Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Viola Kopel of White Bear Lake passed away on Mar 29th. Her husband Walt was a butter maker in Donnelly for many years. Funeral is scheduled for Apr 10th in White Bear Lake with burial in Bemidji.

Evelyn Hollenbeck of Lowry formerly of Donnelly passed away on Mar 25th. Her parents were the late Allie and Meda Olsen of Donnelly Her funeral will be held today (Tue) at St Paul's Lutheran church in Lowry.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

area church events

federated church in Morris will have a this and that sale at the church on Mar 27th beginning at 9 am

Eden reformed church in Herman will have a Easter breakfast at the church on APR 4th from 7-8:30 am

wcawa will meet on APR 10that Fron in Starbuck beginning with coffee vc at 9:30 am program at 10 am

palm sun brunch sponsored by the Hoffman good Samaritan soc will be held on Mar 28th from 9am -1 pm at Messiah Lutheran in Hoffman

word alone annual convention will be held on Apr 18-19 at Calvary Lutheran church in Golden valley MN. the theme is "it's a new day" ,Lutheran core,lcmc, calc will also meet at the same time.

the sw mn elca synod assembly will be held on Apr 17 and 18th in Redwood falls mn

Friday, March 26, 2010

donnelly news

Next edition Mar 27th–Apr 3rd

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news
In weather news it appears spring has arrived with temps in the 50’s most of the last week. The snow is disappearing fast making it one of the earliest springs in recent memory. It appears Mar will go out like a lamb and we will have gotten through the whole tournament season with out a storm.

STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS:The schedule for Holy week includes :joint services at St J on Mar 28th at 11 am; Maundy Thur supper/services at St J at 6 pm; Good Fri pancake supper at 5:30 pm services at 6:45 pm at Kong and Easter services at Kong 8:30 am and St J 11 pm (no S.S.)

There will be an Easter Garden in both churches again this yr. Sign up sheets in the narthex of both churches. Contact the parish office for more info
The Mar edition of Meyer Mission News is now out. Copies are available for you to read in the narthex of ea church and on my blog.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet on Apr 1st at the Library in Morris at 1:30 pm

Congratulations to Bobby Kloos who was recently named grand master of the odd fellows lodge in Herman. His parents are Robert (Dan) and Lavone Kloos.
Congratulations to Landon and Paige Stand who earned 2nd and 4th place ribbons as members of the H_N speech team at the C-T speech meet held on Mar 12th.
Congratulations to the following students of the month at MAHS Riley Beisterfeld (Walt and Kathi) (7th grade), Katlin Van Horn (Mark and Karen), and Kristi Kopel (Mike and Joanne), (10th grade)

Congratulations to Sami Searle who won second place in the FFA public speaking and creed speaking cde’s with her speech on “Pony’s in America” at the regional level and well advance to state competition.

Congratulations to Nichole Gillesipe who was recently named to the white team at the Orth Jamboree in Bird Island. She was also named defensive player of the year for the tiger girls’ bb team at the winter sports banquet on Mar 22nd. Also at the banquet Kourtney Geise was named most improved gymnast.

A special Happy Birthday goes out to Bill Underwood, who celebrated his 90th birthday this week.
Illah Grote of Morris passed away on Mar 17th, a niece Gloria (Chester) Larson are among the family members that survive her.

Many friends and family attended the visitation for Don Leuthhardt at the Pederson Funeral home on Mar 18th. Two of his children Connie and Ron were classmates of mine. Enroute home I stopped by to visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson and cousin Bev.

Lyle and Lowell Dunn and I were among the good crowd that took in the dinner at Pederson agri -sv in Herman on Mar 19th. After dinner it was off to Larson’s farm supply for lunch. After lunch I visited with Selma Bruse and her sister and brother in law at her apt in Herman.

A good crowd was on hand for the grand opening of Meadowland Market in Morris on Mar 20th. Joanna Backman of Donnelly is co-manager of the store. Later I stopped in to visit with Mary Dripps at her home in Morris.

Mar 21st Andy Brevig and I were among those who attended the Niemackel Lake park fundraising breakfast at the Legion in Herman. They are raising money to restore the observation tower out at the park. I was informed that they are planning on having a work day out there again this summer.

A good crowd was on hand at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Chokio on Mar 22nd for a presentation by Rev Linda Peterson from the SW MN Synod Staff on what happened at the ELCA church wide assembly last Aug and how it will affect its members.

