Temperatures in the 20s and 30s during the past week have been a welcome relief from the frigid conditions of the past few weeks. It has also been nice for winter sports enthusiasts, especially the snowmobilers.
In news from the St. John's /Kongsvinger parish: Parish Bible study on Psalms 23 begins at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28 at St. John's and will be repeated at Kongsvinger at 7 p.m.
St. John's will have their annual meeting on Jan. 24 following the 11 a.m. worship service. Tom and Pearl Horning will provide music for the service. A potluck dinner will follow. Annual reports are available for you to pick up in the back of the church.
On Jan. 31 there will be joint services at Kongsvinger at 11 a.m. with the Sunday School kids singing. Following services, Kongsvinger will have their annual meeting and a pot luck dinner.
The Learning Unlimited program "Understanding Afghanistan" will be held Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the USDA Soils Lab in Morris.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is presenting a workshop: "Keeping the Farm in the Family," on Monday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. in Morris. Please RSVP to 589-1731.
Madison Rae Kaehler was born on Nov. 19, 2009, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview in Minneapolis, to Kraig and Sarah Kaehler. Grandparents are Bruce and Sandy Loycano of Coon Rapids, Eugene Stoneburg of Starbuck, and Milfred and Janice Kaehler of Morris. Great-grandmother is Shirley Henrichs of Donnelly.
Alice Rebecca Mahoney was born on Jan. 15, 2010 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to David and Nichole Mahoney of Donnelly. Grandparents are David and Virginia Mahoney of Morris and Tom and Becky Olson of Fairfax. Great grandparents are Raymond and Helen Buerkle and Kathy Olson, all of Fairfax.
Kyle Koehntop and Mandi Kloos were married Nov. 7, 2009 at Faith Lutheran Church of Morris. Parents are Roger and Bonnie Koehntop of Morris and Parker and Renee Kloos of Donnelly. The couple currently resides in Morris.
Linda Harstad of Donnelly passed away on Jan. 19. Her funeral was held in Morris on Jan. 21. Survivors include her husband Jeff, daughter Kayla (fiancé Josh Erdahl) of Pine River, and grandson Becket Erdahl.
Palmer Harstad of Barrett, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on Jan. 19. His funeral will be held today (Saturday) in Herman with burial at Kongsvinger Lutheran Cemetery. His mother Selma Bruse, a brother Stan (Konnie) and their family of Herman, formerly of Donnelly, are among his survivors.
Congratulations to former Donnelly resident Dr. Randy Hamling of Accelerated Chiropractic who was recently elected to the board of the Morris Chamber.
Several friends and family members from the area traveled to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Springfield on Jan. 17 for the baptism of Isaac Johnson.
Precinct caucuses will be held on Feb. 2. In Stevens County, all DFL precincts will meet at the Old # 1 in Morris; all Republican precincts will meet in the cafeteria at Morris Area High School.
Wally McCollar informs me that the MHS class of '55 is planning a reunion this summer. The students who started school in Donnelly are planning on having their own mini-reunion at the same time. My mom was their first grade teacher. If you are a member of this class or have a family member who is and want more information, contact Wally at 589-0127.
Richard Olsen and I participated in a technology workshop about digital cameras at the Morris Public Library on Jan. 16.
In the afternoon, I stopped by Cottonwood Lake for the Rod and Gun Club's ice fishing tournament. They had a great turnout with over 100 fishermen registered for the contest and it looked like there were almost as many fish houses out there.
In the afternoon on Jan. 17, Jim and Lou Eystad and I took in the LCMC presentation by Rev. Dave and Ann Gran of Alexandria in Starbuck. Rev. Gran is a former interim pastor of the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish.
Rev. Judy Gieleinske returned home on Jan. 21 after visiting her family in Portland, Ore.
On Jan. 20, I stopped into McCollar Jewelry to visit with Wally, then made a stop to visit with my aunt Pearl A. Anderson in her home in Donnelly.
One of the things that makes living in this community so nice, is knowing that there are people who will go out of their way to assist you and I want to thank those who have done that for me recently.