Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news:
Weather news: after several weeks of mild temps it has gotten very hot again and it is very dry, lot of watering and irrigating going on. The threshing bee grain has been shocked and wheat harvest is underway.
ST John’s/Kongsvinger news: On August 25th the parish will be leading services under the big top tent at 9 am, on the threshing bee grounds with Rev Rochelle Anderson as guest preacher, and Tom and Pearl Horning providing the music. There will be joint services at 10:15 am at St. John’s on September 1st
Good Shepherd news: On August 28th members of the church will be participating in the Feed My starving Children packing event at Morris area High school from 5:30-7:30 pm to sign up call 287-4367 or 585-6868.
Other church news: the Feed My Starving Children packing event will return to Morris on Aug 27, 28,29th. To volunteer to pack, contact the Morris Evangelical Free church at 589-2808, or Tammy Speer at 589-1729
Faith and First Lutheran churches will have a pot luck supper at 6 pm on Aug. 24th and following joint services at 10:30 am on Aug 25th both at Pomme de Terre Park
Death notices: Elena Nessman of Kensington passed away on Aug 12th, her funeral is today (Saturday) at First Lutheran church in Kensington survivors include a great nephew Mark (Michelle) Papesh of Donnelly.
Leon Smith of the Donnelly area passed away on August 17th.
Former Donnelly area resident Bruce Boerner of Holmes city passed away on Aug 14th.
Leroy and Lillian Thorstad of Hoffman passed away on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19th among their survivors are 2 nieces Tamara Stoneburg (Dave) ;Terry (Mark) Krenz; and a nephew Scott (Cathi) Boerne.
Adeline Gustafson of Wheaton passed away on Aug. 9th survivors include her grandson Jay (Laurie) Melberg and Allisa and his daughter Alisha Melberg
Community news: The threshing bee or as we like to call it our “our family reunion” starts this a.m (Saturday) with a pancake breakfast and concludes tomorrow afternoon with a horse and pony pull.
Buttons are available at the gate, there will be flyers available at the gate with a schedule of events and the headquarters building is the depot ph. 246 3272
There will be many events going on both days (horseshoe tournament, sawing, shingle making) etc. there are also a cash, toy tractor, and quilt raffles .Corrine Larson has made a quilt for us.
Any one is welcome to come and provide entertainment such as playing and/or singing, bring something to display, demonstrate etc.
A second work night to take things down, and put them away will be held on August 27th @ 6:30 pm, however any help of any kind during, or after the bee is always welcome.
There will also be some events at “The Place To Be” today (Saturday), a motor cycle ride this afternoon and a DJ tonight. I know there is at least one rummage sale gong on this weekend too
As of this writing my golf cart is in the repair shop and I am unsure if it will get fixed in time for use at the bee if not I will try and find somebody who would be willing to let me use theirs for handicapped individuals
I had a message from David Flugel asking me to encourage all current and former Donnelly area residents to join the Donnelly kids Facebook page
There will be an open house 50th anniversary celebration for Gene and Sharon Miller on Saturday, Sept. 7, at West Pomme Lodge from 4 to 7 p.m. No gifts please
August James Johnson was born on July 30, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo to Jeremiah and Erica Johnson of Fargo, N.D. Local grandparents and great grandmother are Jerry and Wanda Cin and Lyla Cin of Morris.
Adeyln Sperr was born on August 5th to Adam and Michelle Sperr, grandparents are Don and Tammy Sperr, Tom and Pearl horning, and local great grandparents are Paul and Betty Sperr.
Celebrations: the eagles’ amateur baseball team won the region 9c tournament and is headed to the state; Mac Beyer is a member of that team.
Tyler Busse won 1st place in the small stock modified demo derby at the Morris fair; Mark Dunn won first place in his class at the Swift Co fair in Appleton last weekend
Sami Searle won the powder full race enduro race at the Stevens county fair in Morris
Keaton, Braeden and Ryanne Long won several grand and reserve championships in 4-h at the Grant County fair in Herman
Dave Lonegran and I were among some of those from the area who attended the soils lab field day in Morris on Aug. 15th.
The threshing bee royalty were among the participants in the cornfest parade in Ortonville on Aug 18th. En route I stopped in Chokio for the fireman’s corn and hamburger feed this was their last parade of the year, as usual they were outstanding ambassadors for the Donnelly area during the past year.
Mark Koepke and I attended the grand opening of the Someplace Safe thrift store in Morris on Aug. 19th; later I attended the visitation for Leon Smith at the funeral home; and in the eve an informal “meet and greet” for Jeff Johnson republican candidate for governor at Detoy's
As I have stated before an “upside” to a funeral is meeting people you have not seen for a long at Leon’s funeral it was Rev Joel Dahlen, his wife René, their daughter Naomi and Rev Steve Olson. Joel and Steve are former pastors at St John's/Kongsvinger.