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As you know Finland suffered a tremendous loss Saturday night with the total loss of Zion Lutheran Church. Lightning struck the church shortly before 9 p.m. Thank you to all the responding fire departments up and down the shore that fought a hard battle throughout the night. We are very thankful that no one was hurt. Thank you to all for your prayers, caring thoughts and hugs through this difficult time.

On Sunday afternoon, Ruth Himes and Judy Martell were visited by Judy Linman and Frank Eld. Frank is from Donnelly, Idaho, and was here in Finland a few years ago. You might remember him around town in his log cabin-looking pick-up, which he calls "Finnebago". At that time he was taking pictures and writing a book about Finnish log buildings in the area. David Geist introduced him to Ruth and Judy, taking pictures of their Finnish sauna. He has now completed the book , "Finnish Log Custom: The Art," and gave Ruth a copy, which also included pictures of the Kalander family house before the logs were covered, with Ruth's father Toivio and daughter Mary standing by it. Also in the book is a picture of the sauna at the Finland Historical Site. Ruth reported that Frank is a very interesting person and has done a lot of photography in Finland, Europe and throughout the United States.

Zion Lutheran Church Women will be holding their annual pie social on Saturday, July 20, at the Clair Nelson Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during the Finland Wooden Bat Tournament. Come for some delicious pie and conversation.

A Save the Booya silent auction will be held on Saturday, July 20, at the Clair Nelson Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be paintings by Joi Electa and Laurie Hohman, prizes such as waterpark and bowling certificates, hand crafted jewelry, pizzas, a quilt, Wolf Center passes and much more. Proceeds will go toward making Booya 2013 happen.

There will also be a Save the Booya softball dance held Saturday night, July 20, from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Everyone is welcome. There will be a $5 cover charge per person. DJ and karaoke will be by Houley and Mo, who will be taking music request. Proceeds will also go to making the Booya happen in 2013.

The Booya Committee is also selling butter braid breads through July 22. You can place your order with Stacy Breden at 218-353-7366. Breads are $11 each with a variety of flavors, including strawberry cream, cream cheese, apple, cinnamon, blueberry cream cheese, almond cream, raspberry and caramel roll.

It should be a good weekend in Finland, remember to come out and support the All Wooden Bat Tournament, Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by Finland Fire and Rescue.