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July 19, 2001

NORTHWOOD, N.D. (AP) _ Archie ``Orville″ Bakken, known as an expert on the history of Norwegian immigrants, died Saturday. He was 91.

For decades, Bakken clipped and filed obituaries from North Dakota newspapers of Norwegian-Americans. The clippings are part of an obituary database of 600,000 names collected by the Norwegian-American Historical Association.

Bakken didn’t get to Norway until he was nearly 60. But he became a celebrity there after his first visit, and returned four more times. The Norwegian Broadcasting Co. once came to his farm home on the Goose River near Northwood to interview him _ in part, because Bakken spoke the Norwegian of the 19th century immigrants.

Bakken was also an inventor. His family’s farm was one of the first to have electric lights because he built his own generator in the 1930s.

Mimi Farina

SAN FRANCISCO _ Mimi Farina, sister of folk singer Joan Baez and founder of an organization that brought free live music performances to the sick and imprisoned, died Wednesday of complications related to cancer. She was 56.

She founded Bread & Roses in 1974. The organization produced 500 shows annually for audiences in senior centers, psychiatric, rehabilitation and correctional facilities as well as centers for abused and neglected children.

Long part of the San Francisco Bay area’s folk music elite as a singer herself, Farina drew many fellow musical luminaries to take part in performances. Her sister, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Peter, Paul and Mary all volunteered their services to make Bread & Roses and long running success.

Farina was the youngest of three daughters and was raised a Quaker alongside siblings Joan Baez and Pauline Bryan.

She learned the guitar with her sister Joan during the folk music revival of the late 1950s and frequently played the folk scene around Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass.

Frank McFarland

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ Monsignor Frank McFarland, who was the longtime director of Boston Catholic Television, died Tuesday. He was 69.

In 1970, when he started as assistant director, Boston Catholic Television was aired only in Boston. Today, it is the largest archdiocesan television station in the world, bringing daily Mass and other programing to more than 130 cities.

McFarland, who was ordained February 2, 1957, in Boston, worked at several parishes, including St. Jerome’s in Weymouth, Sacred Heart in Cambridge and St. Paul’s in Wellesley, as well as the Metropolitan Marriage Tribunal.

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