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Morris, 56267
Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

The weather has been almost a repeat of last week -- cloudy, cool, and wet. Although this week we had snow rather than rain. We also had a hard freeze so the growing season is done. Area farmers have been busy dodging weather to get the crops out but there are still a lot beans left to be picked.

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In St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish news: Advance sale tickets for the beef supper at St. John's on Nov. 10 are now on sale at the parish office or call 246-3436 or 589-3155.

Confirmation will be held Oct. 25 at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. Confirmation statements will be given Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Kongsvinger parish hall. An open house for Aryn Parker will be held at the Kongsvinger parish hall beginning at noon on Oct. 25.

On Oct. 11, the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish voted to call Rev. Judy Gellinske as the new full time pastor.

There will be no Sunday School on Oct. 18.

There are two baby showers today (Saturday).

A shower for the expected baby of Tylise and Brock Graff will be held 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.

Also, a shower for the expected baby of Jen and Mark Mellgren will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church (304 Elm St) Sauk Centre. Jen's parents are Jeff and Brenda Volker of Morris formerly of Donnelly.

On Thursday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris there will be a Fall Get-Together sponsored by the Stevens County Eldercare Coalition. The event will feature local jazz musicians followed by pumpkin pie and coffee. For more info call Elaine Simonds-Jaradat at 589-4394 ext 7.

Kelsy Mae Hacker was born Sept. 2 at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood to Chris and Becky Hacker of Starbuck. Grandparents are Charlie and Deb Hacker of Hancock and Ron and Anita Henderson of Glenwood. Great grandparents are Don and Janet Hacker of Hancock, Wanda LeSage of Arizona, and Jim and Pam Wevley of Florida. Great-great grandmothers are Milla LeSage (formerly of Donnelly) and Adeline Wevley, both of Morris.

Congratulations to the Morris FFA horse Evaluation team that finished first at the contest held at Paffrath's Stables near New London on Oct. 9. Sami Searle is a member of that team and she placed 2nd individually. They will now advance to the state contest in April. The Morris Area Dairy Product Evaluation CDE was held at the New London High School on Oct. 9. The team placed 3rd and will also advance to state in April. Katlin Van Horn (Mark and Karen) and Mackenzie Smith (Mark and Pat) are members of that team.

Congratulations to Hannah and Samantha Larson (Jon and Bev) of Herman who were recently chosen to represent their classes at the homecoming court at the Herman- Norcross School

On Oct. 10, I attended the visitation for Fern Pasche in Hoffman. Her son Dan is a good friend of mine as he and his family used to come and get apples from us for several years.

On Oct. 10, about 150 people including several from the Donnelly area braved the icy roads to Mt Carmel for a special Word Alone event. There are video and audio tapes for sale of this meeting as well as the one on Sept. 27. Contact me for details about ordering them.

While at the meeting I had a chance to visit a little with Rev. Dave Gran who was an interim pastor at St. John's/Kongsvinger about 25 years ago.

After leaving Alexandria, I stopped in Hoffman for the one year celebration of the Main St Galleria. The next stop was at the Regional Fitness Center in Morris for their 10th anniversary celebration. Enroute home I stopped to visit Jim and Lou Eystad in Donnelly.

On Oct. 11 several from the area attended UMM Sunday at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Services were led by "PK" and her student leaders from Lutheran Campus Ministries. After services we enjoyed dinner together.

In the afternoon, there was a goodly crowd for the 40th Anniversary open house of the DAC in Morris.

Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the visitation for Donna Engquist and also her funeral on Oct. 14 at Assumption Catholic Church. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

Later I took in the Cliff Anderson sale in Morris and enroute home I stopped in to visit Denny Anderson in Donnelly.

On Oct. 14, I stopped at the museum to see some of their exhibits. According to Tina Didreckson, they are planning a Christmas exhibit and are looking for business memorabilia from Donnelly. They are looking for calendars, thermometers and other items that merchants used to give out as customer appreciation gifts at Christmastime. If you have any please drop them off at the museum.

While I was doing some research in the genealogy room of the library later that day, I met a former Donnelly area resident Willie Dornquist from Red Wing so we had an opportunity to visit for a while.

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