On Mar 20th Jerry and Joan Kopacek traveled to Alexandria where they attended a meeting to plan the upcoming Quilt Auction July 10th at Luther Crest Bible Camp. On the way home they swung by Fron Church in Starbuck to wish a happy 80th birthday to Marilyn Staples.

On Mar 23rd Joan Kopacek was amongst those who took the VFW bus to the State Capital for an update on how Veteran legislation stood.

Monday, March 22, 2010

mar meyer news

#6Craig and Mary Paskvan receiving a gift of 3 chickens at Cuttington University, Gbarnga, Liberia

#5 Mary at Foya Church teaching how to "Think, pair, share". Emmanuel Tengbeh
is translating for the session.

#4 Craig examining mold infested cocoa trees.

#3 Delano presenting training materials to Rev. John Bartoe

#2 Moses Fayia teaching about "Management of the Harvest". A joy for Linda and I to work with an old friend.

#1 Compound-Su, Gbarpolu County villagers saying goodbye to Delano, Linda, Moses and Johnson. They gave us lots of yams and bananas as a farewell


On the Road Again – in Liberia

March 2010

Dear Friends:

“This is the first soil profile we have ever seen here at the University” was Mr. Massaquoi’s response upon receiving a soil audit. “My pleasure to do that for you” was Craig’s reply.

In February at Cuttington University near Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia, we met Mr. Molly Massaquoi, the assistant farm manager. A Lutheran pastor who attended there had introduced us to him last year when Dr. Ralph von Qualen a plant pathologist was with us. This time I brought along Craig Paskvan, a soil expert and his wife Mary. I – Delano - like to be with “Heavy Weights” when going to universities.

Craig has been our soils consultant since Martin Augustine passed away some years ago. Craig has been making recommendations on how to balance soils, based on the soil samples we have been sending to USA for analysis. At Cuttington U. we delivered the soil audit and inventory report from soil samples we took there last year. We also gave Mr. Massaquoi Craig’s recommendations for correcting the soil imbalance.

Mr. Massaquoi also thanked us for the training materials we brought to him last year. He said he lets students read the materials and then they return it for others to read. We were pleased and impressed. We again gave more materials and also offered to share information with Cuttington via the internet in the future.

In gratitude for the materials and information, we were given three chickens. Where else in the world would you receive a chicken dinner on the hoof – so to speak? We enjoyed our chickens upon our return to Gbarnga. Thank you Mr. Massaquoi!

This was Craig and Mary Paskvan’s first trip to remote African villages and so quite an adventure for them and a joy for us to have them with us.

In Foya, Lofa County we were happy to find our church members Saturday evening and enjoy Sunday Bible study followed by worship services with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia. Craig and Mary were impressed to hear Biblical truths being taught and expressed in such remote locations. It truly is an encouragement for our faith as we often hear Liberian and Sierra Leonean Christians express how they placed confidence in Jesus Christ through their experiences as they were caught in war. The Lord is my Strength and Shield. Psalm 28:7

Mary Paskvan put her training as a teacher to good use at sessions. “Think, pair, share” is a teaching technique introduced by Mary to help students to analyze in their own minds, discuss what

they have learned with someone else, and then share their ideas with the group. The technique reinforces the teaching and helps people recall their new ideas and knowledge. Sometimes the concepts and method caught on quickly, and other times we had to role play the “Think, pair, share” to get the meaning across.

An unexpected opportunity came as a result of our long time acquaintance with Joseph Yasseh who used to be the President of the Lutheran Church in Guinea. Joseph now resides in Foya Central and is working with the Vice President of Liberia on his cocoa plantation. Joseph asked us to travel to Warsongar Village to examine the cocoa trees because the trees are not producing well as a result of severe molds. Joseph guided us on a tour of part of the plantation. Craig took a soil sample and pulled leaves for leaf analysis. I have sent these samples to Brookside Laboratory. Imagine the impact if our people are able to overcome this roadblock to profitable cocoa production.

We felt like the “Dukes of Hazard” trying to reach Garplay, Nimba County. We were only a half hour away from Garplay, approaching from the west, when we were informed by customs personnel, that the bridge ahead was out and that we would have to detour. The detour took us 3 hours and as we neared Garplay from the northwest, a motorcyclist flagged us down saying a truck loaded with coffee had just broken through the bridge a few miles ahead.

