Thursday, February 4, 2016

donnelly news

Feb 6th-12th

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news:

 Weather news weather has been fairly mild thankfully we missed the big snow storm that hit other parts of the state we only got a few inches
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: Ash Wed services on Feb. 10th at   St. John’s. @ 7 pm with coffee fellowship to follow services will again alternate between Kongsvinger and St John’s every Wed.   until Holy week

On the third Wednesday of the month (February 17), Youth Club will meet at St. John’s Church from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. and is open to all children in our community. Caring adults and older youth are encouraged to lend a hand - we will find something for you to help with. All area children are welcome to attend.
Good shepherd news. No Tue a.m. Bible study until after Easter
Lenten services start with ash wed services on Feb 10th at 7 p.m. and continue ever Wed at that time until Holly week.

Other church news: friends of the Morris life care pregnancy center will have a fund raising night at the Pizza ranch on Feb 21st from 5-8 p.m.

There will be +Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 7th at 4:00p.m. At FAITH LUTHERAN-Morris; All 6th thru 12th graders are invited!
From faith –Morris February 10 The Sunday School students (Kindergarten—6th grade) and families will be serving the Ash Wednesday meal at 5:15 p.m.—come support the students.

There will be a Valentine's Day Tea on Friday, February 12th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the First Lutheran Fellowship Hall. 
No “Burgers, beverages and a blessing” until after Easter.


Community news: The Bookmobile will be in town on Main Street in Donnelly on Feb 15th from 3:45-4 p.m.
Benefit for Donna Haugen of Milan today (Sat.) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kviteseid Lutheran   church (308 North Third Street) in Milan. She is Jeanne Ennen’s sister in law and has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer
Next “Rising up Stevens County” kinship event will be the quarter kraze on Feb. 13th at the legion in Morris from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. advance tickets available at the Rusc office in Morris, more info call 585-7872
Donnelly fire dept. “bar bingo” will be held on Fri eves at 7 p.m. until further notice at “A Place to Be in Donnelly”
The Donnelly fire dept. will meet on Feb 8th and 15th at 7 p.m. in the fire hall.
St county historical society will have their annual meeting on Feb 14th at the museum starting with dinner at noon followed by the meeting at 1 p.m. and program at 1:30 p.m. rsvp at 589-1719
Julene and Wayne Mananum, Marlene Mohr, Dennis and Arlyn Cin, and Irene strand were among those that helped Grace Earnst celebrate her 100th birthday recently. Her birthday was on Jan. 17th
St Mary’s school dinner auction on Feb 20th at old # 1 Southside at 5 p.m., advance tickets available at the school
There will be Bingo-bonco at Faith –Morris on Feb 21st at 11:45 a.m.  
Former Donnelly area resident Ruth Strand will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Mar 5th at the sunrise apartments in Morris from 2-5 p.m.



Death notices: none
Celebrations: tiger gymnastic Wahpeton triangular Savannah Aanerud performed Stuck Beam Routines Savannah Aanerud set New Personal Best Scores on Beam and in All Around - Katie Giese set a New Personal Best Score on Vault Savannah Aanerud Tied for 4th Place on Vault, received 3rd Place on Bars, 1st Place on Beam, Tied for 3rd Place on Floor, and received – 1st place in All Around
Sons of Norway officers Cathy Anderson publicity director, Bernice Erdahl trustee Jack Kopacek co-auditor, Andy Brevig marshal Vicki Jasper assistant marshal, Jim Jasper co social director Judy Oldenburg co- secretary
Brooke Gillespie was named to the honor roll at Chokio Alberta h.s. she is a junior there
Presidential honors list: North Dakota school of science: Katlyn Hillbrand and Nacole Hilbrand of Donnelly
Knight wrestling: Park region conf: Keaton Long runner up 145 lbs.
Zavier running hawk (3rd gr) took 2nd place in his weight class in a tournament in Alex on Jan 30th
Past wk. visit with Irene Strand at her apt. ;holy land movie at 1st -Lutheran –Morris; college republican fundraiser at pizza ranch; bbb at old #1 Southside





Thursday, January 28, 2016

donnelly news

 Jan 30th-Feb 5th

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news:

