Friday, February 25, 2011


Next edition Feb 26th- Mar 4th

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news.

Weather news: after enjoying several weeks of respite, winter made a comeback on sun with about 11” of snow in our area and blowing and drifting giving snow removal equipment another good workout. The saving grace has been that temps have remained above 0.

STJ/KONG PARISH News: there will be joint services at Kong at 11 am on Feb 27th with the ss kids singing. Services will also be broadcast on kmrs at 11 am in memory of Wilbur Gulbrandson by Arlene Gulbrandson and family

GSLC news: There will be a cleanup day at the new gslc church site today (sat) @ 9 am. Everyone is welcome to come join the fun. For more info call 589-1461.

Dr. Terry Moretson of "answers in genesis" will be the guest speaker for a series of meetings “not ashamed” at the mahs auditorium on Feb 27 and the hosanna worship center in Morris on the 28th. Events begin on the 27th with a music worship program at 9:30 am followed by a program at 10:30 am and continuing at 6 and 7:30 pm. On the 28th programs are at 11 am (grades k-6), 12:45 pm (grades 7-12) and concludes with two programs at 6 and 7:30 pm. This event is sponsored by the Morris e- Free Church, hosanna worship center and Morris community church. For more info call 589-2808 or e-mail

Frank runyeon will present a performance of the “letter of James” at Assumption Catholic Church on Feb 27 at 2 pm free will offering.

WAM will meet on March 5, at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home with coffee at 9:30 am program at 10 am. The speaker will be Pr. Julie Smith, from the Institute for Lutheran Theology, the new seminary in Brookings, S.D. She will also be the guest speaker at gslc on Mar 6th.

There will be an open house in honor of gert Brandt’s 90th birthday today (Sat) from 1-3 pm at the Glenwood Lutheran church in Glenwood. No gifts please. She is a former Donnelly area resident.

The bookmobile will be in Donnelly on Mar 7th and 21st from 3:30-3:50 pm

The st co rep party convention will be held on Mar 4th at the Legion in Morris beginning with registration at 6:30 pm meeting at 7 pm

The st co gen soc will have their first meeting of the year on Mar 3 at 1:30 pm at the library in Morris. Due to a scheduling conflict the meeting will be held in the gen room.

Allisia Melberg will present a program “Researching Families in West Central Minnesota” at the st co museum on Mar 5th at 10 am. For more info call the museum at 589-1719


The don city council will meet in the council rooms in Donnelly on Mar 7th at 7 pm

The Rendsville 4-h club will meet on Mar 7th at 7 pm in the fire hall meeting room

The red hatters will meet at “a place to be” on Mar 7th at 1 pm. Bring your favorite flower seed packet. They will also have their st pat’s day party at “Denny’s” in Herman on the 17th @ 1:30 pm for pie day Dutch treat.

Area townships will have their annual meetings on Mar 8th, Donnelly twp. will meet at fire hall in Donnelly, Rendsville and most others at their town halls. Check with you local town clerk or the county auditor’s office for specific meeting places and times.

Congratulations to Brady Gillespie, and chandler Erickson who were winners at the bpa region contest from C-A h.s

Congratulations to Steve Engebly who was honored for 28 yrs. of service to the Hoffman fire dept..

Congratulations to the wca little knights wrestling team that won their own tournament .Keaton long is a member of that team.

Congratulations to the following students who elected to participate in SW MN MN band directors honor band in Marshall on Jan 22nd amber Recker (9th and 10th) and john huebner (7& 8th).

Congratulations to the m/ca7th grade girls’ bb team that recently completed an undefeated season, Madison wevely and Becca Holland are members of that team.

Congratulations to Chester Larson who was recently reelected to the fsa board in Morris.

congratulations to pat (mark) smith who was recently appointed as the Donnelly are rep to the st co ext. board

This is FFA week and I counted about 20 kids from the Donnelly area among the 80 members of the Morris h.s FFA chapter listed in the supplement to the paper. , including these officers Sami Searle sec Natalie Johnston VP Kendra Speer parliamentarian. Congratulations to the following FFA teams on their recent accomplishments. The Ag issues team placed first in the cde at the state, Kaitlin van horn is a member of that team, the general livestock teams finished 6th Natalie Johnston is a member of that team, the horse team finished 2nd Sami Searle is a member of that team. Sami also finished first in the district FFA proficiency applications for regional judging and interviews. Kendra Speer also won first in agribusiness service placement proficiency and Natalie Johnston was also first in sheep production placement proficiency. Kendra, Kaitlin, and Natalie were also among those earned state degree and Kendra will be considered for region 3 stars in agri- business award

Congratulations to the Morris FFA Ag knowledge bowl team which finished first at the skills fest in Willmar on Feb 10th. Jake Moser and Natalie Johnston are members of that team.

This also the 100th anniversary of the boy scouts of America several Donnelly area boys are among the members of the Morris troop.

The don community club and the st co gen soc were two of the exhibitors at the nonprofit expo at the armory on Feb 17th. Earlier in the day I visited some friends at the WWV.

Michelle Papesh and I visited my cousin Bev Hurlbult at LL in Morris on Mar 18th.

Jon and Joan Kopeck and I attended the retirement party of Lyle Miller at the Morris sr. center on Mar 18th. His daughter is Lori Mau of Donnelly. Later I traveled to Herman for the visitation for LaVern Wilts. His granddaughter Carrie was the 2009-2010 little Miss Donnelly princes. Jim and Lou Eystad attended his funeral on Feb 19th at Bethel in Herman.

Jon and Joan Kopacek attended the annual meeting of Luther Crest at Alex on Feb 13th.

Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended services at gslc on Feb 20th and the bible study afterwards. It was announced that they will join with members of st j of rural starbuck for Lenten services this year at St J .Later Andy Brevig and I attended the Niemackl lake park fund raising breakfast at the Legion in Herman. We also attended the st co rep central committee meeting at Detoy’s on Feb 21st. at the meeting a flier was passed around announcing a lakes area tea party event to be held today (sat) from 10 am –noon at the Broadway ballroom in Alex. For more info call 320-491-1655. After the meeting I attended the visitation for Marcella Hotovey at the funeral home. Her daughter Cindy is a schoolmate of mine.

I received the following info from the Kopacek family: Leif Andersen in Denmark writes that he would like to start a correspondence with the descendants of Chris [1881-1954] and Marie (Andersen) [1886-1868] Nelsen who lived in Morris. Some of their 8 children were: Florence (Mrs. Alvin Olson), Raymond, Wilbur, Clarence, Bernard, and Robert. If you are a relative or know somebody who is you can call Joan at 246-3381 or let me know I will pass the info along.

Pearl A. Anderson spent some time recently visiting her daughter and son in law Harold and Nancy sair

Jim and Lou Eystad have been busy attending birthday parties in the last week. They along with other family and friends helped her aunt Marlys Alm celebrate her birthday last week at her house. The event was hosted by her children. On Feb 19th they were at a birthday party for Jeanne and Brennia Sanasack at the Prairie Inn in Morris. They also helped Lillian halbakken celebrate her 85th birthday this week. She is out of the hosp.

for those of you with on line access I have created a short survey that I hope youw ill take the time to fill out

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