The weather during the past week has been cloudy, cool, and wet. The forecast calls for some sunshine in the next few days but also the possibility of a hard freeze. Some farmers were able to get a few bean fields picked before the rain but everything has pretty much been at a standstill in the last week.
In St. John's/ Kongsvinger parish news: St. John's Fall festival is today (Saturday) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be special congregational meetings on Oct. 11 after services at both Kongsvinger and St. John's for the purpose of voting on calling a new pastor for the parish. Please plan to attend.
The October parish newsletter is now out and extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.
The Donnelly Community Club will meet at the town hall on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
The bank and Post Office in Donnelly will be closed Monday, Oct. 12 in observance of Columbus Day.
Deborah Denise Pritchard of Walker passed away April 12. Her mother is Alice (Devick) Hallman of Morris, formerly of Donnelly.
Fern Pasche of Hoffman passed away Oct. 3. Two former Donnelly area residents are among her survivors: her niece, Ruth (McRoberts) Cooper and sister-in-law Esther Pasche.
The Stevens County Genealogical Society met on Oct. 1 at the library. An open house celebrating the 25th anniversary of the organization will be held Nov. 5 at the Morris Public Library.
A baby shower for the expected baby of Tylise and Brock Graff will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. Brock's parents are Keith and Brenda Graff; grandparents are Arven and Joan Graff. Everyone welcome.
There will be a baby shower for the expected baby of Jen and Mark Mellgren at the First Lutheran Church (304 Elm St.) in Sauk Centre. Jen's parents are Jeff and Brenda Volker of Morris formerly of Donnelly.
An open house wedding shower will be held for Adam and Carla (Long) Ritter on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church. Recipe cards are requested.
Congratulations to Roxanne Hammer and Austin Van Zomeren on their engagement. Austin's parents are Bob and Deb Van Zomeren of Washington, grandmother is Francis Van Zomeren of Morris, formerly of Donnelly.
Congratulations to Dona (Greg) Greiner who recently won "Deputy Director of the Year" at a statewide meeting. She works for the Stevens County Sheriff's Department.
On Oct. 2 Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the customer appreciation breakfast at Willie's Super Valu. Later we were among a goodly crowd at the retirement open house for Janet Nordstrom at the Donnelly Post Office. Janet has been postmaster in Donnelly for over 23 years. Nadine Heck will be the officer in charge until a new postmaster is appointed. I also spent some time visiting friends at the West Wind Village and the Sunrise Apartments in Morris as well as Sam and Dorothy Jordheim in Donnelly.
On Oct. 3, Jim and Lou Eystad and I traveled to Willmar for the meeting on recent ELCA church-wide decisions. Rev. Scott Ground and Rev. Steve King talked about the decisions made at the assembly. It also afforded me the opportunity to visit a little with former Donnelly resident Rev. Luther Johnson.
On Oct. 5 I attended the visitation for Earl Wevley at First Lutheran in Morris. His son, Willard, is a classmate.
Joan Kopacek and I took in the health care forum at the Morris Area schools on Oct. 7. En route home, I stopped to visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson.
The following were guests of Pearl A. Anderson on Sunday: her daughter, Nancy and Harold Leir from Pine City, Carol Karmendy of Minneapolis, Bonnie Fabian of Herman, Nave and Wink Johnson of Herman, and Larry and Peggy Wilke of Donnelly. I stopped in to visit her in the evening en route home from the Morris Life Care Pregnancy Center fund-raising dinner at the Assumption Church in Morris.
Jim and Lou Eystad attended the supper at the Eden Reformed Church in Herman. On Monday they celebrated Jim's birthday at the Pizza Ranch in Morris.
Jerry and Joan Kopacek spent the first weekend in October at the Luther Crest Bible Camp Fall Colors Retreat. They had a very enjoyable time and the fall leaves were gorgeous.