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Minnesota Finnish-American group to meet

People all over northern Minnesota have been enjoying the blessings of warm summer days in between the cleanup of damage and flooding from several severe storms that have hit our area. The storms give us even greater appreciation of the nice days when many of us head to cabins or parks by the lake to swim, play and relax.

However, most of us, even while relaxing, have learned to keep an eagle eye on the sky, watching for rapidly changing weather. Hopefully, August will bring fewer storms and many more nice, typical summer days to enjoy before fall weather starts.

Few Finnish events are scheduled during August, but here are a couple if you need to get your "Finnish fix" this summer before regular activities start up again this fall.

The summer state meeting of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society (MFAHS) is Saturday, Aug. 4 at Sampo Beach on Little Grand Lake in Saginaw. The MFAHS Järvenpää Chapter 1 of Duluth will be the hosts, ready to welcome you with coffee and pulla at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and will feature guest speaker Jim Kurtti, editor of the Finnish American Reporter. The cost of the meal will be $10, and all MFAHS members are invited and encouraged to attend. No RSVPs are needed. Just come and join us.

The Ladies of Kaleva Soinnuttaren Tupa 32, Virginia, will hold their annual scholarship luncheon Thursday, Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eila Isaacson's cabin on Bass Lake, 4611 Bass Lake Rd., Gilbert. All Kaleva members, friends and family are welcome and invited. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used for local scholarships.

The Sami Cultural Center of North America and Báiki invite you to the Lake Superior Sami Gathering on Aug. 10-12 at the Lafayette Community Center, 3026 Minnesota Ave., Duluth. The event will feature programs, movies, crafts, great food and fellowship, all on the beautiful shore of Lake Superior.

Marie Kvernmo, a Sami cultural bearer from Norway, will be the special guest. In addition, we will celebrate the life of Ruthanne Cecil, who passed away in February. Ruthanne was a tireless contributor to the North American Sami community. Pre-registration is required by July 25 to reserve a place at the gathering. However, if you would like to attend but haven't pre-registered, call 218-525-4757 to see if it is possible to register late.

If you have any questions, email samicenterna@gmail.com. Check the Sami Center's website, samiculturalcenter.org, and their Facebook page for information about any and all of their events and activities.

The Ladies of Kaleva Aallottaren Tupa 15, Duluth, will meet Monday, Aug. 13 at Sampo Beach in Saginaw for an informal meeting and potluck dinner starting at 6 p.m. The evening will be a "meet-and-greet" with possible new members, and they encourage and welcome anyone who is interested in joining or finding out about the Ladies of Kaleva.

The Ladies of Kaleva Vellamon Tupa 4, Ely, will hold their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Grahek Apartments Community Room in Ely. Members and guests are welcome.

In addition, Vellamon Tupa member Sally Koski and a friend Valerie Myntti will present a program about Co-op Point and the former Vermillion Cooperative Park Association to the Eagles Nest Seniors on Monday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Eagles Nest Town Hall. Co-op Point is located on Eagles Nest Lake 1 near Ely. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the program.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and store up beautiful memories that will keep your spirit "summery" through the upcoming and fast-approaching winter months.

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