Friday, January 23, 2015

donnelly news

Next edition Jan 24th—30th
Welcome to another addition of the Donnelly news.
Weather news: the weather has been fairly mild during the past week some snow this week meant that snow removal equipment got a good work out again. Some freezing rain made for some very icy roadways on Sat. Highway 9 between Donnelly and Herman was closed for a while on Sat. due to an overturned cattle truck.
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: Kongsvinger’s annual meeting will be on Jan 25th at noon followed by a potluck dinner
Good shepherd news: none
Community news: The UMM College Republicans have scheduled Kristan Hawkins to give a lecture on February 3 at 7 pm in SCI 2950.(between the east and west wings of the science building) The topic will be "The Ugly Truth about Abortion: How it does more than just kill babies." Information on her and the organization can be found at http://www.yaf.org/Kristan-Hawkins.aspx.

Celebrations: Tiger gymnastics Three Rivers Gymnastics meet (Wahpeton / Breckenridge) Savannah Aanerud 1st Place on Bars, 2nd Place on Beam, 3rd Place on Floor, 2nd Place in All-Around; Long Prairie /Grey Eagle/ Browerville meet Savannah Aanerud 1st Place on Vault, 1st Place on Bars, 1st Place on Beam, Tied for 2nd Place on Floor, 1st Place in All-Around; jv Katie Giese Tied for 2nd Place on Floor; Shannon Kill Tied for 1st Place on Vault
Science fair: blue Ribbons: Kamren Sperr (7th gr.)Sydney Sperr and Kendra Wevely (9th)
Spelling bee top 20 participants included Kellen Erdahl 7th grade; Jackson Loge 5th grade
Jackson Loge was named to the math masters’ 5th grade team
Death notices: LouAnn Moen, Glenwood, passed away on Jan 14th survivors include her sister Judy (Glen) Heinrichs and their family of the Morris/ Donnelly area
Jim and Lou Eystad attended Ruby Olson's funeral at the Pedersen funeral home on Jan. 12th
Past week I attended visitation for Rita Mulcahy, at the Pedersen funeral home; memorial service for Evelyn Underwood at Kongsvinger, the f.i.r.s.t. robotics fundraiser at Morris area elementary school, the Good Shepherd annual meeting, the habit for humanity fundraiser at the Legion, the twins winter caravan at Morris area elementary school music auditorium, the community meal at Faith Lutheran and the Stevens county republican party executive council meeting. It was announced that the county convention will be held on Feb 20th at the legion.  Several members of the college republicans from umm were on hand and announced plans for some upcoming events next month. I also visited Cal and Jan Bumgardner at their home, and my aunt Pearl A. Anderson at the west central homes
Jan 21st I attended “burgers and a blessing” at the diamond supper club where I had an opportunity to visit a little with the new interim pastor at First Lutheran-Morris Pr. Don Berheim. He lives on a farm between Benson and Starbuck.



















