Friday, May 25, 2012
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. Remember if you are going to be gone this summer you can keep up on the Donnelly news via my blog donnellyminn.blogspot.com. The weather has been sunny and mild for most of the last week with some showers sprinkled in. It rained most of the day on Wednesday. From the St. John’s/ Kongsvinger parish: There will be joint services at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a,m, on May 27. The summer schedule starts on June 3. Services will be held at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and St. John’s at 10:15 a.m. Lutheran Sunday School Pins were awarded to children in the parish on May 20. Mason Dunn was given a pin for perfect attendance during the 2011-2012 year. More awards are posted on my blog. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church news: adult Bible studies will resume after services on June 3. Most Donnelly area business will be closed on May 28 in honor of Memorial Day. The Stevens County Republicans are tentatively scheduled to meet on May 29. Rose Athey informs that there will be women’s softball games Thursday evenings in June at Aanerud Field. Due to a decrease in numbers there will not be any Little League games in Donnelly this summer. West Central Minnesota Community Action of Elbow Lake is looking for people to loan them ladders for the group work camp in Brandon in mid-June. If you have any you are willing to share, them call 800-492-4805. There will be an open graduation party for Cody Eystad June 2 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Donnelly Hall. There will be an open house on June 3 at Pomme de Park near Morris in honor of Cliff and Betty Johnson’s golden anniversary. Jim Sack of Paynesville passed away on May 11. Survivors include his daughter Lori (Corey) Jacobson. Kyler Dean Smith was born on March 26 to Nathan and Heather Smith of Morris. Grandparents are Roger and Sherry Gausman of Alberta and Richard and Suzanne Smith of Morris. Great grandmother is Pauline Smith. Brian Wall and Michelle DuMont were married on May 18. Brain’s parents, Jim and Bonnie Wall of Donnelly, along with family and friends, participated in the celebration. The couple is honeymooning on the North Shore and will be making their home in Sauk Rapids. Congratulations to Calista Kill who finished first in the 3rd grade division of loyalty day contest at St Mary’s school in Morris. Congratulations to Jonna Moser who was recently presented with the extra mile award for the 8th grade students of quarters at Morris Area High School Congratulations to Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta softball team that won the conference championship. Megan Mecklenburg and Olivia Reimers are members of that team. Congratulations to Leon and Marilyn Smith on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary. The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls’ track team finished sixth at the conference track meet. Kourtney Geise finished third in the 800, MaKenzie Smith took second in the 1600, and first in the 3200 meter and she also finished 11th in the discus. Rebekah Aanerud finished eighth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles, Beth Holland was a member of the 4x100 relay team that finished second, the 4x200 relay team that finished first, and she and Kourtney were members of 4x400 relay team that finished second, Kourtney and Savannah Aanerud were members of the 4x800 team that finished first. Rebekah finished in a tie for tenth in the pole vault. Donnelly-connected ladies installed as VFW Auxiliary officers President Joan Kopacek, Chaplain Jerry Kopacek, Guard Virene Olson, Trustees Liz Ascheman and Rose Uhden, and Banner Bearer Jeanne Ennen. On May 12th Jim and Lou Eystad traveled to Springfield to help Karenna Johnson celebrate her 10th birthday. They stayed overnight at the home of her parents Rev. Luther and Sarah Johnson and attended services at his church the next day before returning home. On May 14, Doug Ohman gave a very good presentation on “Libraries of Minnesota” at the Morris Public Library. He told me I was to say hello to the people of Donnelly. On May 16, I visited Ruth Strand at her home in Morris. She informs me I made an error in a previous column. Todd Strand’s mother, Vivian, is still living. On May 17 I stopped in to see George Kramer. His wife Joyce is home now after recuperating from surgery at the West Wind Village. That evening I attended visitation for Carol Hickman. On May 18, I attended visitation for Leo Stein. Please note that due to space limitations most of my “travel reports” for the past several weeks have been moved to my blog I recently learned that my dad’s little friend, Abby Kruize, had passed away. She and her “father” Richard came to see Dad just about every week for several years. I plan to recognize area graduates in next week’s column if you have somebody graduating let me know.