LaVern and Vivian Larson honored as Ma and Pa Kettle
The 28th Annual Ma and Pa Kettle Days officially kicked off with the Friday night Kettle River Fire Department Steak Fry held at the firehouse. Steak cooked to order along with slaw, garlic bread, and baked potatoes had everyone anticipating the dinner. As usual, there was a long line. About 500 steak meals were served.
Following the steak fry, the Miss Kettle River 2012 coronation was held in the American Legion Hall. The master of ceremonies was Cathy Rudebeck. She presented the candidates and their escorts — Joyce Zanol and Brendan Wilson, Bridget Standage and Eli Plews-Keinanen, and Alexis Metso and McKayla Lentsch.
Each of the candidates were asked a question:
– Zanol: "What do the Olympics symbolize?"
“They symbolize communities, people join together to have a good time and show their skills,” said Zanol.
– Metso: What is your best experience in running for Miss Kettle River?
“Selling the buttons, I’ve been seeing all kinds of people I haven’t seen for a long time. I get to wear this cool skirt for dancing,” said Metso. (She sold 236 buttons.)
– Standage: What kind of new business would you bring to Kettle River? “
A grocery store. You have to drive seven miles to buy bread and milk. We need a store,” said Standage.
Honored in the Ma & Pa Kettle Days parade as grand marshal was Violet Heiskari. She is a longtime resident of Automba and was a co-founder with Bernice Leino of the Kettle River Days celebrations.
Named Ma and Pa Kettle were LaVern and Vivian Larson. They recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. The Larsons moved to the Kettle River area in 1966. Vivian was employed at the Moose Lake State Hospital first as a tech, then as an LPN, and lastly in the recreation area. She is well known for her interest in art and as a water color artist. She takes part in the annual Autumn Winds artists tour. Vern was employed as a full-time mechanic at the Moose Lake Coop Station.
Winners of the 5 and 10K walk and run were:
– Men: Kyle Smith of Wright, 34.08 minutes, 10K Run; Mick Koenig of Floodwood, 17.39 minutes, 5K Run; Gordon Beck of Moose Lake, 45.32 minutes, 10K Walk.
– Women: Jaclyn Granfars of Kettle River, 56.31 minutes, 10K Run; Kelly Pechous of Hastings, 20.38 minutes, 5K Run; tie, Chantel Peterson of Moose Lake and Brenda Harteau of Saginaw.