Helmer Haakenson receives assistance holding a cake in honor of his 100th birthday on Feb. 20 by his two youngest children Mike (right) and Mary.

'Haaky' turns 100

Helmer Haakenson had one thought on his mind in 2007 when surgeons told the then 88-year-old his aortic value replacement would last 15 years.

“It will get me to one hundred,” he said last week.

His 100th birthday came Wednesday, Feb. 20, and he celebrated with friends and family at his new home at The Oaks senior apartments in Luverne.


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