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Toimi students are gathered outside the school in 1916. (Submitted by Adrian Ranta)

Toimi gears up for its centennial celebration

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Carl Kunnari didn't speak English when he started classes at Toimi School in 1930.

The son of immigrants, he knew only Finnish -- like most children of that time in the rural community along the Lake-St. Louis county line. It was a bit scary for a young child, he recalled this week; the kids of Toimi felt like immigrants in their own country, venturing into the English-only realm of the classroom.

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