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    Marcia Sarvela|Apr 21, 2023

    The Ma & Pa Kettle Days meeting is 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. We encourage people to come to the meetings. We need volunteers to help keep the event going. There are several area where help will be needed for an hour or two. Sympathies to the families of Gerald Marsyla and Sonia Rowe. The Finnish luncheon is 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the Kettle River senior center. When I was about 15 or 16, we bought some stemmed sherbet glasses for my mom. There were 12 glasses in the box, and they were $2 per box. One summer day, my sisters and I decided...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Apr 7, 2023

    Easter season services will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Kettle River. A Maundy Thursday communion service was held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A Good Friday Tenebrae service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 7; the candlelight service will include meditation of the Solemn Reproaches and the story of the Passion in word and song. The Easter service starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 9. Everyone is invited to attend. The next city council meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Note the change of day. The first Finnish luncheon is at...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Mar 31, 2023

    The next Ma & Pa Kettle meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2. We need people to come to the meetings if the Ma & Pa Kettle Days is going to continue happening. The next city council meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, a change in the day from the usual council meetings. The first Finnish Luncheon is at noon Wednesday, April 19 at the Kettle River Senior Center. We want to welcome all the snowbirds back. Join us for a good meal and a chance to visit with friends. With Easter approaching, here are the local services. Everyone is invited. Maundy...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Mar 24, 2023

    The next Ma & Pa Kettle meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at the Kettle River Senior Center. The first Finnish Luncheon for the season is noon, Wednesday, April 19 at the Kettle River Senior Center. It will be catered by the Rustic Diner. The Kettle River fire department is looking for more firefighters, EMTs and first responders. While I was a student in Chicago, one of my friends, Carol, who was born and raised in Chicago, would join me for meals. I would always give her the tomato from my salad. She asked if I didn’t like tomato. I told h...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Mar 17, 2023

    Ma & Pa Kettle Days bingo is at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at the senior center. The first Finnish luncheon of the year will be held at noon on April 19 at the Kettle River Senior Center. The Kettle River fire department is looking for volunteer firefighters and first responders. As you begin your spring cleaning, be sure to set aside your books for the Moose Lake library book sale. The sale benefits the children’s summer reading program. This year the sale will be June 16 and 17. The library cannot accept books at this time. I will give you m...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Mar 10, 2023

    The next city council meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Please note the change in day. Ma & Pa Kettle Days bingo is 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at the Senior Center. On Dec. 1, 1958, while I was a student nurse living in Chicago, at the Presbyterian-St. Luke’s School of Nursing dorm. There was a fire at Our Lady of Angels Catholic School in Chicago. In that fire, 92 students and three nuns died. Our dorm was across the street from Cook County Hospital. The injured children, some who were burned and some who were injured from jumping out of t...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Mar 3, 2023

    The next city council meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the Senior Center. Please note the change in the day. Ma & Pa Kettle Days bingo is 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at the Senior Center. My siblings and I got our worldly education early. My two sisters and I would go shopping after school. At the time we were ages 6, 7 and 8. I was in the middle. We went to a parochial school that was a few blocks from the downtown shopping area. My dad’s cousin, Charlotte, worked at one of the department stores in the shoe department. If we needed new sho...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Feb 17, 2023

    Why has the county pulled workers from the county garage in Kettle River when they had promised that they will not close the garage? They claim it is because of the cost of fuel, but the contract for the fuel is the same for Kettle River as it is for Barnum, so how can that be the reason? It takes more fuel for the trucks to come from Barnum to Kettle River than if they leave from the Kettle River garage. Do we have to contact our county commissioners again? The 100th birthday party for Niilo Isaacson is at the Cromwell Pavilion 1-4 p.m....

