By: Jennie K. Hanson, Pine Journal
As I sit down to type this week’s news, I am excited to share the news about our 50th High School Reunion. The Cromwell High School Class of 1963 met at Black Bear in Carlton with many of our classmates in attendance. We had wonderful food and an even more wonderful time reacquainting with each other. There was so much laughter that we thought we would get kicked out of the casino, but I guess they are used to lots of laughter and conversation. Those attending were Aine Tamminen Merrill, Gloria Bertelsen Kelley, Judy Anderson Johnson, Shirley Parviainen Maki, Judy Weimer Koivisto, Patty Johnson Lund, Jennie K. Dahlman Hanson, Ervin Pettit, Lee Lippo, Gary Ronkainen and Milton Walli. Several of our spouses were also in attendance, so it made for a great get-together all in all. We have planned to gather again at Harvest Fest for those who didn’t make it and for the rest of us, too. Hope more can come for this gathering on Saturday, Sept. 7, around noon at the Cromwell Park Pavilion. Where did those 50 years go? It seems only yesterday that we were sitting in the Cromwell, Wright, Kalavala or Eagle Lake schools doing our lessons and learning to read and write. We all agreed that we have great memories of our school days and that we grew up in the best of times. We want to thank our parents for that and also remember our classmates who are no longer with us. They have been and will continue to be missed. Those who have died are Laverna Eskuri Shelton, Sue Gran Miller, Gary Jylka, Jerry Line, Steve Lukkonen, Andrea Mikkola, Barb Peterson Walli, Fred Stone Jr. and Anna Tamminen Pavlotas.
So, take time to remember the past, live each day well in the present, and look forward to the future. Most of us turn 68 this year, so we are well into retirement and now can enjoy our families, hobbies and friends.
Karen “Tieka” Alina Niemi, 58, of South St. Paul, formerly of Cloquet, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, in her home. She grew up in Wright and graduated from Barnum High School in 1973. Her visitation and memorial service was on July 23 in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Inurnment is in Lakeside Cemetery in Wright.
Nancy L. (Hakala) Burch, 53, of Cromwell passed away Friday, July 5, 2013, after a strong, hard fight against cancer. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 12, in the Cromwell Pavilion. Burial was in Eagle Lake Cemetery in Cromwell.
Ann Marie Rentola, 95, of Cromwell died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Villa Vista Care Center, Cromwell. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet.
Do you know any new families who have moved into the area? Please ask them to stop in at the school to register their children. This goes for all area schools.
Many area folks made the Habitat for Humanity supper and breakfast a huge success on July 18 and 19. There were over 150 bikers in Cromwell to stay overnight and they were so impressed with our hospitality.
Plan now to attend Cromwell Harvest Fest Sept. 6-8. Vendors, crafters and flea marketers wishing to reserve a space for Saturday should contact Deb Switzer at 218-340-1868 or Cherie Nyberg at 701-367-1268.
The annual meeting of the Farmer’s Cooperative Company of Wright will be held at the Wright Senior Center on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The annual report will be presented and the election of two directors will be held. Any other business that is legally presented will be considered. The Catholic Ladies will serve lunch, and there will be door prizes!
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wright, will hold Vacation Bible School on July 29-31 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. All children are invited to attend. The theme this year is “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”
A huge “thank you” goes out to everyone who made this year’s Wrong Days a success. There seemed to be more folks participating in all events, which is great to see. There were also several class reunion dinners in the area. This seems like a great time to get together for all our area folks.
Bethlehem Lutheran wants to thank everyone who came for the Pie Social and especially Jim Devorak for his violin music at the social. The quilt made and donated by Susan Heikkila Burns was won by Kim Thudin of Eagle Lake.
That’s all the news from Lake Thanksforcomingtowrongdays and hello Jim and Kay Derovak. Thanks for the music at the Pie Social. Have a great week!