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Knife River Lutheran celebrates 90 years

In 1927, Norwegian Lutherans of the little fishing village of Knife River had no church building and no pastor.

Then, one of the women took it upon herself to convince the Rev. Tetlie of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Two Harbors to come to their aid. He volunteered to visit once a month and led services in private homes, at the Town Hall, in the Presbyterian Church or wherever the group could arrange to meet.

After 10 years, the Lutherans bought the Presbyterian Church for $350 and it became Knife River Lutheran Church. From these beginnings, Knife River Lutheran Church became "the heart of the community" — a center of social activity and spiritual growth.

On Sunday, June 10, Knife River Lutheran Church, 158 Church Rd., will celebrate its 90th birthday with worship at 9 a.m. followed by a program celebrating its heritage at 10:30 a.m. and a luncheon of traditional Scandinavian dishes at 11:30 a.m.

The program features a stroll through the decades with historical figures telling short stories, sharing recollections and bringing the past to life.

"Whether you are new to the community or have lived here all your life, you will enjoy the stories," said one of the program organizers, Jim Allert. "It is always fun to hear about how others met challenges with courage, inventiveness, faith and humor."

The event is open to the public.

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