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This week's edition is dedicated to the memory of my Dad, who passed away Oct. 31, 2005 and to my aunt Mabel Van Olst who passed away Nov. 10, 2002.

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After enduring snow, sleet, rain, and fairly cold weather most of the month the last week has been fairly moderate, with some periods of sunshine, milder temperatures and drier weather. It is still cold, especially in the evenings and they are talking about rain and/or snow again this weekend. I have seen a few farmers picking corn but there's still a lot of corn and bean fields that have not been touched yet.

In St. John's/Kongsvinger Parish news: The St. John's beef supper is Nov. 10 at the Donnelly Hall from 4:30-8 p.m.

The Sunday School kids will be meeting and singing at St. John's on Nov. 1.

The following were confirmed at Kongsvinger on Oct. 25: Paige Strand (Kelly); Jana Loher (Jerry Jr. and Jody); Samantha Larson (Jon and Bev); Lacey Eystad (Robert and Bernie); and Aryn Parker (Mindy and Jacob Eystad). Thanks to Aryn Parker for playing trumpet, Paige Strand for singing and the others for reading the scripture lessons. Special thanks to Jeanne Ennen for making the beautiful banners for the event.

On Oct. 21, the confirmands presented their faith statements to a group of family and friends at Kongsvinger.

The October edition of Meyer Mission News is now out. Extra copies are posted in the narthex of each church.

The West Central Area Word Alone chapter meeting is Nov. 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson (700 Nevada Ave). Coffee is at 9:30 a.m. with the program at 10 a.m. This will be a "town hall" meeting to discuss the recent actions of the ELCA assembly in Minneapolis and how we can respond. Everyone is welcome.

There will be a Halloween party at the Donnelly Hall today (Saturday) beginning with games at 3 p.m. and costume judging at 3:45 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. there will be a pot luck meal at the hall. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 246-3451.

The Rendsville 4-H club will be having their Halloween party on Nov. 1.

There will be a community learning/fellowship event on Alzheimer's disease at the Donnelly Hall on Nov. 1. There is a pot luck supper at 5 p.m. followed by a presentation at about 6 p.m. by Lisa Denzer from Legacy Living.

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 Morris Public Library. There will be tours of resources, information about the club, and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Learning Unlimited will meet on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Stevens County Museum in Morris. The program will be "American Indians and the US: New Perspective," presented by Julie Peletier and Bert Ahern.

I need to clarify an item from last week's column about the museum wanting memorabilia from Donnelly merchants. Tina tells me that they need the items by Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to Kelsy Tweeten and Jeff Hagen (Sheila and Lynn Schulz) who were married on Oct. 3 in Alexandria.

Congratulations to Sami Searle who won the Jory Anderson Memorial Sportsman Award at the 4-H awards program on Oct. 3. This award is given in memory of the long time 4-H member who was killed in a traffic accident while attending the state fair. Jory's parents are former Donnelly area residents Lloyd and Janet Anderson of Alberta.

The following were recently elected to serve as Rendsville 4-H club officers for the upcoming year: Makenzie Smith, president; Camellia Aanerud, vice president; Maria Cin, secretary; Rebecca Aanerud, treasurer; Brittany Cardwell and Natalie Johnson, reporters. This year's key leaders are Pat Smith and Julie Kill.

Former Donnelly area residents Barry and Nancy Erdahl were among the Lions who helped prepare and serve the community meal at the Senior Center on Oct. 26.

Please note that due to a schedule conflict I will be checking my boxes on Tuesday rather than Wednesday next week.

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