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Citizens of the Year dinner in Crystal Falls on Saturday

CRYSTAL FALLS — Jeff and Staria Syrjanen has been named the 2019 “Citizens of the Year” for the year.

The Crystal Falls Lions Club will honor the couple Saturday at the Paint River Landing in Crystal Falls. Cocktails will be at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Mistress of ceremony for the evening will be Denise “Sis” Martin.

Cost for the dinner is $20 and payable at the door. Reservations can be made by calling Paula Arcand at the Nettle Insurance office 906-875-3312, or the Halla Beauty Shop at 906-284-3270.

The former Staria Sartori was born and raised in Crystal Falls and Jeff grew up in Florence, Wis. The two of them have been a part of the community for many years.

The couple has owned and operated the Ben Franklin store in Crystal Falls for the past 35 years. The business, which was built by Staria’s grandfather, has been operated by the family since 1929. Prior to the Syrjanens taken over, the business was owned by Staria’s father “Mink” Sartori.

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