Next edition Nov 21st – Nov 27th
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. Since this is Thanksgiving week I want to say thank you too all the loyal readers out there who have made this column a successful one. I really appreciate every one who has taken the time to stop and tell me how much they enjoy reading it and hope that you will continue to do so in the future.
An all day rain on Fri put a temporary halt to corn picking for a few days but sunny mild weather the rest of week has enabled farmers to make rapid progress in getting their corn crop out. It has not dried out much moisture levels are holding fairly steady at about 25% according to my neighbor. There are still a few bean fields left to be picked but given the weather forecast I would suspect that most farmers should be done with most of their fall field work in time to enjoy Thanksgiving.
STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS The Kong fall fest is Nov 22nd from 11 am -1 pm. Enjoy a variety of hot dishes and salads as well as Norwegian goodies. Everyone is welcome.
The parish is collecting items for the food shelf during the months of Nov and Dec. Non perishable items may be left in the shopping cart located in the narthex of both churches. There will also be a “noisy coin” offering to collect change on Sun as well as at the Thanksgiving eve service for the local Salvation Army’s toys for tots program. There will also be a cap and mitten tree in the narthex of both churches for them.
Advent decorating will take place on Nov 27th beginning at 2:30 pm at both churches. Everyone is encouraged to come and help. “Many hands make light work
The parish will have a joint Thanksgiving service on Nov 25th at 7:30 pm at Kong
Two community thanksgiving dinners will be held in the area on Nov 26th; in Morris at the Assumption Catholic church and in Herman at the United Methodist Church.
Rev Steve King who is the education director for WA and head of Sola Publishing will be speaking at the Morris high school at 7 pm on Nov 30th responding to recent decisions the ELCA assembly. The event is sponsored by WCAWA. I have heard him speak several times and he is very good.
Most Donnelly business will be closed on Nov 26th for thanksgiving.
Two former Donnelly area residents passed away recently. David Heinrich of Alex passed away on Nov 14th in Madison. His mother Lillian of Donnelly , his brother Scott (Beth) and family of Morris, and a sister Karen of Alex are among those who survive him. Services were held on Nov 19th at 1st Lutheran in Alex. Odin Devick of Burnsville passed away on Nov 12th in Richfield. Among his survivors are his wife former Donnelly area resident Dorothy (Moe) and sisters Alice Hallman of Morris and Corrine Jackson of Starbuck. His funeral was held Nov 14th in Bloomington.
Come and meet baby Ben, the son of Anna (Wernsing) and Matt Dorweiler at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Chokio, Saturday, Nov. 28, 9-11 a.m. Come and go as you please.
An open house baby shower for Britney Marie Woodke, daughter of Derek and Elysia Woodke, will be held Sunday, Nov. 29 from 1-3 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center.
There will be a 90th birthday open house for Ruth Moerke on Nov 28th at the Morris Sr Center from 2-4 pm.
There will be a Holidazlle trim a tree contest at the Donnelly Hall from Dec 3-5th from 2-5 pm ea day. The public can vote for their favorite tree display as well as sign up for the door prize. Winners of the Trim a Tree and door prize will be announced Saturday Dec 5 at 5 pm. Tickets will be available at the door, you can either buy a one or three day pass. The money raised will go towards the Donnelly Town Hall remodeling. Stop in for some fresh Coffee, hot Cider, and baked Goodies! Contact Sandy Dunn at 246-3292 if you would like to bring in a tree to display or for more information.
Congratulations to the following people who were honored for their years of service to the Morris Public Schools, at the annual staff recognition luncheon held at MAHS on Nov 11th; Elaine Henrichs (5 yrs); Sue Erdahl-Nelson (15 yrs) Donna Gades (20 yrs) Jack Fuchs (30 yrs) and Becky Hennen (35 yrs)
Congratulations to Evelyn Kopel who was recently honored by the Salvation Army for her many hours of work at the SA store in Morris. It is a well deserved honor almost every time I am in the store she is busy working there.
Beckett Joshua Erdahl was born November 7, 2009 at St. Joesph's Hospital, Brainerd, to Kayla Harstad and Joshua Erdahl of Pine River. Grandparents are Jeff and Linda Harstad, Donnelly; Steve and Sue Erdahl-Nelson, Donnelly; and the late Bruce Erdahl. Great grandparents are Edward Backman and Sandy; Shirley (Harstad) and Paul Lohmeyer, Eugene Harstad; Bernice Erdahl and Dorothy Kiser.
Several current and former Donnelly area residents helped Agnes Kruize celebrate her 80th birthday at the Old # 1 Southside on Nov 13th. Joyce Steuck was among those who enjoyed the Crazy Sisters Ladies night out at the Amory. I drove by there and it looked like they had a good crowd. I wound up the eve by taking in part of the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley/ Verndale game at Big Cat stadium that CGB won.
On Nov 14th I traveled to Starbuck. My first stop was at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home to say “HI” to some former Donnelly area residents there. The next stop was Fron Lutheran Church for a concert by “Captive Free” a youth group sponsored by Youth Encounters based in the Twin Cities
Nov 15th Jeanne Ennen and I were among those from the area who enjoyed a concert by the Chord Ayres from Milan at the United Methodist Church in Herman.
Nov 17th Andy Brevig and I were among those who attended the St Co Rep party fall rally at the Morris Sr Center.
Nov 18th I stopped by my aunt Peal (Albert) Anderson’s home in Donnelly to wish her an early Happy Birthday.
On Nov 16th I talked to my former neighbor Delano Meyer on the phone. They were home on leave due to his mother’s illness and death but were planning on returning to Africa this week.
Jim and Lou Eystad visited her aunt Marlys Alm in Morris on Nov 15th.