 Weather news well after enduring several days of being in the deep freeze temps moderated last week, this week brought some snow.
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: Ash Wed services on Feb. 10th at   St. John’s.
Good shepherd news. No Tue a.m. Bible study until further notice
There will be a special meeting on Jan 30th to discuss the purchase of a new piano

Other church news: “Come Tour the Holy Land” January   31st from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; in the church’s Theatre Room at first Lutheran Morris. Come and join us for a video journey of Pastor Dave’s travels to the “Land Where Jesus Walked”
There will be a Valentine's Day Tea on Friday, February 12th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the First Lutheran Fellowship Hall. 
  Adult Forum "Islam 101” will be presented at faith Morris Jan 31st at 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 3rd will be the last “Burgers, beverages and a blessing” until after lent.


Community news: The Bookmobile will be in town on Main Street in Donnelly on Feb 1st from 3:45-4 p.m.
On Feb.1st at 7 p.m. the Donnelly city council will meet in the council chamber of city hall and the Rendsville 4-h will meet at St. John’s church in Donnelly
Benefit for Donna Haugen of Milan on Feb 6th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kviteseid Lutheran   church (308 North Third Street> in Milan. She is Jeanne Ennen’s sister in law and has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer
Next "Rising up Stevens County" kinship event will be the quarter kraze on Feb. 13th at the legion in Morris from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. advance tickets available at the Rusc office in Morris, more info call 585-7872
Donnelly fire dept. “bar bingo” will be held on Fri eves at 7 p.m. until further notice at “A Place to Be in Donnelly”
The college republicans will have a fund raiser at the Pizza ranch-Morris on Feb.1st from 5-8 p.m.
On Jan 16th a family gathering was held to celebrate Bertha Larson’s 94th birthday. Those attending were Don and Algene Larson   and their daughter Kristi Larson, Janice Halverson, Gayle and Phil Dalseth, Larry Tuffton, Corrine Larson, Jon Larson and his daughters Samantha and Hannah Larson, Jody Loher, David and Hannah Larson and Jerry Jr. and Erica Loher and their children Kaylee and Caleb. Lots of laughter and fun was had by all.




Death notices. Donald Grossman of Morris passed away on Sept 21st survivors include his daughter Mary (Larry) Friesen of Donnelly
Former Donnelly area resident Leonard Wagner of Morehead passed away on Jan. 26th survivors include his sister in law Marvel Wagner of Morris
Celebrations: Deans list MN State Moorhead Maria Cin, Shaylynn Johnson, MaKenzie Smith; Katlin Van Horn is a graduate of North Dakota State U
New National honor society members at Morris Area H.S include Britany Cardwell and Becca Holland.
Weston Ralph Kampmeier was born Jan 25th to Jenna (Moser> and Reed Kampmeier in St. Cloud. Grandparents are Jon and Lori Moser of Morris, Tim Kampmeier of Chokio and the late Linda Kampmeier of Chokio; great grandparents are Harry and Corrine Kruize of Donnelly, Glen and Nancy Kopp of Morris
Tiger swimming: sec 5 Meet: Levin strand was a member of the200 freestyle relay team that took 23rd the 200 medley team that took 27th and 26th individual in the breast stroke
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Becca Holland was one of the Academic, arts, athletic winners at Morris Area High School
Tiger wrestling freshman (kms> sub section -Brady cardwell 1st, Tristan Raths 3rd; Kylen Running Hawk (heavyweight) took fourth place; section tournament (Canby> Brady Cardwell 4th at 145 lbs.
Tiger gymnastics vs. Long Prairie/Grey Eagle Savannah Aanerud stuck her Beam Routine

Savannah Aanerud set a New Personal Best Score in All Around
Jan 27th I called my aunt Pearl A. Anderson to wish her a happy 90th birthday

*Savannah Aanerud received 1st Place on all four events (Vault, Bars, Beam, and Floor) and in All Around
PAST WK Perrault visitation at funeral home Nordstrom visitation and memorial service at St John’s-Donnelly BBB at old # 1 Southside, indoor used car sale at heartland Chevy in Morris




Thursday, January 21, 2016

donnelly news

 Jan 23rd- 29th  

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news:

 Weather news we have been in the deep freeze since the weekend, it is supposed to warm up later this week
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: The Annual meeting will be held at St. John’s Jan 24th following services followed by a pot luck dinner. Clarification: service times were changed only on Jan 17th to accommodate the Kong annual meeting
Good shepherd news. No Tue a.m. Bible study until further notice

