Some cool evenings in the past week have reminded us that fall is right around the corner. We could use some more rain, although so far the crops seem to be doing very well.
In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: On Sept. 6 there will be a joint service at 10:15 a.m. at St. John's. Rally Sunday will be held on Sept. 13 at Kongsvinger. Sunday School will be at 9 a.m. and joint services at 10:15 a.m. There will be a dinner afterwards, furnished and served by the joint council. The regular schedule resumes on Sept. 20. The service at the Threshing Bee was recorded and will be broadcast on KMRS on Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.
Hosanna Worship Center in Morris will host a back to school party on Sept. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m.
There will be no local West Central Word Alone meetings in September or October. Instead there will be regional Word Alone meetings on Sept. 27 at Mt. Carmel in Alexandria and Oct. 3 in Willmar.
There will be a Golden Anniversary celebration for Jerald and June Itzen at the Prairie Inn in Morris on Sept. 6 from 6-9 p.m.
Neimackl Lake Park Day will be held on Sept. 13 beginning at 11 a.m. at the park between Herman and Donnelly. For more information, call 677-3356.
There will be a diabetes workshop at the Morris Senior Center on Sept. 17 from 4-7 p.m. Contact Sue Dudding at SCMC for more information.
Learning Unlimited starts its fall season at 1 p.m. on Sept. 9th at the Morris Public Library. Lawrence Owen of Morris will be the guest speaker. For more info call Elaine at 320-589-4394, ext. 7.
Great weather and a big crowd made for one of best Bees in many years. Congratulations to our new Threshing Bee royalty: Queen Cammi Aanerud; Princes Kristina Johnson; Little Miss Donnelly Shannon Kill; and Little Miss Princes Carrie Wilts.
Cammi is the 38th Threshing Bee queen. The late Betty Strand was the first one.
Congratulations to the Kopacek family for being chosen as grand marshals for the Threshing Bee parade. They certainly are deserving of the honor for all of the time, work and effort they put into making the Bee a success every year.
Some of the results from the Bee include the Durkee family winning the softball tournament. Don and Dorreen Plocker, Lacey Eystad, Milfred and Janice Kahler, and Bobby Kloos were some of the winners in the car show. The only area horseshoe player who placed in the tournament was Father Peter Vanderweyst. Everybody was a winner in the kiddie parade and pedal tractor pull. Herb Nelson won the traveling parade trophy with his team of miniature horses.
It was nice to see so many former Donnelly area residents over the weekend! Randy and Cindy Itzen wanted me to share that they were among the many Herman people who were at the Bee.
Joanne Christianson, Gayle Gibson and family, Mark and Danny Frank, Mark and Laurie Hofer spent some time over the weekend visiting family and friends in the area and enjoying the Bee.
Mark your calendars for next year's Threshing Bee Aug. 28 and 29.
The Donnelly Community Club will meet on Sept. 14 at City Hall.
Most Donnelly business es will be closed on Sept 7th for Labor Day.
Casey Richard Raths was born on Aug. 13, 2009 at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls to James and Nicole Raths of Morris. Grandparents are Richard and Mary Lee Raths of Morris; Mike and Sandi Day of Brainerd. Great grandparents are Irene Raths of Donnelly, Roger and Donna Day of Humboldt, Iowa and Jerome and Lorna Kleen of Des Moines, Iowa.
Jayden Rose Mau was born to Maynard and Lori Mau of Donnelly; grandmother is Edna Mau of Donnelly.
MaryBeth Kopel and Jerad Wilkinson were married June 20 at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Parents are Robert and Kathleen Kopel of Donnelly, and John and Lorna Wilkinson of West Fargo, N.D. The couple will make their home in Fargo, N.D.
There will be an open house bridal shower for Mandi Kloos, bride to be of Kyle Koehntop, at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.
On Aug. 20, Jim and Lou Eystad were among those who took in the community picnic at East Side Park in Morris.
Earlier that day, I took in the summer field day at the Swan Lake Research farm. Chuck Hennen was honored for his years of service at the farm. Chuck's wife is Becky Trost.
Congratulations to the Moose Island Raiders for winning the regular season championship of the 9-F trap shooting league.
Congratulations to Rob Kopel who won the third flight at the Pomme De Terre Golf Club's men's tournament.
Congratulations to the Donnelly Co-op on the completion of their new fueling system. The new pumps and canopy are nice addition to Donnelly.
Congratulations to Justin and Natalie Johnston who received purple ribbons at the state fair. Justin won with his Market Gilt. Natalie won with her Middleweight Market Barrow.
On Sept. 1, David Fluegel and I attended the funeral for Roy Jesnes at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. His daughter Linda and I were classmates.
After the funeral it was off to St. John's of rural Starbuck for supper and a forum about decisions made at the recent ELCA assembly in Minneapolis.
Denny Anderson spent the weekend in the Cities helping his granddaughter celebrate her birthday.
Jodi and Colleen Wilke and friends of St. Cloud; Bonnie Fabian of Herman and Kris Wilke of Fergus Falls spent some time over the weekend visiting Pearl A. Anderson and other family and friends in the area and helping Pearl out with her rummage sale. She said it was a successful one.