Please note that due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays I will have early deadlines. Please provide news to me by Dec. 22 and 29.
Winter has made its return with several inches of snow, strong winds and the first below zero temperatures of the season. I did see a few farmers in the field between Glenwood and Alexandria on Saturday, but most everyone is done for the year.
In parish news for St. John's/Kongsvinger: The parish collection of food for the Stevens County Food Shelf will continue through December. The deadline for donations to the Salvation Army cap and mitten tree is Dec. 13.
There will be a poinsettia garden in the parish this year. To purchase one in memory or honor of someone, please contact the parish office by Dec. 14.
The Kongsvinger Christmas Card Club will be held again this year. To add your name to the list, contact Bertha Larson or Florentine Erickson by Dec. 20.
There will be two performances of the St. John's/Kongsvinger Sunday School program this year. The first is on Dec. 20 during the 11 a.m. worship service at St. John's, which will be followed by a roast beef dinner. The second performance is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 23 at Kongsvinger, followed by birthday cake, punch and coffee in honor of Jesus' birthday.
The Sons of Norway will have their annual bake sale and Fårikål lunch at the Sr Center in Morris today (Saturday) beginning at 11 a.m.
Please remember to look at our community bulletin board when driving though town for details of upcoming events such as Santa's annual visit to Donnelly on Dec. 19.
Congratulations to Nichole Gillespie who was recently named the AAA winner for the 2009-10 school year at Chokio-Alberta High School and was a winner of a 2009 Hardee's High School Heisman award.
Congratulations to Jake Long of the West Central Area Knights football team. He recently won several awards from the team and the Heart of Lakes conference during their fall sports banquet.
Congratulations to Maggie Larson who was one of the winners of the Christmas medallion hunt sponsored by the Morris Sun Tribune, City Center Drug and Sonia's Hair Clinic.
Brice Tyler Backman was born on Nov. 13, 2009 at St. Cloud Hospital to Jackie Hentges and Jon Backman of Donnelly. Grandparents are Jerry and Kate Hentges and Elizabeth Ascheman of Morris. Great-grandfather is Ralph Hentges of Canby.
Ryker Elliott Graff was born Nov. 23, 2009 at Merit Care Hospital, Fargo to Brock and Tylise (Grossman) Graff. Grandparents are Tim and Tammie Grossman and Keith and Brenda Graff of Morris. Great Grandparents are Bob and Myrna Tomalla, Arven and Joanne Graff, Marie and (late) Clarence Grossman, and Verna and (late) Keith Scheldorf.
On Dec. 3, I traveled to Barrett to attend the visitation for Elaine Ray. The Rays and Ekholms were family friends. After visitation I visited Thelma Leegard in her apartment.
Memorial services for Ida Johnson were held at St. John's on Dec. 4. Pearl A. Anderson and I attended her service.
Later in the day I took in the Hollidazle tree event at the Donnelly Hall. All the trees looked fantastic and picking out the three best was a very difficult job. Sandy Dunn and her family did a fantastic job of putting the event together. The people's choice awards were: 1st - Jackie Raths "Colon Cancer Awareness Tree" 2nd - Jeanne Ennen - "Fiber Optic Our Family Tree" 3rd - Deb Root - "Doggie Treat Tree" 4th - Deb Kill - "Mini House Tree". The door prize winners include Makayla Mau, Evelyn Underwood, Gertie Werk, and Allen Anderson. Others bringing in trees were Jan Greiner, Karen Janachovsky, Vivian Johnson, Dawn Blanchard and Allen Anderson.
On Dec 5th several of us attended the holiday open house at the Museum in Morris. My next stop was at the Senior Center where Jim and Lou Eystad were among those helping out at the bazaar.
I then traveled to Trinity in Cyrus for the WordAlone annual Advent service and dinner. The next meeting will be Jan. 2 at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood.
In the afternoon, I traveled to Glenwood where I boarded a bus to the annual Concordia College Christmas Concert in Moorhead.
On Dec. 6 Jim and Lou Eystad and I participated in the Christmas carol sing-a-long at St. John's. Enroute to the church I stopped in to visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson and cousin Bev Hurlbut at their home in Donnelly.
On Dec. 7 Andy Brevig and I attended the Stevens County Republican party meeting in Morris. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 11.
On Dec. 9, Jon, Jack and Joan Kopacek and I attended the Learning Unlimited program at Morris Senior Center.
Jim and Lou Eystad visited her aunt Marlys Alm at her apartment in Morris on Dec. 7.
Remember that if you are going to be gone for Christmas or heading south for the winter, you can keep up with the Donnelly news by accessing the Morris Sun Tribune website or my blog.