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    Marcia Sarvela|Feb 10, 2023

    Quilting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. The next Ma & Pa Kettle meeting will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Kettle River Senior Center. Ma & Pa Kettle Bingo is Sunday, March 19 at the Kettle River Senior Center. Mark your calendar. The first Finnish luncheon for the season is Wednesday, April 19 at the Kettle River Senior Center, so mark your calendar for that too. Bring a friend. I visited the city of New Bern, North Carolina in 1958. Going into town one day, I had my first experience with a language...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Feb 3, 2023

    Quilting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is 9 a.m. until noon every Wednesday. The next Kettle River council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Kettle River senior center. While I was in the hospital with hepatitis when I was 14, I was awakened in the middle of the night when they brought in a roommate for me. It just so happened to be a classmate of mine. She had had an emergency appendectomy and they brought her into my room after the surgery. While we were in the hospital, the Eisenhower/Nixon campaign train came to town. All of...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Jan 27, 2023

    Quilting runs from from 9 a.m. until noon at Holy Trinity every Wednesday. The next Ma & Pa Kettle days meeting starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Kettle River Senior Center. The next Kettle River City Council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Kettle River Senior Center. Our sympathies go to the family of Carolyn Coleman of Kettle River, who passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15. When I was in seventh grade, I got sick. This was during a polio epidemic and the doctor came to the house to check me over. It was decided that I would need...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Jan 20, 2023

    The next city council meeting is at 7 p.m., Feb. 14 at the Kettle River Senior Center. Quilting at Holy Trinity is every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon. The next Ma & Pa Kettle committee meeting is at 1 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Kettle River Senior center. It is important that people attend this meeting. In 1967, my brother and I purchased the Edelweiss Resort in Sturgeon Lake. My brother and his wife lived upstairs, and my husband, son, and I lived downstairs. We shared the telephone. One winter day my sister-in-law got a phone call, and I...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Jan 13, 2023

    The next Kettle River City Council meeting is 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Kettle River Senior Center. I encourage all residents to attend these meetings. The next Ma & Pa Kettle Days meeting starts at 1 p.m., Jan. 29 at the Kettle River Senior Center. It is important that anyone who wants to see this organization continue come to this meeting. We will have an election of officers at this meeting. We need three officers to maintain our status. At this time, we will have one vacancy that will need to be filled. Quilting at Holy Trinity... Full story

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    Marcia Sarvela|Jan 6, 2023

    I hope everyone had a safe Christmas holiday and New Year’s Day. I know many make new year’s resolutions, but how many are able to keep them? Make your resolutions realistic. You need to work to keep them, so don’t make it something you will never be able to successfully keep. Quilting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon. One summer, when I was about 11, my parents went on a trip to Boston to visit my mother’s brother and his family. This was the first trip they had taken alone since they got married. My mo...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Dec 30, 2022

    The next city council meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kettle River Senior Center. Plan to attend this meeting. Quilting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. How the world is changing is not really for the best. When I was a child growing up, most everything came in glass jars or tin cans. Things like cream cheese and dried beef came in 4-ounce juice glasses. I still have some of those glasses today. Olives and jelly and peanut butter came in larger glasses. If something came in quart jars, the glass was made... Full story

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    Marcia Sarvela|Dec 23, 2022

    The next Kettle River city council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. A reminder to attend the meetings and learn what is happening in the city. Candlelight Christmas Eve services at Holy Trinity will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. Everyone is invited to attend. Thank you to Jeff Vichorek for donating the Kettle River city Christmas tree and Randy Sarvella for donating the lights. Thanks too to Wayne Gulso, Tim Taylor and Britt Sarvela for getting the tree into place. Also I would like to thank all the people who decorated the...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Dec 2, 2022

    Santa Claus is coming to town, and will be visiting from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The visit is part of the Ma & Pa Kettle Days Christmas event and tree lighting, which will be held 4-7 p.m. at the Kettle River Veterans Building. There will be juice and cookies available. So, come and visit with neighbors and see the tree lighting. Thank you to the crew who got the tree stand in position for the tree this year. Thank you to the Lions and all the volunteers who made the Thanksgiving dinner a success. Winter snow parking rules began Nov....

