Thursday, November 20, 2014

donnelly news

Next edition Nov 22nd-29th

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news. This being thanksgiving week I want to a huge thank you to all my loyal readers who made my column the success it is. Manga Takk!!
Weather news: cold and snowy are the operable words for the past week, no major snow but enough to blow and drift and keep snow removable equipment busy.
St John’s/Kongsvinger news:  Services on Nov 23rd will be at 8:30 a.m.at Kongsvinger and at 11 a.m.at St John’s with Sunday School at St. John’s
The Kongsvinger fall festival will be held on Nov 23rd starting at 11 a.m.at the parish hall. On the menu will be a variety of salads(NO HOTDISHES) along with pork chops plus there will be lots of baked good available for sale including the usual assortment of Scandinavian goodies as well as many raffle items ,tickets available at the door. The confirmation kids will also be selling honey for the Dakota boy’s ranch during it, and during thanksgiving eve services.
The parish is collecting food for the food shelf during Nov. and will also have a hat/mitten/scarf/gift tree in the back of both churches for the next month or so.

Thanksgiving eve worship service will be held on November 26, at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Church. A time of coffee and fellowship will follow the service. Everyone is welcome.
The Kongsvinger Relay for Life team will be busing tables for tips at the Pizza Ranch in Morris on Monday, December 1 from 5-8 p.m.
No KLCW meeting on Dec 4th.
Good shepherd news Thanksgiving eve services on Nov 26th at 7 p.m.

There will be a thanksgiving community meal at the United Methodist church in Herman on Nov 27th from noon to 1 pm

Community news: The Donnelly fire department’s annual turkey bingo will be held on Nov 21st at the community hall starting at 7 p.m. and the bookmobile will be in town on Nov 24th at 3:30 P.M. on main St.
Death notices: Wilber Gades of Starbuck passed away on Nov. 12th. I was among those who attended his funeral on Nov. 17th at Zion in Morris. Survivors include his son Barry (Donna) Gades of Cyrus and a niece Joan (Randy) Fults of Donnelly and their families. Barry is the president of our Donnelly community club;
Celebrations: the Tiger Junior varsity football team had an undefeated season players included Dakota Lupke and Levin Strand
McKenzie Smith was named one of the Minnesota State University Moorhead/Courtyard by Marriott Athletes of the Week of Nov. 3rd-9th.
Riley Biesterfeld was named honorable mention on the West Central Conference-all conference team in football
The Morris Area Elementary school’s 5th-6th grade orange tackle football team won the Willmar youth football championship ;members of that team included Maddox Erickson and Brady Loge, his dad Ryan Loge was a coach, the black team finished 4th team members included, Jackson Loge, Jordan Moser, Austin and Tristan Raths and Brandon Jergenson, his dad Rob Jergenson was a coach
The threshing bee royalty were part of the parade of lights in Morris, before the parade I enjoyed some music by UMM choral department. I also attended some holiday open houses at McCollar Jewelry and other places that eve.
                                                                                                                            
 Mark and I attended the visitation for Joyce Huebner at the funeral home. I also attended her funeral at First Lutheran which afforded me an opportunity to visit with Dan Sevig the son of Rev Alfred Sevig a former pastor at Kongsvinger and a former neighbor (Mrs. Strand) that I had not seen in about 50 years.
Past week I also attended the open house at Someplace Safe, the presentation by Rev Tim Swanson from the Institute for Lutheran theology at Good Shepherd, the movie “God is Not Dead” at Zion Lutheran, and had lunch with Pr Mike Hanson at the common cup coffee house.



















Friday, November 14, 2014

DONNELLY NEWS

Next edition Nov 15th-21st

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news.

