There will be a fundraising pancake breakfast for Neimackl Lake Park on March 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Herman American Legion.
I have a long list of achievements to report this week. Congratulations to:
Levin Strand placed first in the Herman Cub Scout's pinewood derby.
Cody Amundson, a member of the West Central Area FCCLA, earned a trip to the state with his presentation. His parents are Gary and Dianne Amundson of Barrett and his grandfather is Cliff Bjorlin of Donnelly.
Herman-Norcross speech team members Paige and Landon Strand who has earned 1st and 3rd place ribbons at the Morris speech meet.
Aryn Parker recently earned Honorable mention in the Youth Flag art design competition. Her parents are Jake and Mindy Eystad.
Sarah Burke made the dean's list at the College of St. Benedict.
Jake Long finished second in his class at the state wrestling tournament. He finishes his career with over 200 wins. The following MAHS students are to be congratulated for winning ribbons at the science fair: Zach Geise, Makenzie Smith, Jana Loher, Jesse Vavra, Tom Holland, John Huebner, and Kourtney Giese.
The Morris FFA Ag Salesmanship team finished 2nd in regional competition and advanced to state competition. Tom Holland is a member of that team and finished 5th individually.
The Morris FFA Jr. Officer team also recently placed first in the Regional Novice Parliamentary Procedure CDE. Members of the team include Sami Searle, Kendra Speer and Katlin Van Horn.
Ed Lund of Alex passed away recently. His survivors include his sister Corrine (Harry) Kruize of Donnelly.
Dona (Wolking) Agosti, age 85, formerly of Donnelly passed away on March 9. Her family ran the Wolking station at what is now the site of the Donnelly Co-op.
Gloria Mae (Gerber) Brouwer, age 78, of Sioux City, Iowa, formerly of Donnelly passed away Friday, March 5.
Mason Sakari Torma was born on March 6 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Andrea Bergstrom and Joha Torma of Morris. Grandparents are Becky Bergstrom of Donnelly and the late Charles Bergstrom and Sharon Torma of Hancock and the late Simo Torma. Great grandparents are Burton and Irene Strand of Donnelly and Lennie Torma of Wahpeton, N.D.
Austin Reid Werner was born Feb. 24, to Brian and Kristi Werner of Lamberton. Grandparents are Tom and Kelly Claassen of Chokio, Dan and Jeanne Koehntop of Donnelly and Al and Janice Werner of Sanborn. Great grandmother is Lois Koehntop of Donnelly.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I traveled to Hancock on March 6 for the West Central Area Word Alone chapter meeting. The next Word Alone meeting is in April at Fron Lutheran Church of Starbuck. Please note the change of day due to the Easter holiday.
Jim and Lou Eystad recently traveled to Springfield for the baby shower for Isaac Johnson. They were overnight guests of the Johnson family and attended church with them before returning home.
On March 9, the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser was held at Old No. 1. The Kopacek family and I attended the Learning Unlimited meeting at Morris Library on March 10.
Pearl A. Anderson visited Pearl (Albert) Anderson on March 5.
Julie and Mike Olgardad, Lisa and Mariak spent the weekend at the Allen and Joyce Olson home in Donnelly. Other visitors were Tami and Damian McAllister; Alyssa and Braden of Fargo; Tim and Shannon Olson Emily and Connor of Albany and Scott and Stephanie Olson, Bryon and Jainen of Morris. They all helped Braden celebrate his 5th birthday.
Donnelly Co-op manager Bob Burner shared some information about the Co-op that was shared at their annual meeting. The Donnelly Co-op had a good year in 2009. It was not the record setting year that 2008 was, but it mirrored the trend set by most companies. Sales were projected to be down $1.5 million due to reduced volume of fertilizer and petroleum products. Sales were actually down only $675,000. The Co-op showed positive earnings of $204,000 compared to $436,000 in 2008. Guest speaker Milt Lund assured patrons that the Donnelly Co-op is very secure. Both directors up for reelection were re-elected to the board.