Friday, July 9, 2010

donnelly news

Next edition July 10th -16th

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.
Weather news: Fans and a.c. have been given a good work out in the past week as we have had some hot and muggy weather. Corn and wheat continue too look very,very good while beans are still lagging some. some timely rains have helped the crops.
STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS: Correction: On July 11th ,18th and 25th services will be at 8:30 am at St J and 10:15 am at Kong.

West Central Lutherans invites you to weekly worship service at the cougar room in the prairie inn in Morris at 9 am beginning on July 11th.

There will be a farewell potluck dinner and program for Rev Todd Mattson at First Lutheran on July 18th beginning at 11:30 am

Group work camps will be in the area from July 17th -24th doing various jobs. They are in need of ladders and volunteers for the wk for more info call 1-800-492-4805. This is the org that built the wheelchair ramp for Dad out here in '03.

The following events will be held today (Sat):

A benefit supper for Denny Bouressa will be held at the legion in Morris from 5:30-8:30 PM. Although he is now cancer free he still has other medical problems.

Former Donnelly residents Doddie Overson Williams and Elaine Overson Storck will have their second "Donnelly Girls" get-together at 1 PM at the Culvers Restaurant (13605 Northdale Boulevard) in Rogers, Minn. Any ladies who have ever lived in Donnelly are welcome to attend. Any questions, call Doddie at 763-477-5360 or Elaine at 612-385-8295

There will be an open house in honor of the golden wedding aniv of Janice and Milfred Kaehler at the Mark and Karen Janachovsky home (15763 510th ave.) near Donnelly from 1-6 PM. Their aniv was Mar 19th

The class of 2000 will have a reunion beginning at 7 PM at the tiger room of the prairie inn. For more info or to RSVP e-mail

The MAHS class of ’54 will have an informal get together during ppd in Morris for more info call (801)-518-8573.

The class of '55 will have their reunion on July 17 poolside of the prairie inn with a mini reunion of the Donnelly classmates on July 16th in Donnelly. FOR MORE INFO CALL 589-0127

the Don community club will meet on July 12th at 7 PM at the town hall

A PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 18th at the Hoffman Community Center. Proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Jeff Hagen of Alexandria. Jeff is the son of Sheila and Lynn Schulz of Morris and grandson of Shirley Henrichs. He is partially disabled due to several surgeries and other health problems

The family of Lloyd Brandt is having a card shower for him in honor of his 90th birthday on July 18th. Cards may be sent to him at 103 school 340 Belgrade MN. 56312

Lucille Miller of Morris passed away on Wed. among the family members that survive her is her granddaughter Lori (Maynard) Mau and their family of Donnelly

Doris Driggens of Morris passed away on July 4th. Among her survivors is her daughter Cheryl (Gordon) Lea of Donnelly and their family.
Former Donnelly area resident Roy "Sparky" Speer of Morris passed away on July 4th. Pearl A. Anderson and I were among those who attended his funeral on July 7th at Bethel In Herman. afterwards I visited Selma Bruse in her apt.
Lily Jayne Zimenova was born June 21, 2010 at Meriter Hospital, Madison, Wis. to Roman Zimen and Janet Zimenova of Marshall, Wis. Grandparents are Merlyn and Angie Schwartz of Donnelly and Janka Zimenova of Zilina, Slovakia.
Congratulations go out this week to: Rebekah Aanerud for winning reserve champion at the 4-h demonstration day held recently for her demonstration of "How to make horse hair jewelry".
To Fran Cin who was elected madame trustee of the Eagles auxiliary recently.
To Tom and Elaine Mohr for being named grand marshals of the Hancock 4th of July parade. tom is a former Donnelly area resident.
To:Wayne Rholoff (Ardelle Anderson)for being elected King of the Minnewaska Nursing Home

Thanks to Wally McCollar for the following info. The class of '55 had 77 members, about 12 were from Donnelly. The following Donnelly classmates are planning on returning (ladies listed by their maiden name) Curtis Sax, Wayne Sperr, Ruth Stambough, Edith Speer, David Aanerud, Joanne Frank, Mavis Chapman, Sonja Sather, Merle Riley and Wally McCollar. They will be bringing back a lot of memories as they tour the old school, the bank and the town before having lunch at Sax's cafe on Fri aft. Edith Speer went on to become the valedictorian of the class of '55. Last wk I mentioned that my Mom was their teacher, most of the classmates also had her sister Mabel as a teacher. She continued teaching in the area until 1953 when she accepted a teaching position in Chandler MN and she continued to teach in that area until retiring in 1980. In 1958 she married Vernon Van Olst of Chandler , he passed away in '68. She continued to make her home in that area until she passed away in 2002. Every yr she would make several trips up here to visit our family and other friends and family in the area until her health no longer permitted it. I have accepted Wally's invitation to represent Mom at the reunion. Anyone wishing to visit with the classmates may do so in Donnelly Fri aft, poolside at the prairie inn in Morris ,Fri eve ,or after the banquet on Sat eve (about 7:30 PM).

Denny Anderson and I were among the hundreds of people that attended the open house at West River dairy on June 24th. That eve I took in the Kiwanis talent show at Eastside Park. Holly Geise was one of performers and she placed 2nd. En route home I stopped to visit with Verle Dunn.
June 26th I attended the open house at the Northern Impression greenhouse in Morris.
June 27th I traveled to Willmar for the Willmar fest parade. Afterwards I visited Romna Fostervold at her home in rural Willmar.
the Donnelly threshing bee royalty along with members of the Mark Smith family were participants in the old settler’s reunion parade in Barrett on June 27th. After the parade a good crowd was on hand for the pork chop supper. After supper I visited Thelma Leegard in her apt.
June 27th I traveled to Alex and visited with a friend in the Bethany Home before taking in the Viking Land Band Festival. En route home I stopped at the Erickson Smith funeral home in Hoffman for visitation for Harry Westburg. His brother in law is a relative.
Several former choir members were among the many from the area that attended the MN All State Lutheran Choir concert in Glenwood on June 28, 2010
Emily Varmum was among the members of New Wine that had their homecoming concert at First Lutheran on June 30th. Tom Holland was a member of the crew. This was the last tour for Rev Mattson who has accepted another call and will be leaving Morris later this month.
July 1st I was among the family and friends that attended the funeral for Chuck Heinrich at First Lutheran in Morris , and visitation for Gen Braun at the funeral home. In the eve I took in the women's sb games in Donnelly and afterwards I visited with Jim & Lou Eystad
Threshing bee princes Kristina Johnson was among several current and former Donnelly area residents who were participants in the parade in Hancock on July 3rd. After the parade I watched the tr pull for a while. A quick reminder that there will be one at the threshing bee again this yr.

Kristina and Carrie Wilts (little miss princess) were participants in the Heritage days parade in Starbuck on July 4th and were also present at the Miss Minnewaska pageant afterwards. en route home I stopped to visit Darlene Christofferson and Don Rosholt in their homes.
Jerry and Joan Kopacek enjoyed their "Women's Week" at Luther Crest Bible Camp last week. Joan said she loved driving the new 4 seater Taxi (golf cart). Now they are back helping with the Quilt Auction today [10th].

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