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Ed, Lila Krohn to rule over festival as king and queen

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2003

Ed and Lila Ann Krohn may preside over their business at Kenai Auto and their home on the Kenai River, but the titles "king" and "queen" never occurred to them.

So when the longtime Soldotna couple was selected as the royalty for the 2003 Progress Days celebration, they were surprised to say the least.

"I was shocked because ... well, just because," Lila Ann said.

"It's just something we hadn't expected," Ed agreed.

The couple was selected by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board of directors to preside over the annual parade and festival.

"They're just great people," said board President Barbara Elson. "Ed and Lila Ann Krohn are a perfect selection as this year's Soldotna Progress Days king and queen because of their endless efforts of giving back to the community in which they have lived and worked for so many years."

The Krohns have watched the city grow up from a couple of streets and no stoplights.

"We've been around here so long, everybody knows us," Ed said.

Though both Ed and Lila Ann have lived on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 20 years, neither are native to the area.

Lila Ann originally is from Alaska, growing up in the Matanuska-Susitna area. Ed, however, was born in Vancouver, Wash., and went to school in nearby Kent.

He has worked in the automobile business since high school, and it was business that brought him to Alaska in 1973.

"I got a job offer in Anchorage," he recalled. "I came up and interviewed and liked the looks of it."

After two years in Anchorage, he decided he wanted to venture out on his own. He bought Kenai Auto and moved to Soldotna in 1976.

In 1977, Ed and Lila Ann were married. Together, they raised two sons. One still lives in the area, working in the family business. The other lives in Seattle.

For the past 20-some years, Ed and Lila Ann have been an active part of the greater Soldotna area, but they speak modestly of their involvements.

"We belong to both chambers, though we've never been extremely active with them," Ed said. They also have been involved in Ducks Unlimited, of which Ed is a past state chair. And he has been an Elk for 43 years and is a charter member of the Soldotna Elks Lodge.

The Krohns said the Soldotna Rotary is their biggest activity. Ed is immediate past president, and the couple helps with the annual golf tournament.

Outside work and community involvement, the Krohns also enjoy a number of recreational activities.

Lila Ann makes wearable art and does quite a bit of sewing, especially during the winter, and she is involved in dog agility.

Ed enjoys hunting and fishing, as evidenced by the trophy taxidermy on his office walls.

Together, they also spend time landscaping at their home and traveling.

In fact, the Krohns almost had to decline their royal titles because they had plans to tour Canada during the month of July. It turns out they will return in time to preside over the festivities, though.

While they enjoy the occasional foray Outside, the Krohns said they love their community and have no intention of leaving.

"We don't want to be snowbirds. There's nothing wrong with it, but we choose to stay here," Lila Ann said. "It's a small community, yet the big city is available. We have local merchants and don't have to put up with the big city of Anchorage."

Ed agreed.

"The Lower 48 is fine, but Soldotna, Alaska, is one of the best places to live because of the way the community does things together."

By JENNI DILLON

Peninsula Clarion

Ed and Lila Ann Krohn may preside over their business at Kenai Auto and their home on the Kenai River, but the titles "king" and "queen" never occurred to them.

So when the longtime Soldotna couple was selected as the royalty for the 2003 Progress Days celebration, they were surprised to say the least.

"I was shocked because ... well, just because," Lila Ann said.

"It's just something we hadn't expected," Ed agreed.

The couple was selected by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board of directors to preside over the annual parade and festival.

"They're just great people," said board President Barbara Elson. "Ed and Lila Ann Krohn are a perfect selection as this year's Soldotna Progress Days king and queen because of their endless efforts of giving back to the community in which they have lived and worked for so many years."

The Krohns have watched the city grow up from a couple of streets and no stoplights.

"We've been around here so long, everybody knows us," Ed said.

Though both Ed and Lila Ann have lived on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 20 years, neither are native to the area.

Lila Ann originally is from Alaska, growing up in the Matanuska-Susitna area. Ed, however, was born in Vancouver, Wash., and went to school in nearby Kent.