We then went back a few miles and tried another route. When asking about the route to Garplay, we received so many conflicting reports that we stopped asking anyone and just pressed on. We later learned the reason for conflicting reports – the section of road we needed to travel was quite bad, but locked in 4 wheel drive & low transfer, we got through and reached Garplay at 8 PM. Mary said that after retirement from mission, I - Delano should start driving for NASCAR.

We were warmly received at Garplay by fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. The village children sang on into the night making the effort totally worthwhile.

Philippians 1: 27- Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. The person credited with bringing the Lutheran Church to the village of Compound-Su in Gbapolu County is Victoria Fayia. Victoria was working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) that focused of imparting skills to ex-combatants. She was teaching sewing and tailoring as part of a reintegration program to help former rebels to learn a useful skill. Victoria conducted herself in a way that drew people to want to know Jesus Christ and they asked for the Lutheran Church.

Rev. Nathaniel Taylor, who is working with the local pastor, guided us to Compound-Su along with Moses Fayia and Johnson. Johnson was with us for the first time to learn more about agricultural training. Moses, Victoria’s husband, had done some agricultural training in compound-Su already. He again was a great help in teaching and made our last stop in Liberia a joy for Linda and me. Moses expressed the hope that Linda and I return for short-term agricultural teaching in Liberia. What a blessing it has been for us to work with faithful Christians who serve!

This recent 3-week trip was our final visit to Liberia as career missionaries. We have been blessed to have growing relationships with many friends in Liberia over the years, and so parting was time of mixed emotions for us. We are happy to be completing our career missionary service on positive notes, as many we worked with in the past, have expressed an appreciation, understanding and positive results from the training we have been doing. It has been an awesome privilege to share our faith and see our Lord bringing souls to faith in West Africa.

Looking back at many Christian friends we have met along the way and hope to meet again, we recall Revelation 7: 9, “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were dressed in white and holding palm branches in their hand.”

Because of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, we have the confidence that we too will live with Him, standing at His throne along with the great multitude of believers. May you celebrate with joy His victory over death this Easter!

1 Corinthians 15: 54b & 57 - Death has been swallowed up in victory. Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Thank God for safety, strength, health and positive training sessions in Liberia.

Ask the Lord for safe travel to the Missionary Retreat to be held in Ghana in late March and on to Northern Ghana where Linda and I will say “Good bye” to old friends we worked with from 1994 - 2000.

Pray for safety and health for Dr. Ralph von Qualen, Linda and Delano as we travel to Guinea in mid April for agricultural training sessions.


Thank you to all who have contributed gifts “for the support of Delano and Linda Meyer.” Address (without our name on envelope) to: LCMS World Mission, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295. Inside the envelope designate your gift for us on the check or in a note.

To contribute to our LCMS World Relief & Human Care project, “Agricultural Training in West Africa”, designate & send checks to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295.

Wishing you a blessed Easter,

Delano & Linda Meyer

Note this change of address since we are leaving the mission field on May 28, 2010.

Our new address is:

Delano and Linda Meyer

61203 150th St.

Chokio, MN 56221

Friday, March 19, 2010

donnelly news

Next edition Mar 20th–Mar 26th

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. If you have news for me please remember my deadlines are Tue eve for my “mailboxes” and Wed eve for other means (e-mail, phone call, snail mail, etc)
The past week has been cloudy, cool, and damp with rain and fog most of the wk. Mild temps have meant that the snow is rapidly disappearing and there is even some green grass showing up. Wed was the nicest day we have had in a long time.
STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS: Parish Lenten services “The Sign of Jonah” with supper at 5:30 p.m. and services at 6:45 p. m. will continue through Easter. The offering this yr will be divided between the St Co Food shelf and ELCA disaster service Haitian earthquake recovery efforts. There will also be carts in the narthex to collect non perishable food items. Thanks to the Kong Men’s trio for providing special music at the services on Mar 10th
There will be an Easter Garden in both churches again this yr. Sign up sheets in the narthex of both churches. Contact the parish office for more info.
The schedule for Holy week includes :joint services at St J on Mar 28th, Maundy Thur services at St J; Good Fri services at Kong and Easter services at Kong and St J (no S.S.)