Other church news: “Come Tour the Holy Land” Sundays, January 24 and 31 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; in the church’s Theatre Room at first Lutheran Morris. Come and join us for a video journey of Pastor Dave’s travels to the “Land Where Jesus Walked”
Real ministries will have their monthly program today (sat.> from 6:30- 8pm at the Morris community church 108 e 6th st (old sun-tribune bldg. <


Community news: The Bookmobile will be in town on Main Street in Donnelly on Feb 1st from 3:45-4 p.m.
On Feb.1st at 7 pm the Donnelly city council will meet in the council chamber of city hall and rendsville 4-h will meet at St. John’s church in Donnelly
Benefit for Donna Haugen of Milan on Feb 6th from 11 am-3 pm at Kviteseid Lutheran   church in Milan. She is Jeanne Ennen’s sister in law and has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer
RUSC open house for the C-A area will be held on Jan 28th 5-7 pm at our savior’s Lutheran church in Chokio




Memorial services for Patricia Demo of Barrett will be held today (Sat.>at 1 p.m. at Good shepherd Lutheran church -Morris, (note change of venue> survivors include her daughter Lori (Weinreis >riley of Graceville

Death notices. Janet (Olson> Nordstrom of Donnelly passed away on Jan 17th survivors include her husband Pete, Brother Richard (Val> Olson of Donnelly as many of you may remember she was postmistress in Donnelly for many years
Emma Mary Kaehler was born on Nov. 27, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview in Minneapolis to Kraig and Sarah Kaehler. Grandparents are Bruce and Sandy Loycano of Coon Rapids, Milfred Kaehler of Morris and Eugene Stoneburg of Starbuck.  Most of the family members are former Donnelly area residents

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Celebrations: Morris area elementary school students of the month included: gr 2 Kylie Raths, Addison Cihak, gr 4 Makenna Loge
Daniel Kloos took 3rd at the west central area youth wrestling tournament
Donnelly rod & gun club ice fishing contest results: smallest game fish co-winners Morgan Kirwin and Carrie Kramer
Largest walleye and largest any other fish winner Amy Kill 
Largest northern winner Rick Hagen
Fall 2015 semesters honors/deans /president awards were given to these Donnelly area kids Gage Backman (SW mn. State university>, Cammi Aanerud (Minnesota State Community and Technical College>, and Kourtney Giese of Donnelly; (ndsu>
JV wrestling rocori invitational Tristian Raths took 4th Brady cardwell 5th Kylen Running Hawk 6th their respective weight classes
Keaton Long of the Knights wrestling team recently earned his 60th win
Gymnastics vs. Benson/kms savannah Aanerud beam third place, tied for fifth on the vault, took fourth on the bars and fifth on the floor to tie her personal best score of 33.8 in all-around competition, which was good for third place honors. JV action Katie Giese set new personal best scores on the bars (third place with 4.9) and beam (first place with 7.5).Shannon and Castalia Kill were among those who all set new, or tied, their personal bests in at least one event
Tiger swimming Detroit lakes meet: Levin strand was part of the 200 medley relay team that finished 5th the 200 free relay which took 3rd placed 4th in 100 breast stroke vs. Perham He was a member of the 200 medley team that took 2nd, 200 hundred fee relay that placed first, and he placed first in the 100 breast stoke

Past wk. girls’ hockey fish fry eagles, drop box movie at Zion; habit pancake breakfast, annual meeting/dinner at Kong, community meal faith, Rusc open house st J


Friday, January 15, 2016

donnelly news

 Jan 16th-22nd        

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news:

 Weather news: the weekend has brought some of coldest weather of the winter with bitterly cold temps on tap for next week.
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: The Annual meetings will be held at Kongsvinger Jan 17th and St. John’s Jan 24th both following services followed by a pot luck dinner. Service times will change on the 17th with St. John’s at 8:30 a.m. and Kongsvinger at 11 a.m.

