Next edition: May 17th-23rd
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news;
Weather news: cool and wet are the operative words for the weather for the past few week as we have had rain off and on for much of it and temps are still on the cool side. Some farmers have gotten some fields planted, I see the wheat is up on the field by the threshing bee grounds but not much has been done this week. At least we did not get the foot of snow that a former Donnelly area resident in WY reported they got out there.
In St. John’s/ Kongsvinger news: our graduates will be recognized during joint services on May 18th, at 9 a.m., at Kongsvinger and at a brunch afterwards in the parish hall. There will be Joint services at St. John’s on May 25th at 9 a.m.
Details on the summer schedule will be announced later.
Good Shepherd news. May18th is the last day of Sunday school; to celebrate, there will be a potluck dinner at Green River Park at noon with games and other events to follow. We will also be recognizing our graduate(s) during services.
There will be a 75th birthday party for Chuck Spohr (Pr. Mike’s father in law) on May 25th from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Morris sr. center
Other church news: the last performance of the new wine dessert theater at first Lutheran –Morris is tonight (Saturday). Dessert at 6 p.m. shows at 7 p.m. tickets available at either first or faith Lutheran churches.
There will be a community vacation bible school on June 23-26th co- sponsored by Good Shepherd and Zion-Morris at Zion with staff from Lutheran Island bible camp –Henning leading the activities.
Community news: there will be all town garage sales around Donnelly this weekend.
Nichole Logan benefit today (Saturday) at Old No. 1 Southside-Morris, she is the great granddaughter of the late Sam Logan of Donnelly and has cancer. Free will donation and silent auction
Picnic supper Benefit for Gene Kummrow May 21st starting at 4:30 p.m. at Zion -Morris he has cancer. Gene is a member of our threshing bee family he and his wife (Carol) are chairmen of the flea market committee. Free will donations
Graveside services for Cathy Elgin will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Calvary cemetery in Morris, she passed away on Jan. 17th.
James Ruplinger, of Alex passed away on May 10th survivors include his daughter Amy (brad) Searle of Morris and their family
Laurie Ellen Kaehler passed away at home in Petaluma, California on May 7th; survivors include her brother in law Milford (Janice) Kaehler and his family.
Other celebrations: the Morris FFA chapter placed first in the ag literacy challenge and received the ninth overall chapter award program at the MN state FFA convention Rebekah Aanerud received 3rd place in ag communications; Beth Holland received a state FFA degree and was named region 3 star in agri business; and Savannah Aanerud won 1st place in creed and will advance to the nationals. Many other Donnelly area kids were among the members of the chapter that brought home a “boatload” of awards from the convention either individually and/or as members of teams in career development. There are too many to list here.
The tiger girls and boys track teams took first in Ortonville; Kourtney Geise ; Beth Holland; Savannah and Rebecca Aanerud are members of the team that placed in the top 6 in their events either individually and/or as a member of relay teams.
The Donnelly community club had their monthly meeting on May 12th. As we talked about plans for next year the general consensus was that we would feature everything made in 1965(cars, trucks, tractors, machinery etc.) the next meeting is June 9th at the community hall. This year’s bee is Aug. 23rd & 24th, and we will be featuring Ford.
About two dozen of us attended the community mentoring meeting in Morris on May 8th. The next one is June 12th same place and time
May 10th I met Pr. AJ Kluver of Living word Lutheran church-Alex in Evansville from there we traveled to New Creations Lutheran church in Perham for a presentation by DR. Steve Paulson of Luther seminary
I plan to recognize Donnelly area graduates in a future column if you have one you please let me know especially if it a post h.s graduates
Every so often I stop into McCollar Jewelry to visit with Wally for a while one of the things he tells me is that he is planning on putting together a 60th class reunion for the MHS class of ’55 next year so if you are a member of the class or know somebody from there be sure to keep that in mind. Also I made an error last week he received a 20 gal pin from the Red Cross
In the past week I have attended the Hancock all- town rummage sales; the spring fling at Herman-Norcross school and the ground breaking ceremony at the wwv and visited some of the residents there afterwards.