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Korby's Connections: How a Barnum basketball player ended up with a hockey team in Alaska


March 20, 2020

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Al Finifrock, far left, with his Chistochina kids hockey team in remote Alaska.

This is a tale of a nearly 80-year-old gent who grew up in Barnum on a farm in the 1950s, enlisted in the Army and traveled the world, and managed a working career which included teaching children and building partnerships among various interests and groups. His name is Alan Finifrock. He is back in the area now, living in Cloquet as a retiree and world-class Carlton County tree farmer. Oddly enough, when he taught school in rural Alaska, the nearest tree was 100 miles away.

Since Al knew that I write articles for the Pine Knot and that I have a penchant for sports stories, he gave me detai...

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