Finland News: July 29
By: Verna Sinderman, Lake County News Chronicle
The Finland Minnesota Historical Society held a presentation Saturday on the Civilian Conservation Corps. There was a nice turnout and, luckily, a cooler day. Art Fenstad read an article from Ruth Himes on Camp 721 coming to Finland and who was in charge of the camp run jointly by the Army and the Forestry Department.
Robley Hunt was the camp manager. His children shared his collection, which captured the events and history of the CCC era, along with a slide presentation.
Ruth Himes and Judy Martell attended the funeral service for Gen Grahek at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wednesday.
Lloyd King died July 19. He had recently broken his hip and was in a nursing home. His son, Robert, and wife, Diane, were here for the CCC presentation. There will be a service here at a later date. Lloyd was in the first group of CCC workers to come to Finland.
Deepest sympathy goes out to Mark and Debbie Russell and family and friends of Reagan Russell. Reagan, 13 months old, died in a tragic accident July 18. A funeral service was held Friday at the Bay Vineyard Church in Silver Bay. Burial was at the Beaver Bay Cemetery.
Deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Danny Knaffla. Danny died at the Solvay Hospice House July 19 at the age of 51. A service was held Monday at Cavallin Funeral Home.
Deepest sympathy also goes out to Tim and Jean Helgesen and family in the loss of their son Matthew, 27, who passed away of an unexpected illness on July 19 in Edmonton, Alberta. A memorial service was held Tuesday in St. Peter. Matthew was a 2002 graduate of William Kelley High School.
Bay Days will be held in Silver Bay and Beaver Bay this weekend. There will be many events going on and a parade in Silver Bay Saturday at noon. There will also be lighted boats at the Silver Bay Marina at 9:30 Saturday.