We had the nicest day of the month on Sunday with sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. The rest of the last week has been cloudy, cool, and rainy. Farmers are getting the beans out and some did start picking some corn. Dunns were one of them but Verle said everything was just so wet they just quit. He figures they'll have to wait for a good hard freeze before they can do anything else.
In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: The services will be broadcast on Oct. 25 on KMRS (1230 AM) at 11 a.m.
Advance sale tickets for St. John's beef supper on Nov. 10 are now on sale at the parish office or call 246-3436 or 589-3155.
The Kongsvinger fall festival is Nov. 22.
Confirmation will be held on Oct. 25 at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. The Kongsvinger Thrivent chapter will host a reception for the confirmands in the church basement after services. An open house for Aryn Parker (Mindy and Jacob Eystad) will be held at the Kongsvinger parish hall beginning at noon Sunday.
The Sunday School kids will be singing at St. John's on Nov. 1, not Oct. 25 as previously announced.
Lou Eystad tells me that St. John's had a very successful fall festival. LaVonne Day of Morris won the quilt made by Lori Lerbs.
We want to welcome the newest member of the parish, Jadeyn Mau, who was baptized at Kongsvinger on Oct. 18. Her parents are Maynard and Lori; grandmother is Edna Mau. Among those attending her baptism and the brunch afterwards in her honor were Jim and Lou Eystad and Denny Anderson. It was also a birthday party for Lori Mau.
Tina Didreckson from the Stevens County Museum informs me that they are looking for business memorabilia from Donnelly. They would like to include items merchants used to give out as customer appreciation gifts at Christmastime such as calendars, thermometers, kitchen utensils, etc. If you have any please drop them off at the museum.
There will be a community learning/ fellowship event on Alzheimer's disease at the Donnelly Hall on Nov. 1. The event begins with a pot luck supper at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation by Lisa Denzer from Legacy Living.
There will be a Halloween party at the Donnelly Hall on Oct. 31. Games start at 3 p.m. and costume judging is at 3:45 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. there will be a pot luck meal. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 246-3451. This is a separate event from the Rendsville 4-H halloween party on Nov. 1.
On Nov. 5 from 2-6 p.m., the Stevens County Genealogical Society will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with an open house at the Public Library (102 E 6th St) in Morris. Everyone is welcome.
HD & Co will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their store on Nov. 6-7 and will be featured in the Sun Tribune Business Showcase on Oct. 31.
Alexa Lee Raths was born on Oct. 5, 2009 at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris to Tom and Amber Raths of Morris. Grandparents are Shane and Ruth Jones and Dick and Mary Lee Raths of Morris. Great grandmother is Irene Raths from Morris, formerly of Donnelly.
Wally McCollar informs me that his uncle Howard Walker passed away on Oct. 21. His parents were Bob Walker, Sr. and Elma Walker. His wife is the former Edna Gillespie of Chokio. She is an aunt to Donna (Duke) Eystad of Donnelly.
Heather Aanerud informs me that their daughter Savannah placed 7th in showmanship and 9th in Jr. Horsemanship at the WSPA competition held recently at the state fair show grounds.
Congratulations to Walt Biesterfield and Brad Backman for taking 2nd place in the Trinity pumpkin event held in Alberta on Sept 27. Their pumpkins weighed 250 pounds each.
On Oct. 15, I attended the open house at the Legacy Living home in Morris, as well as some of the other events of Scarecrow Days in Morris.
On Oct. 18, several former Donnelly area residents and I attended the "Orphan Train" fund-raising dinner at the Legion in Morris sponsored by Zion Lutheran in Morris. After dinner I visited with Ruth Strand at her home in Morris.
On Oct. 19 I attended the open house at the Accelerated Chiropractic Clinic in Morris. Owner Dr. Hamling and his wife had lived in Donnelly for a while when they first moved to the area.
Several Donnelly area residents attended the visitation and funeral for Betty Hurlbut in Herman last week. Her son Mike is a former Donnelly resident. I will miss her very much as she was a good friend.
On Oct. 21 Pearl A. Anderson's brother and sister-in-law Charlie and Yvonne of Breckenridge visited her at her home.
Jim and Lou Eystad helped out at the ARC bazaar in Morris on Oct. 21 and said there was a very good turnout for the event.
A quick reminder on how to get news to me. Call 246-3227; or 219-1053 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; snail mail 12103 Cty Rd 9, Donnelly, MN 56235; fax 302-361-5697 or at my containers at the Donnelly Post Office and HD & CO in Donnelly and McCollar Jewelry in Morris.