Good shepherd news. No Tue a.m. Bible study until further notice

Other church news: “Come Tour the Holy Land” Sundays, January 24 and 31 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; in the church’s Theatre Room at first Lutheran Morris. Come and join us for a video journey of Pastor Dave’s travels to the “Land Where Jesus Walked”

Join Pr. Dell and Carolyn on Sunday, January 17th at Faith Morris between services for a screening of Islam 101 reviews the fundamental principles, beliefs, and practical aspects of Islam

Habit for humanity fundraising pancake breakfast Jan 17th 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the legion in Morris free will donation

The movie “the drop box” will be shown at Zion Lutheran-Morris today (sat.> at 2 p.m. free will offering to help options for women purchase a stork bus. More info call the church or the pregnancy center

Community news: The Bookmobile will be in town on Main Street in Donnelly on Jan 18th from 3:45-4 p.m.

The Donnelly fire dept. will meet on Jan. 18th at 7 p.m.
No mail service on Jan 20th.

“Raising up Stevens County” Kinship Mentoring will have an open house from 5- 7p.m. on Jan. 19th at St. John’s church-Donnelly; Jan 20th at the Hancock school ;and Jan 21st at the Morris library ;with Chokio-Alberta TBA.

Donnelly rod and gun club will have their annual ice fishing contest on Pomme de Terre (Perkins Lake) today (Sat> from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. more info Brad Backman (320) 589-7220 or stop into Super Valu and talk to Craig Awsumb

Memorial services for Patricia Demo of Barrett will be held on Jan 23rd at 1  p.m. at old # 1 Southside, survivors include her daughter Lori (Weinreis >riley of Graceville

Death notices. None

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Celebrations: Jr. High wrestling: Canby tournament; Brady Cardwell, and Tristan Raths took first in their respective weight classes. JV rocori tournament Brady 4th and Tristan 5th in their weight classes

WCA      wrestling wca triangular Kenton Long went 2-0 at the staples motely quad he went 2-1 at that meet he recorded his 60th win



Tiger gymnastics’ Melrose meet: Savannah Aanerud 4th on beam 5th on the bars jv Callista Kill set a new personal best on the beam Katie Giese took third place honors in the beam event  Moorhead invite tigers took first in their division

 Savannah Aanerud earned first place on the vault, tied for third place on bars, tied for first place on beam, tied for second on the floor, and finished in second place in all-around competition. Vs. big stone area    Savannah Aanerud earned first place on Vault, second place on Bars, first place on Beam, first place on Floor, first place in All-Around competition Katie Giese earned fourth place on Vault

Brady Backman was a member of storm pee wee team that won their Fergus tournament Dec 5th & 6th

Tiger swimming: Hutchinson invite: JV action Levin strand took first in the 100 breast stroke and was part of the 200 medley team that took 4th

Past week bbb at old # 1 Southside retirement party for John Rau at grandstay hotel

Thursday, January 7, 2016

donnelly news

Jan 9th-15th           
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news:
Correction: Donnelly rod and gun club will have their annual ice fishing contest on Pomme de terre (Perkins Lake) on Jan. 17th from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. more info Brad Backman (320) 589-7220 or stop into Super Valu and talk to Craig Awsumb
Weather news: the New Year brought in some fairly decent temps other than a few days with some cold winds temps have been nice for this time of the year and being out and about
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: the regular schedule resumes on Jan 10th with services at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m. and St. John’s at 11 a.m. with ss at Kongsvinger at 9:45 a.m.
The Annual meetings will be held at Kongsvinger Jan 17th and St. John’s Jan 24th both following services followed by a pot luck dinner. Service times will change on the 17th with St. John’s at 8:30 a.m. and Kongsvinger at 11 a.m.
Good shepherd news. No Tue a.m. Bible study until further notice
Other church news: “Come Tour the Holy Land” Sundays, January 24 and 31 from 3:30-5:30p.m. in the church’s Theatre Room at first Lutheran Morris. Come and join us for a video journey of Pastor Dave’s travels to the “Land Where Jesus Walked”
Join Pr. Dell and Carolyn on Sunday, January 17th at faith Morris between services for a screening of Islam 101 Islam 101 reviews the fundamental principles, beliefs, and practical aspects of Islam
Community news: The Bookmobile will be in town on Main Street in Donnelly on Jan 18th from 3:45-4 p.m.
The Donnelly fire dept. will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan 11th and 18th at 7 p.m.
Raising up Stevens county will have an open house Jan. 19th from 5- 7p.m. at St. John’s church-Donnelly, also on Jan 20th at the Hancock school and Jan 21st at the Morris library from 5-7 p.m. ;Chokio-Alberta TBA.
Death notices; Catherine Kellen of Morris passed away on Jan 2nd survivors include her daughter former Donnelly area resident Theresa (Virgil) Fults and family.
Margret Waldemarsen of Alex Minn. passed away on Dec. 15th survivors include her step daughter former Donnelly area resident Jeannine (Andy) Disselkamp of Morris and their family
Former Donnelly area resident Caroline E. “Karri” (Flannigan) Hagen of Benson passed away on Jan 1st.
Walter Oscar “Wally” Heins, of Goodview, passed away on December 23rd survivors include step brothers and sisters former Donnelly area residents Pat Dummer of Alex, Geoff Volker of Morris, Bill and Kevin of Herman and their families, he was preceded in death by his mother Nancy Volker.
Celebrations: Jr. High wrestling: Canby tournament; Brady Cardwell, and Tristan Raths took first in their respective weight classes. In varsity action at the Benson tournament Brady took 3rd place at 145 lbs.
Sumit Harland was born to Tom Boener and Whitney Quinlan‎ of Mead, COL. Tom is a former Donnelly area resident. They plan to be married later this year.
Past week: open house at parsonage in Donnelly, helped with NAPS, BBB AT OLD # 1 Southside