Saturday, January 17, 2015

donnelly news

Next edition Jan 17th-23rd
Welcome to another addition of the Donnelly news.
Weather news: it has been a very cold week with -0 temps and strong winds making for some dangerous wind chills but temps are forecast to moderate later this week.
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: St. John’s annual meeting will be Jan 18th at noon followed by a potluck dinner. Service times will switch on that day with Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and St J at 11 a.m. Kongsvinger’s annual meeting will be on Jan 25th at noon followed by a potluck dinner
Plans are underway to once again utilize the shuffle board courts at St John’s by playing Sunday mornings about 9:45 A.M.
There are 3 radio broadcast scheduled for this year that need sponsorship contact the parish office for more details
Good shepherd news: the annual meeting will be on Jan 18th following worship services followed by a potluck dinner
The Jan newsletter for all 3 churches is now out extra copies are available in the back of all of them.
Stevens county Habit for humanity will have their annual pancake breakfast at the legion in Morris on Jan 18th from 8 am-12:30 pm free will offering
Community news: on Jan. 19th the bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 pm on main st at HD & co and the fireman will meet at the fire hall at 7 p.m.
Bar bingo starts on Jan. 16th at 7p.m. at “The Place to Be” in Donnelly to benefit the fire department
Donnelly rod & gun club is having their annual ice fishing contest today (Sat.) on Pome De Terre (Perkins) lake (public access) starting at 9 am
There will be an open house baby shower for Addison Lockrem (Tracey Kopel) at the Hedi Asmus home 8 riverside rd. in Morris from 3-5 pm on Jan 18th
Celebrations: MAHACA wrestling: Paynesville invite Jacob Speer 4th at 220#
Tiger gymnastics vs. big stones lake area meet Savannah Aanerud 3rd Place on Vault, 1st Place on Bars, 1st Place on Beam, 1st Place on Floor, 1st Place in All-Around; Jv action Katie Giese 1st Place on Beam, 3rd Place on Floor also 4th on the vault in varsity action; Moorhead meet: tigers took first in their division Savannah Aanerud took third overall. She took fourth on the vault, second on the bars, and tied for second with her floor routine.  Kourtney Geise is out for the season with an injury
Death notices: former Donnelly resident Evelyn Underwood passed away on Jan 9th her memorial services is at 10:30 am today (Sat.) at Kongsvinger Lutheran church rural Donnelly. As many of you know, she and her husband Bill worked in the Donnelly bank for many years.
Marion Sax of Hancock, passed away Jan 9th survivors include her stepsons’ former Donnelly area residents Wally, Curtis, Bob Jr. and the family of the late Donald (Tubby) Sax
Update on the community mentoring program that Jeanne Ennen started last spring. They now have a name RUSC Kinship (Raising Up Stevens County through mentoring) and board members including Matt Flogstad and Algene Larson from the Donnelly area
During coffee hour at Good Shepherd on Jan 11th we congratulated Jim and Lou Eystad on the occasion of their 61st wedding anniversary. 
Congratulations also go out to former Donnelly area residents Ken and Irene Van Horn who recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
On Jan 7th I helped out with NAPS at the sr. center in Morris and on the 14th attended “burgers and a blessing” at the met lounge, due to the cold weather and car trouble have not been out and about too much in the past few weeks except to stop in to see Wally McCollar and talk about his 60th class reunion this summer.









Thursday, January 8, 2015

donnelly news

Next edition Jan 10th-16th
Welcome to another addition of the Donnelly news.
Weather news: it has been a very cold week with -0 temps and strong winds making for some dangerous wind chills
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: St. John’s annual meeting will be Jan 18th at noon followed by a potluck dinner. Service times will switch on that day with Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and St J at 11 a.m. Kongsvinger’s annual meeting will be on Jan 25th at noon followed by a potluck dinner
Plans are underway to once again utilize the shuffle board courts at St John’s by playing Sunday mornings about 9:45 A.M.
There are 4 radio broadcast scheduled for this year that need sponsorship contact the parish office for more details



Good shepherd news: the annual meeting will be on Jan 18th following worship services followed by a potluck dinner
The Jan newsletter for all 3 churches is now out extra copies are available in the back of all of them.

Community news: on Jan. 12th the bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 p.m. at HD & co, the fireman will meet at the fire hall at 7 p.m.
Bar bingo starts on Jan. 16th at 7p.m. at “The Place To Be” in Donnelly to benefit the fire department
Celebrations: tiger gymnastics: Paynesville meet: Savannah Aanerud Tied for 3rd Place on Vault, 1st Place on Bars, 2nd Place on Beam, 1st Place on Floor, 2nd Place in All-Around; junior varsity: Katie Giese 1st Place on Vault, Tied for 2nd Place on Bars, 2nd Place on Beam, 4th Place on Floor, 1st Place in All-Around; Shannon Kill Tied for 5th Place on Vault
Death notice Florence Larson of Willmar passed away on Jan 2nd survivors include her sister, former Donnelly resident Evelyn Underwood and her family
If you are going to put news for me in one of my Donnelly “mailboxes” please do so by noon Mon, although I usually check them late Tue a.m. ;on occasion I do check them Mon aft or evening if I am in Donnelly for a meeting or something else. If you are going to send it via other means (e-mail, phone calls, Facebook private message etc.), or put it in the McCollar jewelry “mailbox”, please do so by Tue evening, as that is when I usually do the most work on my column, however I can accept news until my deadline to submit the column which is 3 p.m. Thursday. I try my best to keep up with things like births ,deaths, weddings, other celebrations etc. ,but I do miss some on occasion so fell free to fill me in I miss something, while I have lived  here all my life I do not know everybody ,esp. some of the younger kids.









