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Culturology: “Finns In Minnesota: Saunas” by Britt Aamodt

Minnesota Arts, Culture and History | Culture | Northern Community Radio – KAXE & KBXE
The first Finnish immigrants to arrive in Minnesota settled here sometime around the middle of the 19th century and the close of the Civil War. Minnesota quickly became one of the cultural homelands of immigrant Finns in America, and their legacy lives on today in last names--Niemi [NEE-me], Lahti [LAH-tee], Saari [SAR-ee]--town names (Esko, Heinola [HEY-no-la] and Finland, come to mind) and even a made-up saint, St. Urho, who, by the way, boasts his own celebration every March 16. But the Finnish tradition we Minnesotans have the most to be grateful for takes place in a small room with a bucket of water and a firebox for heating the rocks. This is the first in our 5-part series on Finns in Minnesota.
Britt Aamodt

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