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

donnelly news

Jan 2nd- 8th
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news:
Weather news: we had several inches of snow on Sat. fortunately the storm predicated for this week did not materialize. We have had some -0 temps this weeks
St John’s/Kongsvinger news: no S.S. on Jan 3rd, the regular schedule resumes on Jan 10th
Pr Mike and Sue Nelson will have an open house at the parsonage on Jan 3rd from 2-4 p.m.
The Annual meetings will be held at Kongsvinger Jan 17th and St. John’s Jan 24th both following services followed by a pot luck dinner. Service times will change on the 17th with St. John’s at 8:30 a.m. and Kong at 11 a.m.
Good shepherd news. No Tue a.m. Bible study until further notice
Other church news: “Come Tour the Holy Land” Sundays, January 24 and 31 from 3:30-5:30pm in the church’s Theatre Room at first Lutheran Morris. Come and join us for a video journey of Pastor Dave’s travels to the “Land Where Jesus Walked”
New wine meeting on Jan. 3rd at 4 pm at First Lutheran-Morris
Community news: The Bookmobile will be in town on Main Street in Donnelly on Jan 4th and 18th from 3:45-4 p.m.
The city council and rendsville 4-h will meet on Jan 4th at 7 p.m. at the city hall and St John’s church in Donnelly
The Donnelly fire dept. will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan 11th and 18th at 7 p.m.
Donnelly rod and gun club will have their annual ice fishing contest on Pomme de lake (Perkins Lake) on Jan. 17th from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. more info 320-287-1225 or stop into super valu and talk to Craig Awsumb

Death notices; Patricia Demo of Barrett passed away on Dec 24th. She was preceded in death by her son –in law former Donnelly resident Curt Weinreis

Gator swimming: triangular meet: Levin Strand took third place in the 100 breaststroke event; he was also a member of relay team that took 4th in the 200 yd. medley, and 5th in the 200 free relay; vs. fusion he was a member of the 200 medley took 4th, the 200 free relay that took 4th, and he personally took first in the 100 breast
Jameson David Taffe was born on Dec. 15 at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, South Dakota to Bryan and Becky Taffe of Bryant, South Dakota. Grandparents are David and Cindy Taffe and Richard and Suzanne Smith of Morris. Great grandmothers are Bernice Madsen and Doris Taffe of Graceville and Sene VanEps of Grand Forks, North Dakota
Christmas eve I took in the living nativity at Faith Lutheran Morris, services at good shepherd Lutheran an church –Morris ;Zion—Morris and St John’s Donnelly .Christmas day services at gslc, visiting my aunt Pearl in her apt at the sunrise apartments and some people at WWV. Other events past week included ss program at Kong Christmas sing a long at Lincoln Lutheran Hoffman, Recker visitation and funeral
If you are going to go south after the New Year reminder you can keep up with my column at my website http://donnellyminn.blogspot.com and/or the s-t one at http://www.morrissuntribune.com there is also a Donnelly news Facebook page. I have also posted my annual Christmas letter on my website.
Also a reminder I have “news” boxes at the po and HD and co in Donnelly and McCollar jewelry in Morris















Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015

Donnelly Minn. Christmas 2015
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come” with the words of this familiar hymn I greet you once again with my annual Christmas letter
Weather news: The ’14-‘15 winter season arrived early, with a major snowfall about the middle of Nov thankfully we only had a few major snowstorms after that.  Much of the winter was cold, few nice days sprinkled in, late Mar. brought some unseasonably nice weather, but hopes for an early spring were dashed by a late season snowstorm, it was not until   mid to late Apr., that the snow finally all melted and spring arrived. Some farmers got going in late Apr. favorable weather meant that by early May most farmers had their crops in, some timely rains made them come up in good time. Timely rains, and warm weather continued throughout the summer, allowing crops to progress nicely, by the harvest time rolled around all crops yielded good. Most harvest was completed with few delays, and by the time snow arrived in early Dec. most farmers had their crops harvested and fall fieldwork done. We finally got some snow in early Dec, but some mild temps meant that much of it melted, however mid Dec has brought the return of winter with several inches of snow again
Church news: after serving as our interim pastor at St. John’s /Kongsvinger for 11 months Deaconess Deb Robinson resigned to return home to the St. Cloud area, her last day here was Nov. 1st; we had a farewell dinner for her after services at St. John’s that day. On Oct 4th a special meeting was held at both congregations for the purpose of hearing from the call committee on their recommendation for a new pastor for our parish. We voted to call Rev Mike Nelson from Cokato to be our new pastor, he accepted the call in early Nov, and in mid Nov, he and his wife Sue moved here, his 1st Sun was Nov. 22nd. They have a daughter and son-in law that have a baby ,and live in the Elbow Lake area, unsure how many other children they have, she is a music teacher back where they came from and plans to continue until the end of the school year. Other events include ss program, Lenten services, and 4th of July celebration, fall festival, mid-week services during the summer at St John’s, community vbs, several joint services and the usual assortment of pot luck meals. Although I am still a member of Kongsvinger, I usually go to church at GSLC here in rural Morris where I am associate member.  Since our conception we have had sort of an informal “parish” arrangement with St John’s Lutheran, Starbuck. In late summer Rev Angel Scott moved to Morris to complete her internship by serving as the pastor there, and also serves part-time at GS, leading bible studies and occasionally preaching. She and her husband have two small children; she is being supervised by Pr Mike Hanson. Other events include weekly bible study, advent and Lenten services ,ss program, joint vbs with Zion Morris, several interesting presentations by various speakers during adult Ed .At a special meeting held earlier this year it was decided to put cement in the parking lot ,but due to the busyness of contractors, it will have to wait until next year. At the annual meeting in Nov. discussion was also held on putting a steeple on it and adding a car port, it was decided to gather more info and revisit the issue next year. Other church events included all-state Lutheran choir concert in Alex, Living nativity at faith –Morris, ordination service for Rev Chris Richards at first-Morris, centennial service for trinity –Alberta, mission fest at Trinity Cyrus, a variety of other church meals, festivals, events, etc. in the area, several concerts by musical groups in the area.
Community events: Well as I have done for many years I spent my summer on the road attending many community festivals, parades, fairs, threshing shows, farm shows and other events in the area.  If often affords me an opportunity to see some different things, and see people I have not seen in a long time. Our threshing bee this year celebrated its 50th anniversary with a queen reunion among other things. A number of former royalty, and their families, former residents, etc. returned for it. As a result we had one of the best bees we have had in many years. The next bee is Aug. 27th & 28th the feature will be John Deere. This yr. it was decided to combine the annual ice cream social and block party into one event which proved to be very successful. Our threshing bee royalty had another busy year partaking in about 2 dozen parades and other actives (i.e. Halloween and Christmas parties) over the year. In late Aug. the MHS class of ’55 had their 60th class reunion at the hotel 200 (prairie inn> in Morris.  Since some of the Donnelly area kids had had my Mom as a teacher I was invited to represent her at some of the reunion activities