Wednesday, December 31, 2014

donnelly news

Next edition Jan 3rd-10th
Welcome to another addition of the Donnelly news.
Weather news: well after fairly nice Christmas weekend it is back to the deep freeze this week with –0 temps and cold wind chills
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: there will be no Sunday school on Jan 3rd. the annual meetings will be Jan 18th @ St. John’s and Jan 25th @ Kongsvinger both at noon. Service times will switch on the 18th.
Good shepherd news: be sure to look at our beautiful new church sign when driving past the church. This boulder sign was made possible in part by memorial donations.
John Craig Beem of Alexandria passed away Dec 26th. He was one of the pastors who led services when we had services at the Prairie Inn

Community news: the city council and Rendsville 4-h club will meet on Jan 5th at 7 p.m. at the city hall and St John’s church in Donnelly. The bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 p.m. on main St. on Jan 12th.

Celebrations: Morris- Benson area storm hockey peewees recently took first place at Dakota premier classic in Brookings SD, Brady Loge was a member of that team his dad Ryan was a coach
Morris Area H.S. knowledge bowl team “Morris mahogany” finished 4th in the Concordia college meet Adam Uphoff was a member of that team
Death notices: Ruth Vipond of Herman passed away on Dec 27th survivors include her nephew Doug Gulbrandson and his family.
Calvin Mattheis of Morris passed away Dec 24th survivors include his daughter Barb (Wayne) Stoneburg of Willmar.  Wayne is a former Donnelly resident.
Neil Sperr, 82, of Donnelly, died Tuesday, December 30th a memorial gathering for him will be held today (Sat) 1-3 pm at the Erickson smith funeral home in Elbow Lake.
On Christmas Eve I attended the living nativity at Faith Lutheran, candlelight services at Good shepherd-Morris and St John’s Lutheran church in Donnelly. Christmas day I attended services at Good Shepherd , the community Dinner at First Lutheran, visited some residents at the West Wing Village, to wish them a Merry Christmas and also Ruth Strand at the west central homes where she was enjoying a family Christmas dinner. I also visited Lou Eystad in the hospital on Sun afternoon; she was able to return home on Dec. 30th. She informs me that a 100th birthday is planned for her aunt Marlys Alm in Feb.
Thank you to “Santa” for the fruit basket he left at my house last week












Thursday, December 25, 2014

christmas pictures













#1 me #2 t bee royalty in Morris parade # 3 mark koepke with family and friends at Pizza ranch in July his sister pd him a brief visit #4 my new cart #5 friend Inga Mae Urke with grand prize at glenwood fair #6 t bee royalty at dance #7 kids at Santa day in donnelly #8 t bee royalty and santa #9 deaconess deb and t. bee royalty and and santa # 9 St j-donnelly #10 & 12 new signs at gslc-Morris and me at cc mall