He has worked in the automobile business since high school, and it was business that brought him to Alaska in 1973.

"I got a job offer in Anchorage," he recalled. "I came up and interviewed and liked the looks of it."

After two years in Anchorage, he decided he wanted to venture out on his own. He bought Kenai Auto and moved to Soldotna in 1976.

In 1977, Ed and Lila Ann were married. Together, they raised two sons. One still lives in the area, working in the family business. The other lives in Seattle.

For the past 20-some years, Ed and Lila Ann have been an active part of the greater Soldotna area, but they speak modestly of their involvements.

"We belong to both chambers, though we've never been extremely active with them," Ed said. They also have been involved in Ducks Unlimited, of which Ed is a past state chair. And he has been an Elk for 43 years and is a charter member of the Soldotna Elks Lodge.

The Krohns said the Soldotna Rotary is their biggest activity. Ed is immediate past president, and the couple helps with the annual golf tournament.

Outside work and community involvement, the Krohns also enjoy a number of recreational activities.

Lila Ann makes wearable art and does quite a bit of sewing, especially during the winter, and she is involved in dog agility.

Ed enjoys hunting and fishing, as evidenced by the trophy taxidermy on his office walls.

Together, they also spend time landscaping at their home and traveling.

In fact, the Krohns almost had to decline their royal titles because they had plans to tour Canada during the month of July. It turns out they will return in time to preside over the festivities, though.

While they enjoy the occasional foray Outside, the Krohns said they love their community and have no intention of leaving.

"We don't want to be snowbirds. There's nothing wrong with it, but we choose to stay here," Lila Ann said. "It's a small community, yet the big city is available. We have local merchants and don't have to put up with the big city of Anchorage."

Ed agreed.

"The Lower 48 is fine, but Soldotna, Alaska, is one of the best places to live because of the way the community does things together."

By JENNI DILLON

Peninsula Clarion

Ed and Lila Ann Krohn may preside over their business at Kenai Auto and their home on the Kenai River, but the titles "king" and "queen" never occurred to them.

So when the longtime Soldotna couple was selected as the royalty for the 2003 Progress Days celebration, they were surprised to say the least.

"I was shocked because ... well, just because," Lila Ann said.

"It's just something we hadn't expected," Ed agreed.

The couple was selected by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board of directors to preside over the annual parade and festival.

"They're just great people," said board President Barbara Elson. "Ed and Lila Ann Krohn are a perfect selection as this year's Soldotna Progress Days king and queen because of their endless efforts of giving back to the community in which they have lived and worked for so many years."

The Krohns have watched the city grow up from a couple of streets and no stoplights.

"We've been around here so long, everybody knows us," Ed said.

Though both Ed and Lila Ann have lived on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 20 years, neither are native to the area.

Lila Ann originally is from Alaska, growing up in the Matanuska-Susitna area. Ed, however, was born in Vancouver, Wash., and went to school in nearby Kent.

He has worked in the automobile business since high school, and it was business that brought him to Alaska in 1973.

"I got a job offer in Anchorage," he recalled. "I came up and interviewed and liked the looks of it."

After two years in Anchorage, he decided he wanted to venture out on his own. He bought Kenai Auto and moved to Soldotna in 1976.

In 1977, Ed and Lila Ann were married. Together, they raised two sons. One still lives in the area, working in the family business. The other lives in Seattle.

For the past 20-some years, Ed and Lila Ann have been an active part of the greater Soldotna area, but they speak modestly of their involvements.

"We belong to both chambers, though we've never been extremely active with them," Ed said. They also have been involved in Ducks Unlimited, of which Ed is a past state chair. And he has been an Elk for 43 years and is a charter member of the Soldotna Elks Lodge.

The Krohns said the Soldotna Rotary is their biggest activity. Ed is immediate past president, and the couple helps with the annual golf tournament.

Outside work and community involvement, the Krohns also enjoy a number of recreational activities.