After the last WCAWA chapter meeting several local people expressed interest in offering area wide Lutheran worship services in the vacant Hancock church building. Sufficient interest was expressed for a committee to be formed to rent a building and plan a worship service. The first service will be held on Apr 11th at the former E Free Church building in Hancock. I will have more info later in my column and on my blog.

The Parish Bible study will take a break for a few wks with plans to resume in late Apr.
There will be a fundraising pancake breakfast for Niemackel Lake Park at the legion in Herman on Mar 21st f from 10:30 am -1 pm.
The Donnelly Fire Dept will have its annual fish fry on Mar 26th from 4:30 -8 pm.
Last week I mentioned that Donna Wolking Agosti had passed away. I have been told that her wedding was one of most memorable events to occur in Donnelly because her husband’s family came to Donnelly in a private rail car which they had parked on a side rail and stayed in until after the wedding. That was quite an event for our small town!
I have posted her obit, as well as those of Gloria Brouwer and Elysia Moyle on my blog.
Barry and Nancy Erdahl were among the Lions who helped serve the pancake breakfast at the KMRS/KKOK spring expo on Mar 13th, held at the Lee Center in Morris. A good crowd was on hand for both days of the event.
Julie Busse, Lyle, Verle and Della Dunn recently returned home from a trip to Calif. to visit Verle’s brother in law Marlyn Hagen and his family.
Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Thrivent Cares program at Faith Lutheran in Morris on Mar 15th.
Dan Frank of Northfield spent some this week visiting his mother Shirley Frank and other family and friends in the area.
St John’s WELCA hosted the St Pat’s party at the WWV on Mar 17th. Thanks to Lynn Shultz for playing. After attending the party I had a chance to visit with a few of the residents there.

stj kong parish and other are church news

St j/Kong parish events
3/20 1st communion class at St J at 10 am

3/21 tome and Pearl horning will lead services at St J @ 11am

Kong do day begin 3/22 @ 9 am

West central homes worship 3/23 @ 2pm

Book club at Jeanne Ennen’s 3/24 @ 1:30 pm

Adopted grandparents event during ss @ 9:45 am

Sky view worship 3/31 @ 2pm

KCLW apr 1st at 1;30 pm

St J WELCA 4/6 @1:30 pm

Confirmation 4/7 @ 4:30 pm

Holy wk schedule palm sun joint worship @ 11 a.m. @ Kong w ss kids singing

4/1 Maundy Thur service supper at 6:00 pm at St J

4/2 Good Fri pancake supper at %;30 pm worship at 6:45 pm at Kong Easter Sun worship at Kong @ 8:30 am ,st J 11 am no ss

Aylo will have a lock in on Apr. 9 & 10th at our savior’s in chokio from 8 pm to 6 am

Outdoor Passion play in Alex from 2-5pm on Mar 28th and 5:30 pm to 8pm at the corner of 4th ave and Lake St in Lake St in Alex

