Howard Lake Herald, June 8, 1998

Event for book on Cokato canneries

The Cokato Historical Society will hold a celebration honoring the publishing of "The Cokato Canneries, 1904-1978," on Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m. at the Faribault Foods Warehouse.

Written by Cokato-native Roger Salmela, this landmark history covers over seven decades of the factories' existence. How they began, struggled, thrived, and, in the case of Green Giant, were unable to survive, are all examined in Salmela's ambitious history.

Numerous photos and personal tales are sprinkled throughout the book, and the role the canneries played in the development of Cokato during the first half of the 20th century is discussed.

The origins of the Cokato Corn Carnival are also explored. This year marks the carnival's 50th anniversary.

The historical society is publishing Salmela's book and will handle all sales. Copies will be available for sale during the celebration and the author will be on hand for personal signings. Copies of the book will also be for sale at the museum after the celebration.

Because of the festivities, the museum will be closed Sunday, June 14.

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