Church group does volunteer clean up at Anoka cemetery

A group of local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently clean up a portion of the Forest Hill Cemetery in Anoka. They dug up buried and sunken headstones and cleared away overgrowth.

Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteered to clean up at Anoka’s Forest Hills Cemetery. Photo submitted

Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteered to clean up at Anoka’s Forest Hills Cemetery. Photo submitted

Lisa LaCasse, the cemetery administrator, expressed her gratitude for the workers.

“It would have cost $800 to hire workers to do the work they did,” said LaCasse.

The city used to have two full-time grounds men to do this type of work but with all the cut backs they now count on volunteers to help. According to LaCasse, families call in and express their gratitude for upkeep of their family members’ graves.

This is the church’s second year to labor in the cemetery.

“It was hard work,” said Isaac Hamm, 16-year-old Anoka High School student. A group of members from age 11-65 turned out this year to help.

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