Thursday, March 18, 2010

donnally and area events

Dfd fish fry 3/26 from 4:3 8pm cost $8

Pederson agri serv annual open house and dinner 3/19

Larson farm supply open house 3/19 and 20th

Alberta fish fry 3/19 starting at $5pm cost $8

Fund raiser for Jake Long at WCAHS commons on 3/19

Home based expo on 3/27 Morris armory

Cina POW wow on Mar 27th pe center Morris

St co pork producers annual supper 3/20 $5

Pf banquet on 3/27 at old # 1

donnelly and area events

Dfd fish fry 3/26 from 4:3 8pm cost $8

Pederson agri serv annual open house and dinner 3/19

Larson farm supply open house 3/19 and 20th

Alberta fish fry 3/19 starting at $5pm cost $8

Fund raiser for Jake Long at WCAHS commons on 3/19

Home based expo on 3/27 Morris armory

Cina POW wow on Mar 27th pe center Morris

St co pork producers annual supper 3/20 $5

Pf banquet on 3/27 at old # 1

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


SIOUX CITY -- Gloria Mae Brouwer, 78, of Sioux City passed away Friday, March 5, 2010, at her home.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John Hagberg officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to christysmith.com.
Gloria was born May 25, 1931, at Donnelly, Minn., the daughter of Fred and Mabel (Peterson) Gerber. She grew up in Donnelly and graduated from Alberta High School. She continued her education in Sioux City at St. Joseph's Hospital and became a lab technician. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital and later Marian Health Care.
Gloria married Jack Brouwer on Sept. 8, 1951. Other than a short time in Montana, they made their home in Sioux City. When Jack became ill, Gloria was his caregiver.
She was an active member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and its Rachael's Circle, Bible study and was a Sunday school teacher. Gloria was also a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She loved entertaining her family and enjoyed reading, painting and working with her roses while gardening.
Survivors include three daughters, Vesta and Darrell Clausen, Teresa and Randy Worrell and Anita Gossett, all of Sioux City; a son, Thomas and Kris Brouwer of Sioux City; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; a great-grandson, Gabriel Clausen; and two brothers, Ronald Gerber and Dr. Robert Gerber.

Dona Agosti
Longtime Anchorage resident Dona Agosti, 85, died peacefully March 9, 2010, at the Anchorage Pioneer Home.

A rosary will be at noon Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 3900 Wisconsin St. in Anchorage. A funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. A reception will follow at the Lunney Center.

Dona was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Donnelly, Minn. Following graduation from St. Mary's Catholic High School, she attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in journalism. She worked for Military Intelligence in Berlin during the post-World War II airlift crisis and wrote a column about her experiences for a Minnesota newspaper.

She met Lino, her husband of 55 years, in Colorado in 1954. Shortly after Alaska Statehood, they moved with their three daughters from Minneapolis to Anchorage, where the family grew by four sons. The Agostis resided in their Loussac Drive home in Turnagain since 1961.

Even while raising seven children, Dona was active in her church as a member of Holy Family Cathedral and then Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. In the '60s, Dona helped organize and direct Catholic Charities (now Catholic Social Services), as well as St. Francis House. She also helped found F.I.S.H., an ecumenical "people helping people" organization, and volunteered for 18 years. Dona was the program production chair for the 1981 visit of Pope John Paul II. In the '70s, she and Lino were initiated as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Dona served as an election board member for 23 years, was a member of the Anchorage Republican Women's Club, worked on senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns, and was a Republican State Convention delegate and National Organization for Women state delegate. At Turnagain, Romig and West, she supported her children's band, choir, sports and science fair activities, as well as Camp Fire Girl, Boy Scout and Little League activities.

Dona was named Alaska Mother of the Year in 1984.

Professionally, Dona helped her husband build their company, Refrigeration and Food Equipment Inc., and also served as its president. In 1992, she was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement.

Dona loved the Alaska outdoors. She was an avid backpacker and enjoyed cross-country skiing. She served as hiking chair for the Mountaineering Club of Alaska for 10 years and led extended wilderness hikes throughout Alaska. Dona covered more than 2,600 miles and wrote "The High Country Backpacker," a book designed to help new hikers prepare and avoid injury. "Wilma: An Alaska Tale of One Teacher, Two Teenagers and Three Wolverines," another book that Dona wrote 40 years ago, was published recently. Dona loved spending time at the remote log cabin the family built outside Talkeetna. Reminiscent of her childhood cabin in northern Minnesota, Agosti Lake became her private piece of wilderness and provided many bear stories and other tall tales. She inherited her mother's green thumb and kept lovely flower gardens.

Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 19 years ago, Dona led a full and rewarding life. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Lino; daughter Nancy and husband Fawzy Fawzy of Malibu, and their children Joanna and husband Ernesto Morales, of Culver City, and Monica, of Chicago; daughter Jan and husband Frank Woodruff, and their children, Amy, Zack and Fletcher, of Seattle; daughter Ann and husband Steve Hackett, of Homer; daughter Tam and husband Hans Gisler, and their children, Genevieve, Luke and Gabriella, of Anchorage; son, Jon and his children, Jamin, Claire, and Lawrence, of Anchorage; son Tim and wife Elaine, and their children, Adam, Alex and Andrew, of Kenai, Anthony of Nashville and Aaron in the U.S. Navy; son Tom and wife Julie Brown, and their children, Sam and Benji, of Seattle; son Dave and wife Denise, and their children, Tecla and Toby, of Anchorage; sister, Dorothy Wolking, of West Saint Paul; brother, Joe and wife Kay Wolking, of Tulsa; godchild Mike and wife Janeen McAllister, of West Saint Paul; and all of her extended family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Catholic Social Services, the National Parkinson's Foundation, or Hospice of Anchorage. Sign the online guestbook at legacy.com. Arrangements were by Anchorage Funeral Home.

