St. Urho’s Day marks Finnish-American spring

StUrhosDaySt. Urho’s Day, the Finnish-American celebration of a non-existent saint, who freed Finland from a non-existent grasshopper problem, is March 16, but the celebrations kick up in earnest around the “Finnish-American” states of the Great Lakes before then. It’s always been a particularly strong holiday here in Northern Minnesota’s Iron Range region, something I wrote about at length last year.

Here in Minnesota, one of a handful of such states where Finns settled in numbers 100 years ago, we find many St. Urho’s Day events on the docket. Up in Finland, Minnesota, just off Lake Superior’s North Shore, annual St. Urho’s Day traditions will be held this weekend for the 40th year. Their Facebook page has more.

Finlayson will hold its annual St. Urho’s Day shindigs next weekend.

This Saturday, March 14, you’ll find the annual Jacobson St. Urho’s Day pancake feed:

JACOBSON, Minn. – Don your purple and green to honor St. Urho, the legendary patron saint of Finland. The Jacobson Community Center will host their 35th Annual St. Urho’s Day Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The Jacobson Community Center is located three miles south of State Highway 200 on the Great River Road (Aitkin County Road 10). The breakfast features our famous pancakes and sausages served with coffee, milk, orange juice, and, of course, grapes. Funds raised are used to support the FREE Jacobson Community Center events. Financial support for this event is provided by Thrivent Central Lakes Chapter # 31300 and Ogle’s Marketplace Foods of Grand Rapids. More information can be found at

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