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Kettle River festival hangs on


August 9, 2019

The theme for this year's annual celebration in Kettle River is apt historically and for the event itself: "Ma & Pa Kettle Days Rebuilds After the 1918 Fire." It was the devastating forest fire a century ago that forced two distinct ethnic groups, the Finns and the Poles, to merge their communities and form the heart of a rebuilt Kettle River. Ma & Pa Kettle Days is rebuilding as well, after talk of the event's demise circulated in 2017.

Morgan Yeats and Marcia Sarvela were not ready to see the festival, started in 1985, go away. "They were just going to let it die," Sarvela said th...

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