Elysia Buffington Moyle
Monday, March 8th, 2010

Elysia Buffington Moyle, 40, Bismarck, was called home to her Heavenly Father on February 23, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

A Funeral Service was held at 11 am on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at First United Methodist Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Kermit Culver officiating. Burial will be at a later date at First Lutheran Cemetery in Kensington, MN.

Visitation was held on Friday, February 26, 2010 at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan.
Elysia was born February 1, 1970 in Morris, MN to William and Cherryl Madison. She was welcomed home by her beloved sister, Christi, who became her lifelong protector and supporter. Elysia was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Kensington, MN. The family moved to San Jose, CA and later to Bismarck, ND where Elysia graduated from Bismarck High School in 1988. She later graduated with degrees in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Morris and the University of Mary, Bismarck.
On July 3, 1993 she was married to Rob Moyle in Bismarck where they made their home. They were blessed with a daughter, Breanna, on March 2, 1995 and Elysia began her most fulfilling role as a mother to her precious “Bre”. A second union to Darren Buffington on February 14, 1999 blessed her again with a stepdaughter, Dana. Elysia enjoyed vacationing and spending time with family and friends, especially swimming and water skiing at the family cabin on Brush Lake.

Elysia began her career as a Licensed Social Worker for the Standing Rock Tribe. For the past several years she has been a Therapeutic Social Worker for PATH, Inc. in Bismarck. She was devoted to helping “her children” and formed lasting bonds with many. Elysia was especially proud to be “Auntie” to her special Christy Garreau. Elysia was so grateful for the love and lasting friendships of her coworkers and foster parents at PATH. Though a professional social worker, Elysia’s compassion, sensitivity and gentleness was also the manner in which she lived her life. A leader and mentor, she fully embraced life and all its adventures as well as expressing her artistic talents in playing the piano and painting. In her illness she demonstrated courage with a positive attitude and never saw herself as the victim. Elysia left a legacy of wonderful memories which we now celebrate and cherish.

Blessed to have shared her life is her daughter, Breanna; parents, Bill (Joy) Madison, Modesto, CA and Cherryl (Ritchie) Johnson, Hoffman, MN; sister, Christi (Henry) Blaskowski, Shakopee, MN; grandmother, Blanche Goodwin, Hoffman, MN; and each of her special friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews who she loved and appreciated.

Elysia was preceded in death by her grandparents, Francis Goodwin and Ed and Irma Madison; uncle, David Goodwin; and aunt, Dianne Hedstrom. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Elysia’s favorite charity, the Make a Wish Foundation, 1102 43rd St. S, Suite E, Fargo, ND 58103. Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook and view flower and tribute photos.

