Next edition Dec 18th- 24th
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. Please note that I have early deadlines for the next two weeks; Dec 22nd and 29th so please keep that in mind if you have news for me. I will be checking my boxes on the aft of the 20th and 27th
Weather news: As I was writing my column last week, a major winter storm was predicated for the weekend in the area, however we only got a few inches of snow and some blowing and drifting on Saturday although we did get some very cold temps. As most of you know the heavy snow fell in the cities and caused the roof of the metrodome to come down again.
STJ/KONG PARISH News: the first installment of the ss program will be presented on Dec 19th at st J at 11 am followed by a potluck dinner. Please note that service times will switch on that sun with Kong worshiping at 8:30 am. there will also be communion at both churches.
The 2nd installment will be at Kong on Dec 23rd at 7 pm with lunch afterwards sponsored by the Kong Thrivent group. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both performances.
Christmas eve worship will be at st J on Dec 24th at 9 pm, Christmas day worship will be at Kong at 10 am and there will be joint services at Kong @10 am on the 26th.
If you are looking for a Christmas gift consider buying a cup of compassion with a picture of either church on it from the parish office.
Dec 19th is new member sun at gslc and the Dec 26th service will be their Christmas service.
There is a drop box for toys for tots at the bank in Donnelly.
Most Donnelly area business will close early on Christmas Eve and be closed all day Sat. Many will probably do the same for New Year’s Eve and day. Please check with each business as to what their plans are.
Doddie overson Williams informs me that they have changed the dates for the Donnelly girls get together in Rogers, it will now be held on the last sat of Apr and Sept at 1 pm instead of in Jan and July. I will have more info later.
Leo Hennen of Morris passed away on Dec 11th. Among the family members that survives him are his son chuck (Becky) Hennen of Morris and a daughter Joanie (Mike) Kopel of Donnelly and their families. His funeral was held on Dec 15th at assumption catholic church of Morris.
I have been informed that former Donnelly area resident Cora Vivian Thompson of Minneapolis passed away on Oct 10th at the age of 89. She was buried at the Lakewood cemetery in mlps. Her parents were the late Ben and Margret (Schwarz) and her brother was glen Thompson. She is survived by a sister in law Helene Thompson
Brandon Jon Hughes was born to Jon and Toni Hughes. Grandparents are Phil and Kris Kloos, great grandparents are Herb and Carol Kloos of Donnelly.
On Dec 8th the 5th annual Mas staff recognition program was held. Mary (mark) Huebner (15 years) and Suzanne (dick) smith (30 years) were among those recognized for their years of service to the school dist.
At the Dec 6th hi lo bowling league meet Nancy (Audrey) Henrichs had the high series, game, most pins over avg. and strikes.
Andy brevig and I attended bible study at St J on Dec 9th
Pearl A. Anderson and I were among the many from the area that attended the open house for Joe Altrich at the Donnelly co-op on Dec 10th. He is retiring after working at the co-op for 53 years. Among the well-wishers was former manager Eddie dummer of Alex
We were also among those who attended the Donnelly community club’s annual appreciation dinner at the hall on Dec 11th. The royalty and their families did a good job again of making the hall look very festive for the occasion. Special thanks go out to them for helping serve the dinner, the community club officers and families for preparing the dinner and to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule at the North Pole to come and visit with the kids. His also stopped in Hoffman and since his reindeer were tired after that long trip he left them there to rest for the long trip home so the dfd gave him a ride into town in the fire truck.
Pat smith and I were among those who attended “a time to remember” at the Pedersen funeral home on Dec 12th. I represented the family of my “mom” aunt Pearl’s family there. Afterwards it was off the Maes concert hall for the concert by Luke Fiskness.
Dec 13th Dianne Amundson and I visited our cousin Bev Hurlbut at Legacy living to wish her a Happy Birthday. In the eve Andy brevig and I attended the st co rep party meeting at Detoy’s in Morris. It was decided that we would try and coordinate our county convention with others in the area for some time in Feb. or early Mar.
Dec 15th I stopped into the open house at fed tel in Morris and the open house retirement party for Ron bourssea at the Morris co-op (he is a distant relative). I then traveled to el to see the holiday train took in the open house at the victory in life church, and the chamber’s supper at the community building.
Sam and Dorothy Johrdheim hosted the annual frank Christmas party on Dec 14th. Guests included Shirley Frank of Donnelly, Donna Frank of starbuck, Joann and Odell Christenson of Lakeville and Marlene burtlag of Cyrus.
Dec 12th Larry and Peggy Wilke and Pearl A. Anderson traveled to St. Cloud for a visit with her son Jody and Colleen Wilke. She says they will have married 30 years on Jan 1st, and are going to celebrate by going on a cruise.