be other games and activities. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the parish office.
The Luther Crest Golf Scramble will be held at the Geneva Golf Course in Alexandria on Aug. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. Contact the parish office for more information.
Thanks to the members of the Luther Crest staff who helped lead our services on Aug. 2 at St. John's.
The following events are taking place today (Saturday):
There will be a benefit spaghetti supper at the American Legion in Morris from 4--8 p.m. for Brian Flaten and his family of St. Cloud, formerly of Donnelly. Brian has cancer. His parents are Bruce and Linda Flaten and Joyce and Phil Gausman; grandmother is Corrine Flaten. A fund has been established at the United Farmers and Merchants State Bank for him and supplemental funds will be provided by the Stevens County Thrivent chapter. Anyone who is willing to furnish bars or help out should call 246-3457.
There will be an open house baby shower for Chrissy and Kelly Oaches from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church of Herman. Chrissy's parents are Janet Hoernemann and Ben "Skip" DeLong, Jr.; grandparents are Ben and Yvonne DeLong, Sr. and Pat Hoernemann.
There will be an open house baby shower for Benjamin and Jack Sabolik from 9-11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. Their parents are Greg and Marisa Sabolik. Grandparents are Kevin and Rhonda Asmus of Chokio and Ruby Sabolik of Kensington. Great grandparents Kenny and Jeanne Asmus of Chokio; Barb and Don Rilley of Chokio; Kermit and Karen Stahn of Morris; Mayme Sabolik of Starbuck; and great-great grandma Marlys Alm of Morris formerly of Donnelly.
The Stevens Community Humane Society will have a cat/kitten adoption day at Pamida from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Tami Sperr will have a Kindermusic open house/registration at her studio in the Hosanna Worship Center in Morris on Aug 20 and 27.
August 13 is DQ Miracle Treat day. When you buy a blizzard at a participating Dairy Queen that day proceeds are used to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. The Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul is one of the beneficiaries of that network. Carter Fults of Donnelly and his parents Joey and Jen Fults.
Ethel Van Zomeren of Herman passed away on July 26. Among her survivors is her sister-in-law Frances Van Zomeren of Morris, formerly of Donnelly.
Lorna Waterhouse, of Cambridge, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on June 19. Among her survivors is her brother Herb Kloos of Donnelly.
Merlin Beyer of Morris passed away on Aug. 2. Two of his daughter-in-laws have Donnelly ties. Ed's wife Carol (Benston) is a former Donnelly area resident. Also, Joel's wife, Jamie's parents are former Donnelly residents Sid and Carol Wilcox of Morris.
Several of us attended the visitation for Merlin at the Pederson Funeral Home on Aug. 5. Enroute home I stopped to visit Audray Heinrichs at his home.
Chloe Elizabeth Henrichs was born on June 30, 2009 to Robbie and Alisa Henrichs of Evansville. Grandparents are Leo and Rita Riley of Morris and Bob and Barb Henrichs of Evansville, formerly of Donnelly.
The Stevens County Republican Party is looking for volunteers to help manage the fair booth. Anyone willing to help should call 795-2439 or visit their website at stevensgop.org.
Threshing Bee posters are now up and advance sale buttons are on sale through Aug. 28. Anyone who would like to be an exhibitor, demonstrator, or provide musical or other entertainment at the Threshing Bee should call 795-2437 or 246-3337, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that any help before, during, or after the Bee is very welcome.
The Stevens County Farm Bureau will have their annual meeting on Aug. 20 at the Morris American Legion with a meal at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. Steve Fults and Andy Aanerud are members of the local board.
Several of us took in horticulture night at the WCROC on July 30. Congratulations to my classmate Steve Poppe for receiving an award for his outstanding support for the NRCS Plant Materials Program.
One of the programs I attended that night was a very interesting talk on weather by Mark Seeley, who had all kinds of interesting facts about some of the weather history in this area. He said that this July ranks as the third coldest July on record in the state.
Congratulations to the following junior golfers who placed in their tournament held recently. Zach Giese (Brad and Kristi); Carly Gullickson (Vance and Kim); Mason Dunn (Lowell and Sandy); Samantha Greiner (Greg and Donna); and Bryce Jergenson (Rob and Peggy).
Congratulations to Morris 16U girls softball team that recently participated in the class C state tournament. Megan Mecklenburg and Haley Henrichs are members of that team. Megan's parents are Loren and Kaylene, grandparents are Jack Kleinhans of Donnelly; and Marge Kleinhans of Morris; Haley's parents are Brian Henrichs and Mary Henrichs; grandparents are Erwin Henrichs, Jr. and Elaine Henrichs.
There will be an auction at the Donnelly Hardware Store on Aug. 22. Dick Goldenstien sent me this after I sent him a copy of the sale bill.
"I started working there in 1939. I swept the floor twice a week for five cents. Ole was the owner and Clarence Frank did the repair work. They oiled a lot of horse harnesses. They would put them in a large wire basket and lower them into a large tub of leather oil to preserve them. They stayed in the tank to soak for some time, and then were raised to drip dry. They also repaired binder canvas and harnesses, saddles and appliances. I hung around there a lot and probably was a pain in the butt!"
Bob and Edie Bjorlin of Arizona spent some time recently visiting his dad Cliff Bjorlin of Donnelly and other family and friends in the area.
On Aug. 1, Jim and Lou Eystad and I were among those who traveled to Indherred Lutheran Church of rural Starbuck for the Word Alone meeting. Rev. Norm Olsen led a prayer and hymn service in preparation for the ELCA church wide assembly in Minneapolis, Aug. 17-23.
After the meeting I stopped at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home to say hello to Irene Monroe.
In the evening, several of us enjoyed the music of the two by four family band, Jerry and Molli (Trumble) Ophoven and family at the Morris Senior Center. They were the winners of the Kiwanis Talent Contest last year.