Fall made its appearance over the weekend with some very cool temperatures. It got down below freezing on Tuesday morning, but I don't think it hurt the crops too much. Bean harvest is under way and I did see one farmer chopping corn for silage.
In news for the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: St. John's Fall festival is Oct. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be special congregational meetings on Oct. 11 after services at both churches for the purpose of voting on calling a new pastor for the parish. Please plan to attend.
There will be an open house baby shower for the baby to be of Josh Erdahl and Kayla Harstad on Oct. 3 at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 8-10 a.m. at the Morris Elementary School concert hall, there will be a community forum on "Coping with the Cost of Health Care." A panel presentation by students and local stakeholders will be followed by open discussion.
The Donnelly Community Club will meet at the town hall on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
United Farmers & Merchants State Bank is having a Customer Appreciation Oct. 5-9. Coffee and cookies served every day at the Donnelly bank as well as Morris and Chokio.
Congratulations to Jenna Heinrich and Jim Burrows who were married on July 18th .The couple is now living in Owatonna.
Congratulations to Sami Searle who won two firsts and a fourth at the state Youth 4-H Horse show held at the state fair grounds recently.
Congratulations to Amanda Henrichs of Donnelly and Josh Anderson who were married in Alexandria on Sept. 19.
Congratulations to Wade Backman who was crowned homecoming king at Morris Area High School. His parents are Steve and Cathy. Jake Long was crowned homecoming king at West Central Area. His parents are Sherman and Sherry. Also, Nicole Gillespie was crowned homecoming queen at Chokio-Alberta. Her parents are Curt and Judy. Steve, Sherman and Judy are all former Donnelly area residents.
Wally McCollar and I attended the visitation for Margaret Miller on Sept. 25 at the funeral home. En route to Morris I stopped to visit my aunt Pearl A. Anderson.
Melvin Reynolds of Cyrus formerly of Donnelly passed away on Sept. 19. Jim and Lou Eystad were among the family and friends who attended his funeral on Sept 24th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus.
Emily Lou Oachs was born on Sept. 18 to Kelly and Chrissy Oachs of Herman. Grandparents are Ben Delong Jr. of Brainerd and Janet Hoernemann of Herman; great grandparents are Pat Hoernemann of Morris and Ben and Yvonne Delong Sr.
A good crowd was on hand for the auction on Sept. 26 at the 4 Wheel Ranch of rural Morris. En route to the sale I stopped by Craig Loge's moving sale. They are moving to Morris and their son Kevin and his family will be moving onto the farm. They have been good friends and neighbors of our family for many years and I will miss having them nearby.
In the evening I spent some time at the wedding dance for Carla and Adam Ritter at the Eagles Club in Morris. Carla is a relative of mine.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Word Alone regional meeting in Alexandria on Sept. 27.
After the meeting it was off to Morris where a good crowd was on hand for the Faith Discovery Series at the MAHS Auditorium.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the community meal at the Morris Senior Center on Sept. 28.
A good crowd attended the Resource Connections Non-Profit Summit on Sept. 30 in Morris. Many non-profit organizations from Stevens County were represented at the meeting.
That evening, I took in the MCCL fall tour at St. Mary's School in Morris.
On Sept. 19 Jim and Lou Eystad were guests of Shawn and Wendy Sansack for Delia's 12th birthday and Kourtney's 5th birthday. On Sept. 20, they went to the "Sing-a-Long" at the Eden Reformed Church in Herman.