Lila Ann makes wearable art and does quite a bit of sewing, especially during the winter, and she is involved in dog agility.

Ed enjoys hunting and fishing, as evidenced by the trophy taxidermy on his office walls.

Together, they also spend time landscaping at their home and traveling.

In fact, the Krohns almost had to decline their royal titles because they had plans to tour Canada during the month of July. It turns out they will return in time to preside over the festivities, though.

While they enjoy the occasional foray Outside, the Krohns said they love their community and have no intention of leaving.

"We don't want to be snowbirds. There's nothing wrong with it, but we choose to stay here," Lila Ann said. "It's a small community, yet the big city is available. We have local merchants and don't have to put up with the big city of Anchorage."

Ed agreed.

"The Lower 48 is fine, but Soldotna, Alaska, is one of the best places to live because of the way the community does things together."

Photo by McNair Rivers

Ed and Lila Ann Krohn are the King and Queen of Progress Days.

Ed, Lila Ann Krohn to rule over festival as king and queen

By JENNI DILLON

Peninsula Clarion

Ed and Lila Ann Krohn may preside over their business at Kenai Auto and their home on the Kenai River, but the titles "king" and "queen" never occurred to them.

So when the longtime Soldotna couple was selected as the royalty for the 2003 Progress Days celebration, they were surprised to say the least.

"I was shocked because ... well, just because," Lila Ann said.

"It's just something we hadn't expected," Ed agreed.

The couple was selected by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board of directors to preside over the annual parade and festival.

"They're just great people," said board President Barbara Elson. "Ed and Lila Ann Krohn are a perfect selection as this year's Soldotna Progress Days king and queen because of their endless efforts of giving back to the community in which they have lived and worked for so many years."

The Krohns have watched the city grow up from a couple of streets and no stoplights.

"We've been around here so long, everybody knows us," Ed said.

Though both Ed and Lila Ann have lived on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 20 years, neither are native to the area.

Lila Ann originally is from Alaska, growing up in the Matanuska-Susitna area. Ed, however, was born in Vancouver, Wash., and went to school in nearby Kent.

He has worked in the automobile business since high school, and it was business that brought him to Alaska in 1973.

"I got a job offer in Anchorage," he recalled. "I came up and interviewed and liked the looks of it."

After two years in Anchorage, he decided he wanted to venture out on his own. He bought Kenai Auto and moved to Soldotna in 1976.

In 1977, Ed and Lila Ann were married. Together, they raised two sons. One still lives in the area, working in the family business. The other lives in Seattle.

For the past 20-some years, Ed and Lila Ann have been an active part of the greater Soldotna area, but they speak modestly of their involvements.

"We belong to both chambers, though we've never been extremely active with them," Ed said. They also have been involved in Ducks Unlimited, of which Ed is a past state chair. And he has been an Elk for 43 years and is a charter member of the Soldotna Elks Lodge.

The Krohns said the Soldotna Rotary is their biggest activity. Ed is immediate past president, and the couple helps with the annual golf tournament.

Outside work and community involvement, the Krohns also enjoy a number of recreational activities.

Lila Ann makes wearable art and does quite a bit of sewing, especially during the winter, and she is involved in dog agility.

Ed enjoys hunting and fishing, as evidenced by the trophy taxidermy on his office walls.

Together, they also spend time landscaping at their home and traveling.

In fact, the Krohns almost had to decline their royal titles because they had plans to tour Canada during the month of July. It turns out they will return in time to preside over the festivities, though.

While they enjoy the occasional foray Outside, the Krohns said they love their community and have no intention of leaving.

"We don't want to be snowbirds. There's nothing wrong with it, but we choose to stay here," Lila Ann said. "It's a small community, yet the big city is available. We have local merchants and don't have to put up with the big city of Anchorage."

Ed agreed.

"The Lower 48 is fine, but Soldotna, Alaska, is one of the best places to live because of the way the community does things together."



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