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January 23, 2017

Ice conditions force Heikinpäivä Polar Bear Dive cancellation

The recent warming trend has weakened the ice on the Portage Canal, so the Heikinpäivä Polar Bear Dive for 2017 is cancelled.

“We just can’t risk the safety of our participants,” Polar Bear Dive coordinator Julie Knight said. “The Coast Guard recommends that nobody be on the ice, and since the weather is supposed to be warmer than normal for the coming days, it’s not likely the ice conditions will improve in time to try to have the dive.”

Folks are encouraged [...]

January 21, 2017

What in the heck is Heikinpäivä? and 5 reasons you’ll love it!

Liliana Lazo in 2016’s Heikinpäivä Wife-Carrying Contest

It should be no surprise that Finlandia University takes great pride in its Finnish heritage. According to The Finnish American Reporter, approximately 40 percent of Hancock’s population bears Finnish ancestry, the largest ethnic group in the region, making recognition of this history significant to many locals. Finnish traditions and culture are woven deeply into Finlandia and the Copper Country’s philosophies and approach to life, but there is one time each year [...]

Heikinpäivä Parade
January 17, 2017

Schedule for 18th annual Heikinpäivä now available

Hancock is once again playing host to the Finnish-American winter cultural festival Heikinpäivä. The 18th annual celebration begins Wednesday, January 25 at Quincy Green and continues through Monday, February 6, with events at locations throughout Hancock.

The main day of festivities is Saturday January 28, with such notable events as the opening parade in downtown Hancock at 11 a.m., and the Polar Bear Dive at 3 p.m., located on the Hancock waterfront near Copper Island Beach Club.

To see a [...]

January 6, 2017

Heritage Center to launch Finnish American folk school

“Although our region maintains a strong ethnic pride in its Finnish roots, the loss of language and traditional arts and crafts has left many among our residents very little onto which they can attach their ethnic identity.”

So says Finnish American Heritage Center Director Jim Kurtti, and he’s doing something about it. He and his staff at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center are spearheading an effort to establish a Finnish American Folk School in [...]

January 4, 2017

Nordic Film Series opens 2017 with Finnish documentary

The Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center with a documentary film set during the war years, but from a perspective not typically shared. The film will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 12.

Tuntematon emäntä (The Unknown Woman) is a 2011 documentary that depicts the reality of Finnish agriculture and forestry during the war years, when the home front relied entirely upon the work and endurance of the country’s women because the men [...]