Most of the last week was fairly nice with above zero temperatures and no snow. Tuesday, however was very cold with a lot of blowing and drifting snow. Thanks to the Good Samaritan who blew out my driveway and yard on Wednesday after the storm. It was greatly appreciated.
In news from the St. John's/Kongsvinger parish: Parish Bible study on Psalms 23 continues on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at St. John's and is repeated at Kongsvinger at 7 p.m.
Parish Lenten services will continue through Easter. Supper is served at 5:30 p.m. and services begin at 6:45 p.m. Supper and services will alternate each week between St. John's (March 3) and Kongsvinger (March 10). Copies of the schedule are posted on the doors of both churches.
The parish will have joint services on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. John's with the Sunday School kids singing. It will also be broadcast on KMRS at 11 a.m.
The Glacial Ridge conference assembly will be held on Feb. 28 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio beginning at 2 p.m.
The West Central Area Word Alone will meet on March 6 at the Evangelical Free Church in Hancock beginning with coffee fellowship at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting at 10 a.m. For more information call 795-2477.
The Donnelly Community Club supper and annual meeting will be held on March 1 at Sax's Café beginning with supper at 6:30 p.m. Meeting will follow. Please RSVP to 246-3217.
The Stevens County DFL county convention will be held on March 6 at 9 a.m. at the American Legion in Morris.
Township annual meetings and elections will be held on March 12 in the area. Donnelly Township will meet at the fire hall in Donnelly. Most other townships in the area will meet in their town halls. Most annual meetings are at 4 p.m. with elections from 5-8 p.m. Contact your county auditor for specific meeting times and places in your area.
There will be an open house baby shower for Andrea Bergstrom and Joha Torma on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. They are expecting a boy.
A while ago somebody asked me about the Donnelly Fire Department's annual fish fry. I have been informed that will be held on March 26.
Congratulations to Cammi Aanerud for being named honorable mention all conference in gymnastics recently.
Congratulations to Ashley Dohlen who was named to the Dean's List at Bethel University, St. Paul, for the 2009 fall semester.
Congratulations to Herman-Norcross speech students Paige and Landon Strand who recently won ribbons at the speech meet in Breckenridge.
Congratulations to Brady Gillespie (Curt and Judy) who was recently named a student of the quarter at Chokio-Alberta High School.
I have five deaths to report on this week: Tillie Hockert of Morris, formerly of Donnelly, passed away on Feb. 18. She was Mary Dripp's aunt.
Gordon Krosch of Alberta passed away on Feb. 19. Family members who survive him include a daughter Carol (Doug) Backman of Alberta and a granddaughter, Kathi (Walt) Biesterfeld, of Donnelly and their families.
Opal Heuer of Edina passed away on Feb. 18 in Edina. Her funeral will be held today (Saturday). Among her survivors is her brother-in-law Delroy (Gloria) Heuer and niece Deanna Heuer of Donnelly.
David Haynes of Donnelly passed away on Feb. 24. His funeral will be held today (Saturday). His wife is Bonnie Strand (Burton and Irene).
Elysia Buffington Moyle, daughter of Bill Madison of Calif. and Cheryl Madison-Johnson of Hoffman passed in Bismarck, N.D. following a courageous battle with cancer. Her grandparents, Ed and Irma Madison, ran a gas station at what is now Bruce Beyer's body shop in Donnelly for many years.
Landon Lucas Koehl was born on Feb. 15, 2010 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Lucas and Tracy Koehl of Morris. Grandparents are Roy and Jenell Koehl of Morris and Charles and Deb Hacker of Hancock. Great grandparents are Alice Wulf of Lester, Iowa, Donald and Janet Hacker of Hancock, Wanda LaSage of Arizona. Great-Great Grandma is Milla LeSage of Morris formerly of Donnelly.
Andy Brevig and I attended to Stevens County Republican convention in Morris on Feb. 19.
On Feb. 18, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended Bible study at St. John's in the morning. In the afternoon, I visited friends at the West Wind Village. I also attended church services there which were led by Pastor Judy.
On Feb. 21 I visited Opal Harstad and her son Vedar and daughter Karen Long at her apartment in Morris.
On Feb. 22, several of us attended the diabetes workshop at SCMC. In the evening, several former Donnelly area residents participated in the community meal at the Morris Senior Center.
On Feb. 23, Steve Fults and I attended the New Horizons Ag Services annual meeting in Morris. That afternoon, there were open houses at the new welcome center on the UMM campus and the WCROC headquarters building, as well as the pride of the prairie showcase at the student center. The office of the Center for Small Towns has been moved into the new welcome center so I had an opportunity to visit with David Fluegel also.
On Feb. 24, I stopped in to visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson and cousin Bev at their home in Donnelly and later with Wally McCollar in Morris. He informs me plans are progressing for his 55th class reunion in mid July with a mini reunion of Donnelly area kids included. If you have pictures or any other information be sure to let him know.