Mojakka means good times in Cloquet


March 17, 2023

Jana Peterson

Dean Tveit tries a cup of Mexican fish soup Sunday. Tveit from International Falls met a friend on his way home from the Twin Cities for the 17th annual Mojakka Cookoff in Cloquet.

Neither wind nor snow could stop the 17th annual Mojakka Cookoff, held Sunday at the Northeastern Hotel and Saloon in Cloquet, where it's always been.

What is mojakka, someone new to the area might ask.

It's soup. Specifically, mojakka is the Finnish (or Finnish American) word for soup. On Sunday, a steady flow of people in search of delicious soups and good company kept coming through the door, paying their $10 and doing their best to sample all 14 different soups.

There is no one mojakka recipe. It can range from a thick stew to a thin soup, and usually contains beef or fish and potatoes...

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