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Winters can be snowy, cold and gloomy in the Northland. But March usually comes with signs of spring and new life. March is also the month we Finnish-Americans celebrate St. Urho’s Day. March 16 is... Full story

 By Kim Samuelson    News    January 24, 2020

Finn news

What does winter in Finland consist of? Snow. Cold. Dark. But, if you really look, there’s more to Finland’s winter. Snow ... but with the excitement of skiing, sliding, skating, hiking, winter camping and all kinds of winter sports that Finns...


Take care of those UFOs in 2020

Over the last few decades, like many others around the world, I have listened to the “gurus” and have spent the end of every year planning my New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. Some years I am able to keep the resolution momentum...


Finn news

As I write these words, the year 2019 is almost completed. Another year come and gone, another chapter in history lived, experienced, recorded. Since there is not much happening in January, the coldest month of the year for us in the Northland, I...


Wetlands are hidden gems in our landscapes

Swamp. It's a word that can conjure negative thoughts and feelings. A place filled with dirty, dank, dark water. An area that is almost impassible and can literally suck your shoes right off. That... Full story


With help, a legacy of land is created along the Nemadji

Most people want to leave a legacy, to know that their lives mattered, to leave their mark on the world, a contribution of some sort to future generations. But many don’t consciously think about what they want their legacy to be or how to build... Full story


Finn news

December. Christmas. And what country is more in tune with Christmas than Finland, the home of Santa Claus. Take some time this month to explore online the Santa Claus Village near Rovaniemi with your children or grandchildren by going to...


Finn News

I take solace in the fact that along with thoughts of winter come thoughts of Christmas. So, I’m putting these upcoming Christmas bazaars and festivals on my calendar and I hope you do, too! Plan... Full story


Finn news

Before I get into sharing the Finnish events in the area that will be happening in October, I want to give thanks to the many Finns and friends who attended September events. It’s only through you that these events are able to be organized and...


Culverts are hidden watershed wonders

Several weeks ago, the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) sponsored a tour of the Nemadji Watershed to highlight the parts of a watershed and how they work together. Stops included...


Finn News for September

Fall is the time to harvest the garden, start getting property ready for winter, send children back to school, and go back to regular meeting schedules. Regular schedules of the local Finnish groups will not be the focus of this article, however, so...


Finn News: Summer Is Almost 'Finnished'

There’s only one month of summer left, and some are probably happy while others are sad to see summer coming to a close. But we have sisu and we do what we must do! For some, it’s working on harvesting the garden and finishing up outdoor projects...

 By Kim Samuelson    News    July 19, 2019

Carlton district gets bang for its buck on conservation

ROI: Return on Investment. For those who don’t know, this simply means what you get (return) for what you give (invest). And as a taxpayer, you have the right and responsibility to ask about the... Full story


Finn News: It's the relaxing, slow time of year for the Finns

Are you enjoying your summer so far? If not, you'd better get out and have some fun during the next couple of months! There aren't too many Finnish events happening during July as most Finns, both in Finland and in the U.S., tend to head to the lake...

 By Kim Samuelson    People    May 24, 2019

Students explore nature's classroom

Have you heard the old saying, "How do you eat an elephant? ... One bite at a time." I heard this saying often when I was young and wondered what it meant, and: Who would want to eat an elephant? As...


With the sunshine, Finnish music ramps up

We were enjoying some beautiful spring days with warmer temps and melting snow, when all of a sudden —BAM! — winter hit us again. Cold, strong winds and wet heavy snow sent us back to winter. Thankfully, we northern Minnesota Finns have lots of...


Take the plunge into water monitoring!

Well, I did it. I took the plunge! The water's great and I aim to help keep it that way! No, I didn't literally jump into the water, especially this time of year! Brrrrrr! But after thinking about it... Full story


Closing a manure pit is a big job

Last week, the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District brought you Part 1 of a story on water quality and agriculture, which highlighted the ways farmers can make an impact - positively or... Full story

 By Kim Samuelson    News    March 29, 2019

Farms play an important role in water quality

It's finally springtime and, after a long winter, many people want to get outside and get busy with outdoor projects. That includes local farmers. For them, spring means that after a long winter of... Full story


FINN news

Winter is finally leaving! Kevät on täällä! Spring is here! And all around there are signs of spring (“kevät” in Finnish), higher temperatures (yay!), snow melting, rain falling, roads and yards flooding, dangerous combinations of...


SWCD introduces new faces and new initiatives

Wise woman, cultural anthropologist and author Margaret Mead once said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." This describes what the Carlton County... Full story


FINN news

Well, It's now February, the month of Laskiainen, the Finnish sliding party. And it's almost March, the month of St. Urho, the patron saint of Finland. And it's getting really close to the start of spring .... And, after the winter we've had in the N...


Passion for pollinators

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~ Maya Angelou For many of us, life sometimes becomes mere... Full story


Education leads to change, and change leads to education

Many of us like to keep our lives on an even keel without too much rocking the boat. However, new ideas, new facts and new treatments all lead to new ways of doing things, to change, to rocking the...


Nelson honored for urban forestry efforts

In this second article about the 2018 Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) conservation awards, we introduce you to Cloquet's Bob Nelson, who was given the title of 2018 Urban...


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