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The Moose Lake Library used book sale is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at the Riverside Ice Arena. It's part of the 2024 library's vendor and craft fair, and the book sale proceeds will go toward helping the library continue to serve the community.

The Finnish Luncheon is at noon on June 18 at the Kettle River senior center. You don't have to be Finnish to attend, so come and enjoy some good food, time to visit with friends and maybe win a prize.

The Kantela Players will hold an event at the Suomalainen Kirkko on Saturday, June 22. There will also be an ice cream social. Donations of desserts are appreciated. A freewill offering will help with the maintenance of the cultural center.

When I was 16, my dad bought a four-door 1939 Buick. I was the main driver at the time. I would take my siblings to various places. I was also able to drive to work. I worked at the drive-in movie theater several miles from home during the summer, so usually had the mornings open.

One summer, my dad got a membership at a sportsmen's club. They had a pool, so several times a week, I would bring my siblings there to swim. We lived about a mile from the school, but I seldom drove to school because I could walk faster than waiting in traffic and finding a place to park near the school.

I took several of my siblings to take their driver's tests. When my brother was able to drive, someone ran a stop sign and wrecked that car. My brother was able to sell some of the parts from the car and the insurance was enough to buy a 1940 Buick.