Friday, December 10, 2010


Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Remember if you are going to be gone during the holidays or for the winter you can keep up on the Donnelly news by visiting under columns, Donnelly news or at my blog at

Winter is here to stay. Several inches of snow fell on Friday followed by strong winds that caused stormy conditions for most of the day. This week has been cold with below zero temperatures. It was nice to come home Saturday and find out that my driveway had been blown out. Thanks to whoever did that for me.

In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger Parish news: There will be a red poinsettia garden in the parish this year at Christmas services. If you would like to order one, please call the parish office at 246-3211 by Dec. 18.

The parish has a hat/ mitten tree in the back of both churches. Hats and mittens will be collected until Dec. 12 to be donated to the Salvation Army.

Kongsvinger will again once again hold its annual Christmas card club. To participate, you may give your donation to Florentine Erickson or Bertha Larson.

Sunday school will be at St. John’s on Dec. 12 at 9:45 a.m. with practice to follow. There will also be practice today (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to noon at Kongsvinger.

The first installment of the Sunday school program will be presented on Dec. 19 at St. John’s at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck dinner. Please note that service times will switch on that Sunday with Kongsvinger worshipping at 8:30 a.m.

The second installment will be at Kongsvinger on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. with lunch afterwards. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both performances.

Christmas eve worship services will be at St. John’s on Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. Christmas day worship will be at Kongsvinger. There will be joint services at Kongsvinger at 10 a.m. on Dec. 26.

A piano recital by Luke Fiskness will be held at the Morris Area Elementary concert hall on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Thrivent and there will be a free will offering to benefit the food shelf and Pamida giving tree. For more info call 589-1731.

Santa will be stopping in Donnelly today (Saturday) at the hall about 1 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to visit with him.

There is a drop box for Toys for Tots at the bank in Donnelly.

Former Donnelly area resident Gladys Amborn of Morris passed away on Dec. 5. Her funeral is today (Saturday) at 2:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris.

Congratulations to Mason Dunn (Lowell and Sandy) and Madison Wesley (Alisha and Matthew Gramith) who were recent winners in the Lions peace poster contest.

Congratulations to Herb Kloos who was recently recognized for his many years of service to the West Central Community Action board. He has represented Stevens County for the last ten years.

Brittany Cardwell was among the Girl Scouts who collected toys for the Gillette children’s hospital in Minneapolis.

Pearl A. Anderson and I attended the KLCW advent supper on Dec. 2 at Kongsvinger.

Jack, John and Joan Kopacek and I attended the funeral for Les Huebner in Morris on Dec. 4. Earlier in the day I attended the open house at the Stevens County museum and the Christmas bazaar at the Morris Senior Center. Lou Eystad said they had a good turnout.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the worship services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Morris on Dec. 5 and the Christmas sing-a-long at St. John’s in the afternoon.

I stopped by the Holidazzle Trim-a-Tree event at the Donnelly Hall on Sunday. Hats off to Sandy Dunn and her family who did an outstanding job of putting the event together. Karen Janachovsky won the people’s choice for the best tree. Sandy says thanks to everyone who helped in any way, especially for those who helped at the end of the day.

Joan, Jack and John Kopacek and I attended the Learning Unlimited event on Dec. 8.

When driving through Donnelly, be sure to take a look at the community bulletin board for current events.

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