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    Marcia Sarvela|Nov 25, 2022

    I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day and weekend. Our sympathies go out to the family of Ken Johnson, who died on Nov. 10, and to the family of Jerome Tomczak, who died on Nov. 12. Check out what is happening at the Kettle River Veterans Building on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hopefully, Santa will make an appearance at about 5 p.m. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m. There will be juice and cookies available. So come and visit with neighbors and enjoy an evening with family and friends. Winter snow parking rules began...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Nov 18, 2022

    Congratulations to all the prize winners at the Nov. 4 Kettle River American Legion rifle drawing. The Ma & Pa Kettle Days Christmas vendor event and tree lighting will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Kettle River Veterans Building. Maybe Santa will make an appearance, lured by juice and cookies. Come and shop, visit with neighbors and see the tree lighting. I am sure that there is also going to be a bake sale. Winter snow parking rules have begun. There is no parking on city streets from midnight to 8 a.m. Nov. 15 through April 15 to...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Nov 11, 2022

    Ma & Pa Kettle Days bingo is 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Kettle River Senior Center. The Ma & Pa Kettle Days Christmas vendor event and tree lighting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Kettle River Veterans Building. Hopefully, Santa will make an appearance too. There will be juice and cookies available. So come and shop, visit with neighbors and see the tree lighting. I am sure there is also going to be a bake sale. A big thank-you to all the volunteers who helped with the Halloween party and a big thank-you to all who...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Oct 28, 2022

    Thank you to everyone who attended the last Finnish Luncheon for the season. The next Finnish Luncheon will be the third Wednesday in April (April 19, 2023) and will be every month until October. To all the snowbirds, we wish you safe travels and a great winter. A guest at this last luncheon was from the country of Finland, with other guests from Florida and Iowa. It is important that all voters are registered to vote, and make sure you also vote for the best person you feel will fit that position. It is often the case that those who didn’t v...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Oct 21, 2022

    The Ma & Pa Kettle Days committee will be working on future events in October, November and December. We will need volunteers to help. The first event will be a 5 p.m. Halloween party on Oct. 31 at the Veterans Building. There will be hot dogs, chips and beverages and a grand march of costumes following the supper. Trunk-or-Treat will be available in the parking lot for anyone who would like to participate. The second event is planned for bingo on Nov. 13 at the Kettle River Senior Center. So mark that on your calendar. The Kettle River...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Oct 14, 2022

    The cornstalks are up and the light poles are being decorated. Come and check them out. The Kettle River American Legion Post 360 rifle drawing is 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the Tower Tap in Kettle River. First prize: Winchester XPR .30-06 with scope or $500 cash; second prize: Henry lever action .22 caliber rifle or $250 cash; third prize: Iver Johnson 12 gauge pump action shotgun or $200 cash; fourth prize: Bushnell game camera or $150 cash. It is important that all voters are registered to vote; make sure you vote for the best person you... Full story

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    Marcia Sarvela|Oct 7, 2022

    Make sure you are registered to vote. There are three positions for the city council and the mayor who needs your vote. Your vote is important. Come to the next Kettle River city council meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the council room. Find out what is happening with the council. There will be a Ma and Pa Kettle Days meeting at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Kettle River Senior Center. We will be discussing upcoming events in October, November and December. All who are interested in helping with these events are welcome to attend this m...

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    Marcia Sarvela|Sep 23, 2022

    Jim and Mary Sanders will be putting up cornstalks on the light poles again this month. If you would like to adopt a light pole to decorate for fall, let Mary know. Come to the next Kettle River city council meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the council room. The last Finnish Luncheon for the season will be Oct. 18. We will be saying goodbye and “safe travels” to all our snowbirds. Quilting at Holy Trinity is every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon. Donations of new cotton fabric are appreciated. Items for donation can be brought to the...

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