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Several shots of rain plus some warmer weather in the last week have given crops in the area a boost and so far they are looking good. Grain harvest is in full swing in the area.

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In St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish news: On Aug. 30, the parish will be leading the worship service at the Threshing Bee under the big top with special music provided by Tom and Pearl Horning. Everyone is welcome. On Sept. 6 there will be a joint service at 10:15 a.m. at St John's. Rally Sunday is Sept. 13 at Kongsvinger.

The parish women's book club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Jeanne Ennen's home. Note change of date.

The Donnelly Co-op plot tour is Sept. 1 at Hufford farms (19976 480th Avenue) near Morris beginning at 5 p.m.

Free sweet corn is available at the patch north of Vinger Cemetery.

There will be a work night on the Threshing Bee grounds on Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. to take down fences and put things away. I am also looking for people to help move chairs from the tent to the depot on Sunday evening. Remember, many hands make light work.

The Donnelly Threshing Bee is this weekend and I hope many of you are planning on spending the weekend in Donnelly.

There are many events going on both days and there may be some unscheduled ones as well.

The area churches will also have food stands operating both days. I was asked to invite everybody to come to the dinners served by the Kongsvinger ladies. They will be serving pork chops on Saturday and ham on Sunday.

Saturday starts out with a pancake breakfast and concludes with a dance at the town hall. Sunday's schedule starts out with the worship service and concludes with the pony/horse pull. Unless otherwise noted all activities will be held on the grounds located in the southeast corner of Donnelly. Sunday's big parade will go through the grounds west to highway 9 then north to 6th Street. The Threshing Bee headquarters is located in the depot, so if you need any information, just stop in and talk to whoever is at the desk. You can also call there at 246-3272.

My golf cart has wound up in the repair shop so I am not sure if it will be fixed in time for the Bee. If it is, I will have it on the grounds for handicapped individuals to use.

The following young ladies will be vying for Threshing Bee Queen this year:

• Cammi Aanerud, the daughter of Heather and Andy Aanerud of Donnelly. Her grandparents are Jim and Lorraine Aanerud.

• Kristina Johnson, the daughter of Karen and Richard Johnson of Donnelly. Her grandparents are Cliff and Betty Johnson.

• Sami Searle, the daughter of Amy and Brad Searle of Donnelly. Her grandmother is Agnes Searle.

The following girls will be vying for Little Miss Donnelly:

• Shannon Kill, the daughter of Julie and Joe Kill of Donnelly. Her grandparents are Dick and the late Pat Cady.

• Carrie Wilts, the daughter of Ellen and Douglas Wilts of Herman.

Queen coronation is Saturday evening at the depot. Good luck to all of the candidates. I know whoever wins will do another great job of representing Donnelly.

Learning Unlimited, Morris Area Community Education's lifelong learning group, starts its fall season on Sept. 9 at the Morris Public Library.

Congratulations to Kayla (Aaron) Erdahl of Donnelly on her new job as a teacher at the Morris public schools.

Garrett Ronan Pool was born July 20, 2009 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale to Kurtis and Tara Pool of St. Michael. Grandparents are Rosemary Pool of Delano and Wally and Diane Kill of Morris. Great grandparents are Herb and Irene Kill of Morris and the late LeRoy and Virgal Wente of Donnelly.

Gavin Dennis Armstrong was born on August 20, 2009 at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris to Jason and Nicole Armstrong of Farwell. Grandparents are Bev Hurlbut of Donnelly, Mike Hurlbut of Arizona and Judy Armstrong of Farwell. Great grandparents are Pearl (Mrs. Albert) Anderson of Donnelly and Betty Hurlbut of Herman.

Congratulations to the following area horseshoe pitchers who recently placed at the Tri-County league tournament held in Donnelly: Wally Giese, Arven Graff, Glen Werk, Nick Daly and Andy Brevig.

Many area residents took in the auction at the Donnelly Hardware on Aug. 22. Howard Kill bought the store from the Frank family.

Several of us took in the Rosin sale in Barrett on Aug. 23. Later I visited with Palmer Harstad at the Barrett Care Center and Thelma Leegard at the Rolling Hills assisted living center in Barrett.

A good crew showed up on Aug. 25 to get ready for the Threshing Bee. Special thanks to Bob Burner for the use of the co-op forklift again this year.

On Aug. 26, several of us took in the summer picnic supper at the West Wind Village.

Later it was off to the MAES cafeteria to help pack food for the "Feed My Starving Children" event. Our shift of about 50 packed about 70 boxes of food.

A quick reminder as to how you can get news to me -- by e-mail : aeanders@runestone.net (please put Donnelly news in subject line), call me 320-246-3227 or 320-219-1053, or write to me at 12103 Cty. Rd. 9, Donnelly, MN 56235. I also have a container for news at the Post Office and HD & Co.

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