Weather news: winter has officially arrived with about a foot of snow on Mon. so the order of the day on Tuesday was to dig out. Special thanks to the Good Samaritan who blew out my sidewalk this week.  I think most farmers had most of their crops harvested and fall fieldwork done b/4 the snow came although I saw a un-harvested corn field by Starbuck on Sun
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St John’s on Nov 16th at 11 A.M with Sunday school also at St John’s at 9:45 a.m.  Services on Nov 23rd will be at 8:30 a.m.at Kongsvinger and at 11 a.m.at St John’s with ss at St. John’s
There will be a lefse baking day is today (Sat) at 9 a.m. for the Kong fall festival on Nov 23rd 
The Kongsvinger fall festival will be held on Nov 23rd starting at 11 a.m.at the parish hall. On the menu will be a variety of  salads along with pork chops plus there will be lots of baked good available for sale including the usual assortment of Scandinavian goodies. Tickets available at the door
Thanksgiving eve worship service will be held on November 26, at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Church. A time of coffee and fellowship will follow the service. Everyone is welcome.
Churches united servant event will be held on Nov 30th   in Moorhead. Items can dropped off at the parish office contact the parish office or read the parish newsletter for more details.
Good shepherd news Pr. Tim Swenson from the Institute of Lutheran Theology will be the guest preacher during the 9 a.m. services on Nov 16th and also during Adult Ed after coffee hour.
Other church news: “Burgers and a Blessing” sponsored by Faith and First Lutheran churches of Morris will be on hiatus until after the holidays.
Community news: No community club meetings until next year. Firemen will meet on Nov 17th at the fire hall at 7 P.M. Their annual turkey bingo will held on Nov 21st at the hall starting at 7 p.m. and the bookmobile will be in town on Nov 24th at 3:30 P.M. on main St.
Death notices: former Donnelly area resident Joyce Huebner of Morris passed away on Nov 11th her funeral is today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran- Morris
Celebrations: Fallon Chantal Meixel and Wade Michael Backman were united in marriage on June 28 at the Alexandria Covenant Church. Parents of the couple are Chuck Meixel and Deb Powell and Steve and Cathy Backman. Grandparents of the bride are Chuck and Sherry Meixel and George and Shirley Libbon. Grandparents of the groom are Elizabeth Ascheman, the late John Backman Jr., and the late Leonard and Violet Wulf. The couple is currently residing near Morris.
Further evidence that every vote counts: after a recount in Stevens county commissioner district 5 there was a tie between Phil Gausman and Laurie Vara, Phil won the tie breaker and will continue to serve as county commissioner.
                                                                                                                            
Past week I attended the meatball supper at Faith Lutheran-Morris and visitation for Cora Stone at the Starbuck funeral home (I sold my wind charger on the farm to her son Arne)
A reminder that if you are going to be flying south for the winter,: “Going to Grandma’s House” for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas or otherwise going to be out of town for a while you can always read my column on-line at the Sun-Tribune website, my blog Donnellyminn.blogspot.com, and keep up on news via the Donnelly news page on Facebook.




















Thursday, November 6, 2014

donnelly news

Next edition Nov 8th-14th

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news; this edition is dedicated to the memory of my aunt Mabel Van Olst who passed away on Nov 10th 2002.
Weather news: It has been a cold week saw some snow flurries in the air Wed. evening, most corn is harvested and fall fieldwork is also just about done too. Talked to a farmer friend who said the crop was dry, yields down some but still good.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at Kongsvinger on Nov.9th (no Sunday school) and on the 16th at St John’s both at 11 A.M with Sunday school at St John’s. The parish newsletter is now out copies are available in the back of both churches
There will be a lefse baking day is Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. for the Kong fall festival on Nov 23rd
Churches united servant event will be held on Nov 30th   in Moorhead. Items can dropped off at the parish office contact the parish office or read the parish newsletter for more details.
Other church news: There will be a Meatball dinner at Faith-Morris on Nov 12 starting at 4:30 P.M.
Community news: No community club meetings until next year. Firemen will meet on Nov 10th and 17th at the fire hall at 7 P.M. Their annual turkey bingo will held on Nov 21st at the hall and the bookmobile will be in town on Nov 10th at 3:30 P.M. on main St.
Death notices: None
Celebrations Savannah Aanerud finished 35th in the state cross country meet at St Olaf in Northfield on Nov 1st
Doug Cardwell received an award for his life saving efforts at the Ducks Unlimited banquet in Morris
Theodore Kurtis Standfuss was born on October 28, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital to Kari and Nathan Standfuss of Big Lake. Grandparents are Lyle and Beverly Kruize of Hancock and Bruce and Barbara Standfuss of Sunburg. Great grandparents are Phyllis Harstad of Benson and Vernon Kruize of Donnelly.
Election results: Jeanne Ennen was reelected as a county commissioner Walt Biesterfeld as mayor and Rose Athey to city council; Dale Ennen was elected to the other council seat. Greg Fynboh was elected as soil and water commissioner dist. 2 and proving that every vote counts Laurie Vavra won her commissioner seat by two votes
A good group of kids was on hand at the Donnelly Hall on Oct 31st for the annual Halloween party. Again I was glad I was not a judge lot of great costumes there. After the show, I attended the birthday celebration for Cindy Dahlen at the Herman bar and grill.
Many Donnelly area residents were among those of us who enjoyed a lutefisk supper at First Lutheran-Morris
Reminder you can always read my column on-line at Donnellyminn.blogspot.com and keep up on news via the Donnelly news page on Facebook.




















