First St. Urho Day celebration a done deal in Chinook


March 23, 2022

St. Urho (also known in Chinook as newspaper correspondent Steve Edwards) stopped in to visit the folks at State Farm in downtown Chinook on March 16. Employees encouraged a photo with "Jake from State Farm." St. Urho's Day was celebrated March 16 with a traditional holiday luncheon at the Chinook senior center. Jake didn't say but apparently, like most folks in Chinook, he'd never heard of St. Urho.

Well, first let me apologize for a big "whoops." Over time writing about St. Urho I somehow morphed in to an incorrect spelling of the made-up name of the patron saint of the Finnish vineyard workers. The correct spelling, as no alert reader ever noted, is Urho which means "brave" in Finnish. Despite that personal misspelling in print, I enjoyed the first local celebration of St. Urho's Day and thought the lunch and surrounding visiting went very well.

I first wrote about St. Urho in 2020. St. Urho was created by Finnish Americans in Minnesota back in the mid-1950's. When taunted about not...

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