Submitted by his wife
Captain Kim Alan Granholm‚ age 28‚ of Esko Volunteer Fire Department was struck by a car in a multi-vehicle pileup when it slid onto the shoulder of the interstate‚ where firefighters were working on a car fire. He was transported by helicopter to Duluth Hospital‚ where he died in surgery.
Kim was going into his fourth year of service at the Esko Volunteer Fire Department. He was an extremely dedicated member. He spent a lot of time at the fire hall with his wife‚ also a member of the department‚ and their children. Making the rank of Captain in four years shows his level of dedication and how much everybody thought of him. Kim took his responsibilities of being a Captain very seriously‚ as he wanted the best for the department.
Kim was adored by his two daughters‚ Robyn and Alyssa. He spent every spare minute he had with them. Kim and Aliina were high school sweethearts and had been married for just short of eight years. He was an avid fisherman‚ enjoyed riding motorcycles and snowmobiles and liked anything to do with computers‚ whether it was putting them together or playing games. His love of life was never ending.
Submitted by his mother
Kim Alan Granholm came into my life as a picture of a precious infant growing up in Korea. His father and I longed for his arrival into America and into our arms. He was a delightful youngster that caused the sunshine to brighten in our world. He grew into a man filled with dedication‚ self sacrifice and love for God‚ family‚ and his community. Kim was quick to offer a word of encouragement‚ a consoling hug‚ or a strong back to complete a project. Filled with smiles and determination‚ his ways inspired others. A model son‚ brother‚ husband and father‚ his absence has left a hole in our hearts. We are grateful for the time that we shared with him and miss him dearly.
His mother‚ Wendy Roen