Hopefully the past few weeks are an indication that things are changing for the better weatherwise. We have finally had some sunny, warm weather and some substantial rains to give the crops a good boost. Some grain harvest is underway. I understand the yields are better than expected although test weight and protein are down some. The grain that we shocked for the Bee sure looked good. We filled up 10 racks with bundles so there will be a lot to thresh.
In St. John's/Kongsvin-ger parish news: The summer worship schedule ends on Aug. 23. The parish will be leading the worship service at the Threshing Bee on Aug. 30 with special music provided by Tom and Pearl Horning. There will be several joint services in September before the regular schedule resumes.
Thanks to Elaine Harstad, Algene Larson and Karen Janachovsky for leading the services on Aug. 16 in Pastor Judy's absence.
The parish women's book club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Jeanne Ennen's home. Please note the change of date.
The Morris Evangelical Free Church is bringing the Feed My Starving Children packing event to Morris Aug. 26-28. If you want to help, contact the church office at 589-2808 or e-mail: Kayla@mefc.net. Tammy Sperr of Donnelly is one of the organizers of the event again this year.
There will be an open house 90th birthday party from 12-3 p.m. today (Saturday) for former Donnelly area resident Chuck Heinrich at the West Central Homes in Morris.
The auction at the Donnelly Hardware store begins at 11 a.m. today (Saturday).
Tami Sperr will have a Kindermusic open house/registration at her studio in the Hosanna Worship Center in Morris on Aug. 27.
The Donnelly Co-op plot tour is Sept. 1 at the Hufford farm near Morris.
Free sweet corn is available at the patch north of Vinger Cemetery.
Andrew Loher is celebrating his birthday in Iraq. If you want to send him a card, his address is UNIT; C 1-151 FA, APO, AE. 09330.
The Donnelly Threshing Bee is Aug. 29-30 and features International Harvester this year. Advance sale buttons are on sale in Donnelly. I hope many of you are planning on spending the weekend in Donnelly. There are many posters up around the area with the full schedule on them. On Saturday evening under the big top, author Doug Ohman returns with a presentation entitled "Heart of the Farm." Sunday's highlights are the big parade and popular horse and pony pull.
I do plan to have my golf cart on the grounds again this year for handicapped individuals to use.
Anyone who has something to exhibit or demonstrate or wants to provide music or other entertainment at the Threshing Bee can call 795-2437 or 246- 3337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a work night on the Threshing Bee grounds on Aug. 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and another on Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Any help by anyone before, during or after the Bee is very much appreciated. The work schedule has been mailed out. Project displays are also needed for display in the school house. If you have any school project you are willing to share, call 246-3365 or 245-3262.
The Stevens County Republicans will meet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 at DeToy's in Morris. For more information, call 795-2439.
Carla A. Roehl and Adam E. Ritter of Morris announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Charles and Karen Long of Herman and Wendell and Debbie Marotzke and Donald and Karen Ritter, all of Morris. Carla's grandparents are Adolph and Virginia Long and Opal Harstad. A Sept. 26 wedding is planned at Zion Lutheran Church in Morris.
Gordon Bundje of Donnelly passed away Aug. 14. His funeral was held in Holmes City on Aug. 20. His survivors include special friend Lori Lerbs of Donnelly.
Donna Borderson of Elbow Lake passed away on Aug. 9. Her survivors include her sister-in-law Esther Kline of Donnelly.
Ed Morrow passed away recently. He was Bernice Erdahl's brother-in-law.
The fair board did another fantastic job with the Stevens County Fair again this year. Elaine Harstad, Bernice Erdahl and Rose Uhden were grand champion winners in the Homemakers building and Michelle Papesh won a grand championship in the open class. Tyler Busse of Appleton won his class at the Demo Derby. For me, the outstanding exhibit was Grandpa's Toy Land, a collection of literally hundreds of tractors, trucks, combines and other toys put on by Clay and Marlene Van Horn of Donnelly to raise money for the Curtis Van Horn scholarship fund. Clay said that over $2,000 was raised.
Most of the 4-Hers in the Donnelly area are members of the Rendsville 4-H club. As I walked through the 4-H exhibits I saw that many of them won championships. There were too many to list individually, although the club's secretary's book won grand championship. Congratulations to all of the 4-Hers on a job well done. There will be a supplement to the Morris Sun Tribune next week that will have a list of the winners.
The Frank family had a family reunion at Pomme de Park on Aug. 15. I stopped by to say hello to former Donnelly resident Bob Frank.
Several current and former Donnelly area residents attended the 35th reunion of the class of 1974 in Morris on Aug. 15.
Several of us took in the Harvest Festival parade in Hoffman on Aug. 16. Mecklenburgs pulled the Threshing Bee royalty float in the parade. This was the last parade of the year for this group of girls.
Several of us took in the Morris Co-op appreciation supper at Pomme de Terre Park in Morris on Aug. 18.
On Aug. 19, Jim and Lou Eystad and I helped get the Christus House in Morris ready for the upcoming school year.
Earlier in the day I took in the monument open house at Petersen Funeral Home in Morris. En route home I stopped by to visit Denny Anderson. In the "it's a small world" category I found out that he is originally from Ryder, N.D., where my Mom was born.