I hear all the time about "keeping our Finnish heritage alive" and "passing our Finnish heritage to our children and grandchildren," but when wonderful opportunities come along, where are the people to do the work, to attend, and to bring their families and friends? If we don't support and attend these events and opportunities, the different groups will quit bringing them.
There are going to be more exciting Finland 100 events coming throughout this year and I encourage you to attend and take advantage of each of them to strengthen and share your Finnish heritage and ties to Finland!
• Do not plant too close to underground services or in the road right of ways, said Mike Rust, a four-year volunteer. • Plant native trees. For instance, blue spruce aren't native to Minnesota, explained Barbara Isaacson, Master Gardener intern. They like the dryer climate and lighter soils of Colorado and other western states, and many blue spruce planted in Minnesota die out in 15-20 years from rust disease. <
Ostman is a Finnish-American from Hibbing and is well-known in Twin Cities food circles for writing a food column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and publishing several food-related books. In between the 6 p.m. concert and the 7:30 p.m. dance, everyone is invited to enjoy birthday cake in celebration of Finland's 100th birthday.
Many people even relish that "wet dirt smell" (called petrichor) after a good rainstorm or when watering plants. On the other hand, there are also many people who think that soil is dirty and who admonish their children, "Don't get dirty!" when they play outside.
Although it's not celebrated as much in the U.S., "Vappu," or May Day, is an important Finnish holiday on May 1, especially for students and workers. Known as the "Memorial Day of Saint Labor," Vappu has been celebrated in Finland since 1890 and is a paid holiday for those employed.
Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society welcomes you to celebrate spring at their upcoming Vappu Dance Sunday, April 30, from 1-4 p.m. Held at the AAD Shriner's Building at 5152 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown, the dance will feature music by the Mae Prachar Band. Admission is $10 for adults (free for children under age 16), and coffee and pulla is included. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the dancing, conversations and Finnish music! Everyone can learn the basic steps of old time dances. This is a wonderful way to also celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence! Questions? Contact Alyce at 218-720-4435. <
p>There is so much more to the SWCD than what you read in your local newspaper. Some of this "behind the scenes" information is not known until the year is over, the numbers are finalized, and the impact on the county is analyzed. This kind of information can be found in the SWCD's annual report.
Last week, readers got to know the Kettle River and its watershed. This week, we'll look at two of the river's more unusual residents: lake sturgeon and wild rice. Monitoring work and projects in the watershed, done by the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and other organizations, will help to protect and preserve the watershed's clean water and greatly benefit these two popular residents.
Eighty major watersheds cover every square inch of the whole state of Minnesota. Carlton County has multiple watersheds within its boundaries, each one unique: The Mississippi River-Grand Rapids Watershed drains the northwest portion of Carlton County; the St. Louis River Watershed drains the northeast part; the Nemadji River Watershed drains the middle- and southeastern portions, and the fourth, the Kettle River Watershed, drains the middle and southwestern part of Carlton County.