By: Jennie K. Hanson, Pine Journal
By Jennie K. Hanson
Thrivent Builds is partnering with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Duluth to build a house in Cloquet. Construction is expected to begin this month. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing 65 percent of the cost of construction of the house. Habitat Duluth is to provide 25 percent and local Lutherans are to raise the remaining 10 percent, or approximately $9,000.
Thrivent members and Lutherans are also needed on site to help build the house. Anyone interested in volunteering their time, or wanting to make a contribution, may contact Habitat for Humanity-Duluth at 218-722-3875 or Pastor Jim Hagen, president of the board, at 218-624-2690.
There is a great need for volunteers to help with this project, so call Jennie Hanson at 218-357-2385 if you can be of help. Carpenters, electricians, cooks, cleanup helpers, etc., are all needed. Any job will be appreciated, but the workers need to be coordinated, so please call me. There are several local members on the Thrivent board, so you could contact any one of them. They are Diane Anderson, Karen Mattson, Marilyn Walters, Kim Thompson and myself. After winning the first drawing of the Weather Kid of the Week, Blake Tamminen was the lucky winner of the grand prize. Blake is the son of Brett and Carol Tamminen, grandson of Wil and Judy Tamminen and Kathy Dwight Olson, and he was randomly selected as the monthly grand prize winner (April 2009) in the Weather Kid of the Week Contest on WCCO-TV and WCCO.COM! The monthly grand prize includes: WCCO-TV studios tour, WCCO-TV meteorologist meet-and-greet, and the opportunity to “help out” in the weather station (subject to breaking news or weather).
The segment featuring the April 2009 monthly grand prize winner was scheduled to occur between 6-7 a.m. Friday, May 15. Blake had to arrive at WCCO-TV by 5:45 a.m. Hopefully there was no breaking news and he got a little show time.
There will be an Open House at the new Cardinal Court on Sunday, June 7, from 1-3 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments. It sure looks great and don’t forget to stop by the bottom floor to view the new sight of the Cromwell Area Heritage Center and Library.
Rebecca Burns, wife of Brandon Burns, graduated with a degree from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Washington, DC on May 16. Brandon and Rebecca will both place “Captain” bars on each other’s uniforms in June. The Air Force Newspaper will carry all the names who are receiving promotions. Brandon is on U.S. soil briefly as he deploys in July again to Kyrgyzstan Manus Air Force Base in Russia.
Kari Heikkila, daughter of Sue Burns, will start her final year this fall, 2009, at Carthage. During spring break, she toured Durham University, N.C., checking that out for graduate school, but other places in the offering, too. The choice will be what is best offered in the medical field. She is also studying an EMT course and doing lab work at Carthage this summer. She plans a trip to Nicaragua in January 2010 as part of her education.
If you have news of students attending college or graduating now, please let me know. I am always glad to hear of students’ success. I know that the Class of 2005 should be graduating from college now, so let me know what they are up to.
Robin Marie Lake graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica on Sunday, May 10. Robin is the daughter of David and Sharon Lake of Tamarack, the granddaughter of Dolly Niemi and Leo Dahlberg of Wright, and the great-granddaughter of Mary Dahlberg of the Cardinal Court in Cromwell.
The Memorial Day schedule for the Military Honor Guard at cemeteries has been very hard to pin down this year, but I do know that the Floodwood VFW will be at the Wright Public Park on Monday and, since this is their last stop, it will be sometime around 11 a.m. to noon, and then they will be served a lunch at Bethlehem afterwards.
The Carlton VFW Honor Guard will be at the Eagle Lake Cemetery at 7:45 a.m. They may go to Cromwell after that, but not sure.
The active duty military that I have are: Ryan Beck, Brandon Burns, Rebecca Burns, Leslie Crist, Tom Crist, Eric Davis, Mike Heikkila, Tanya House, Russell Johnson, Trevor Jokimaki, Levi Kasberg, Robert Kedrowski, Robert “Otto” Larson, David Mitchell, Sherry Kedrowski-Mitchell, Rochelle Pihlaja, Danielle Richards, Dustin Rinta, Cory Schleret, Logan Shiflett, and Mike Thom. If you know of others, please let me know.
Sunday, May 31, is Pentecost, so wear red on Pentecost Sunday! There will also be the Rite of Confirmation for our area eighth-grade Lutherans at Bethlehem and Bethany during the regular worship services.
The Harvest Fest Steak Fry will be held June 19, from 4:30-7 p.m. Cost is $10. Also the Harvest Fest Committee is sponsoring a Cleanup Day for the residents of Cromwell. Cost is free excluding electronics which will be charged $5. This will be held in the parking lot of the Cromwell Medical Clinic. Now is the time for everyone to clean those yards. Any questions, contact Gerry Graham at 218-644-3132, 218-591-2860 cell, or home 644-3908.
Many area friends and relatives attended the wedding of Herman Hakala and Lynn (Olson) Peterson on Saturday, May 16.
Our exchange son, Sonet, is very close to being able to come back to the U.S. Here is a message I got from the gal that is helping us get Sonet back: “Your support and love are what are bringing him back. He would not have even had this option without fabulous host parents like you. Isn’t it amazing how we can fall in love with these children from opposite sides of the world? We love them like they are our own. If everyone could have this experience, there would be no war.”
Please try to remember to attend the Bill Weimer Benefit on Friday, May 29, at the Lost Isle in Carlton. It starts around 5 p.m. There will be a pig roast, silent auction and dance with “The Bugs.”
The time has come to graduate.
No more coming to school early or late.
We’ve been here now for 13 years,
Our family and friends will give us cheers.
And now we go out and meet our fate!
That’s all the news from Lake Thankaveteran and Hello to all area active military and veterans.