Donnelly News 8-2-14
Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news.
No sooner had I sent in my column last week then we got some rain. We have not had anything major since then. Crops in the area look really good.
In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on Aug. 3 and 10 at 9 a.m. Bishop Anderson will not be able to attend, as was previously announced.
Leah Marie Winther was born on July 14 to Ryan and Jill Winther of Herman. Grandparents are Paul and Nancy Thompson of Herman, Bob Winther of Herman and the late Virginia Winther. Great-grandparents are Glen and Gertie Werk of Donnelly and Beverly Winther of Redwood Falls.
Bentley Lee Brunelle was born on July 22 to McKayla Smith of Morris and Terry Brunelle of Webster, S.D. Grandparents are Terry Brunelle Sr. and Sherrie DeRossett of Colorado and Cara Smith and Michael Smith of Morris.
Arla Olson of Clinton passed away on July 25. Survivors include her niece Jan (Rollie) Greiner and their family of Donnelly. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Ersted, Sr.
Former Donnelly area resident Brenda Wente passed away on July 25. Her parents are Dick and Linda Wente of Donnelly. I attended her visitation on July 29.
The Mets were Little League champs this year. Brady Loge was a member of that team and his dad Ryan was the coach. Raths Brothers Construction was the elementary softball champion. Kamren Sperr was a member of that team. Morris 2 was the 18U consolation champion. Brooke Gillespie was a member of that team, and her mother Judy was the coach.
The Slump Busters fishing team took the league championship for 2014. Team members included Ryan Smith and Nancy Kisgen. The Reef Hawgs took second place. Team members were Sid Wilcox, Mac and Joel Beyer.
The Threshing Bee royalty were part of Waterama parade in Glenwood. While there I ran into Les Cin and we visited for awhile. He is living in Glenwood.
Our Threshing Bee is coming up Aug. 23 and 24. The feature this year is Ford. Advance sale buttons are on sale at various businesses in Donnelly. We are working on getting posters up in the area. I will leave some at McCollar Jewelry in Morris if anybody wants one or get in touch with me and I will make sure you get some.
The event starts on Aug. 23 with our annual pancake breakfast and tractorcade, and continues with various events throughout the day: softball and cornhole tournaments, kiddie and regular tractor pulls and the queen coronation at the depot and a dance at the hall in the evening. The web page is http://www.donne llythreshingbee.com and there is also a Facebook page.
There will be workdays on the grounds on Aug. 19 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. Any help before, during and after the Bee is greatly appreciated.
The Threshing Bee royalty candidates will be introduced on Aug. 11 prior to the Community Club meeting.
The Donnelly City Council and Rendsville 4-H will meet Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. The bookmobile will be in town that day at 3:30 p.m.
On July 28, I met my friend Mark and his sister Linda O’Kane of Fennimore, Wis. and her sister-in-law Sue Steiner, from Rockford, Ill., for lunch in Morris. Later we visited my aunt, Pearl.
On July 29, the four of us were joined by Esther Gilbertson, Gary Volker and Cal and Jan Baumgartner for dinner in Morris. We had breakfast together on July 30, before Linda and Sue left for a trip to the Black Hills. She hopes that she and her brothers can return next year for the Herman all school reunion.