The Sami Cultural Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior St. No. 205, Duluth, has three events planned for February. If you have any questions about any of the Sami Center's events, please contact them at 218-525-4757 or at email@example.com .
The goal of the Buffer Law, signed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in June 2015, is to protect our state's water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. As a result of this law, there will be about 110,000 acres of "buffer" along waterways in Minnesota. "Waterways" include any lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and other Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)-designated public waters. The "buffer" is the land next to these waterways.
"The turnout absolutely surpassed any of our wildest dreams and imaginations," commented Hanna Erpestad, a member of the Finlandia Foundation Northland Chapter. "This is absolutely wonderful." As people started arriving after 5 p.m. for the celebration, they were greeted by blue and white lights on evergreen and birch trees, blue and white streamers hung from the ceilings, and Finnish flags proudly displayed everywhere you looked. As you entered the Great Hall, there were two huge maps of Finland. Every incoming person was encouraged to put pins on the maps to mark where they and/or their ancestors immigrated from.
Like father, like sons.... Loy also served in the U.S. Navy (24 years reserve and active duty) and as a math and science teacher (10-plus years) in schools in the Duluth area. Loy's brother, Bill, also served in the Navy for 30 years and then as a professor and the head of the Geography Department at the University of Oregon.
Sunday, Dec. 3, brings the annual Pikkujoulu and Itsenäisyyspäivä (Independence Day) Celebration, sponsored by the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society (MFAHS) Järvenpää Chapter 1. Held at the Holiday Inn, 200 W. First St., Duluth, everyone will celebrate Finland's Centennial with a special program and noon luncheon.
Here's another "can't miss" event: On Nov. 18, we can all be part of a very special reunion of the Santa family Third Generation group. Jeanne (Santa) Doty, retired UMD professor of music, and her brother, Gregg Santa, of the Norwegian National Opera Chorus, will present "Songs from Grandpa: Celebrating Finland's Independence through Music," starting at 10:30 a.m.
Using the plan, Behrends first hired Fond du Lac Forestry to do select clearing around full-grown seed trees of desirable species on 11 acres of his aspen forest. The ground in these cleared areas was then scratched up to expose soil for acorns and other seeds for good germination, explained Smith. "Over the next five years, we expect to see about 1,000 seedlings per acre of oak, birch, and pine in these gaps," Smith said, adding that these openings will also grow flowers and plants to attract pollinators and other wildlife. Behrends' "little bits" of hard work will pay off in several ways: by improving the health and value of his timber, by providing more wildlife habitat and by helping to create healthier forests to improve water quality.
Over the years, Schantz set up a small nursery, planted a Christmas tree plantation, created a wildlife pond, and established several gardens of vegetables, fruits and berries. After Schantz passed away in 2009, Schantz-Hansen continued to maintain and expand the gardens, projects, and trails. She also graciously allowed community members and groups to use the trails for winter skiing and encouraged people to come and learn how to grow blueberries and turn apples into wonderful cider, etc..
Time to settle down some? Nope! We Finns are still celebrating!
p>A few weeks ago, this newspaper ran a front page cover that said, "Imagine a day without local news." Along that same line, can you imagine what our lives would be like without clean water? How would you handle having dirty, polluted water to drink, to cook with, to wash bodies and clothes in? All over the world billions of people live without clean water. While most of these people are in third world countries, some are in the United States, too, especially in situations when hurricanes, floods or accidents contaminate rivers, lakes and groundwater which are the main sources of drinking water.