Soup was cookin' on the island


March 22, 2024

Jana Peterson

There were so many people and so many soups at Sunday's Mojakka Cook-Off, that NorthEastern Hotel and Saloon owners Bert and Judy Whittington had soup servers stationed in two rooms with two more soups in the bar area. Nearly 200 people attended the annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Carlton County Historical Society.

This year's Mojakka Cook-off featured 15 varieties of soup and the largest crowd since the Carlton County Historical Society became beneficiary of the annual fundraiser at Cloquet's NorthEastern Hotel and Saloon.

Attendees honored both St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, and St. Urho's Day, which was the day before. The made-in-America Finnish holiday celebrates the fictional St. Urho ridding Finland of a scourge of grasshoppers, and the NorthEastern was selling purple and green beer in honor of both holidays.

Historical society co-director Anja Bottila said 176 people voted, an increase of nearly 30...

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