Thursday, October 30, 2014

donnelly news

Next edition Nov 1st-7th

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news;
Weather news: after a nice weekend the weather has done a 180 degree turn and turned cold and rainy. I was told that the corn had really dried down a lot during the stretch of nice sunny weather we had and picking was going really good

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: on Nov 2nd there will be joint services at Kongsvinger @ 11 A.M. afterwards there will be an informational meeting to discuss the future of the parish.
There will be a Baking day for Scandinavian goodies for the fall festival on Nov. 5th; lefse baking day is Nov. 15 at 9 a.m.
Other church news: Scandinavian heritage (lutefisk and/or ham) dinner at First Lutheran –Morris on Nov 5th from 3-7 p.m. at the church 
There will be a Meatball dinner at Faith-Morris on Nov 12 starting at 4:30 P.M.
Community news the Stevens county genealogical society will meet on Nov 6th at West Wind village room 108 @1:30 P.M.
Donnelly city council and Rendsville 4-h will meet on Nov 3rd. at city hall and at the Andy Aanerud farm (note change of venue) both at 7 p.m.
No community club meetings until next year. Fireman will meet on Nov 10th & 17th at the fire hall @ 7 P.M. the bookmobile will be in town on Nov 10th at 3:30 P.M. on main St.
Nov 4th is Election Day most voters in the Donnelly area will vote at the community hall
Death notices: None
Celebrations: Tiger cross country section 6A girls (5th) Savannah Aanerud 5th (state qualifier) Becca Holland (81st); boys (17th) Dalton Uphoff (148)
Peggy Jergenson on her new job as a Raymond James finical advisor at Bremer bank
Irelynn Jo Huebner was born on September 20, 2014 to Darick and Jessica Huebner of Morris. Grandparents are Ron and Becky Draper of Chokio, Mark and Mary Huebner of Morris, and Catherine Stine of Alexandria. The Huebner families are former Donnelly area residents
Jack Steven Backman was born on October 21, 2014 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Eric and Bridget Backman of Morris. Grandparents are Steve and Cathy Backman of Morris, Duane Adams of LeSueur, and Becki and Ronnie Schmitz of Belle Plaine. Great grandparents are Liz Ascheman of Morris, Ruth Adams of LeSueur, Arnie and LaDonna Brummond of Lake Crystal. Steve and Liz are former Donnelly area residents
Oct 18th Jerry and Joan Kopacek helped with the annual Luther Crest Bible Camp Quilt Auction at Alexandria.
In the past week I attended the Dakota road concert at Trinity in Cyrus, the “teddy Roosevelt” performance at the museum in Morris, the fall into health event at MAES and the girls volley playoff game.
For those of you who get the on-line edition of the news there is a Halloween party at the Donnelly hall on Oct 31st from 5:30-7 P.M. and also at the “the place to be” in the eve.






