Friday, March 12, 2010

donnelly news

Next edition Mar 13th–Mar 19th

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. If you have news for me please remember my deadlines are Tue eve for my “mailboxes” and Wed eve for other means (e-mail, phone call, snail mail, etc)
After a fairly nice start for the month; this week has been cold and damp with light rain on and off and areas of fog esp. in the eve. The good news is the snow is starting to melt and there are some patches of bare ground around here.
STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS: Parish Bible study on Psalms 23 continues on Thursday’s at St J (10 am) and will be repeated at Kong at 7 PM
Parish Lenten services “The Sign of Jonah” with supper at 5:30 p.m. and services at 6:45 p. m. will continue through Easter. Supper and Services will alternate ea week between St J (Mar 17th) and Kong (Mar 24th). The offering this yr will be divided between the St Co Food shelf and ELCA disaster service Haitian earthquake recovery efforts. There will also be carts in the narthex to collect non perishable food items. Thanks to the Kong Men’s trio for providing special music at the services on Mar 10th
There will be an Easter Garden in both churches again this yr. There are sign up sheets in the narthex of both churches. Contact the parish office for more info.
The Mar parish newsletter is now out extra copies are available in the narthex of ea church.
The St J WELCA will be having their annual St pats party at the WWV on Mar 17th at 2 pm.
There will be a fundraising pancake breakfast for Niemackel Lake Park at the legion in Herman on Mar 21st.
I have a long list of achievements to report this week so congratulations to: Levin Strand who recently placed 1st in the Herman Cub Scout pack’s pinewood derby:
To: Cody Amundson, who as a member of the WCAHS FCCLA; recently earned a trip to the state with his presentation “down time –AHD”. His parents are Gary and Dianne Amundson of Barrett grandfather is Cliff Bjorlin of Donnelly.
To: Paige and Landon Strand who as members of H-N HS speech team earned 1st and 3rd place ribbons at the Morris speech meet.
To: Aryn Parker (Jake and Mindy Eystad); who recently earned Honorable mention in the Youth Flag art design competition.
To: Sarah Burke for making the Dean’s list at the College of St Benedict.
To Jake Long; who finished second in his class at the state wrestling championships held in St Paul on Mar 6th. 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;Mazenicke Smith; Jana Loher; Jesse Vera and Tom Holland (ninth grade) John Huebner & Kourtney Giese (seventh grade).
Congratulations also The Morris FFA Ag Salesmanship team which finished 2nd in regional competition and advanced to state competition. Tom Holland is a member of that team he 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, survivors include his sister Corrine (Harry) Kruize of Donnelly.
Dona (Wolking) Agosti, age 85, formerly of Donnelly passed away peacefully on March 9, 2010 at the Anchorage Pioneer Home of Parkinson’s disease. 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, 2010 at her home.
Mason Sakari Torma was born on March 6, 2010 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 February 24, 2010, to Brian and Kristi Werner of Lamberton. Austin Reid weighed 7 lbs. and was 19” long. 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 Mar 6th for the WCAWA chapter meeting at the E Free Church in Hancock. Afterwards an informal meeting was held by local Lutherans to discuss the possibility of providing a monthly worship services for Lutherans in the Hancock building. The first service will be held on Apr 11 at the E- Free Church in Hancock. The next WA meeting will be on Apr 10th (note change of day due to the Easter Holiday) at Fron in Starbuck
ON Mar 4th I stopped at the Christus House in Morris to visit with the LCM pastor “PK” for a few min. I picked up some literature that explains a little bit about campus ministry and placed it in the literature racks of St J and Kong. If you would like a visit from the LCM team to explain more about that ministry give her a call at the Christus House. Jim and Lou Eystad attended international night there on Mar 28th. They also 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.
The St Co Gen Soc met on Mar 4th and the Don Community club on Mar 8th. Due to other commitments I could not make either meeting.
On Mar 9th I stopped into the Old # 1 in Morris for the Habit for Humanity fund raiser.
The Kopacek family and I attended the LU mtg at Morris Library on Mar 10th.
Pearl A Anderson visited Pearl (Albert) Anderson on Mar 5th.
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 Braiden of Fargo; Tim and Shannon Olson Emily and Connor of Albany & Scott and Stephanie Olson ,Bryon & Jainen of Morris. They all helped Brainden celebrate his 5th birthday.
Thanks to Bob Burner the co-op manager in Donnelly for this info. The Donnelly co-op experienced a good year in 2009. It was not the record setting year that 2008 was but it mirrored the trend set by most companies. The audit was presented by Carol Boehland representing Hennen and Assoc of St Paul. Sales were projected 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. The guest speaker was Milt Lund from co-bank the bank that the Donnelly co-op bowered funds from. Milt assured patrons that the Don co-op is very secure & meets the banks working capital needs and should be around to borrow funds as needed for years to come. Both directors up for reelection were reelected to the board were re-elected to the board. The meeting concluded with door prizes.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

st j Kong parish and other area church events

habit for humanity build your burger night at OLd # 1 in Morris Mar 9th 4:30- 7pm

seekers prayer group to be held pn Mar 17th at Kong at 9:30 am

kong do do days will start on mon mar 22nd at 9 am

parish women s book club will be held at Jeanne Ennen's home on Mar 24th at 1:30 pm

assumption Catholic church is having a st pats day on Mar 14 from 11 am until gone cost is $7

vbs is scheduled for aug 1-5 th at St J Luther crest will be leading it and Bethel of Herman will again be co-sponsering it

