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Finland News: July 25

Eugene Himes arrived from Japan on Thursday to spend some time with his mother Ruth Himes and sister, Judy Martell. While here, he will attend the family reunion/open house on Saturday, July 26to celebrate his mothers 95th birthday and Aunt Lila Hangartner’s 100th birthday.

On Thursday evening, “Celebrating Our Minnesota History: A Showcase” was held at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth. Those attending from the Finland Historical Society were Jack and Genea Pichotta, Dale and Joretta Nikula, Ruth and Eugene Himes, Judy Martell, Bonnie Tikkanen and Ed Maki.

Bette Pounds of Boerne, Texas arrived here on Saturday to spend time with her sister, Diane Lindberg and husband Ric and Jean Cook, who will be arriving from Holland, Mich. They too will attend the family reunion/open house on Saturday.

The open house will be held at the Clair Nelson Center from 1-5 p.m. on July 26. Everyone is welcome.

Congratulations to Kaare and Pam Melby on their new baby girl, Penelope Shay Hanson.

July 19-20, the Finland Fire Department hosted their 30th annual softball tournament at the Finland Rec Field. Ten teams participated in the tournament, coming from Minneapolis, Duluth, Grand Marais, Isabella, Silver Bay and Finland. The tournament was won by Pike from Minneapolis who was undefeated in the event. West Branch, also from the Minneapolis area and sponsored by that local Finland business, took home second place honors with John’s Sanitary of Silver Bay claiming third place. This year’s tournament employed new technology with the first ever “instant replay” utilized. Amazing how a used toilet, old TV, a set of earphones, a hammer and willing umpire can be concocted to provide instant replays. You had to be there to appreciate it.

Thank you to everyone who supported this ball tournament. There are still T-shirts and 30th anniversary glass mugs available.