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Morris Minn. Christmas 2014
“Silent night, holy night, all is calm all is bright” With the words of this familiar hymn I greet you once again with my annual Christmas letter.
Weather news:It was a very cold winter ,with a lot of -0 temps, and snow, a late spring again, it was late May, before major fieldwork got going, but once they got going ,farmers were able to get crops in w/out too much trouble, some local heavy rains during the early summer led to some crops getting drowned out, and major damage to the local library and St. Mary’s school here in Morris ,by mid- summer things dried out, but some timely rains gave crops a good boost. Harvest proceed without too many delays, yields were good although not as good as previous yrs. Most farmers were done by early Nov. and just in time, as winter returned early this yr. with about a ft. of snow and some cold weather on Nov 11th. Mid Dec brought some unseasonably mild weather that melted a lot of the snow, but it did not last long.
Church news Rev. Mary Dodgson who had been our interim pastor at St. John’s/ Kongsvinger since early Oct ‘13, resigned her position in Oct., she and her sister moved back to the cities. A farewell dinner for her was held on Oct 12th, her final day here was Oct 15th. Rev Rochelle Anderson from Morris, filled in for several weeks, until Deaconess Deb Robinson from St Joseph MN accepted our call to be the new interim pastor, her first Sun here was Nov 30th; we had a welcoming dinner for her on Dec 7th at Kong.  Discussion is still ongoing as to the future of our parish. We had two young people confirmed in our parish this year. Other events included ss program at Kong. , Klcw advent brunch, 4th of July celebration, community block party featuring the music of the Orpheum family from Grand Rapids MN, a number of joint services and the usual assortment of pot luck meals.   GSLC news: this summer PR. Mike and Martha Hanson sold their house in Glenwood and bought the First Lutheran pastors house in Morris, moving into it on Aug 1st, his wife accepted a job teaching in Brainerd ,he stayed in Morris for a few months ,until accepting a call in that area. It is a very nice house, close to the school, and a nice big green lot next to it. PR. Martha resigned as pastor of St John’s-Starbuck in July to become a full time mother, and pastor’s wife, she helps out with ss at GS now, we shared VBS with Zion this summer, Sun a.m. adult Ed was discontinued in favor of weekly bible studies,. We had a special service to remember the victims of abortion; advent and Lenten services, the new addition has made things much nicer esp. during coffee hr. a new “boulder” sign was recently installed in front of the church funded in part by memorial gifts.  Future projects include paving the parking lot, and putting a steeple on the church. Other church events were living nativity at faith, a concert by the Hainey family in Elbow Lake, “new wine” homecoming concert at First-Morris, feed my starving children had another successful packing event in Morris again this summer, paraphrase theatre, and All state Lutheran choir concert at the LCMC church in Alex, captive free- great plains concert at the Kensington LCMC church, and Dakota road in concert at Trinity-Cyrus
Community news our annual Donnelly threshing bee featured some nice ford TRs this year with the horse pull and parade popular attractions again this year. Next yr. we will celebrate our 50th with a double feature anything made in 1965 and farmal tractors and machinery feature. We had good attendance at ice cream social and Halloween party this year; our royalty were busy representing Donnelly again this yr. at about 2 dozen parades and other events
Family news: As I am out and about the three most common questions I get are: “how do you like living in town”, “How you are doing”? And “How is Mark doing?” While I am happy in town, and glad to have a nice home, in a nice location, I do miss the country esp. in the summer time “You can take a boy of the county but not the country out of the boy” I get my “fix” by making trips to Donnelly, usually at least once a week, often times going across country to see what the farmers are doing, how the crops look etc. I bought a good used electric golf cart this summer, after giving up on my old gas one, after it kept burning out the coil and also invested in a used snow blower (easier on my back). My health is fair, blood sugars are better, still working on getting them more consistent ,as I tell people as long as I can get up in the morning and put two feet in front of ea. other I am doing ok. Mark is also doing well too; the follow-ups to his eye surgery last fall have all been good. He is scheduled to go to Mayo in Rochester early next yr. for some tests in his skin. His sister Linda, and her sister in law Sue, surprised him with a brief visit here this summer, she is hoping that she and her brothers Jimmy and Bobby will be able to come back this summer for the Herman all school reunion. We do not see ea. other as much as we used to, as he has his interests and I have mine, and usually are not the same. I am still writing my weekly column Donnelly news for the Morris paper I continue to receive a lot of compliments for it .esp. from former residents as I have found out “you can take a kid out of Donnelly but you cannot take Donnelly out of the kid” When not doing that I spend a lot of time on-line esp. on Facebook.  I was on the road again a lot this summer traveling to many community celebrations, fairs, parades and other events in the area. The rest of my family is “status quo” my aunt Pearl lives in apt here in Morris, I go visit her on occasion, my cousin Jan and her husband Dennis still live and work in Alex, my other cousins Carl (Billy) his wife Pat and sister Elnora are still in SC, I am still a member of the donnelly community club, Stevens co genealogical society, and the Stevens co rep party.  My contact info is e-mail aeanders@fedtel.net  ph. 585-6435( h) 288-8692 (c) ad is 11 e 9th st morris MN 56267 my website is donnellyminn.blogspot.com
One of the signs that you are getting older is the increasing # of visitations and/or funerals you wind up going to during the yr. and decreasing # of celebrations birthday parties, anniversaries etc. you go to. I did attend two significant ones this yr. a 60th wedding celebration for some friends, and a 99th birthday party for a former Donnelly resident at the nursing home in Morris.
Wishing you a very blessed and happy Christmas The Anderson‘s:   Allen and “Pr Buttons”