Saturday, March 6, 2010

donnelly news

Next edition Mar 6th–Mar 12th

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.
The last week has been a bit of relief from winter with fairly mild temps and some melting going on. Mar has come in like a lamb hopefully it does not go out like a lion.
STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS: Parish Bible study on Psalms 23 continues on Thursday’s at St J (10 am) and will be repeated at Kong at 7 PM
Parish Lenten services “The Sign of Jonah” with supper at 5:30 p.m. and services at 6:45 p. m. will continue through Easter. Supper and Services will alternate ea week between Kong (Mar 10th) and St J (Mar 17th). Copies of the schedule are posted on the doors of both churches.
WCAWA will meet today (Sat) at the E-Free church in Hancock beginning with coffee fellowship at 9:30 am, meeting at 10 am. For more info call 795-2477
West Central Christian Homes will have it annual meeting on Mar 7th at Faith Lutheran church in Morris at 1 pm
The St Co DFL county convention will be held today (Sat) at 9 am at the legion in Morris.
Township annual meetings and elections will be held on Mar 12th in the area. Donnelly twp will meet at fire hall in Donnelly; Pepperton at the community hall in Alberta; most other townships in the area will meet in their town halls. Most annual meetings are at 4 pm with elections from 5-8 pm. Contact your county auditor for specific meeting times and places in your area.

Anna Anderson of Barrett formerly of Donnelly passed away on Feb 21st. Her funeral was held on Feb 26th in Barrett.
Bob Frank of Starbuck formerly of Donnelly passed away on Feb 25th his funeral was held on Mar 2nd at Fron. A sister Dorothy (Sam) Jordheim, sister in law Shirley Frank of Donnelly and their families are among his survivors. His family ran the Gambles store in Donnelly for many years. He was a good friend and I will miss him. I traveled to Starbuck on Mar 1st for his visitation. Afterwards I stopped at the Minnewaka home for a quick visit of some of the residents.

Wednesday, March 10: Multicultural Students in Morris, Part I. Students from China attending UMM will share their experiences and perceptions of UMM, Morris, and the U.S., and talk about their homeland. Part II, consisting of UMM students from various other countries, is scheduled for October. Morris Public Library Community Room, 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by Learning Unlimited.
Congratulations to Kody Armstrong (Jason and Niki) for being named to the honor roll at WCAHS and also to Samantha Larson to the honor roll at H-NHS
Congratulations to Paige Strand who earned her blue jacket from the H-N FFA recently. She and Landon Strand have also won several ribbons lately as members of the speech team in meets at Hancock and Wheaton.
Congratulations to Brandi Speer who has been named vice president of the Agribusiness/Agronomy Club at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Congratulations to Jake Long who recently qualified for a return trip to the state wrestling tournament this week by winning his class at the section wrestling tournament.
Congratulations to the MA-CA boys BB team that won the WCC south conf championship. Tyler Rouske is a member of that team.
The St Co Gen Soc & the Donnelly Community Club were among the many Stevens County non-profits at the expo at the armory in Morris on Feb 25th. Jim and Lou Eystad were among a goodly crowd that attended it. Clarice Dieter won the door prize from the gen soc.
Steve Fults and I along with many others attended the Donnelly co-op mtg. at the Donnelly Hall on Feb 26th.Thanks to the St J WELCA for preparing and serving the wonderful dinner. Later it was off to Morris where many attended the visitation for David Haynes at the funeral home.
Feb 27th Jim and Lou Eystad and I were among the family and friends who attended the funeral for David Haynes at Kong. We were also attended the Glacial Ridge conference convention at Our Saviors in Chokio on the 28th.
About 30 people attended the annual meeting of the Donnelly Community club Inc on Mar 1st at Sax’s café. We had a very successful bee last yr; plans are under way for this year’s bee on Aug 28 and 29th. We will be featuring the Allis Chalmers line of machinery and tractors this year. If you were unable to attend the meeting you can still join the club by mailing your dues to the don community Club. We are also always looking for ideas and/or suggestions for the bee and/or other events. The monthly meetings are on the 2nd Mon. of ea month (excluding winter months) at 7 pm at the hall. Thanks to the crew at Sax’s café for preparing and serving the delicious meal.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Anna Anderson of Barrett formerly of Donnelly passed away on Feb 21st her funeral was held on Feb 26th

Bob Frank of Starbuck passed away on Feb 25th. His funeral is scheduled for Mar 2nd at 2 pm at Fron in Starbuck. He was a good friend and I will miss him a lot. His folks and brother don ran the Gamble store in Donnelly for many years. His sister Dorothy (Sam) Jorhdheim and sister in law Shirley are among the family members that survive him.