Thursday, October 23, 2014

donnelly news

Next edition Oct 25th-31st

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news; this week’s edition is dedicated to the memory of my Dad who passed away on Oct 31st 2005
Weather news: weather has been fairly nice the past week with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures, I see a lot of corn is being picked; I was told that it has dried down considerably in recent weeks.
In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St John’s at 11 a.m. on Oct. 26th; S.S. will also be at St John’s on Sunday. On Oct. 26th at St John’s and again on Nov 2nd at Kongsvinger there will be an informational meeting to discuss the future of the parish
There will be a Baking day for Scandinavian goodies for the fall festival on Nov. 5th, lefse baking day is Nov. 15 at 9 a.m.
If you are in need of pastoral care contact the parish office at 246-3211


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Other church news: Trinity Lutheran Cyrus mission jubilee today (Sat) starting at 6 p.m. with appetizers, silent auction, etc., followed Dakota road in concert at 7 p.m. followed by dessert fantasy, and live auction. They will also be playing at services on Oct 26th at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner
Scandinavian heritage (lutefisk and/or ham) dinner at First Lutheran –Morris on Nov 5th from 3-7 p.m. at the church 
 Bob Sorge “Passion for Jesus” will be at the Morris Area Elementary Concert Hall today (Sat) 7-9 p.m. and on Sunday Oct 26 9:30-11 a.m. sponsored by Hosanna Worship Center, Morris Area Community church, and Intervarsity fellowship of UMM ph.287-1789 for more info
St. Mary’s Chokio fall bazaar is today (Sat) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

There will be a Heart’s Desire conference “Real Housewives of Stevens County” at the Hosanna worship center –Morris on Nov. 4th at 7 p.m.
Community news the Stevens county geological society will meet on Nov 6th at West Wind village room 108
Donnelly city council and Rendsville 4-h will meet on Nov 3rd. at city hall and at the Andy Aanerud farm (note change of venue) both at 7 p.m.
Nov 4th is Election Day most voters in the Donnelly area will vote at the community hall
Death notices: former Donnelly area resident Elaine Carol Henrichs of Morris passed away on Oct 16th, I was among those who attended her visitation on Oct 19th at the Pedersen funeral home
Lee Ernst of Alberta passed away on Oct 18 survivors include his brother in law Fred Sperr and sister in law Elizabeth Aschman, both are former Donnelly area residents
Agnes Baukol of Starbuck, MN passed away on Oct 19th survivors include her son David (Dianne Christofferson) Baukol of Glenwood. Dianne is a former Donnelly area resident.
Celebrations: Kourtney Geise was named to all-tournament team at the Brainerd invite
Fall athletes of the week include Dalton Uphoff, Brooke Gillespie, and Savannah Aanerud
At the VFW auxiliary membership meeting held recently Shirley Libbon and Carlyon Smith, were recognized for being members for 35 and 45 years.
Mary Elizabeth Lonergan and Matthew Ray Cullum were united in marriage on July 26, 2014 at the West Pomme Lodge in Morris, Minn.; Parents of the couple are Dave and Elsie Lonergan of Morris and Mike and Terri Cullum of Neenah, Wis.
At the Sons of Norway meeting Monday 20 October, Ricky Aanerud [grandson of former Donnelly area resident the late Victor Aanerud,] showed part of his collection of items made from birch bark and talked about the importance of using birch bark in the old Scandinavian culture.

Past week Wally McCollar and I attended the visitation and funeral for Bob Libbon, Steve Fults and I attended the candidates’ forum at the legion Paul Speer and I attended the school board meeting in Donnelly. I also attended the 50th anniversary celebration at the U.S. fish and wildlife office in Morris and the auction preview at the Richard Kruize farm by Donnelly
It has been a while since I have provided my contact info e-mail aeandersatfedtel.net ph. 585-6435-H 288-8692-(c) snail mail 11 E 9th st Morris
Reminder that my deadline for submitting my column to the paper is mid aft Thurs. so keep that in mind if you have any news for me .