Dear Deaconess Deb this letter is a family tradition, 50+ yrs. ago my mom got the idea to start writing it after reading about it in a farm mag and started doing it.  She wrote it out long hand, and then usually found somebody to type it up for her, and had it mimeographed at the Donnelly school. As I grew up I began to help her esp. after I took typing in h.s. By then we could have it copied it at the bank. After I graduated from h.s I started doing more of it, then after she became ill I have continued on with the help from family and friends and now modern technology (i.e. computer & printer) make it a much easier job. My mom had a stroke in ’88 and spent the next 6 years in the Morris nursing home, my dad passed away in ’05 he was 97 years old. I have no brothers or sisters they were married late in life and she lost her first child was told she could no longer have other children but God knew better and a few yrs. later I came along. Mark is a former neighbor of mine who moved back up here after spending 30+ years in FL. He stayed with me for several months until he found an apt of his own, he is the one who named my cat Pr. Buttons.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

donnelly news

Next edition Dec. 20th-26th
Welcome to another addition of the Donnelly news Merry Christmas to all my loyal readers out there. Quick reminder early deadlines for the next two weeks
Weather news: After an unseasonably mild weekend in which much of the snow melted, winter retuned on Monday with freezing drizzle in the early aft, which turned into snow later in the day making for very difficult driving conditions late Mon afternoon and eve.   It continued to snow most of Tue.
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: The Sunday school program will be presented during joint services at St John’s on Dec 21st at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck dinner
Services on Christmas Eve will be at 9 P.M. at ST. John’s; on Christmas day they will be at 10 A.M. at Kongsvinger
There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on Dec. 28 at 10 A.M. no Sunday school
Good shepherd news: there will be services on Christmas Eve at 4:30 P.M.; and at 10 A.M. on Christmas day
The bible study that was cancelled on Dec 16th due to the weather will be held on at 10 am on Dec 23rd instead.
Other church news: The “Living Nativity” program will be presented at Faith Lutheran-Morris on Dec 24th at 3 P.M. and 5:15 P.M.
Community Christmas dinner at First Lutheran-Morris at noon on Christmas day
Community news: the bookmobile will be in town on Dec. 22nd at 3 pm
HD & CO 15th anniversary open house today (Saturday) 8 a.m. –noon at the store in Donnelly
Death notices: none
Celebrations: tiger wrestling: Grant county invitational: Tigers 7th; Jacob Speer 4th 220 lbs.
Tiger gymnastics Milbank meet: Kourtney Giese 4th Place on Beam, 3rd Place in All-Around Savannah Aanerud 5th Place on Beam, 5th Place on Floor, 4th Place in All-Around; junior varsity Katie Giese placed fourth in all-around competition.
Jerry and Joan Kopacek were among the many who braved the dense fog to attended the VFW 5th District meeting in Starbuck Dec 14th.
Past week I attended the Sunday school programs at Good shepherd-Morris and Faith-Morris; open house retirement party at the soil water conversation office for George Libbon the open house at the new Thrivent office in Morris in the theater arcade building visitation and the funeral for James Peterson, his wife was the librarian when I went to school in Morris
A good crowd was on hand in Donnelly on Dec 13th for the community club dinner and Santa’s visit. Thanks to the community club members and spouses for making and serving the delicious  meal, the threshing  bee royalty for helping with Santa’s visit ,to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule at the North Pole to come to Donnelly to visit with the kids.  It was too mild for his reindeer, so several members of the Donnelly fire department picked him up and brought him to Donnelly.