“Pr Buttons” and I are still living here in my house in Morris and plan to do as long my health and other factors permit, however given the all the health issues I have been dealing with during the past year I unsure how much longer I can do that. When people ask me how I am doing, I say “plugging along one day at a time as long, as I can get up in the morning and put two feet in front of each other, I am good for another day”. Well that is true, I do have a lot of health issues that I have been dealing with the past year, thankfully some of the issues are getting better. I have been hospitalized twice this year and had many weeks of outpatient treatment for a variety of issues. I also cut my foot on a can lid this fall ,that required a trip to the ER for stiches, and additional follow up trips to the dr., there was concern for a while that I might lose my foot, thankfully staying of it for a while made a difference and it now mostly healed. Due to my diabetes everything is slow to heal and my dr. told me he thought I should move into an assisted living place, something I do not really want to do. It was hard enough to downsize and move 4 yrs. ago and the idea of doing it again so soon does not appeal to me. I would probably have to sell the house and get rid of my cat etc.  It was hard enough saying goodbye to my dog, I hate to think about not having any other pets.  After I got home from the hosp. the first time I made arrangements to have a HHA & nurse come over weekly (she now comes bi-weekly) to clean house, set up my medicine, take my vitals etc., however he feels that I really need somebody on a daily basis, but other than that I do not really see any benefit to it ,never been much for eating at prescribed times, I can take care of my basic needs, so doubtful there would be any help finically with it. So a lot of thought, prayer, and conversations, with a lot of people will be ongoing in the days, weeks and months ahead. Thankfully many of health issues are getting better. A  lot of people continue to ask me  how my friend Mark Koepke doing, he is doing much better after his eye surgery , his checkups since then have been good, his skin condition is about the same, but with medication and other treatments he is able to keep it under control. Since we have a lot of different interests, I do not run into him too much, when I am out and about, however I do stop over there on occasion to visit, and if I need help he is willing to come over here and do that. His uncle passed away in Aug., so he & I traveled to his foster mother’s home area of Garnder ND for the funeral, meeting some of the family he had not seen for a long time and others he had never met.  In Sept. we returned for the lutefisk dinner at their church, hoping to visit with his uncle & aunt, unfortunately they were too ill to attend. His sister Linda, and her sister in law Sue were back in Mn for a visit this year, she and her brothers decided not to come back for the all –school reunion in Herman, I did stop up there for a while saw a few people I knew. He does not live too far from me but there is no direct access from my place to his so we have to zig and sag to get to & from our homes. He does not have a car, so he either walks, or takes the transit to get to where he wants, or relies on me and/or other people to take him places. People also ask me how I like living in town my reply is that like a lot of things there are good and bad aspects of it. I do enjoy the perks of living in town being able to be out and about every day, attending events, seeing people, getting things I want/need when I need/want them, being close to the dr. and hosp. etc. It is also in a quiet area, not much traffic mainly because my street does not connect to main street, however I do miss the countryside esp. in the summer time, being able to step outside ,breath the fresh air take a look around at what the neighbors are doing. I do like living in town in the winter time no more having to get up to  scoop/ shovel snow b/4 I go someplace or worry about sliding in the ditch on my way out or in , having to worry about getting home etc. Last year I traded my old gas golf cart for an electric one and have made extensive use of that for getting around Morris this year. I also purchased a good used snow blower to save on my back. I am still a member of the Donnelly community club, st co gen soc. and st co rep party enjoy attending there meetings and helping with some of their events. I am still writing my weekly column for the Morris sun-tribune get a lot of compliments for it otherwise just basically enjoying my life. My ad is 11 e 9th st Morris mn 56267; e-mail ad is aeanders@fedtel.net, website donnellyminn.blogspot.com, ph. 320-585-6435 (h) 320-288-8692 (c). I am also on Facebook. the rest of my family is status quo, my cousin Carl (Billy) his wife Pat and his sister Elnora are still living in South Carolina, my cousin Jan and her husband Dennis still live and work in the Alex area, my aunt Pearl Anderson is still living in the sunrise apts. here in Morris I stop over to see her on occasion and sometime take her for a ride in my golf cart.
One of the things I do more of then I like, is attend many visitations and/or funerals in the area often times it gives me an opportunity to see people I have not seen for a long time and I personally know how much it means to the family when you make that effort. Happier times were attending anniversary and birthday parties for friends
Now, may the God of Christmas, go before you during the upcoming year.
The Anderson’s
                                                                                                             Allen & “Pr. Buttons”