Thursday, October 16, 2014

donnelly news

Next edition Oct 18th-24th

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news;
Weather news: weather has been fairly nice the past week with sunshine and mild temps, bean harvest is pretty much complete, a friend said it was about average, they were going to wait for the corn to dry some more before starting to pick it.
In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at St John’s at 11 a.m. on Oct. 19th and 26th; ss will also be at St John’s at 9:45a.m. ,both Sundays. On Oct. 26th at St John’s and again on Nov 2nd at Kongsvinger there will be an informational meeting to discuss the future of the parish
On Oct 19th services will be broadcast on KMRS (1230) or on the web at 11 am sponsored by Lois Koehentop and family in memory of Stan
Good Shepherd Lutheran church news: a 5 week evening bible study “How to preach Christ” will continue thought Nov 12th at the church there are boxes in the back for Operation Christmas Child. The tithe of the month is Bread to the Nations coffee money goes to the Salvation Army red kettle campaign
The Oct. newsletters for the parish and Good Shepherd are now out; extra copies are available in the back of all three churches.   

Other church news: Trinity Lutheran Cyrus mission jubilee Oct 25 starting at 6 pm with appetizers, silent auction, etc. followed Dakota road in concert at 7 pm followed by dessert fantasy, and live auction. They will also be play at services at Trinity on Oct 26th at 10:30 am followed by dinner
Community news the Morris Area School board will meet on Oct 20th at 6 p.m. at the town hall in Donnelly; this is a change from what is on the school calendar
Death notices: Bob Libbon of Morris passed away on Oct 14th survivors include his brother George (Shirley) Libbon of the Donnelly area
Former Donnelly area resident Eliane Henrichs of Morris passed away on Oct 16th visitation is Oct 19th 2-4 pm at the Pedersen funeral home in Morris
Celebrations: at the recent 4-h awards show Lori Moser was given the extra  mile  award; Lee & Judy Johnston received the friends of 4-h award  , for a complete list of winners (too numerous to list here )read the article about the show in the Oct 12th Morris Sun Tribune or in the on-line edition
Chase Steven Neil Blume was born on September 8 at Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria, to Steve and Amanda Blume of Herman.  . Grandparents are Neil and Pat Blume of Herman and Doug and Peggy Kill of Morris.  Great-grandparents are Mavis Blume of Barrett, Larry and Vera Kill of Morris, and former Donnelly area resident Evelyn Kopel of Mankato


Tiger Cross Country: Sauck Centre ;girls(second )Savanah Aanenurd( 2nd );Becca Holland (30th), JV Auddy Sperr (13th) ;boys( tenth )Dalton Lupke( 61st) JV Bo Gullickson (57th) ;Benson girls second ,Savannah (7th), Becca (29th) ,JV Auddy (7th)boys (6th) ,Dalton 46th ;JV Bo (20th) West Central Conference; girls(first)Savannah( 1st )Becca (28th );boys( 5th )Dalton (26th )JV Bo (29th)
Tiger volley ball team won the Fergus tournament recently and took 2nd in the Brainerd tournament Brooke Gillespie and Kourtney Geise are members of that team.


Past week, Mark and I attended the fall fest at St John’s  and vendor sale at the hall in Donnelly on Oct 11th he also attended the spaghetti supper at the legion that eve. I also attended the meet the candidates forum at the Morris American legion, the Hancock fireman’s supper in Hancock visited Vedar and Opal Harstad in their apt in Morris, confirmation services for Samantha Greiner at st John’s and the farewell dinner for Pr Mary afterwards, visited Irene Strand and  Geesien Kill at the Heritage apartments ,stopped by Jack Fuchs to say goodbye ,as he and Hedi are  leaving for Texas for the winter and the visitation for Elanda Hanson at the Pedersen funeral home, her daughter and son in law are friends of mine
The final meeting of the Donnelly community club for the year was held on Oct 13th. It was announced that the annual Halloween party will be held later this month and Santa day will be Dec 13th more info about both events later. After the meeting we sang happy birthday to Corrine Kruize and enjoyed some birthday cupcakes. Reminder that next year’s bee is our 50th anniversary show Aug. 29th and 30th the features will be ih and everything made in ‘65









