Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news:
Correction: William Lesmeister’s great grandmother is, Katie Lesmeister.
Weather news: After a long dry spell, we finally got some much needed rain this week, with some very heavy rains on August 6th, accompanied by some golf size hail, fortunately not much damage around the immediate area except for a lot of leaves in the streets. There were reports of a tornado in the area, but apparently it did not touch down.
ST John’s/Kongsvinger news: There will be joint services at 10:15 a.m. on August 11th, at St John’s and on August 18th at Kongsvinger. Services on the 25th will be under the big top tent, on the threshing bee grounds.
There are two upcoming bridal showers at Kongsvinger, for Audrey McNally, bride to be of Steve Larson, today (Saturday), from 10 am-noon, and for Amanda Werk, bride to be of Sean Sorteberg, on August 17th from 10 -11:30 am Steve's parents are Don and Algene Larson, grandmother is Bertha Larson. Amanda parents are Randy and Louisa grandparents are Glen and Gertie Werk.
Good Shepherd news: Vacation Bible School will held on Aug 14,21,28, from 6-8 p.m. ,beginning with a prepared supper at 6 pm, followed by a gathering in the church for some music and message ,and ending with some crafts for the kids For more info call 585-6868 .
There will be a bible study on revelations every Wednesday at 9 am, open to everyone in the community.
Community news: the Donnelly community club will have a meeting on Aug. 12th, @ 7 pm, as we put the finishing touches on plans for the bee.
Advance sale buttons are on sale at several Donnelly businesses, and the United Farmers and Merchants state bank locations in Morris and Chokio. There are posters up in Donnelly and around the area, and the website http://www.donnellythreshingbee.com/ has been updated. There is also a threshing bee Facebook page.
The threshing bee is Aug. 24 and 25th and our feature this year is gas engines. This week I will highlight Saturday activities ;events start out with a pancake breakfast continue with a soft ball tournament, tractor cade, kiddy parade, (we are still looking for somebody to be in charge of it); kiddie tractor pull ,antique tractor pull , corn hole double elimination tournament (new this year) ;coronation; and concludes with a dance at the town hall.
Sunday event start with the open air church service and concludes with the horse and pony pull.
There will be many events going on both day (horseshoe tournament, sawing, shingle making) etc.
Any one is welcome to come and provide entertainment such as playing and/or singing, bring something to display, demonstrate etc.
There will be a work night at the threshing bee ground on August 20th at 6:30 pm to get ready for the threshing bee more info 246-3337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Donnelly news face book page I have posted details of an auction of classic cars, by Donnelly, on September 15th
Celebrations: former Donnelly area resident, Rosie Sax was named one of Grant County‘s outstanding senior citizens.
The Post 29 Legion baseball team was runner ups at the state legion tournament. Team members include Mac Beyer, Bryce Jergenson, Scott Henrichs, and Chandler Erickson. Mac was named to the all district 7 legion tournament team
Brady Jergenson was named to the district 5 Veterans of Foreign Wars baseball all star game.
The 18u soft ball team finished 3rd in their tournament, Becca Holland was a member of that team.
The 14u soft ball team was champs in their tournament, Brooke Geliespe was a member of that team, and her mother Judy was the coach.
Savannah Aanerud was the button winner at the Stevens county fair for the trip.
Brody Jace Hommerding was born June 10th, at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls, to Josh and Karrie Hommerding of Hancock. Grandparents are Gary and Marge Hommerding of Hancock, the late Lynn Hommerding, Dave and Kay Storck of Morris, John and Debbie Van Eps of Blaine. Great grandparents are Issy Foss of Hancock, Marion Hommerding of Melrose, Dorothy Storck, and Geesien Kill both of Morris.
John Thomas Horning was born on July 29th, to Monica Lee and Matthew Horning of Ashland, Wis. Grandparents are Madeleine and Richard Lee of Denver, Colorado. and Pearl and Tom Horning of Chokio. Great-grandparents are Mary Lee of Louisville, Kentucky, William E. Tewes of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Nancy and Roger Horning of Chokio.
Clara Foss of Hoffman passed away on August 4th; survivors include her son Bob (Donna Smith) and family
Mark and I attended Willie's super valu parking lot party on August 2nd at Eastside Park, earlier in the day I attended the salad luncheon at the old #1 Southside
Kaylene and Megan Mecklenburg, and the threshing bee royalty were among the participants in the Flekkefest parade in Elbow Lake on Aug 3rd. Several Donnelly area residents were among those of us who took in some of the other Flekkefest activates in Elbow Lake over the weekend.
Mark Koepke and Pearl A. Anderson attended the corn and bbq feed at the Legion on Aug. 3rd.
August 4th Mark and I attended the “grilling for the grant county food shelf” event on Aug 4th in Herman, returning to Morris we stopped to visit Cal and Jan Bumgardner at their home in Morris. Mark’s foster dad, Stan Koepke, used to drive truck for him. August 6th we returned to Herman for the kid’s spring fling supper at the fairgrounds, unfortunately the weather ended that event early.
August 5th, Mark koepke and I attended the open house wedding reception for Justin and Amanda Nelson at the Hancock community center, earlier in the evening I attended the “meet the threshing bee candidates” forum at the Donnelly hall.
Little Miss Candidates this year are: Chalee Eystad, ( Jesse and Misty) grandparents :Jamey and Kathy; great grandparents are Don Bahr and Marge kleinhans ;Kylie Mau, (Maynard and Lori) grandparents Lyle and Marylin Miller; Hailey Lesmeister,( Casey and Danielle) grandparents Tom and Roxanne great grandparents Verle and Della Dunn; Kate Lesmeister; Abbigail Athey,(Chris, Rose) Jessalyn Marshall Brain and Robin Richardson. A picture of the candidates will be in a future edition of this paper.
Threshing Bee Queen Candidates - Lindsay Flogstad (Matt and Susan), Brittany Cardwell (Doug and Muriel)