Thursday, October 9, 2014

donnelly news

Next edition Oct 11th-17th

Welcome another edition of the Donnelly news;
Weather news: After a very cold weekend the weather has moderated some this week.  Bean harvest is wrapping up and I see some sugar beet trucks going through Morris.
In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: The St John’s fall fest is today (Saturday) from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. there will be a dinner served, rummage, bake and card sale and raffle
Rev. Mary Dodgson our interim pastor for the past year has announced that she will be leaving that position on   Oct 15th, her last Sunday in the parish, will be Oct 12th, which will also be confirmation Sunday. Services will be at St John’s at 11 a.m. followed by a pot luck farewell dinner for Pr Mary. There will also be joint services at St John’s at 11 a.m. on Oct. 19th and 26th
Kongsvinger Lutheran church women guest night  will be Oct. 15th beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kongsvinger parish hall “we’re a sister act so let’s act” will include hearing highlights from the 9th triennial convention and gathering of the women of the ELCA by Algene Larson who attended it this past summer
Good Shepherd Lutheran church news: Sign up is underway for a 5 week evening bible study “How to preach Christ” which will start on Oct 15th @ 7 p.m. at the church
The Oct. newsletters for the parish and Good shepherd are now out; extra copies are available in the back of all three churches.

Other church news: Today (Saturday) -Zion Lutheran church –Morris will have their fall bazaar from 9-a.m. - 2 p.m. and Our Saviors Lutheran –Chokio will have their fall festival from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The United Methodist Church in Herman is having a ham dinner on Oct 12th from 11a.m.-1 p.m.
Community news: there will be a vendor and craft show at the Donnelly hall today (Sat) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oct 13th the bookmobile will be in town at 3:30 p.m. the firemen and the community club will meet at 7 p.m. at the fire hall and city hall
School board will meet on Oct 20th at 6 p.m. at the town hall in Donnelly; this is a change from what is on the school calendar
Death notices: Former Donnelly area resident Christine (Backman) Sperr of Chokio passed away on Oct 3rd.
Celebrations: Joe Surerus of Donnelly was named poultry prince finalist at the MN state fair
Brooke Gillespie was elected Vice President of sophomore class at C-A H.S.
Tiger Cross Country: Sauck Centre ;girls( 2nd )Savanah Aanenurd 2nd Becca Holland 30th JV Auddy Sperr 13th boys 10th Dalton Lupke 61st JV Bo Gullickson 57th ;Benson girls 2nd ,Savannah 7th, Becca 29th ,jv auddy (7th)boys (6th) ,Dalton 46th ;jv Bo (20th)
Tiger volley ball team won the Fergus tournament recently Brooke Gillespie and Kourtney Geise are members of that team.
Brittany Cardwell is co-Captain of the Tiger tennis team
Ron Bourassa earned a 5 gallon pin at the bloodmobile visit in Morris recently
Lindsay Flogstad was recently elected as Vice President of the Stevens county 4-h Leaders council
The FFA Nursery Landscaping got 4th place in regional completion and will be going on to the state in Apr. team members included Becca Holland (8th individual),
Brady Jergenson was named KMRS player of the game Oct. 3rd
Jill Loge has been promoted to Financial Services Consultant (FSR) with Bank of the West Effective Oct 6th


Oct 2nd I attended an informal meeting of the Stevens County Genealogical society at the West Wind Village; afterwards I visited Mary Dripps there, and was happy to learn that she and her old friend Dot Wolking had had an opportunity to get together and visit during her recent trip to Morris.  She said, she and Bill were very happy and excited about Dan’s plans for building a new dealership building and proud of what he has done with the dealership. In the past week I also attended a meet and greet with Torrey Westrom and former Morris area resident Rep. Arron Schock at the old# 1 Southside, open house at mobiz computers, pep fest at MAES, MCCL fall tour in Fergus, options for women pro-life banquet in Morris, Stevens County Republican party steering committee meeting at the Morris Library , helped with NAPS, visited my aunt Pearl and Ruth Strand at the sunrise apartments (Ruth moved there recently) and “Burgers and a Blessing” at the diamond supper club.